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Hi there,

So, we had another great evening last night, and given that it was Valentine's Day and rather wet and soggy, we had a great number of folks and lots of new people too. As promised to all. Here is a summary of the things that were mentioned.

'For the Love of Portsmouth' Event, 10th March, 10am - 12 at St Mary's Church, organised by Christian Aid South West

Friends of the Earth are campaigning on air quality and have been informed that the council is going to run a 'No Idling' campaign and are looking for suggests of areas to target in the city.

Suggestions can be sent to

PCC are also going to start some monitoring of air quality on Fawcett Road because of PFOE monitoring. They’re also making progress with their walking campaign and are meeting with PCC to talk about the City Centre, Walking Route (City Centre to Gunwharf Quays).

Some people in the city are exploring whether it is time for Transition Portsmouth to be revived. If you're interested in finding out more contact

Laura is exploring the idea of setting up a Zero Waste shop in Southsea, if you're interested in the idea, have any thoughts, or ideas for best location, please contact her

Fairtrade Fortnight is on.

Repair Café Portsmouth is launching in the city in April and will be the 3rd Saturday of each month (except August), 10.30am - 1pm at Buckland URC, Kingston Road. If you know anyone interested in volunteering, they're still looking for volunteer repairers.



Plastic Free Portsmouth was launched after success at the Council on Tuesday, where there was a unanimous vote to reduce single-use plastic at the council and support the local Surfer's Against Sewage Campaign. We're now looking for local firms that can be contacted to explore how we can help them reduce their single-use contacts. Introductions and spreading the word is very welcome.




Fratton Big Local have been gifted 7 new trees for Fratton Rec. And they are also planning a Community Picnic on 24th June as part of the 'Great Gathering' - if you were thinking of organising one, please consider joining theirs. Email

Charles Dickens fruit tree trail (50 fruit trees) are being planted Thurs 15th - Sat 17th March. The trail will go through green spaces from Charles Dickens birthplace to St Mary's Church (where he was christened). The tree wardens are looking for help with the planting. All welcome.

Aaron and the Zero Waste Group are conducting a survey to explore people's views on the ideas of a Food Assembly and a Recycling Coop. Please fill in the survey and circulate to any of your contacts.

And it's the Climate Coalition's #showthelove month of campaigning, so we even managed to find time to knit, crochet & cut some green hearts. And you can see more about the campaign here.

And finally, but not least:

Our next event is at Southsea Coffee on Wednesday 14th March, and it's entitled 'Tools & Tips for Reducing Plastic'. It's 7.30 - 9pm, and on Facebook has 499 people 'interested', so come early if you want to get in, I think....and we'll be doing another similar event in May... details to follow later.

And we're considering doing a daytime event in April, as it will be in the school holidays, to engage all ages. Does anyone have anything that they'd be interested in doing to 'target' families and join in the fun? Would be Wednesday 11th April.

And that really is it (I hope I didn't miss anything)...but what an amazing evening hearing about all the stuff that is bubbling up around the city... definitely feels like things are starting to shift and it's so encouraging to work with each other...certainly the Council motion was majorly impacted by the swell of support from groups and businesses across the city, so it is great to meet together and Iook forward to doing more together in the rest of 2018!


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