Quaggy Development Trust is working to change the way we work across all of our services. From simple things like reducing the use of paper through to changing the way children see and care for their world through the provision of ‘green’ activities. We recognise that this is a long journey, but it is one we have to make to make a difference to our world. We believe that there is no action too small to recycle, reduce and reuse and we are continually reflecting on our environmental impact. We want to provide an environment where children and families not only recognise our commitment to these issues but also see us as a way of supporting them to change the way we live and help protect the world we live in. This hub exists to highlight the work we are doing and to also provide information, resources and ideas for families.
Quaggy are developing ways that we can compost our green waste. This includes food and other compostable materials collected. We have built compost bins that are situated in the Forest School. This enables us to not only recycle but to educate and involve the children in the process and also teaching them about caring for their environment. The composted matter is used in our garden and allotment to complete the cycle.
Quaggy have an allotment that we use to engage children in learning about growing and eating plant based foods. Children get the opportunity to plant and observe observe vegetables and fruit and to harvest them to be used by our cook at Quaggy. We try to use as much fresh produce in our home cooked meals for children so this enables the children to experience seeing food from the allotment to their plate.
Learning about Growing
We believe in giving children the experience of growing their own vegetables and fruit. We regularly have visits from our garden teacher Alison who share her wealth of knowledge about growing plants. Not only does the environment look beautiful with all the colourful plants growing around the building, we also grow different foods.
Children can see how fruit and vegetables grow and are then used as food for them to eat.
Growing in our garden and allotment site provide an enormous amount of learning opportunities for children and families. These experiences embed the importance of the natural environment and how we all need to take care of the world we live in.
Our environment within Quaggy reflects our commitment to the principles that we believe in. That’s why our displays show how we work with children and families to reflect on and make changes to how we support the environment. Children are involved in creating the displays. We use the work that children have produced to show our commitment to caring for our world and doing what we can to help save our planet.
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1. Check before you recycle
Many items such as textiles, electricals, pots and pans wrongly end up in household bins, which can cause problems at our recycling facilities. These items can be recycled but they need to be taken to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre. If you’re ever unsure how to recycle something, it’s always best to check your local council’s website.
2. Make sure recycling is empty, clean and dry
You don’t need to scrub or sterilise your recycling, but items do need to be free from food residue so they don’t contaminate the other materials. Rinse plastic tubs clean of leftovers and leave them to dry before placing them into your recycling bin for collection.
3. Remove plastic film
Plastic film can’t be recycled, and if it wrongly ends up at recycling facilities, it can get tangled in the machinery, which interferes with the recycling process. Always remove plastic film from bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays before recycling the the item.
4. Keep lids on plastic bottles
Our motto is simple; lids on, films off. Lids are recyclable, but when they aren’t screwed onto the bottle, they slip through the recycling machinery. To make sure all your lids are recycled properly, keep them on!
Watch this video to find out about recycling electronics.
Peninsula Ecology Park
Greenwich Park Revealed
Greener Greenwich Strategy
Greenwich Cycle Routes
1. Think about water usage
Don’t let your water consumption run out of control. Save 6 litres of water a minute by turning off your tap while you brush your teeth. Every minute you spend in a power shower uses up to 17 litres of water . Set a timer on your phone to keep your showers short, sweet and water-saving. Washing a full machine load of clothes uses less water and energy than 2 half-loads . This means lower bills as well.
2. Discover Food Waste Apps
Food sharing apps are growing. These match people with food to give away with people who want it. Imagine you’ve got food left over after a dinner party or are off on holiday and won’t get through everything.
3. Think about food packaging
Look for fruit, vegetables and other food items that can be bought loose, and start making purchasing decisions based on the amount of packaging an item has. Invest in a set of reusable produce bags or simply place items in your basket or shopping trolley.
4. Food Caddy Tips
Empty it out as soon as food nears the lid and you’ll never need to deal with mould or the other kinds of gunk that form when food breaks down. Closing the lid of your food waste bin tightly will stop fruit flies and other winged friends from getting in to lay eggs, and odours from getting out. Use stale bread, food-soiled paper or old newspaper to absorb excess moisture and avoid mouldy stuff getting stuck in the corners. This is also a great way to save your kitchen from bad smells.
