Welcome to our latest newsletter with a reminder about our pre-Christmas Fair. We also have news of our Christmas decoration willow weaving workshop.
Other upcoming events around the Wirral include an information session for young people interested in working on eco Christmas projects, a networking day for arts organisations, a family-friendly shore search, a children's Nature Day, a wellbeing walk, a peace parade and a green Christmas makers' market.
We would like to encourage you to calculate your carbon footprint and add your marker to the map on the Cool Wirral Climate Hub website.
Keep reading to find out about the relaunch of the Wirral Tree Warden Network, a request for a site for a communal composting facility and support available through the Great British Insulation Scheme. We also have details about the launch of the Dock Branch Neighbourhood consultation and an agreement on bus franchising in the Liverpool CIty Region.
WEN Pre-Christmas Fair
Saturday 18th November, 11am - 2pm
Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER
One month until our pre-Christmas fair!
It's a great opportunity to treat yourself and others with a festive mix of cakes, crafts, plants and gifts. We'll be sharing helpful eco ideas and there will be stalls featuring other local environmental groups. Wirral Unplugged will also be joining us to run children's activities. If you get peckish we'll be serving soup and vegan ‘bacon’ butties.
Entry is free but donations are much appreciated. We are only able to accept cash payments.
Christmas Willow Weaving Workshop at WEN
Wednesday 29th November, 9.30am - 12 noon
Sandon Building, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER
Make Christmas wreath and heart decorations from willow, with added festive greenery.
If you have secateurs, please bring them if possible. Also please bring any extra 'bling' you want to include in your design, such as old Christmas decorations that can be given a new lease of life instead of being thrown away.
To book a place on the workshop, contact Carol by phoning 07932 355742 or emailing [email protected]
Strive Eco Project Information Session
Friday 20th October, 6.30 - 7pm
Scout Hut, Columbia Road, Birkenhead, CH43 6TU
Strive is a new environmental charity led by young people to encourage sustainable living.
If you are aged 14 to 17 and would like to earn some money helping to run eco Christmas projects, you are invited to attend an information session this Friday.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved but can't get to the Scout Hut on 20th October, please email [email protected]
Arts Green Book Day
Tuesday 24th October, 1 - 5 pm
Everyman Playhouse Bistro, 5-11 Hope Street, L1 9BH
Shift Liverpool is hosting a workshop and network event around The Arts Green Book, a guide to support arts organisations to reduce the carbon emissions of their buildings and venues, co-written by Paddy Dillon and Lisa Burger.
Come along to the Everyman Playhouse for presentations from Paddy, green energy suppliers Ecotricity, and cultural community spaces Squash Liverpool, Future Yard and Kitty's Launderette.
There will be a chance to meet artists, producers, local funders and organisations supporting the Liverpool City Region path to Net Zero.
Sign up for a ticket here:
Shoresearch and Coastal Wildlife Survey - Family Event
Wednesday 25th October, 10am - 3.30pm
Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Station Road, Thurstaston, CH61 0HN
Join Our Dee Estuary and RECORD for this family friendly event for budding naturalists. It's a full day of surveying activities along the Thurstaston shoreline, looking at what the tide has brought onto the beach.
Buckets, spades, sample trays and identification guides will be provided and there will be experts on hand to help identify anything you find.
The event is open to all ages, but the activity is best suited for age 10 or over. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Meet by the pond outside the Visitor Centre at 10am.
Find out more and book a place on Eventbrite:
Children's Nature Day
Saturday 4th November, 12 - 3pm
Birkenhead Priory, Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH
Wellbeing Walking, Talking & Connecting With Nature
Saturday 11th November, 1 - 4pm
Earth Moves, Telegraph Lane, Wallasey, CH45 8LW
Earth Moves is collaborating with Wirral Adult Learning for a free wellbeing walk along the coast in Wallasey to create connections to self and nature. Meet like minds and connect with nature's healing powers. There will be a discussion afterwards on ecopsychology and ecotherapy, and free soup and hot drinks.
The event is disability inclusive, for all ages and all levels of fitness. The Earth Moves site has toilets. The walk will still go ahead if it is raining, with the other activities taking place in the indoor classroom space. Please wear waterproof clothes and boots.
