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We are delighted that the volunteer gardeners who have developed, nurtured and maintained Heaton Mersey Village Garden have joined our team. Initial work on this little area opposite McColls on Didsbury Road began in 2018, and now has probably the best community raised herb bed in the Heatons, as well as a raised flower bed and other beds for flowers, fruit and vegetables. It is a real eye catcher at all times of year!

The small gardening team have a wealth of knowledge and expertise but would love help and support to continue keeping this garden so stunning, either with hands-on participation or ideas.

Gardening days are normally 2nd Sunday and 4th Tuesday of each month between 10.30 and 12.30. even during winter months, weather permitting. Contact info@slheatons.org if you want to know more. 
Everyone is welcome.

HOW DID THE GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK GO?
18th- 26th September 2021

The Great Big Green Week was a national event co-ordinated by The Climate Coalition  and important time to think about what we might do and expect locally in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, when the world’s leaders will unite to tackle climate change. 

SLH had our own events too! 

SLH 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! 

SLH was started just over 10 years ago, with a first meeting in December 2010, when Stockport Council funded Action for Sustainable Living to kick-start an environmental group for volunteers in The Heatons. Last month over 60 of our supporters got together in the SLH community orchard, to celebrate with drinks and cakes!

We were delighted to see so many people who'd been involved in our various activities over the years, including representatives of other local organisations, businesses, Stockport Council and Councillors.
 

TACKLING CLIMATE CHAOS IN THE HEATONS - A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT IS POSSIBLE

This on line interactive event on Monday 20th September was an opportunity to meet some local experts and listen to their take on the reality of climate change and what we can do locally. A poll before and after showed that most of the audience were more positive about our leaders' ability to meet targets to reduce climate change having heard our experts. 

If you missed this interesting and thought provoking event, please catch up by listening to the recording in our youtube page here or via www.slheatons.org


 

FILM 2040 AT THE SAVOY CINEMA



We were so pleased that many of our supporters joined up with us at the Savoy Heaton Moor on 22nd September to watch 2040. This thought-provoking film explores how the future might look if we embraced the best climate solutions already available today. Structured as a visual letter to the director's daughter, this inspiring film shows how seaweed could be used to capture carbon, how regenerative farming could save our soils, and how empowering women and girls will be one of the most important actions that the world can take in the fight against climate change.

In the foyer beforehand there were a number of stalls from local organisations concerned with environmental issues including  Carbon Co-op The Kindling Trust  , The Good Life  and us, Sustainable Living in the Heatons to show what we are all doing locally at the moment to make the Heatons a better place to live now and in the future. There was a great buzz and lots of lively chatter!

If you missed this one-off screening, you can watch 2040 on various platforms including BT, Rakuten, Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV. Visit the 2040 to find out more.

Thank you to the team at The Savoy Heaton Moor for collaborating with us on this event. 

HEATONS SUNFLOWER PROJECT

Our sunflower project has drawn to a close. Remember to save some of your sunflower seeds, dry them and then store them in a cool, dry place until next April when they can be sown and you can grow more sunflowers next year.

We have updated our website with the winner's stories and pictures.

HEDGE MAINTENANCE


The next hedge session is TOMORROW (Sunday 19th) 10am to 12 noon, to maintain our ancient hedge. We clear the area on either side, pick litter, PLANT BULBS and do all we can to help it to thrive.  Wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves and bring gloves, secateurs, shears and a trowel if you have them, although we will come with some equipment. The hedge is between Priestnall allotments and the recreation field, on the lane that links Trentham Avenue (SK4 3QD) and Mersey Road.

Everyone is welcome to pop along for as long as you wish.


STOCKPORT CAN - CLIMATE ACTION NOW SUMMIT

You might like to check out Stockport CAN - Climate Action Now Summit at www.stockport.gov.uk/can-climate-strategy-stockport on 9th November. This virtual summit will be your chance to find out about Stockport’s plans to reduce our climate impacts.


 

SLH MONTHLY MEETINGS
 
The SLH monthly meetings are on the first Saturday of the month.
 
The next meeting will be on 6th November 2021 10.30 - 12 noon. 

Everyone is welcome to our meeting. Contact info@slheatons.org if you have questions. We use the time to discuss and plan our activities, and have occasional guest speakers.  Everyone is welcome. Do come and meet us!

We meet
 at The Heatons Centre, next to Heatons Library, Thornfield Rd, SK4 3LD. The entrance is at the back of the centre, where you should ring the bell for the conference room. Hot drinks will be provided for everyone. It is a large well-ventilated room.

We are grateful to Stockport Signpost for Carers in allowing us the use of The Heatons Centre at a generous fee. Signpost for Carers (registered charity no: 1085727) owns and manages the use of the Heatons Centre. Surplus income generated from the use of this community space is used to support the wellbeing of those caring for friends and relatives across Stockport.

 
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