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Tree and Woodcraft Fair at Les Cotils on Saturday 10 October 2015

October 10th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

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Guernsey’s second Tree & Woodcraft Fair will be held at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 10 October 2015.

Guernsey Tree For Life organiser Richard Loyd said “our first Tree Fair, at Fairfield, Castel in October 2011, was hugely successful and we hope to have another sunny day for our 2015 Fair.”

“The programme includes all things tree-related from advice on planting, pruning and maintaining trees to demonstrations from local tree surgeons and skilled local woodcrafters,” said Andy McCutcheon, Secretary of Guernsey Trees For Life.

Nick McMillen from Field Farm Project based in Hampshire will be at the centre of the Fair.” Continue reading

Guernsey Community Foundation facilitates a stronger partnership between HSSD and voluntary sector

July 2nd, 2015 by Guernsey Community Foundation

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

First PowerPoint slide of the evening (click image to expand)

The Guernsey Community Foundation hosted a workshop at St Pierre Park Hotel on 30 June 2015, which looked at opportunities to benefit the community by building a stronger partnership between the voluntary sector and the States of Guernsey Health and Social Services Department (HSSD).

The workshop attracted 76 delegates representing over 50 voluntary organisations as well as the HSSD and other States of Guernsey departments.

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, opened the evening’s presentations and discussions.

He introduced Carol Tozer, HSSD Chief Officer, who discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by HSSD, speaking about the importance of the voluntary sector in helping to prevent ill-health, involving people in planning their own care, and developing more responsive services.

Ruby Parry, HSSD’s Director of Communities, led an interactive session where attendees were asked to talk about their reasons for becoming involved in the voluntary sector, and the values and principles that guided their work. Continue reading

Autism expert to give free workshop at Les Cotils on 13 July 2015

June 26th, 2015 by Carey Olsen

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

(please click on image to go to Gina Davies Autism Centre website)

Autism expert, Gina Davies, will visit Guernsey to deliver a foundation level training course to early years practitioners in Guernsey thanks to the local branch of the National Autistic Society (NAS) and sponsorship raised by Carey Olsen.

The Attention Autism programme will be taught from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July 2015.

During her visit Ms Davies will also deliver an evening presentation for parents and carers and any professionals unable to attend the daytime course.

The free evening session ‘Behaviour – Let’s Tackle Some!‘ will be at Les Cotils, St Peter Port beginning at 7.30 pm on 13 July 2015.  The National Autism Society book library will also be available to browse at this time.

Tickets to attend the evening session must be booked via Eventbrite. Continue reading

Live broadcast of The Big First Aid Lesson at Blanchelande College

June 13th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Katie Sweeney, St John Ambulance first aid trainer with Ms Karen Higgs Blanchelande College class at the end of the Live Big First Aid Lesson (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Katie Sweeney, St John Ambulance first aid trainer, with Ms Karen Higgs year 7 Blanchelande College class at the end of The Live Big First Aid Lesson (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

Claudia Winkleman spoke to children in Karen Higgs’ year seven class at Blanchelande College during a live Big First Aid Lesson broadcast on 12 June 2015.

The forty-five minute broadcast, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, covered what to do when someone is suspected of having a head injury, how to treat someone with a soft tissue injury such as a ligament sprain or muscle or tendon strain, what to do when someone suffers a severe allergic reaction, and how to deal with someone undergoing an asthma attack.

Each health issue was illustrated by actors outdoors and then discussed in a studio with an audience.

All the students were given a quiz to complete based on what they had learned during the live broadcast. Continue reading

An excellent year for the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

June 11th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

Ronez were the 2015 Insurance Corporation Award winners (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ronez Ltd. were the 2015 Insurance Corporation Award winners – (left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; Steve Roussel, Operations Manager; and Seamus Gillespie and Chris Le Tissier from Ronez Ltd (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Ronez Ltd won the top prize in the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

The local quarrying and construction business won the award for the environmental initiatives it has implemented at its Les Vardes quarry in the parish of St Sampson.

Michelle Arundale, HR and PR Executive at Insurance Corporation, and chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel, said that awarding the top prize of £2,000 to Ronez Ltd was a unanimous decision.

“The judges were greatly impressed by their commitment to maintaining a Biodiversity Action Plan and their passion for delivering it,” she said.

“They have planted 7000 trees and have installed numerous nesting boxes to encourage barn owls, kestrels and peregrine falcons.”

Many staff members are involved with the project to enhance the environment at their industrial site.

Harvey Adams, aged 15, was the runner-up and received £1,000 for his tree-planting scheme at the KGV playing fields as part of the Little Trees Project.

Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation, the Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard Collas, and Harvey Adams with his award (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; and Harvey Adams with his certificate and Award (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“Harvey’s project has merit because the planting will benefit insect life as well as the public,” Michelle Arundale said.

“The path that has been built is not well-known but it is charming and we hope the planting will attract more people to visit the area,” she said.

This was the 25th Anniversary of the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards so it was decided to give an additional ‘Manpower’ Award, which was won by the charity Edible Guernsey.

(left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; The Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; Marguerite Talmage and Karen Marsh, co-directors of Edible Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

(left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; The Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; with Marguerite Talmage and Karen Marsh, co-directors of Edible Guernsey, who received the Insurance Corporations Conservation Awards Manpower Award (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

A large team of workers from Insurance Corporation will spend a day helping Edible Guernsey develop their Bee Alley.

The judges were very impressed with their Edible Farm situated on a three vergee site at the former Sandpiper Vinery in St Pierre du Bois.

The charity will provide greater food security and sustainability on the island by increasing the diversity and abundance of local produce.

The winner of this year’s Peter Walpole People’s Choice award, which was voted for on the insurance Corporation website, was Harvey Adams whose Little Trees Project gained the most votes. He won £500 to help fund the initiative.

Peter Walpole, Chairman of Insurance Corporation, with Harvey Adams, and Michelle Arundale, Chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Peter Walpole, Chairman of Insurance Corporation; with Harvey Adams; and Michelle Arundale, Chair of the judging committee (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Judges also viewed a number of other projects including a scheme from Queux Patio Plants to highlight and counter the over-planting of allergenic wind-pollinated trees in urban areas by supplying female plants such as Coprosma sp.

Queux Patio Plants Coprosma female flower that is hypoallergenic (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Queux Patio Plants Coprosma female flower that is hypo-allergenic (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Conservation Awards judges also viewed a new cliff path to Saints Bay in St Martins, and a Floral St Peter Port project to install a flower basket watering system in the retail area of St Peter Port.

Queux Patio installing flower baskets on Fountain Street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Queux Patio installing automatically watered flower baskets on Fountain Street in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The youngest entrant was eight year-old Enzo Crowson who won a special ‘Young Conservationist of the Year’ award for his excellent bug hotel in his parents’ front garden.

The Young Conservationist of the Year award went to Enzo Crowson for his bug hotel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Young Conservationist of the Year award went to Enzo Crowson for his bug hotel (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Enzo has also entered in previous years with his elder brother Jenson and the judges were delighted to see his use of recycled products and his continued commitment to such an important environmental cause.