Festival of Green Ideas
11 May 2013


All day speakers, cafe, stalls, films, activities for all ages, ending in a Question Time debate - and its free!

Quaker Meeting House
39 Fonnereau Rd
Ipswich IP1 3JH
(Opposite Christchurch Park)
Tel 01473 257649

11th May 2013
10am - 5pm

Ipswich Quakers believe in a fair and sustainable society for all, an awareness of global concerns affecting our planet and support the local transition movement.

The Festival of Green Ideas is a celebration of what our community is doing to help address both Local and Global environmental issues.

Jam packed with a variety of activities, there will be stalls including recycling, composting and architectural ideas. Fascinating short talks: topics range from climate change denial to the global rise in human population. Films and animations include renewable energy, refugee issues and climate topics.

Families can take part in the Children’s Quiz (with prizes), try your hand at the lucky dip and visit the kiddies activities corner while the adults rest and enjoy deliciousness from our Local and Fair-trade food Café. A discussion helps conclude the day’s events where the speakers, stall holders, local politicians and the public are invited to enter into a wide ranging exchange of ideas to help further promote, network and share. Free. All Welcome


Talks Films
10.30 - Fair-Trade, Eric Walker
11.00 - LETS, Martin Cross
11.30 - UCS, Steve Marsden
12.00 - Ipswich Furniture Froject , Mike Allison
12.30 - Population matters, Richard Beauchamp
13.00 - Bike Doctor
13.30 - Suffolk Climate Change Partnership, John Taylor
14.00 - Orchard Barn Rural Skills Centre, Sarah Partridge
14.30 - St. Albans school, Lesley Roberts
15.00 - Cimate Change Denial, John Midwinter

15.45 Question Time / Discussion
with Speakers on the Panel

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Stalls / Speakers

Bike Doctor

The Bicycle Doctor Repairs and Hire Service is a family run business. We repair, sell and hire cycles of all kinds. We also stock and fit a large range of parts and accessories at competitive prices. Our business is dedicated to being as green as possible and giving you the fairest price both on parts and labour as possible. Cycle training for all abilities is available as well as cycle rides for women from our colleagues, Pink Sky Cycling.

We are committed to being as eco-friendly as possible and where possible all our parts are sourced locally, both to reduce carbon emissions and support smaller businesses. If you are interested in finding out about any of our suppliers or just more about our ethos, contact us here.

Re-cycle is a charity invested in collecting cycles in the UK and shipping them out to Africa . These bicycles are donated to both the public and to AIDS and health workers. A bicycle can enable someone living in a less economically developed country to travel to work, school or to fetch water in minutes, not hours. We fully support this charity and reguarly donate second hand bicycles to them.  

 have improved both cycle and pedestrian routes all around  the UK and supply cycle and walking maps and routes for the public. I often attend Sustrans meetings in Ipswich and look forward to an ever-improving network in this area. 

Talk: Cycling CapeTown to George in South Africa, raising funds for the Bicycling Empowerment Network South Africa.

Community Garden

The seeds of the community garden began to germinate in 2007, when Julie Stokes, of the Town and Bridge Project, thought an open green space where people could gather to learn how to garden and grow food, while exercising, socialising and having fun in the great outdoors, would fit in well with the aims of her project.

She formed a steering committee drawn from council, schools, community groups, business reps, plot holders, allotment groups, the horticulture and gardening fraternity, environmentalists and wildlife experts. They worked together to make the seeds of Julie’s idea grow into a bid to the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions Awards.

Rallying the local community behind them, The People’s Community Garden was put to the vote on Anglia TV. To the huge delight of those who had worked so hard to get it, the project won a Big Lottery Fund People’s Millions Award of £82,000 in November 2007. Three part-time members of staff were appointed in March 2008, charged with the task of building the garden on an abandoned corner of Maidenhall Allotments and getting the local and wider community involved. The time span for the money to be spent was one year.

