Winterbourne Centre for Horticulture Open Day

Tuesday 10th May, 2pm-5pm, at Winterbourne Centre for Horticulture

Head down to Winterbourne for their first open day and discover all the new courses.

gardening at winterborne

There will be sample classes, tours, and practical activities. It’s a fantastic opportunity to find out what the centre can offer.

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80% drop in installations to improve household efficiency

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Since 2012, fewer households have received government help to become more efficient. This is due to cuts to programmes which help to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

This is a crucial factor in the fight against climate change, with improving the insulation of homes in the UK is seen as the cheapest and fastest way to reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.

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Sustainable food packaging at UoB … Green Supplier Fair and Ethical Market

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The Great Hall provided the venue for the Green Supplier Fair and Ethical Market on March 2nd, part of Fairtrade Fortnight. There were many stalls and it was great to see people learning about how the university utilises companies and organisations that will enhance and maintain a green ethos.

Amongst the companies there providing information about the work they do were two companies promoting sustainable food packaging: Magenta UK and Vegware.

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Fairtrade Debate and Producer Representative Talk

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fairtrade debateWednesday 9th March: 5pm, Business School.

This event is hosted by Oxfam Outreach and is a joint University of Birmingham/Fairtrade Association Birmingham event led by students from Holyhead School. They will debate on the motion “This house believes that Free Trade provides the best means for attaining Fair Trade”.

A talk from Sheena Varghese will follow the debate, she is Director of Manarcadu Social Service Society, a co-operative of farmers who grow a variety of Fairtrade products including Arabica and Robusta coffees, cocoa, cinnamon, white and black pepper, vanilla, cardamom, coconut and ginger. This will include discussion of food security and the impact that Fairtrade has on the lives of farmers who grow coffee, spices and fruit in India.

The event will also be followed by a drinks reception and networking.

LUCIA Mamma Mia Event

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This event is in aid of LUmamma miaCIA charity, who work to improve the lives of people living in poor areas of Africa, particularly women and children in Ethiopia. Find out more about LUCIA here.

Raise money and have a fab time at this screening and sing-along of Mamma Mia the movie, at Highbury Pub, Friday 11th March.

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Love Food Hate Waste

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love food hate wasteTuesday 8th March: 2.30pm-5pm, Harvey Milk Room, The Guild of Students

This workshop will be ideal for students and staff that want to learn more about reducing food waste. Upon completion of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • understand Love Food Hate Waste tips and advice, and know how they themselves can benefit from this
  • understand the significance of food waste, its causes and consequences
  • have an awareness of what steps food manufacturers, suppliers and retailers are taking to help us all waste less food
  • be able to share their learnings with others
  • know how to access information and resources to support them in spreading the message at school, in their community, at work

If you are interested in attending, please email: with your full name and phone number.