1. Don’t buy single use plastic
Pop a flask or reusable bottle in your bag next time you are out and about. Make this a habit and cut your weekly bottle buying altogether, stopping 52 bottles ending up in landfills and oceans.
More than 2,600 plastic bottles a year would be stopped from entering our environment altogether if just 50 people packed a flask instead of buying a bottle. Small changes can make a big difference.
2. Record the wildlife near you
Recording the wildlife where you live provides vital information which helps conservationists protect the environment. The information is used by the government to reveal the health of the environment at national, UK and European levels.
Recording and monitoring programmes help Butterfly Conservation direct our conservation effort where it is needed most.
Take part in world-renowned recording schemes.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint
Even the smallest effort to reduce your carbon footprint can make a difference. On short journeys why not ditch the car in favour of walking or cycling, could you car share with a colleague to get to work or use public transport instead?
How big is your footprint? WWF will find out for you.
4. Plant pollinator friendly plants bottles
Help butterflies, moths and other pollinators without breaking the bank, by adding a container of nectar plants to your doorstep, balcony or back garden this spring. Plots For
Pollinators is a project for everyone; you don’t need a garden or green fingers to be able to grow a plant that will help our struggling butterflies and bees.
Why not Plant a Plot for Pollinators?
1. Start growing food
Growing fruit, veg and herbs is one of the best ways to get children into gardening. Choose easy crops to grow like strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes and apples, or fast-growing veg like salad leaves and radishes. Large crops like pumpkins can be lots of fun, especially if you then carve them for Halloween. If you can, it’s a good idea to give your kids a dedicated space that they can call their own, and encourage them to sow the seeds or plant the plants themselves, so they can be involved in the whole process from plot to plate.
2. Grow some giants
Sunflowers are easy to grow from seed and can grow up to 2m tall if fed and watered carefully. Sow seeds with your children in pots in April and then plant them outside in late May. Protect young plants from slugs and snails. It’s fun for children to measure how tall their plants grow and how they can influence the height of their sunflowers by feeding and watering.
3. Grow fragrant plants
Smelling scented flowers can evoke some of the strongest childhood memories, so growing fragrant plants in your garden is a lovely thing to do for your kids. Encourage your children to pick out their favourite smells and create their own fragrant garden. You could even encourage them to mash up flowers of different plants to create their own ‘perfume’.
4. Make wildlife habitats
Creating wildlife habitats is one of the most joyful, yet educational activities you can do with your children in the garden. Kids will love watching the wildlife and it’s fun working out how to attract specific species. You could do anything from plant a bee border to laying a slow-worm refuge or digging a pond. Why not buy some wildlife identification charts and set tasks for your children to record the wildlife that turns up to the habitats they’ve created?
Calendar of Events
Our calendar will provide you with information on annual events that take place. These include events that Quaggy are doing as well as national and international events.
During January eat less meat and dairy for your health and to reduce your carbon footprint. Veganuary is a great way to explore new meal ideas. Going vegan also helps to protect animals.
Big Garden Birdwatch
Asking you to spend an hour noting down every bird that you see in your garden, in a local park or from your balcony. All you need to do then is contact the RSPB and let them know what you saw.
Fair Trade Fortnight
There are many ways you can get involved in Fair Trade Fortnight, from joining an online festival to spreading the word on social media. “For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.”
The Earth Day Network works around the world to work towards changing things for the better when it comes to: Climate Action, Science and Education, People and Communities, Conservation and Restoration and Plastic and Pollution.
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)
The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of composting. The program includes activities and events held during the week in May.
Walk to School Week
One of the major benefits of walking to school is the reduction in air and noise pollution from all those cars taking their children to school. Walk to School Week is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all.
National Children’s Gardening Week
from 29th May – 6th June. National Children’s Gardening Week aims to capture children’s enthusiasm for gardening. It takes place annually in the ‘warm’ week at the end of May.”
World Environment Day 5th June.
A focus on how we need to understand the importance of earth's resources and how World Environment Day can support this.
Sustainable Gastronomy Day 18th June
Sustainability is the idea that something (e.g. agriculture, fishing or even preparation of food) is done in a way that is not wasteful of our natural resources and can be continued into the future without being detrimental to our environment or health.
