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

The Green Day Project - Children turn their schools green

Hundreds of children in Bradford will be looking at ways to make their school greener with a host of activities in the wake of World Environment Day earlier this month. 

Bradford Council’s new Climate Change Unit has invited schools to take part in the initiative which will run until the end of July.

The Green Day project has been launched by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Schools taking part in their own Green Days during June and July have agreed to organise activities such as paper free days, composting, planting vegetables, energy reduction activities, tidying up overgrown areas, outdoor classrooms, recycling schemes and walking buses.

Pupils at Challenge College will construct a greenhouse made from used plastic bottles, while St Cuthbert’s First Martyrs School, Heaton, will create a wildlife garden to attract butterflies and bees.

The Saint Cuthbert’s pupils will also include bird boxes, bat boxes and a weather station to keep a check on the climate.

Youngsters are also being encouraged to carry out a carbon footprint audit of their schools to discover ways to reduce energy consumption.

One of the key messages they are learning is that ‘Green Housekeeping’ not only helps the planet but can also achieve substantial budget savings.

Coun Ghazanfer Khaliq, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “Many of our children are showing a great awareness of the challenges we face through climate change.

“It is excellent to see them prepared not only to face the issues but to make a positive contribution to lessening our impact on the environment.

“Green issues are high on the agenda for young people in our community and we share those concerns.”


For more information and photo opportunities please telephone Lee Anne Sagar, Energy Management Officer, Environment and Climate Change Unit, Bradford Council. Tel: 01274 433885.

Treehouse Fair-Trade Cafe under threat

The Treehouse cafe in Bradford, the world's oldest Fair Trade cafe, will be forced to close unless it can get more customers and volunteer staff through its doors. The cafe is run by Bradford Centre for Non-Violence and is located in Desmund Tutu House on Ashgrove Road opposite Bradford University.  The building - which is owned by the Diocese of Bradford - is the location for many activities including the infamous cafe which serves organic, locally sourced, Fairtrade vegetarian and vegan food at reasonable cost. Find out how you could get involved in saving the cafe by contacting the Workgroup on

Bradford Eco Day - 5th June

Bradford West Arae Coordinator's office are hosting an Eco Day in Lister Park on Saturday 5th June. A few BEF members are involved in delivering activities on the day, covering themes of Waste, Energy, Food, Transport and Biodiversity. The event coincides with World Environment Day and is one of a series of events marking International Year of Biodiversity.

More details of the event are in the event calendar .

If you can display, or distribute, a poster to the advertise the event that would be appreciated. It is attached to the event entry.

Volunteer Opportunity

BEES has an opportunity for a placement volunteer to work with us for 3 days a week starting in May and lasting 8 weeks. This will involve the construction of steps at a new project site and will provide access to an outdoor classroom for a school.  

For full details or an informal chat please contact Nick Milsom on 01274 513102 or

Cherry Tree Survey

Natural History Museum is asking for help with a national survey of cherry trees. For more information including survey sheets and identification keys, go to their website;


and follow the links to the cherry tree survey.


Update on broadway site

There were quite a few conversations today,during the AGM walkabout, about the Broadway area. View this link to the T&A to read an article in today's paper about the proposed interim arts project.

Engagement with Service Users and the Public Training Programme

A modular training programme has been developed by Bradford Council and NHS Bradford & Airedale, to provide an understanding of different aspects of partnership based engagement with service users and the public. 

The training sessions are open to staff in all Partner organisations, whether in the public, private or third sectors. The programme includes the theory and practice of community engagement from working with particular groups through to designing questionnaires, public speaking and using plain English. 

Details of the programme are attached, and you can choose to attend as many or as few as will be useful.  For further information or to book a place please visit:

or e-mail

Engagement with Service Users and the Public Training Programme.doc42 KB

Shaping Our Future - Joint Ministerial and Third Sector report

This report outlines the conclusions of the Joint Ministerial and Third Sector Task Force, established n April 2009 to examine how action on climate change, the environment and sustainability can be mainstreamed in the sector. The report focuses above all on climate change. It contains a vision of action by the sector in 2015, new commitments to action by the sector and by government, and proposals for further action.

See attached pdf.

Shaping Our Future - Sustainable development.pdf2.57 MB

Latest BEF newsletter available

The latest BEF newsletter is attached.

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BEF AGM, including visit to Incredible Edible Todmorden

The Bradford Environment Forum AGM will take place on Wednesday 31st March. 

This will be incorporated into a visit to Incredible Edible Todmorden.

For more information please see the event page.