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Home heating – get wised up this Saturday

The rising cost of gas and electricity is making it increasingly hard for poorer people to heat their houses properly in winter. Fuel poverty – when a household has to spend more than 10% of its budget on heating – has become a major social problem. Practical advice on how to make your home warmer and your energy bills lower will be available this Saturday, 9 March, in Bexhill, as Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:03 Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 In: Green Times Tags: Greg Barker home heating Richard Watson
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Benefits of being outdoors

The Green Gym schemes offer us the opportunity to take part in conservation activities in local parks and green spaces to improve our local environment and simultaneously our health and fitness. HOT’s Zelly Restorick spoke to some of the people involved in Green Gym to find out more.

Posted 11:12 Friday, Feb 22, 2013 In: Green Times Tags: BTCV conservation environmental issues Green Gym health physical and mental wellbeing Zelly Restorick
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Winter garden party

This Saturday, the Moveable Feast Garden will be celebrating 6 months in Western Road, St Leonards with a Winter Garden Party, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. A celebration, to 

Posted 14:18 Friday, Nov 30, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: community gardening Moveable Feast Community Garden vegetables winter
Anti road protesters at Combe Haven

Campaign against BHLR steps up a gear

Roughly two hundred people attended a “Stop the Road” Camp & Rally in Combe Haven Valley on 29/30 September, celebrating the beauty of the valley and enjoying a remarkable weekend of speeches, workshops, shadow puppetry, children’s theatre, story-telling, campfires, local music and great food. Nearly half of those attending signed a new pledge, expressing their willingness to ‘take part in acts of peaceful resistance to the road’, with some fifty people taking part in an “Introduction to Direct Action” workshop on the Saturday afternoon.

Posted 09:35 Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Bexhill Hastings Link Road BHLR Combe Haven Combe Haven Defenders environment environmental issues Hastings Alliance peaceful direct action tax payers money
Trenches at Combe Haven

Link road not inevitable, says campaigner

Work on the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR) is due to start in January 2013 and exploratory trenches are already being dug at the Combe Haven site.  However, for those who feel it isn’t an ideal time in humanity’s history for over £100 million to be spent on a road, there is still time to campaign. HOT’s Zelly Restorick spoke to nationally respected transport and environmental campaigner, John Stewart, who is due to speak at this weekend’s ‘Stop The Road’ rally at Combe Haven.

Posted 20:33 Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: BHLR Campaign for Better Transport Combe Haven Combe Haven Defenders conservation Dongas John Stewart link road nature road Road protest transport Twyford Down

Cycle Twinning

Keeping alive the tradition of twin towns, 14 members of Hastings Urban Bikes (HUB) journeyed to The Netherlands for a long weekend between September 14 to 18 where they were welcomed and accommodated by members of the Dordrecht Touring Club de Mol. Richard Hull went along for the ride (and the Dutch beer).

Posted 19:30 Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Hastings Urban Bikes HUB Richard Hull
Forest Schools

Natural learning

Forest Schools offer children and adults a wonderful opportunity “to learn about nature and science by being there in person, not via books”, explained Martin Felstead of Sussex Wildlife Trust to HOT’s Zelly Restorick. She decided to find out more about the significant difference this outdoor learning project is making to the lives of some local children and adults.

Posted 12:57 Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: children Education Futures Trust Forest Schools increased confidence Ken Giles Kim Richards Martin Felstead Mary Dawson outdoors play positive experience Sussex Wildlife Trust
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New dog fouling initiative

Having listened to comments from local residents and visitors over the years, I know that dog fouling is high on the list of ‘Things We Want To Change In Hastings & St Leonards’, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

Posted 11:19 Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 In: Green Times Tags: Green Dog Walkers Scheme initiative rangers
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