Sustainable gastronomy, means cuisine that takes into account where the ingredients are from, how the food is grown and how it gets to our markets and eventually to our plates.
Plastic Free July
Try to reduce how much plastic you buy during the month of July. Make a concerted effort to buy loose fruit and vegetables and the plastic free versions of things you would normally buy. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Don't Step on a Bee Day
The 10th July unites the nation for this years Don’t Step on a Bee Day! As ever, we're calling for your help to protect our precious bees.
Without the tireless work of our native bees, over a third of everything we eat would disappear from our tables. Bees are so vital for the ecosystem of the planet and yet they are under threat like never before.
What can you do?
This Don’t Step on a Bee Day, we urge you to help spread the message! We would love it if you could share the message with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and tag @BeeGood_UK or use #DontStepOnABeeDay
or #BeeGoodtobees on Instagram to help raise awareness!
Visit this site for more info.
Love Parks Week
23 July - 1 August 2021
As we head into summer, Love Parks Week provides a moment to send a rallying cry; to Love, Respect, and Protect our parks throughout the summer of 2021 and beyond. Visit the Keep Britain Tidy website for more details.
National Marine Week
24th July - 8th August 2021
National Marine Week is The Wildlife Trusts’ nationwide celebration of all things marine. Despite the name, it lasts 15 fun-filled days to allow for the variation in tide times around the country. Visit the website for more details.
World Nature Conservation Day
“World Nature Conservation Day is observed annually on 28 July to remind humankind about the importance of nature and the need to protect it. The day is marked globally to spread awareness about the best practices to protect the natural resources.” Visit here for more details.
Cycle to Work Day
Thursday 5th August
Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone. Find out more here.
National Allotments Week from 10th August.
The “theme for 2020 is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the many benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.”
Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices. Visit here for more details.
World Car Free Day
World Car Free Day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. Some cities and countries have organised events. Visit here for more details.
from 23rd September. “Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more of the right things, more often from all around the home.” Visit here for more details,
International Walk to School Month
Encourage people to get out of cars and reduce air pollution by walking to school during the month of October. “Children who walk to school are more engaged with their streets and aware of the impact of cars than those who don’t, suggests new research released for the launch of International Walk to School Month.” Visit here for more details.
Well, it’s easier than you think. Through Unblocktober, you can make small changes to your habits and the way you dispose of certain everyday items in order to make big changes to the environment - at a time when it needs our help more than ever.
Visit the website to see what you can do.
No Disposable Cup Day
Every single day in the UK we use 7 million disposable cups, many of which are not disposed of responsibly. The aim of No Disposable Cup Day is “1. We STOP using disposable cups for one day on 4 October, and 2. We STOP using disposable cups completely.” Visit here for more details
National Clean Air Day
“Air pollution harms the health of millions. But there are lots of simple things that we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.” Visit here for more details.
World Vegan Month
World Vegan Month is celebrated around the world as a time to recognise how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle is and to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas. Find out how eating more plant based food can have a positive effect on the environment.
Visit here for more details.
Probably one of the most important summits that will take place. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Visit here for more details.
World Soil Day
5th December. “Every 5 seconds, the equivalent of one soccer field of soil is eroded. This alarming fact reaffirms the need to raise awareness through World Soil Day of this growing problem, as the Earth’s population continues to expand… It can take up to 1,000 years to produce just 2-3cm of soil… Soil erosion can lead up to a 50% loss in crop yields.” Visit here for more details.
Resources for Children
Why recycling is important
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Big Bee Challenge
Our world would look very different without our buzzing buddies. They’re vital for a lot of the food we eat: imagine no apples, tomatoes, coffee or chocolate. Our gardens would be a lot less colourful too, because bees pollinate our flowers. But, our bees are in trouble. Thirteen species in the UK have become extinct, with many more in danger. The good news is that there are things we can ALL do to help. Find out loads about Bees and what you can do to help by visiting the Radio 2 website where there are lots of resources, information and activities.
Quaggy Children's Ever Growing Gallery
Our Quaggy Growing Gallery show how Children and Families have taken part in. We want everyone involved to feel proud about the work they have put in to make their community a little greener.