Today, the garden is a thriving site with around 50 volunteers joining in the work each week. Volunteers may be local people with a passion for outdoor work or a desire to help other people. Many different groups use the site, including The Papworth Trust, Lapwing, Phoenix, family carers ‘Time for You’ project, Karibu African Women’s Support Group, Bangladeshi Befriending group, Vinvolved volunteers, Ipswich Blind Society, SNAP project, in addition to local schools and colleges. We also run accredited horticulture and enterprise courses, in partnership with the Workers Educational Association, in addition to workshops and specialist courses on topics including willow weaving, herb gardening, permaculture. Our very own brand of “green exercise” is Garden HOE, now entering its third year. This is about exercising at your own pace, in a fun informal group, using simple techniques that can easily be repeated at home.

We are proud to say that The People’s Community Garden has become a showcase in the region, with council, allotment and community groups coming along to view the site and get ideas and inspiration for their own projects in the making. We have had interest from as far away as the north coast of Scotland and hosted visitors from an allotment group in Japan!

Eco Urns

I make biodegradable urns by hand for green burials. They will break down naturally in earth or water. However, they will remain stable if kept dry, giving time to make decisions about moving on to the next stage of the process.
Each urn is made to order, either as a simple basic urn, or decorated or personalised in whatever way you feel best celebrates the individual's life, passions & personality.
environmental considerations.

Eco Urns

The materials I use are toxin free & organic. Over time, they break down naturally creating minimal environmental harm.

I choose materials with care - unbleached recycled paper, print-free recycled packaging & VOC free PVA & wallpaper paste, both non-toxic. Sometimes other natural materials are added in (e.g. powdered chalk, linseed oil).

The decorative finishes are also kind to the environment: plant based (cotton, sisal, leaves, flowers...) or even mineral (sand, tiny pebbles, clay...). For colour work, I like casein paint & earth colours.



Who we are


The Fair Trade Shop is a company limited by guarantee which is run by volunteers who wish to support developing countries by buying their products through reputable fair trade suppliers. As well as food and beverages we stock household and textile products, craft items, cards, musical instruments, jewellery and accessories, and toiletries. We are open Monday to Saturday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm at 15 Orwell Place, Ipswich. Check the website for directions. New volunteers are always welcome, and we are happy to provide sale-or-return goods for special events.

Our vision

Our vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. Through demonstration of alternatives to conventional trade and other forms of advocacy, the Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness.

Fair trade products/producers. Craft items will be passed around the audience, then be available for sale on the stall.

by Eric Walker: Helping farmers and workers improve the quality of their lives and take more control over their futures.

Gabriel’s Garden

We sow grow and handpick traditional flowers fresh from our Norfolk garden so you can enjoy beautiful seasonal flowers, in your home, for a special event or to give as the perfect gift.

Gabriel’s Garden is a small company where we grow and source our flowers responsibly and sustainably. We pride ourselves on both the quality of our flowers and the quality of our personal service.

We supply flowers for Weddings, Funerals and Celebrations.

Ipswich Furniture Project

Talk by Mike Allison: Recycling your unwanted furniture.

Ipswich LETS

LETS trades goods and services directly using a virtual currency called skillings instead of pounds and sterling. They host monthly skillshares, which helps trading and building relationships. You can bring along items you have made or information about what you can offer.

Talk: History of LETS, history of the local group, politics and economics of LETS, future of LETS.

Ipswich Recycle

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Don't throw it away, give it away! You don't want it? Someone just round the corner might. And they might have whatever it is you're looking for. All for free. Save money and the planet...all at the same time.


Ipswich Recycle is a large, active group run by locals, for locals, for over seven years. We are the largest recycling group in Suffolk and simply put people who have things they don't need any more in touch with people who would love to have those items.

John Midwinter - Climate Change Denial

Talk: The phenomenon of climate change denial.


Oaklore is a venture to create new woodlands for East Anglia. By doing so we provide opportunities to improve wildlife habitats and enable you to offset carbon emissions.

