Two of our volunteers were on the radio last weekend! Hilary and Daniel took part in the second hour of the Sunday morning show, The View From Here. If you didn’t hear it, you can listen to the recording online. Here’s a post from Hilary about the experience.
LA21 on the radio
Daniel and I spent a pleasant hour in the Radio Woking studio at The Winston Churchill School in St Johns on Sunday morning. The hour from 10am till 11am went very quickly. Sharon Galliford, the presenter, was very relaxed and easy to talk and listen to, so she put us instantly at our ease.
Questioning was very informal and she encouraged us to bring up topics that we wanted to talk about.
We started with the history of LA21, explaining its formation from Rio Earth Summit 1992 and how lucky we are in Woking that we are still supported by the Council and a dedicated sustainability officer, Tim Lowe, to give us access to rooms, councillors, publicity and a little cash!
Explaining what we do
We talked about our recent AGM and talk by Pam Warhurst of Incredible Edible who was so inspirational that we had lots of new volunteers signing up. Some of these met up with us last Thursday to discuss our next plans and how we can best reach people via social media.
We talked about past initiatives, gardening for life and wildlife gardening, energy efficiency and energy auditing and advice, local food growing and the local food directory, as well as biodiversity and conservation of local green spaces.
The online Woking Local Food (WoLF) directory, compiled by LA21 members, has been very successful in encouraging people to support local farmers, butchers, bakers, farm shops, etc. The Woking Food & Drink Festival last September gave good publicity to the directory and local producers are keen to be part of it.
Apart from a few side conversations about Paris, climate change and the lack of action from the Government, we advertised the free screening of the film Inhabit, about permaculture, being held in the council offices on January 20th at 7pm. Daniel spoke about his skill as a permaculture designer and explained that we are building our first permaculture garden in Goldsworth Park this Spring under his instruction.
We also talked about the Biodiversity Action Plan we are working to implement, starting this weekend on St Johns Lye, 10am-1pm. Woking Borough Council have supported us with training, insurance and tools. We have already raised awareness of the need for encouraging biodiversity through Operation Owl, which has already allowed 30+ owl boxes to be built and installed across Woking Borough.
All of the items above need volunteer support, as much or as little as you would like to offer. Please contact any of us through the website and we’ll be in touch.