York Environment Week 2020: Everything You Need to Know

York Environmental Week runs from 28 November to 6 December and offers a total of 27 events both online and outdoors.

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York Environmental Week, hosted by the York Environment Forum, runs from 28 November to 6 December this year, and features a number of events across the themes of energy, food, nature, resources and waste, travel, and transport.

The events range from online zoom discussions to outdoor volunteering and include conferences with Extinction Rebellion and York Green Party.

In light of the new coronavirus restrictions, organisers have confirmed that a mixture of online and in person events will be on offer throughout the week – providing that social distancing measures are observed.

Physical events, including gardening sessions at Hull Road Park and Clifton Backies Nature Reserve, provide an opportunity for York residents to get some fresh air whilst making a positive impact on the community.

There are also activities available for those wishing to participate from home, including workshops on draft proofing, solar power systems, and haybox cooking.

The events are scheduled to take place across nine days and feature both daytime and evening activities.

A full list of events can be found below.

Online Events

Saturday 28th November

  • 14:00-15:30 – How Can Food Help York’s Environment? Online event hosted by Good Food York.
  • 16:30-17:30 – Haybox Cooking Workshop. Online event organised by SF Innovations.
  • 19:00-21:00 – Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it). Online event by Extinction Rebellion.

Sunday 29th November

  • 14:00-17:00 – A Recipe for Thriving? Tasters from the Doughnut. Online conference on Doughnut Economics, organised by York Green Party.
  • 15:30-16:45 – Stories of Food and Resilience from Tang Hall. Online event organised by Edible York.
  • 19:00-20:00 – Greener Pocklington – Community Action. Online event organised by Greener Pocklington.

Monday 30th November

  • 14:00-15:00 – A Murder Mystery in Amsterdam. Presentation and discussion of transport change in Amsterdam and how it can apply to York. Online event organised by Caroline Lewis.
  • 18:00-19:00 – Living Well with Water; how we might do flood risk management differently. Online event organised by Seb O’Connor, University of Leeds.
  • 19:30-20:30 – One Planet York – The Revitalisation. Online event organised by One Planet York.

Tuesday 1st December

  • 14:00-15:30 – Trees in New Earswick Nature Reserve. A virtual tour organised by Audrey Miller, New Earswick Nature Reserve.
  • 19:00-20:30 – What your home is made of… and why it’s important. Online event organised by Constructive Individuals with St Nicks and York Community Energy.

Wednesday 2nd December

  • 14:00-15:00 – Forest School – Mud, Mayhem or Much More? Online event organised by Friends of Roundtree Park.
  • 19:00-20:30 – From the 2013 Housing Design Awards to York tomorrow. Online event organised by Constructive Individuals.

Thursday 3rd December

  • 12:30-13:30 – Waste Free Lunch Challenge! Online event organised by St Nicks.
  • 14:00-15:00 – Christmas, Recycled. Online event organised by Constructive Individuals with Carole Green.
  • 19:00-20:00 – Electric Dreams: A Brief History and Future of our Electricity Grid. Online event by York Community Energy.

Friday 4th December

  • 14:00-15:00 – Your Mobile Phone and the Planet. Online event organised by One Planet York.
  • 19:00-21:00 – Draught-Proofing Workshop. Online event organised by York Community Energy.

Saturday 5th December

  • 14:00-15:30 – Small Solar Power Systems. Online event organised by SF Innovations.
  • 19:00-20:00 – Slowing the Flow. Online event organised by Slowing the Flow Pickering.

Sunday 6th December

  • 19:00-20:00 – Exploring York Greenways. Online event by Peter Huxford with Phil Bixby.

Outdoor Events

Sunday 29th November

  • 10:30-15:00 – Practical Conversation with TCV. Volunteering sessions supporting the diversity of ground flora by site maintenance at Clifton Backies Nature Reserve, organised by The Conservation Volunteers. Also taking place on the 1st-3rd December between 10:00 and 16:00 each day.

Thursday 3rd December

  • 10:00-16:30 – Kimberlow Hill and Diamond Wood Project. Enhancing re-wilding by habitat building and site improvements, planting trees and recycling plastic planting tubes. Diamond Wood, Kimberlow Hill, University of York, YO10 5LA. Organised by John Lally International Foundation.
  • 10:00-13:00 – Hull Road Park Gardening Session. Taking place at Hull Road Park YO10 3AA, organised by The Conservation Volunteers.

More information, including how to obtain tickets, can be found on the York Environmental Week website here.