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Sutton Environment Events Listing

If you are interested in growing organic fruit and vegetables and encouraging wildlife, why not join others with the same attitude at Surrey Organic Gardening Group?

SOGG holds meetings at 7.30pm on the last Friday of each month at Milton Hall, Cooper Crescent, Carshalton. Surrey SM5 2DL. On 29th June Peter Melchett of the Soil Association will be talking about current issues in the organic world.

For more information on the work of the group and further details of forthcoming events, visit the Surrey Organic Gardening website or email surreyorganic@yahoo.co.uk

Would you like to meet new people with similar interests? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Can you use some fresh home grown produce? You can have it all at the EcoLocal Volunteer Sessions at the Community Allotment!

The sessions help you connect with nature through planting, pruning and harvesting with the support of an experienced gardener. It is all free and you do not need to book or commit yourself. You simply turn up suitably dressed and shod and off you go.

Vounteer sessions are held twice a week at Westmead Allotment, Colston Avenue, Carshalton SM5 2PW- on Mondays from 1.00 to 3.00 pm and on Fridays from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

For more details telephone EcoLocal on 020 8404 1522, email food@ecolocal.org.uk or look at the appropriate section of the Local Food website

EcoLocal run a Farmers' Market in Wallington on the second Saturday of each month offering everyone the opportunity to buy quality produce at good prices from local suppliers. You can help the environment, save money and feed your family well all at the same time.

The next market day will be held on 14th July. More details can be obtained by visiting http://www.ecolocalmarkets.org.uk/?cat=4

Now is your chance to get cycling! Whether you are new to cycling, have a disability, are a nervous about cycling on public roads or just out of practice and need a refresher, there is an opporunity for you to develop skills with the help of friendly instructors. It all takes place at the David Weir Arena, Middleton Road, Carshalton SM5 1SL on Mondays (other than bank holidays), Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon (although priority is given to groups and special needs users from 11.00am). There will be an additional half term session on Wednesday 30th May from 1200 noon to 1.00pm.

No booking or commitment is needed - just turn up. The cost is just £4 per session for which cycles and supervision are provided and you can take it at your own pace. You can have it all - keep fit, meet new people and the relax with car-free cycling. Telephone 020 8404 1522 for details or visit the ecolocal cycling website.

Put a note in your diary of EcoLocal's premier family event - the Carshalton Environmental Fair.

As usual, there will be many stalls selling food, alcohol, plants, craft artefacts with others displaying community and social organisation exhibits and a cycle workshop. There will also be three event marquees with continuous musical entertainment throughout the day and a free bus service from all parts of the borough.

It will all take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August from 10.00am to 8.00pm at Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road, Carshalton.

Come along and have a great day out.

EcoLocal will be running another one day workshop on 'Keeping Chickens' on Saturday 21st July from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The session will cover where and how to house chickens, daily maintenance requirements and feeding. It will be held at Benhill Allotments, Benhill Road, Sutton SM1 3SA. The cost will be £35 and booking is essential.

Sign up now by telephoning EcoLocal on 020 8404 1522 and look forward to the day when you can be eating super fresh eggs every morning!

Friends of the Sutton Ecology Centre will be holding a Summer Garden Party on Saturday 16th June from 12.00noon to 4.00pm.

Come along and have a great time. There will be live music, food and craft stalls, face painting and you will have the chance to hire a naturebackpack for the afternoon.

Entrance is free.

Sutton Ecology Centre has an exciting programme of Summer Holiday Events for children.

On Monday 30 July from 11am to 2pm there will be a Barefoot Bear Hunt. The cost will be £4.50 per child and it is suitable for families with children 2-7yrs. You can drop in - no booking is required.

On Tuesday 7 August from 10.30am to 12noon and again from 1.30 to 3.00pm join The Very Curious Caterpillar Adventure, suitabkle for age 3+. The cost will be £5.50 per child and booking is essential.

On Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August from 11.00am to 2.00pm, 3 to 7 year olds can find out about Weird Nature. The cost will be £4.50 per child. You can drop in - no booking required.

All events are outdoor activities and will be held at Sutton Ecology Centre, Festival Walk, SM5 3NY. For enquiries or to book, email biodiversity@sutton.gov.uk and for more info visit the website.

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