For more information, see the event listing on Facebook:
Travelling Light: Lantern Peace Parade
Saturday 11th November, 5.30pm
Coronation Gardens, West Kirby
Transition Town West Kirby's annual lantern parade is a special gathering, joining together to share the intention for a peaceful world.
There will be opportunities to join in lantern making at Making Space on Gilroy Road on the Wednesday morning sessions at 10am and also on Monday evenings on 23rd October and November 6th, 6 - 8pm. Or make a lantern at home and join the parade with your creations and shine your light to the world!
Follow Transition Town West Kirby on Facebook to make sure you have all the information about this and their other events:
Relax & Make Christmas Green
Saturday 2nd December, 11am - 4pm
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Oxton, CH43 4UE
The team behind Wirral MakeFest is organising a chilled out Christmas making and makers' market at the Williamson Art Gallery. Local makers will be displaying and selling their wares and there will be an activity room to produce seasonal gifts and decor.
Volunteers are needed to assist at the event. Please email [email protected] for more details.
Put Your Carbon Footprint on the Cool Wirral Map
Do you know your carbon footprint?
Use the WWF Footprint Calculator on the Cool Wirral Climate Action Hub, where your answers to questions about household energy use, food consumption and travel habits will tell you approximately how much carbon your lifestyle generates.
You can then add a pin to a map to show your location and carbon footprint.
It would be great if our WEN newsletter subscribers could add their carbon footprint amounts to the map! Please help spread the word amongst your family and friends too.
The information will be analysed by Cool Wirral to help work out where the greatest sources of emissions are in each area and how to direct resources to best support communities to reduce them.
Calculate your carbon footprint and then add your pin to the map here:
Relaunch of the Wirral Tree Warden Network
Wirral Council has recently relaunched the Wirral Tree Warden network, which is affiliated with The Tree Council's national Tree Warden scheme.
The council is now looking for new Tree Wardens to play an active role in the care of Wirral’s trees, hedgerows and woodlands. As a member of the network you will be able to attend events such as tree walks, workshops, tree plantings and a book club.
To join the Tree Warden network, please email [email protected] and you will receive a membership form and details of how you can get involved.
Communal Food Waste Composting Site Wanted
Compost Works has funding available to set up a new community composting facility in Wirral for local residents to use for their household food waste.
Training and support is available, as well as caddies to collect food waste at home.
Compost Works is looking for a suitable location in an area with terraced or apartment housing where people don't have space for home composting.
The compost produced in the communal facility can be used in community gardens, allotments and other local growing activities.
If you can suggest a location or would like more information about getting involved, contact Compost Works at [email protected]
Apply for Support from the Great British Insulation Scheme
You may be able to get free or cheaper insulation to reduce your home’s energy bills. If you’re eligible for support, your energy supplier will contact you to arrange an assessment of the property.
If you need to pay anything, you’ll find out after the assessment. You can decide not to go ahead if you do not agree with the assessment or costs.
Read about the eligibility criteria and how to apply here:
Dock Branch Neighbourhood Consultation
Wirral Council is consulting on phase 2 of plans for the Dock Branch Neighbourhood in Birkenhead, which focuses on the area around the Dock Branch railway line that will be transformed into a new linear park.
A draft masterplan has been prepared following phase 1 of the consultation. Some of the environmental characteristics of the proposed development include:
- Easy access to secure cycle storage, pedestrian and cycle priority at junctions, and high quality active travel infrastructure throughout.
- Green, biodiverse, absorbent and edible landscapes.
- Buildings constructed to passive design principles to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer, making them affordable to run.
- Generation of onsite renewable energy through use of solar panels.
- District heat network and electricity microgrid.
- Communal organic waste converters and rain water harvesting.
You can read the Masterplan and have your say here:
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Agree Bus Franchising System
Last week the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved plans to franchise bus services. Once the franchising system is in place the Combined Authority will have greater control over fares, routes and timetables, allowing for improvements in bus frequency, reliability and network coverage.
Franchising will be introduced in phases, with the first franchised buses starting to run in St Helens by late 2026. Wirral will be the second area in the roll out, with a fully franchised system across the whole of the Liverpool City Region by the end of 2028.
Read about the franchising decision here: