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

Recycled bike shop opens at Bfd Uni

Crank-it-up have opened a recycled bike shop on Bradford University Campus below the communal building. Opening times are Wednesday between 12.30-14.00hrs and Fridays from 17.30-18.30hrs. Please see the press article on this.

Please call in for parts, accessories, clothes, bikes and repairs. Repairs are carried out by volunteers on a not-for profit basis.


Crank it Up Cycling for All
Tel: 07835 840989
PO Box 545
West Yorkshire

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Latest BEF Newsletter

Download the latest BEF newsletter in PDF format by clicking the attachment below. It contains news and forthcoming events from members of the Bradford Environment Forum. It also contains details of the BEF AGM which will be on the 12th March with a pre-meeting tree planting activity!

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Paid Jobs at Treehouse

2 x 10 hrs a week (one day + admin tasks) @ £75 a week to start around February 16th 2009

Would you like to be part of a collective working for an autonomous social space and café in Bradford?

Do you love cooking, like working with people, and have the energy, commitment and organisation needed to help run a business?

Then please get in touch!

For more information on the post, please ring Katie, Joe, Joel and Jen, the current café coordinators, on 01274 732354, or call in to Treehouse, 2 Ashgrove, Bradford. To apply, please collect an application pack from Treehouse, request one by phone (01274 732354), or email treehousecafe [at]
Closing date: 10am, 10th February 2009
Interviews to be held: 12th and 13th February 2009

BEF AGM- With tree planting activity! - 12th March - Nominations wanted

The BEF AGM will be held on Thursday the 12th of March

Venue: CNet. Details of venue at:

2.00pm Tree planting at Bolton Woods
3.30pm Refreshments at CNet
4.00pm Main Meeting at CNet
5.30pm Finish

At the AGM the two available places to represent BEF on the Environment Partnership will be decided. You may stand if you represent a locally managed, third sector organisation that supports the objects of BEF.

Please send your nominations to the email address at the 'Contact BEF' link above no later than Monday the 2nd of March.

If your organisation is not already a member download a membership form from the 'Find' menu on the left.

Elections will also be made to the management committee. Nominations can come from Full or associate members. The deadline is the same.

Also, motions to go on the aganda need to reach me by Thurs 26th Feb.

Environment Partnership meeting minutes from 14th January 2009

Please see attached minutes from the last Environment Partnership meeting.

Hot topics covered included :

  • update on Warm Fronts
  • Better Business Environment Forum (BBEF) presentation
  • Business Waste Report from Emma Hill (BEAT) and Sam Saxby (BBEF)
  • Environment & Waste Management Improvement Committee – Climate Change Report
  • Environment Partnership LAA Delivery Plan including Working Neighbourhoods Funds allocations
  • Bradford Water Management Report

For full Minutes click here.

If you have any further questions or issues you would like raised with the Environment partnersship please contact Emma at BEAT or Carlton at BCEP.

Low Carbon Buildings programme - £24m still available

Low Carbon Buildings programme - £24m still available
Grants under the Low Carbon Buildings programme are due to end in June.  Almost 12,000 projects have been awarded grants so far but the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that there is still £24 million of grant funding available.
Charities and public sector bodies can apply to the The Low Carbon Building Programme for grants towards the cost of small scale energy generating equipment such as solar panels and wind turbines.  Grants of up to 50% of the equipment and installation costs are available (see page 3 of the guidance for details).  Organisations can apply for up to £1 million per site.
From the guidance:

    * "Grant funds are limited and grant offers will be made on a "first come, first served" basis, subject always to the overall availability of funds."
    * "BRE will endeavour to process straightforward applications within 5 working days of receipt by BRE of the application form and all applications within 7 working days of receipt by BRE of the application form and either issue the applicant with a grant offer letter or notify the applicant that the application has not been successful.

For further details visit  Frequently asked questions are available at
LCBP Phase 2 is managed by BRE. If you have any queries that are not answered on the website , please telephone 08704 23 23 13 or email
News story at

Job Vacancy: Environmental Project Worker

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Bradford YMCA is seeking to appoint a Community Space Challenge Environmental Project Worker.
This is a temporary post to cover Maternity Leave (with possibility of extension afterwards), starting as soon as possible.
The post is for 30 hours per week and will include after school delivery of environmental youth work sessions. Community Space Challenge is a national initiative managed by Crime Concern and funded by BIG Lottery. It seeks to inspire disaffected young people who are referred to the project to increase their environmental awareness and complete projects to improve their neighbourhoods e.g. allotment projects, sensory gardens, litter picking. The job description is attached.
Salary £17,500 pro rata
Closing date Monday 26th January, 12 noon.
Interviews will take place on Monday 2nd Feb, late afternoon
Please ring 01274 513102 for an application pack.
This post is subject to an enhanced CRB disclosure.

If would like an informal chat please ring Julia Pearson or Bianca Muckley, 01274 513109

For Background information visit

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New awards scheme for woodland projects, deadline 9 March

The Royal Forestry Society and the Forestry Commission are piloting a new competition in Yorkshire and the Humber for woodland projects.

The "Excellence Awards" offers a first prize of £1,000 and national publicity.  Local projects can apply for the "Excellence Awards" under the following categories:

"The Community Forestry Award to mark local projects that provide excellent woodland amenities, such as improved access or facilities.  
The Schools Award to reward five-star achievement in teaching pupils more about trees and woodlands.
The Duke of Cornwall's Award to celebrate multipurpose forestry;
The Farm Woodland Award for farmers where agriculture is the main income earner, but where woods are a key part of the business plan.
The RFS Silviculture Award to recognise excellence in woodlands where the main aim is growing quality timber."
The deadline for entering the competition is 9 March.

Further details are available from the RFS Competition Co-ordinator Trefor Thompson, Plas Canol, Llanrhydd, Ruthin LL15 2UU. Tel: 01824 704230 or email

Details also available at

Recruitment for Eccleshill Adventure Playground Manager

Eccleshill Adventure Playground through awarded money from the BIG Lottery Children’s Play Programme has a full time vacancy for an
Adventure Playground Manager commencing April 2009

This post would suit a highly self-motivated individual passionate about improving the lives of children and young people through the provision of adventure play. This person would need to successfully demonstrate knowledge about adventure play, be able to manage an
already well formed play team and to confidently lead the playground into second phase development in
accordance with the playground’s aims and objectives.

VCS Band 6 SCP 34 £27,500 per annum.

If you think you have the skills and necessary
qualifications to be a part of Bradford’s only
Adventure Playground please contact
Janet Jewitt for further
details and application pack.
Telephone number 01274 621534
Closing date for applications 30th January 2009
Interviews to take place week beginning 9th February