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Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

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

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.

Waitrose ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme expands across the Bailiwick

April 30th, 2015 by Waitrose

Waitrose 'Grow and Sell' kit for schools (please click image to expand)

Waitrose’s ‘Grow and Sell’ pack for schools (please click image to expand – image courtesy of Waitrose)

Waitrose will deliver ‘Grow and Sell‘ packs to school children in Alderney, Sark and Herm later this month following strong interest in this scheme from Guernsey schools.

The ‘Grow and Sell’ scheme has already given out 37 kits to Guernsey schools.

The scheme aims to encourage seven to eleven year old children from across the UK and the Channel Islands to grow their own produce, which they can then sell to Waitrose customers.

The kit, which has been specially designed by Waitrose to get school vegetable patches up and running, includes seeds, equipment and step-by-step growing instructions and aims to promote healthy eating and increase pupils understanding of where their food comes from.

Aurigny has kindly provided the flights for Kelly Divall, community matters co-ordinator at Waitrose Rohais, to travel to Alderney to deliver the kit to St Annes School. Continue reading

Bailiwick residents invited to enter 2015 Conservation Awards by 8 May

April 30th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation

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Conservations and ecologists are invited to enter the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards to highlight work they are doing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The awards now in their 25th year have raised the profile of many island conservation projects performed by schools, environmental groups, businesses and private landowners.

Pat Wisher from the 2014 winners, Living Streets Guernsey, said the group entered the conservation awards to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme which aims to provide an outside learning area for St Sampson High School and Le Murier School. Continue reading

Appleby sponsor trees and shrubs they help plant at North Plantation

April 7th, 2014 by Appleby

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, in light blue shirt, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand – image courtesy of Appleby)

The final stages of the North Plantation’s makeover was completed on Sunday 6 April 2014 with a replanting of the southern end of the flower bed next to the Guernsey Information Centre.

Three hollies were removed and replaced with nine species of shrub and tree including Phoenix palms, Viburnum, Hebe, Hydrangea, and three Golden Yews to add brightness and colour.

The North Plantation planting forms part of the St Peter Port entry into the 2014 Britain in Bloom competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Continue reading

Tree care volunteers requested to help establish trees at St Germain, Castel on 29 March 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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You are invited to a Tree Care Army morning at the Sigma Wood at St Germain, Castel beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday 29 March 2014.

Please wear boots and gloves and if possible bring garden tools such as a spade, shovel, wheelbarrow, bucket or hoe.

Volunteers plan to complete the weeding of the new trees and place wood chip mulch around them to aid their growth and Continue reading

Open Garden at Grange Court on 4 May 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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Mr and Mrs Pat Johnson are opening their Grange Court garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 4 May 2014 for a £5 gate fee in aid of Bridge2 and in conjunction with Floral Guernsey.

Sueco will be serving Sunday Lunch in a wrap from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for donations at the tent.

Bridge2 will sell cream teas, homemade cakes, teas and coffees and soft drinks all day.

GU10 will provide musical entertainment.

There will be an Intransit Shuttle Service from North Beach car park to Lukis House in return for a donation to Bridge2.

And there will be a ShelterBox tent in the grounds with information about ShelterBox’s work and how Bridge2 worked with the disaster relief charity in the Philippines.

Improving home energy efficiency a remedy for rising energy bills

March 12th, 2014 by UK Green Building Council

The UK Green Building Council is urging the UK Chancellor George Osborne to make energy efficiency of homes a top infrastructure priority in his 19 March 2014 budget.

The Council states that the UK needs to retrofit one million homes each year for the next 25 years to curb rising energy bills, reduce the occurrence of  fuel poverty, and lower carbon emissions.

Home energy consumption accounts for about 25% of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

Improving these properties offers an opportunity to stimulate investment and growth in construction, help create thousands of jobs, and export opportunities for a world-leading energy Continue reading

Local cookbook reprinted to aid Les Bourgs Hospice

March 4th, 2014 by Les Bourgs Hospice

Les Bourgs Hospice cookbook featuring recipes from the Bailiwick of Guernsey has been reprinted to raise money for the Hospice.

In 2013 Les Bourgs Hospice held a Hospice-tality for its Hospice fundraiser which encouraged islanders to host an event from tea and cake up to dinner parties with guests making a donation to the hospice.

A cookbook was made from the recipes used during the fundraising initiative, which also features contributions from Les Bourgs Hospice staff and from well-known island personalities such as chef Tony Leck and butcher Jason Hamon.

The A5 cookbook, which costs £5.50, contains 65 recipes from starters and snacks through to desserts and cakes.

All the money from the sale of the cookbook goes to Les Bourgs Hospice. Continue reading