News from members of the Bradford Environment Forum. Click on the underlined titles to read the full articles.

BCEP’s Annual General Meeting

BCEP’s Annual General Meeting to take place on Wednesday 20th October 2010. Please see attached invite.
This year Bradford Community Environment Project are celebrating with Abbey Green Nursery School & Children’s Centre their wonderful achievement of winning the overall FIRST place prize in Manningham and Girlington In Bloom 2010.

BCEP’s Urban Design Team has worked with the Abbey Green staff to create a stimulating and exciting play area for Abbey Green’s children and would welcome the opportunity to showcase their work.

Tours of the garden will take place from 4:00pm and the brisk AGM will begin at 4:45 with the aim of concluding business by 5:45.

Light refreshments will be available on the day.



Carlton Smith

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Circular economy conference at Bradford University

Please follow this link for information on the conference, featuring Rob Hopkins of the Transition Network.

Introduction to Permaculture Course

A fantastic opportunity to learn to design your own backyard, garden or allotment the permaculture way.

A two day course to explore how we can make the most of the spaces we have, creating beautiful, healthy and productive spaces to work rest and play.

Dates: Saturdays 6th and 20th November 2010
Venue: Horton Village Hall, BD7

Contact for more information and to book a place
Suzi High or 0777 6253743

Tutors from Leeds Permaculture Network 

Keighley Green Trail

Would you like to be involved in a new project for Keighley - The Keighley Green Trail?

The idea of the Green Trail is the use of empty shop window spaces in Keighley town centre as an educational means to communicate green thinking and eco methods to the public in an engaging way.

Each of these window spaces will be created through a collaboration between the relevant local environmental authority organisation/project and a designated artist.

Please find attached full project information and planning timetable.

A meeting regarding the project is to be held on Wednesday 25th August, 9.30 - 11am at the Keighley Town Centre Association, 2nd floor, 68b North Street, Keighley BD21 3RY.

If you wish to attend, or for more information, please contact France-Leigh on 07910 875816 or 01535 665258 (KIVCA).

For this project to work, it is essential that local environmental authorities and organisations drive the messages that should be communicated and be involved throughout.

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Assistant Community Food Worker

BCEP are currently recruiting an Assistant Community Food Worker for details and application form please visit


Closing date for applications is 9 am, Friday 3rd September 2010.

We will accept application forms by post or email (please email well ahead of the closing date and time to guarantee delivery before noon).


Interviews will take place on the morning of Monday 6th September 2010 at Carlisle Business Centre, BD8 8BD.


Please feel free to circulate to interested parties.

Thank you


Bradford Green Drinks: spread the word

Green Drinks in Bradford is going strong, but not enough people know about it.  Please help by telling your friends, colleagues, neighbours and strangers about this wonderful free informal monthly social networking event for green types like you and me. Best thing is to sign up to the Bradford Green Drinks mailing list by clicking or pasting this eepurl link: Next Green Drinks is on 7th July at the Beehive, from 5:30pm onwards – see the BEF events calendar. One after that is on 6th August. Come along – meet old friends and new. Find out what’s green and going on in Bradford! More info: -Every month people who work in or are interested in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions in 700 cities around the world known as Green Drinks. These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.

Green Drinks has been running in Bradford since February this year. We get a good mix of people each month, some regulars, and some new. Come along and you'll be made welcome and introduced to whoever is there. We meet up on the evening of 7th of every month (unless that a weekend, in which cases its on the previous Friday) from 5:30pm to around 9pm. So, the next Green Drinks is on Wednesday 7th July from 5:30pm and its at the New Beehive Inn, a well known pub of much character on Westgate at the top of town.   We will have our own room at this gas-lit pub which has a good range of real ales (and other drinks) and the landlord will lay on some food for us at reasonable prices.

New Beehive Inn, 171 Westgate, Bradford, BD1 3AA,  View map
  If you’d like to be kept informed about Bradford Green Drinks and its future events, please join the mailing list - this link leads to a very simple form for you to give your name and email address: Join us.  (  We will only use your details to email information about Green Drinks and occasional news of local environmental interest. You can also join our Facebook group. Best wishes Roland Arnison Bradford Green Drinks Tel. 07970 

Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Bradford Council's Environment and  Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be adopting the work programme for the coming year at its meeting on the 8th July.

The draft document is attached. If you have any comments please contact Julia Pearson at BEES 01274 513109 or Caroline Coombes, Overview and Scrutiny Lead BMDC, 01274 432313

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BEES host a series of Wildlife Wanders to celebrate International Year of Biodiversity

2010 is International Year of Biodiversity and BEES (Bradford Environmental Education Service, part of Bradford YMCA) is running a series of short sessions to introduce people to local wildlife sites. This is an opportunity to enjoy and learn more about flowers, birds and insects.

The events are aimed at anyone with an interest in wildlife – you might be a complete beginner and just starting to explore local wildlife or you may already be an experienced naturalist wanting to enhance your skills and enjoy the habitats in the company of others.

The events will take place on the following dates:

Wednesday 30th June

Wednesday 14th July

Wednesday 21st July

Wednesday 28th July

Wednesday 4th August

Wednesday 11th August

For more information please contact BEES.

Recycle Week, 21 - 27 June


The people of Bradford are being encouraged to recycle and reuse during Recycle Week which takes place between 21 and 27 June 2010.

Recycle Week aims to raise awareness of recycling and reuse and encourage people to waste less in order to reduce the amount of waste which goes to landfill.

This year, Recycle Week is focusing on small electrical and electronic equipment such as kettles, irons, hairdryers, electronic games, CD players and drills which people do not always realise can be recycled or reused.

Recycle Week’s official website - - has tied up with the British Heart Foundation to encourage people to bring electrical and electronic equipment which is still in good working order to their Bradford store where it can be resold in order to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Commenting on this initiative, Jane Hall from Recycle Now said: ‘The focus for this year’s Recycle Week are the benefits of reuse as well as recycling. The British Heart Foundation offer a home for unwanted electrical and electronic equipment that is in good working order and it would be great if the people of Bradford could donate items to their local shop.’

To find out more about Recycle Week, please visit: and become a fan of Recycle Week on Facebook

You're welcome to include the official Recycle Week widget on your site to show your visitors you're behind the campaign.  To get the line of script for this and for Recycle Week banners/images, please visit: Recycle Week promotional materials.

Talk and interactive workshop `Permaculture In Context

When:Thursday 24th June at 1.00 pm
Where:Bradford University, conflict resolution room in Pemberton

The Full Permaculture Design Course is now being delivered as an academic module at the University of Bradford, following a successful pilot course Jan to May this year. This is open to students, staff and members of the public.

We've all heard the word, `Permaculture' , but what is it all about, really, isn't it just gardening? And what is it doing as a subject in academia?

To address these questions and many more , Suzi High (International Coordinator) and Ros Coulton, have put together a talk and interactive workshop `Permaculture In Context' to bring a high quality, steep learning curve experience to your lunch break! We will cover history and key concepts, as well as a whistle stop tour of some applications of permaculture and time for questions. By 2pm you will hopefully have had some fun, and be able to understand how this approach can be useful and relevant for people of any background.

It's a lot to ask in an hour, can we do it?

Please join the lively group on Thursday 24th June at 1.00 pm. Venue is the conflict resolution room in Pemberton (in through main entrance door, right turn and follow the corridor round).

Do be in touch with me to book and for any more info: r.j.c.coulton1(at)bradford. extn 3260, or Union reception 3300.