Great Big Green Week in Cumbria
Community groups across Cumbria are celebrating Great Big Green Week from 18th – 26th September as part of a nationwide campaign to highlight the need for urgent action on climate and nature ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate talks, later this year in Glasgow.
Activities include film screenings, tree planting, guided walks, poetry competitions, art exhibitions, free stalls and repair cafes and will take place across the county, from Ambleside to Cockermouth, Keswick, Carlisle and Penrith and in many other communities.
Many of the local groups taking part are linked to the Cumbria Sustainability Network administered by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and part of a county-wide partnership aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2037. The partnership is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Said Cumbria Sustainability Network Co-ordinator, Helen Attewell: ‘Our TV screens have been full of alarming images this summer – from devastating fires and floods to powerful tropical storms and tidal surges. Who knows which part of the world will be affected next? Certainly, we have had our share of biblical floods in Cumbria.
‘The need for governments and citizens to take positive action to combat climate has never been so evident. Local groups such as Sustainable Brampton will be doing their bit through Great Big Green Week to raise awareness of what we can all do to support nature and reduce our carbon footprint. We hope this will help people to engage with the national and international policies which will be discussed at the COP26 global conference to be held in Glasgow in November.’
The climate action campaign known as the Great Big Green Week will see thousands of people across the UK organising local festivals and events. The campaign aims to draw attention to climate change, destruction of the natural world, while also making a connection with these issues in communities in Cumbria, at the same time as showcasing actions to tackle climate change.
The Great Big Green Week is being organised by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change, whose members include the National Trust, World Wildlife Fund, Women's Institute, Oxfam, and RSPB. Other organisations supporting the campaign included BT, British Mountaineering Council, and the Manchester United Foundation.
Events in Cumbria
Seed and Plant Swap | All week | Big Onion stands, Mill Yard, Staveley | Bring your surplus seeds and plants, swap for others.
Staveley Bioblitz | All week | A self-led search of your own or public green spaces. The aim is to record as many species of plants/birds/bugs and beasts throughout the week to understand better what is in the village and enable the community in the future to help & sustain this wildlife.
Carlisle’s Great Big Green Week – Opening Event | 18 Sep, 10am | Carlisle City Centre | A variety of local organisations and artists will join Sustainable Carlisle for a fantastic day of engaging information, hands on workshops, and creativity about tackling the climate crisis.
Litter Pick | 18 Sep, 10am – 12pm | Meet outside Staveley Chippy | Bags and litter pickers provided.
Green Information Stand | 18 Sep, 11am – 1pm | Jack’s corner, Staveley | Books & Information, Competitions, Campaigns & Pledges, Advice, FREE refreshments
Millom Without Parish Council Environment Day | 18 Sep, 1pm | Thwaites Village Hall, The Green, Millom | Activities for children from 1pm, activities for adults from 7pm. Followed by reception to launch campaign to form a Community Environmental Group.
Penrith Freegle Give and Take | 18 Sep, 2pm – 4pm | Please bring small items to give away – and take what you want! Any items left over will be freegled or given to charity shops to sell.
Green Sparks Event | 18 Sep, 2pm – 4pm | Spark Bridge Village Hall | The launch of Green Sparks, a new community action group interested in helping nature and caring for the local environment.
Ambleside’s Picnic in the Park | 18 Sep, 5pm | Rothay Park (Parish centre if wet) | Drumming home a message about climate. You are invited to write and draw a message to send to the prime minister. Speakers and Taiko drummers will begin at 5.45pm.
Green Film show | 19 Sep, 7.45pm – 9pm | Ginnel between Hawkshead Brewery & More Bakery | Be entertained by Staveley’s very own Samba band. Enjoy a series of short films, made by local film makers about living and working in Staveley. Take part in a discussion about how we can make Staveley more climate resilient.
Let’s create a Staveley Seed Bank | 20 Sep, 10am – 12pm | Jack’s corner, Staveley | Cumbria Wildlife Trust wants to collect any local seeds, from the vegetables that you are growing. Come and talk to Danni about how to collect/store seeds.
Science, Glaciers and Outrage | 20 Sep, 7.30pm | Rawnsley Centre, Keswick | Talk with Professors Terry Sloane and Mike Hambrey, and Jo Alberti.
