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A celebration of giving and receiving (but without the money or waste!)

IMG_0619Thanks to everyone who came along to our Eco- Christmas Give and Take on Saturday afternoon. It was a great way to celebrate Christmas – by giving to and receiving presents from our neighbours and friends – just without the expense and waste we too often see at this time of year.

People brought along a wonderful variety of things – clothes, toys books, plants and homemade jams, chutneys and cakes. We gave out a dried broad bean for every item given, which people could exchange for something they wanted to take away. We hope that anyone who held onto their barter currency will plant it and grow some beans next spring!

We also had a presentation of the projects started by Transition Dartmouth Park over the last year – exactly a year on from our launch, it was amazing to see how far we’ve come. The projects presented were: the after school gardening club we started at Brookfield school; the food growing project we began in the previously disused garden at Highgate Newtown Community Centre; our garden sharing project which will expand next spring; the new gardening club we’ve helped Whittington hospital staff start; our program of craft skill-sharing workshops which has become a regular knitting group; and our brand new home energy metering project which will kick off in January. Finally we heard about a new idea – a cycling club, so please get in touch if you’re interested in being involved in this.

There are pictures of the Give & Take on Facebook (and you don’t need to be a member to view them).

We’re ending the year on Tuesday 18th December with Festive Green Drinks in The Star, at 7.30pm, so please do join us for the evening.


About saraayech

I'm a mother of two, living in London in the UK, writing a vegan recipe blog. I also work as an environmental campaigner and am currently on a years maternity leave.


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