link to FoE Manchester Plastic Free Christmas Newsletter

Friends of the Earth Manchester have devoted their December newsletter to support a plastic free Christmas open to access their PDF Manchester Newsletter.


Don't Waste Christmas

Seasonal Greetings.
Slow Down at Christmas

Be Creative    
Shop local/Shop Fairtrade

Don't Waste Christmas!
Reduce and reuse wrapping paper.

Why don't you be creative and make some personalised gifts for friends and family.

Avoid food waste-don't buy too much food. 
Visit Love Food Hate Waste website

Buy locally grown, organic or fairtrade produce for your Christmas meal.

Take your own shopping bag when Christmas refuse plastic bags

Exchange recycled, home-made or charity Christmas cards

Be safe and save energy by switching off Christmas Tree Lights overnight.

Rooted in Falkirk 
Friends of the Earth Falkirk is a local group of Friends of the Earth Scotland. Local volunteers campaign on international issues such as climate change and environmental justice, national issues such as waste, energy, Unconventional Gas and transport and local issues such as food, litter and cycling.


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.