The company is funded by providing individuals the opportunity to sponsor tree(s) for a wide variety of occasions. Examples to date would included: Memorials for loved ones and pets ( with the option to scatter ashes) celebrating births, or special birthdays, wedding gifts, anniversaries or the opportunity to create a special place to visit. We also offer Corporate's the ability to improve their environmental
image or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring the planting of trees.

Oaklore's pledge
Oaklore guarantees NO harvesting of the trees.
A free replacement tree should your tree be damaged or die.
An exact location of your tree, with the option of a plaque and message of your choice.
Provision for you to plant the tree should you wish.

OBee Community Interest Company

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Orchard Barn Environmental Education (OBee) is a Community Interest Company based in Ringshall, mid Suffolk. We are restoring a 17th C traditional Suffolk barn as a Rural Skills Development Centre and in doing so offering training in natural building techniques such as timber framing, cob walling and clay render whilst at the same time establishing the site as fully 'off the grid'. During 2011 via our volunteer programme we completed restoration of the barn roof complete with over 20,000 hand made wooden shingles – this received a Suffolk County Council 'Improve and Prove' award. During 2013 via a combination of our ongoing training courses and volunteer programme we will be constructing a carpentry tool shed, traditional barn doors and flooring, natural composting toilets, a rainwater harvesting system and launching the first of our permaculture training courses. For more information contact http://www.orchardbarn.org.uk/

Vicki shingles

If you want to renovate a C17th oak timber frame in an authentic way – where do you begin? In the local woods of course!

Sarah Partridge will tell the story of how OBee Community Interest Company undertook the restoration of Orchard Barn. She will show how volunteers and trainees learned traditional building skills from master craftspeople on a live project. Along the way they learnt how to use hand tools and make the most of local trees – trees that would have otherwise been converted into firewood! She will tell the story of how five lucky trainees worked with air-dried Ash boards to convert them into new doors for the barn, and how Elm poles became roof rafters.

To date, OBee CIC have been able to provide great practical experience to over 450 people, as well as giving a second life to the old barn as a rural training centre.

Talk by Sarah Partridge: If you want to renovate a C17th oak timber frame in an authentic way – where do you begin?

Workshop: Demonstrations of a bike powered generator.

Population Matters

Population Matters was launched as the Optimum Population Trust in 1991 by the late David Willey and others who were concerned about population numbers, sustainability and the failure of UK governments to respond to a series of recommendations regarding population growth and sustainability. Now known as Population Matters we collect and disseminate information, drawn from reputable sources such as the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the United Nations Organisation (UNO) about the size and trends of global and national populations linking to present and future capacity and inhabitants’ quality of life in order to support policy decisions. We lobby on issues related to population growth; including welfare, education, labour supply, ageing, migration and the environment. We promote non-coercive measures and universally available birth control to enable all people to plan their family. Population Matters also lobbies developmental and environmental campaigners on the need to incorporate population issues in their thinking.

'All environmental problems become harder-and ultimately impossible-to solve with ever more people.' Patron: Sir David Attenborough.


Talk by Richard Beauchamp: Population numbers and sustainability.


In early August, 1,500 Quakers came together in Canterbury for Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG). The Yearly Meeting made a corporate commitment to become a low carbon sustainable community. (Follow this link for further information.)

The Quakernomics blog is a forum for discussion and debate about the economic system and the relationships between economics, our lives, and the planet. It is a space to both reflect on and plan ways to build a more just and sustainable world. http://www.quakerweb.org.uk/blog/

The crisis of global climate change represents a supreme test of humanity’s collective wisdom and courage. Our immoderate use of the Earth’s resources violates the entire biosphere, threatening the lives of millions of people and the habitats of thousands of species. Many of the poorest people are already suffering a changed climate; they are asking us all to act.

