Archive for August, 2012

More funds for developing wave and tidal power technology in Scotland

August 30th, 2012 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, welcomed the announcement on the 29 August 2012 by the Scottish Government that it will provide nearly £8 million to help fund the testing of five prototype marine energy devices.

The second round of WATERS funding, worth £7.9 million, will be split among five marine energy developers as part of the Scottish Government’s programme to accelerate the development of an industry which it says could be worth up to £4 billion by 2020.

It follows the announcement on 28 August 2012 that two wave developers (Pelamis Wave Power and Aquamarine Power) and two tidal developers (MeyGen and ScottishPower Renewables) will compete for the prestigious £10 million Saltire Prize. Continue reading

Guernsey apple tree owners can bring their crop to Rocquette Cider Co. in exchange for cash or cider

August 29th, 2012 by Rocquette Cider Company

Rocquette Cider Co., Ltd. receiving apples from the Guernsey public (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rocquette Cider Company has run for the last three years an ‘apple swap’ campaign at harvest time to encourage Guernsey apple tree owners to exchange their crops for either cash or cider as a swap exchange.

James Meller, Managing Director and founder of Rocquette Cider Company, said “people from all over Guernsey who have apple trees on their property love this scheme which enables us to collect enough apples to make our cider unique and truly local.”

For the six Saturdays from 15 September 2012 until 27 Continue reading

Guernsey Airport receives recycling bins sponsored by AFM

August 29th, 2012 by Amalgamated Facilities Management

(left to right) Darren Etasse of AFM; Tina Norman-Ross, PSD's Recycling Officer; Scott Ogier, PSD Deputy Minister; and Ashley Nicholas, Deputy Director of Guernsey Airport stand by an AFM sponsored airport recycling bin (click image to expand)

Guernsey Airport passengers are being encouraged to recycle their rubbish with the installation of dedicated recycling bins, which have been sponsored by AFM.

The new bins at Guernsey airport are designed to collect paper and magazines, plastic bottles and also general waste in a separate section.

“Guernsey Airport has been recycling these items since 2007, but the bins supplied by AFM, will be much more visible and we hope that they will encourage the 900,000 passengers Continue reading

Wild Guernsey hosts a beginners scythe course on 8 September 2012

August 29th, 2012 by Events

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WildGuernsey is holding a Beginners Scythe Course in St Pierre du Bois from 10 am to about 4 pm on 8 September 2012.

The course is led by experienced mower and scythe teacher Philip Batten of the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust in south west Wales. Continue reading

Isle of Wight begins shift to low carbon transport with Prius Plug-in

August 25th, 2012 by Ecoisland

The Isle of Wight's new Prius plug-in (click image to expand - image courtesy of Ecoisland)

Ecoislands, a global leader for sustainable communities, has formed a partnership with Toyota GB, as part of a shared commitment to alternative, low-carbon transport.

Toyota joins leading technology partners, including IBM, Toshiba, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, Sliver Spring Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), ITM Power and Southern Water, who are committed to helping to turn the Ecoislands vision of enabling every region around the world to live within their means into a reality.

To launch the partnership Toyota and local supplier Wight Motors have delivered a new Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the Ecoislands flagship project on the Isle of Wight, driving awareness of, and infrastructure for, alternative fuel vehicles. Continue reading

Sir Bob Watson, DEFRA Chief Scientific Advisor, speaks about climate change to Channel 4 News

August 24th, 2012 by Channel 4 News

Tom Clarke, Channel 4 News Science Editor, interviews Sir Bob Watson, DEFRA Chief Scientific Adviser, about the peril of human induced climate change.

Sir Bob Watson steps down from his role at DEFRA at the end of August 2012.  Professor Ian Boyd has been appointed to replace Sir Bob Watson as DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

Guernsey Community Foundation awards grants to five charities

August 23rd, 2012 by Guernsey Community Foundation

Five Guernsey projects have benefitted from the second round of the Guernsey Community Foundation’s Quarterly Grants Programme.

Drug Concern were granted £4,000 for its ‘Moving Parents and Children Together’ (MPACT) programme. The Panel was very impressed by the work of the programme and the development of the MPACT programme which would benefit families coping with the generational cycle of drug addiction. It was also very impressed with the dedication of the Drug Concern team in striving to establish this new programme.

Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club were granted £2,500 for travel expenses and volunteer training. The panel was keen to support Guernsey Marlins Special Swimmers Club because it is the only charity on the island dedicated to helping disabled adults, who would not normally have the chance and confidence to learn to swim, to do so. For disabled people to also have the opportunity to compete in UK swimming competitions was seen as an added benefit and confidence booster. Continue reading

RHS advisors to introduce ‘Get your grown-ups growing’ initiative to Guernsey primary school children

August 22nd, 2012 by Bedell Group

Notre Dame du Rosaire Primary School were Bedell Little Fingers Schools' Project competition winners in 2012 (click image to expand - image courtesy of Bedell Group)

Teachers and parents will be treated to a seminar, providing ideas and resources for all their gardening and growing initiatives, by the Royal Horticultural Society as part of the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project – in association with Floral Guernsey.

Bedell Group’s Little Green Fingers project aims to give every child, regardless of circumstances, the opportunity to experience the joy of growing vegetables and other plants, raise awareness of where food comes from and of environmental issues, and encourage team and community spirit through competition.

Three participants from each of the island’s primary and infant schools, including teachers, teaching assistants, parents and members of the PTA, will be invited to attend this one-off event on Saturday 22 September 2012. Continue reading

Guernsey Water manhole chamber refurbishment to close roads in St Peters & Torteval from 4 September

August 22nd, 2012 by Guernsey Water

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Guernsey Water will shortly be commencing the second phase of its project to refurbish manhole chambers in the Route de la Palloterie, Rue des Laurens and Route de Pleinmont. The project will run from 4 September to 8 October 2012.

The work will complete the project that began in February 2012, and will require the road to be closed as heavy concrete cover slabs are taken off and a new lining system is put in place.

This second phase of refurbishment will involve the rehabilitation of the remaining 13 manhole chambers leading up to the Creux Mahie wastewater facility. Continue reading

Guernsey Conservation Volunteers to create new habitat for birds at Marais Rise reed bed on 25 August

August 22nd, 2012 by Guernsey Conservation Volunteers

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On Saturday 25 August 2012 at 10 am the Guernsey Conservation Volunteers (GCV) will be clearing growth to ground level at the Marais Rise Reed Bed to create new habitat for birds. Volunteers are welcome to attend.

Please bring study boots as we will be working on uneven ground.

For parking please go to Perry’s page 17 G1. The working party will be at Perry’s page 17 G1

If you don’t have a Perry’s Guide please park in the fenced area on the left at the end of Marais Rise. Continue reading