Programme of Events 2021

We hope you are keeping safe and well, and wish you the best of whatever 2021 brings us.

All meetings open at 7.15pm and commence at 7.30pm closing at 9pm, at the latest. The first three meetings will be available by Zoom, after that meeting locations will be determined by the prevailing Covid-19 rules. We sincerely hope to be able to see you all in person again later this year.

Tuesday 26 January: Changes to Planning Law and Consequences

Stephen Hardy, Trustee Rother Environmental Group and Sussex Campaign to Protect Rural England (East Sussex), and was Chair of the Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan.

We will be given an explanation of the new three tier zoning planning system, and a consideration of the impact on residents input, local democracy, the environment and sustainability. Particularly concerning for those areas without neighbourhood plans will be the potential impact of fringe development and infrastructures.

Tuesday 23 February: Plastic Free Eastbourne – encouraging more efforts?

Oliver Sterno, Community Leader of Plastic Free Eastbourne and Co-ordinator of Refill Eastbourne.

An explanation of how Oliver set out to establish the project, the breadth of current activities from beach cleaning to water refill stations. His involvement in the UK wide network of communities working to reduce plastic usage at source. Oliver will suggest ways in which smaller communities across Rother could set up plastic free communities.

Tuesday 30 March: Regenerative Farming Practices Explained

Edward Hall, Paley Farm Estate Manager.

We will learn how they put into practice their ethos of combining traditional values while farming native breeds for breeding or eating, with high welfare standards while practises are environmentally friendly, sustainable while being commercial. Management includes rotational grazing, sowing herbal pastures, restoring soil nutrition and enhancing biodiversity.

Tuesday 27 April: Rother District Council’s Response to the Climate Emergency

Kristina Sodomkova, RDC’s Environment & Policy Manager.

Appointed to implement the Council’s Environmental Strategy, with its detailed targets, Kristina will update us on the Council’s progress. She will outline challenges and amendments to the strategy in line with our government’s new national targets of 68% reduction on 1990 levels by 2030 which she may be putting to the Climate Change Steering Group.

Tuesday 25 May: Site Visit to Rye Community Garden

Tour led by Dominic Manning and Nigel Jennings.  Talk by John Tucker

We will learn how the garden came in to being and the aims of the project. Local residents can learn how to cultivate vegetables and undertake other gardening activities. Policies on use of insecticide and cropping rotation will be explained as well as sharing of the sense of well being gained by volunteers involved in the garden.

Tuesday 29 June: The gardening industry and making it more sustainable

Martin Emmett, Director of Tristram Plants and Horticultural Training Consultant

An increasing awareness of both the value of our gardens, use of resources and climate change has led the gardening industry to rethink its practices from use of energy, water, growing medium, energy and use of plastics. We will learn how the industry is working towards being more sustainable, how it will impact us as purchasers and how our gardens may look in the future.

Please note there are no meetings during July and August

Tuesday 28 September: COP 26 The Future for Planet Earth

Geoff Barnard, Steering Group member of the South East Climate Alliance (SECA)
In November United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) will be held in Glasgow, targets agreed at this conference will determine global efforts to respond to the Climate Emergency. Geoff will talk about his experiences at previous COPs and also about his work with SECA, uniting local environmental, community and faith groups in the Southeast, in calling for urgent action on climate change, urging councils to raise the ambition of their Climate Action Plans.

Tuesday 26 October:  Local Action to Protect Darwell Area

Peter Miles, Chairman Darwell Conservation Area Society

The Society has a wide ranging remit concerned with protecting and enhancing the area surrounding Darwell reservoir. Peter will share the significance of this site, their achievements and consider the impact of Covid-19, both on volunteer input and additional usage as a result of travel restrictions, their current concerns and immediate plans.

Tuesday 30 November AGM and talk – Speaker TBC