Staveley local guided walk | 21 Sep, 10am | Jack’s corner, Staveley | Come and see our own Craggy Wood and the work being done to link Staveley Woodlands together, plus a visit to the old parish council allotments to see how their restoration is taking shape.
Let’s create a Staveley Seed Bank | 21 Sep, 10am – 12pm | Jack’s corner, Staveley | Cumbria Wildlife Trust wants to collect any local seeds, from the vegetables that you are growing. Come and talk to Danni about how to collect/store seeds.
Tree Planting | 21 Sep, 2pm | Fitz Park, Keswick | Sustainable Keswick are asking gardening groups and others in Keswick for any trees that they have grown in pots. They will take these and plant in an existing tree area within Fitz Park.
Climate change crash course | 21 Sep, 6pm | A time efficient option to gain basic knowledge and understanding of the science of climate change, causes, impacts and solutions.
Making your home more energy efficient | 21 Sep, 6.30pm | Reducing your home energy use – 10 things to think about that aren’t insulation. Followed by a Q&A session to talk about your home energy efficiency questions and guidance on how to switch to a green energy supplier.
Keswick Tree Walk | 22 Sep, 3pm | Meet at Museum |
River Dipping Session | 22 Sep, 4pm – 6pm | Meet at Jack’s corner | Come and explore our beautiful River Kent. Find out what wildlife exists below the surface!
Open Green Homes | 22 Sep, 6:30pm | Hear from two Cumbrian residents who are opening their homes virtually to show you the energy saving changes they’ve made.
Green Film show | 22 Sep, 6.30pm – 8pm |Ginnel between Hawkshead Brewery and More Bakery | In a series of short, engaging documentaries, listen to David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg and a series of environmental experts talking about climate change – explaining what is happening and what can be done to protect our planet.
The Climate Emergency | 22 Sep, 7pm | Threlkeld Village Hall | Speakers providing a scientific, environmental and political viewpoint followed by a discussion on what we can do to help. Booking not required.
Re-Energising Sustainable Brampton Part 1 | 22 Sep, 7.30pm | Brampton Community Centre | A preliminary live discussion of Mike Berners-Lee’s book ‘There is no Planet B’ will be used to help the group identify personal and community actions that will make a difference. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 016977 48833.
Ambleside climate action day | 23 Sep, 11am – 7:30pm | Be part of Ambleside’s ambition to reach zero carbon by 2030. Businesses from 11am – 1pm. Residents from 1:30pm – 7:30pm.
Keswick Tree Walk | 23 Sep, 3pm | Meet at Museum |
Litter pick / walk up Kentmere (6.2km) | 23, Sep 6pm | Meet at Abbey Square | Bring a Torch.
Green Information Stand | 24 Sep, 10am – 12pm | Jack’s corner, Staveley | Books & Information, Competitions, Campaigns & Pledges, Advice, FREE refreshments
Keswick Tree Walk | 22 Sep, 3pm | Meet at Museum |
Sustainable Keswick Market Stall | 25 Sep, 8.30am – 3.30pm | Recycling, questionnaire and petition, Fairtrade, PV mapping and more.
PACT stall in Penrith | 25 Sep, 10:30am – 3pm | Drop in to see PACT in person at the bandstand in Cornmarket in the centre of Penrith. Find out what they’re doing and what you can do to turn the tide on the climate and ecological emergencies.
Re-Energising Sustainable Brampton Part 2 | 26 Sep, 11.30am – 3pm | Brampton Community Centre | A supporter’s workshop including lunch on the theme ‘Together we have the Power!’ to re-energise and expand volunteering opportunities within Sustainable Brampton. Apply to email@example.com or phone 016977 48833.
Duddon Greening | 26 Sep, 11am – 3pm | Victory Hall, Broughton-in-Furness | Displays, entertainment and refreshments, fun for all the family.
Biodiversity in Staveley | Various dates and times | Staveley | Encouraging community involvement in biodiversity projects through a variety of interactive activities, including a series of walks, talks and events.
More details about all these events may be found on the Climate Coalition website here - Find an event - Great Big Green Week
All enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org particularly if you would like to take part in either of the 2 Sustainable Brampton events shown in red.
Chair Sustainable Brampton