Link to Just Transition film with Grangemouth towards the end



Soup and Stovies 2018

Friends of the Earth Falkirk had its annual Soup and Stovies lunch on Saturday 18 August at our Bean Row community garden. The event is a celebration of community volunteering and sharing of the vegetable plot harvest. Thanks for the food contribution for the three course vegan meal. Every course had some ingredients from under our feet at Bean Row.


Bean Row Urban Community Garden- The Big Dig

The weather forecast hadn't been promising but the day dawned mild and dry, perfect conditions for our 2018 Big Dig. We dug over the dormant soil, weeding and tidying as we went along, and prepared the soil for the planting of our potatoes and broad beans.

There was some discussion about the use of chicken pellets to fertilise the garden, but with gentle persuasion from Jean, and the addition of the rich brown earth from our very own on-site compost bin, our vegan principles were pacified!

Jean had chitted some early Rocket potatoes along with main crop Pink for Apple and Maris Piper. Norman dug a trench parallel to the fence and carried out the honours. Sandra prepared an area adjacent to the potatoes where she planted the broad beans - all the planting being carried out under the guidance of experienced gardener Jean.

We then split the crown of the rhubarb and removed the section nearest the wall to prevent the roots from becoming restricted by the barrier.

Norman had very kindly brought tea, coffee and scones which were most welcome at this point, and sustained us long enough to tidy the rest of the garden.

As ever, we enjoyed chatting with passers-by who stopped to ask about our endeavours, we are always pleased to be able to show what can be accomplished in our urban vegetable plot. 



Air Quality Figures for Falkirk

The, now annual, revelation from Friends of the Earth Scotland in the Sunday Herald of the most polluted streets does not have a Falkirk street in either of the top ten worst offenders for NO2 or for Particular matter. see link to Sunday Herald article here. Emilia Hanna, Air Quality Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland have provided us with more detail from the results to enable us to explore the air quality issues in Falkirk.

A polluting, often gridlocked, stretch of Falkirk streets should be no surprise to Falkirk drivers. Main Street, Bainsford is the 12th biggest polluter in Scotland for Particulate Matter at 15.5 micrograms per cubic metre The street which leads to Main Street on the way into and out of Falkirk to the North is Graham's Road, the 16th biggest polluter for Particulate Matter at 14.5 micrograms per cubic metre. As the road gets narrower on Main Street the concentration is higher.

West Bridge, Falkirk has regularly been recorded within the worst offenders and is currently sitting at the 15th biggest NO2 polluter in Scotland. hardly a situation the town can be proud of.


The Bentley Effect Screening in Falkirk

The Bentley Effect documents the extraordinary tale of a community that defied the gas juggernaut - and won.

When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, activists, scientists – organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion. Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the State Government were determined to see their gas plan through. What happened next set an historic precedent.

Join Brendan Shoebridge, Simon Clough and Ian Gaillard who each played an important part in the Bentley Effect story as they take their documentary around Scotland as part of the Bentley Effect 2017 UK Tour.
With the fight against fracking and unconventional gas in Scotland at a critical stage this year, we invite you to these special screenings to learn first hand how communities can protect themselves against unwanted unconventional gas development.

These events are FREE, though donations towards venue costs would be much appreciated.

Click above on the 'Register' button and then select the screening you wish to attend.

Monday 15th May: GLASGOW, 7pm at CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD with FrackWatch Glasgow
Tuesday 16th May: FALKIRK, 7pm at Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk FK1 1JN with Concerned Communities of Falkirk
Tuesday 16th May: KIRKINTILLOCH, 7pm at Kirkintilloch Miners' Welfare & Social Club, Saramango St, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow G66 3AA with Kirkintilloch Against Fracking and Torrance Against Fracking
Wednesday 17th May: EAST KILBRIDE, 7pm at the Murray Owen Centre, 1 Liddell Grove, East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 9AD with RIC East Kilbride and South Lanarkshire Against Unconventional Gas
Thursday 18th May: EDINBURGH, 5.30pm Screening Room G.04, 50 George Sq, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LH with OurForth Portobello and Tommy Sheppard MP

The Bentley Effect UK Tour is running through May and June 2017. Details about dates and locations can be found here, and you can donate to the tour here. More information on The Bentley Effect film can be found at www.thebentleyeffect.com