Friends of the Earth Richmond & Twickenham has launched an excellent online guide to sustainable living in Richmond Borough. The guide, greenrichmond.org.uk, aims to champion businesses and organisations that reduce waste, encourage better eating, promote energy efficiency, help reduce car journeys and provide channels for community volunteering. Here are some of the highlights that you can click through to from the website. Worth checking out!
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, especially to help maintain green spaces and offer a hand at heritage sites. Habitatsandheritage.org.uk is a charity that cares for the natural and historic environment in south and west London. They rely on volunteers both to support their projects and engage with communities. Projects include planting vegetation for water voles, recording bat species, selling tickets at events or promoting events on social media.
Westlondonwaste.gov.uk is the waste disposal authority looking after the borough of Richmond. Its website covers a wealth of information with a detailed ‘Reduce Waste’ section including everything from home composting to reusable nappies. It is currently offering free one-to-one tutorials online for people looking into reusable nappy options. It also offers a household waste collection service for general bulky items.
The Friends of the Earth guide includes lots of organic options from markets, independent businesses and delivery services operating across the borough. A comparison table is provided for the many fruit and veg box options available for home delivery.
Locally, the Twickenham farmers’ market Lfm.org.uk/markets/twickenham, held each Saturday morning, continues to attract a loyal crowd for its excellent organic meat, fish and dairy options.
• If you know of a business, organisation or charity that should be included on greenrichmond.org.uk please do contact the guide directly and they will be delighted to add suitable recommendations. Friends of the Earth Richmond & Twickenham meet on the first Wednesday of every month and are currently campaigning to reduce food waste. They are also lobbying against Heathrow expansion plans.
Kate Chesshyre is the owner of The Refill Larder in Teddington