Ripple Food Co-op

Ipswich Ripple Food Co-op opened in April 2007. We sell vegetarian and organic wholefoods, locally or ethically sourced. We add only 6% onto the wholesale price of goods (to full members), making them affordable, improving access to healthy foods. 

As a voluntary community project, the Food Coop is run by and for its members. We open once a fortnight, on Saturdays.  We are in the Meeting Room of 19 Tower St, the building which houses the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Shopping at the co-op is not like shopping in a supermarket. Many of our products come in bulk, members weigh out their own goods and look up the price from a list. It's a hands-on experience, much more enjoyable than supermarket shopping!

Brown paper bags are provided for decanting dry goods into the quantity you need, but try to bring your own containers. Some liquids are sold from big drums with a funnel, so bring along your old washing up liquid bottles.

We have a fairtrade cafe, lending shopping a sociable, relaxed atmosphere. Friends and groups use us as a meeting place. We welcome those with special dietary needs and stock many gluten and dairy-free items. We hold information on local events and organisations, run educational workshops, and hold feasts.


St. Albans School

Talk by Lesley Roberts: GCSE and A Level Environmental Education.

Suffolk Climate Change Partnership

Creating the Greenest County » Suffolk Climate Change Partnership

Who We Are
The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership consists of Suffolk’s local authorities and the Environment Agency, working together locally with a number of other organisations including Groundwork East of England, Sustainability East and University Campus Suffolk. We have a shared interest in supporting Suffolk’s communities, businesses and residents to reduce carbon emissions, realise the economic benefits of reducing energy consumption and adapt to the future impacts of climate change.

Our Vision
Our Vision, as set out in 'Transforming Suffolk', the Community Strategy 2008-2025, is as follows: 'Suffolk wants to be an exemplar in tackling climate change and protecting and enhancing its natural...environment...to be the county with the greatest reduction in carbon emissions'.


Talk by John Taylor: Energy Efficiency in the Home.

University Campus Suffolk

At UCS, we believe that sustainability means meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of others to meet theirs, now and in the future.

As a young, vibrant, forward thinking higher education institution, UCS is committed to continuous improvement in the sustainability of all of its activities. UCS will not merely comply with statutory requirements, but will consistently aim to achieve the highest standards of sustainability excellence. UCS will also seek to ensure that it has a positive impact on society, on the economy and on the environment, and will promote sustainability with all of its stakeholders.

For more information about Sustainability at UCS please contact Steve Marsden, UCS Sustainability Officer: s.marsden@ucs.ac.uk

Talk by Steve Marsden: Committed to Sustainability.

Weaving The Web

Weaving the web is a non profit making once a month gathering which has been running since 2011. It was created to showcase and share various therapies, skills and crafts with people within the community, a coming together and gathering of people learning about new skills, all networking together.

We try and include taster sessions of as many different therapies,skills and ideas as possible to give a broad view and also encourage people to promote themselves and their skills.

Networking is an important part of Weaving The Web encouraging people to swap ideas and skills with each other, there is a wealth of knowledge and information within the group to be shared by all.

As part of the networking, we promote other group activities that are also going on in the area, we believe in working together to help and support each other.
We also include music and Art exploring different media to communicate with, encouraging jamming and Art sessions and embrace many different spiritual ideas and beliefs.

Over all we encourage a holistic approach.

Therapists and people with skills often work in isolation, it is our aim to create a hub to provide a central point to promote the skills of these people.
The Phoenix Gatherings have grown from Weaving The Web, a one day festival of every thing that the Web stands for music,crafts,therapies,sustainable living ideas,fun and friends meeting together.We held two in 2012 and we are planing another one in October 2013.

I am currently working my way through a 2 year Permaculture diploma and am researching ways to live a sustainably life which I wish to share with others, so we include other sectors which cover Eco issues and sustainable living , Permaculture, creative skills, different spiritual ideas, support groups and self-empowerment.
We Permaculture people helping them to grow from small seeds into plants and bloom into beautiful flowers.