December Newsletter


Sunday 14th December Plant for the Planet  meet 10.30 at BMX car park behind Martial Arts, West Portway for tree planting – see below for more information

Saturday 10 January 2015 10.30  The Lights, cafe area.Test Valley Friends of the Earth meeting.  All welcome.

Saturday/Sunday 31st January/1st February 2015 10am – 3pm POTATO WEEKEND   Testbourne Community School Micheldever Road, Whitchurch, Hants RG28 7JF
Admission £2 per adult, children free
Buy your potato tubers singluarly or by the bag from a choice of 150 varieties.  Talks, seed swap,refreshments and much more.   For more information see

Members of TTA had a very interesting visit to the Passivhuas house in Lower Chute. The first thing we noticed was no radiators and lots of glass. Although it is not easy to build a passive house  there is a lot to learn from energy saving measures such as good insulation, well fitted  triple glazed windows and doors.  The house had huge windows and so was very light.   It also had a very impressive ‘A’ rating energy certificate. One of the problems the owners had was finding local business able to supply and fit the necessary part of the build.

For more on the visit please see          for the report on the visit.   For information on Passivhaus see

Thank you for supporting us at our community stall on Saturday.    After a very cold start we had a steady stream of  shoppers to the stall and raised much needed funds for the running of TTA as well as preventing items going into landfill.

Welcomes you to Harmony Woods

ATU have been very busy since the last newsletter.  There was Harmony Woods Open Day at the beginning of October.  The sun shone and everyone was able to enjoy the various activities.  There has been a label-making workshop.  The labels are now up at Harmony woods marking where schools planted.  The progrow has been bagged and transported to the schools.  Thank you Tim and Dave for transporting the bags, and to those who bagged up.  Thank you TVBC for delivering a load to the larger schools.

The community day in Harmony Woods took place in the pouring rain.   It is lovely to plant listening to music provided by Andy and Carol.  A hazel circle was planted, the ground prepared for seeding and a hazel arch made. The Scouts planted their trees.  At the end of the morning we had some delicious soup and rolls.

We then had 2 weeks of local schools (a thousand children) coming up to transplant their whips into the wood.  Andover College also come up twice with their childcare students to assist.   All the trees were marked with numbered red tags and a list kept of who planted what.  The first week was extremely muddy and the second cold.   A hazel coppice has been completed – in years to come this will be coppiced.  They also planted along the rides Guilder roses and Spindle.  Some Maple and Hornbeam were also planted.  The children also sowed seeds in the prepared ground and attached a poppy to the arch.    Some of the children put messages on their poppy.  Each group also put a white poppy on the arch.  Next year there should be a lovely circle of poppies and with the spring flowers Harmony woods will be a beautiful venue.  Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help.  We must also thank TVBC and HCC, who with their 4-wheeled drive trucks delivered water and helped us with the planting.  The excess road through the sport field and the wood has not yet been completed so it was impossible to get any vehicle up there unless it was 4-wheeled drive.

We are now awaiting the arrival of the whips for the school nursery beds.

Plant for the planet

Plant-for-the-Planet is a children’s initiative that aims to raise awareness amongst children and adults about the issues of climate change and  global justice. The Initiative also works to plant trees, and considers this to be both a practical and symbolic action in efforts to reduce the effect of climate change.
On the 13th October in the Guildhall there was the children’s celebration evening.  After the very successful Plant for the Planet academy in March children of the schools that attended have been meeting twice termly.  Each school nominated 2 children to have an award. Erin and Hannah from Rookwood gave the presentation.  They also went to the London together with     from John Hansen to run the workshop for children from London.  Other children went to Reading to have a stall at

The children from the various schools have also raised money by selling chocolate especially made for Plant for the Planet.

Andover Climate Justice Ambassadors 1st tree planting!
80 Trees to mark Dr Jane Goodall’s 80th Birthday
We need as many people as possible to help out and plant a tree. Every little helps.
It is going to celebrate a great woman’s achievements as she has reached such a great year.
Make sure you are in mucky clothes as it will be muddy!
Bring family and friends!
Meet 10.30 at BMX car park behind Martial Arts, West Portway.
A short walk to plant near Charlton Lakes, Andover
Get your green fingers out!!
Bring spade and water to drink.”

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