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Over the last year Hoo Peninsula residents have been meeting with local farmers, environmentalists, businesses and planners to discuss what the Hoo Peninsula could be like as a place to live and work.

Key to this is thinking more about how we can use “greening” projects to improve your quality of life as well as that for wildlife and business. A greening project could be the planting of more trees in villages to reduce temperatures in the summer. Such work could also improve local pride and provide a home for wildlife. The following link to a short video shows other examples of greening projects and their wider benefits http://vimeo.com/38736492.

These local meetings (called Community Conversations) have been organised as part of a larger EU funded project called GIFT-T! (Green Infrastructure for Tomorrow – Together!). The end goal of this work is to see if we can demonstrate what a strong social, economic and environmental future for people, wildlife and business could be.

GIFT-T! is at an early stage but we are really keen to hear the views of lots of local people – of all ages and interests about the Peninsula’s environment and future. To make this as easy as possible an on-line questionnaire has been set up where you can tell us your thoughts. The link is http://139.165.29.43/Gift/Hoopeninsula/

What next?

1. Your information will be saved and will form a key part of the information directing our work.
2. It might be possible to show the results in a future addition of the Peninsula Times.
3. You could attend a future Community Conversation meeting – email Martin.hall@gtgkm.org.uk or call 01634 337593 with your contact details.

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With autumn upon us once again, it’s time to think about tidying up the garden and preparing the soil for spring. The traditional picture of autumn gardening is of a smoky bonfire to dispose of fallen leaves, prunings and the last grass cuttings of winter. However, a much more environmentally-friendly approach to dispose of your garden waste is to compost at home.
Under an initiative backed by the local government, most local authorities are offering discounted composters in partnership with www.getcomposting.com. Prices start at £16 plus delivery – less than half the recommended retail price of £39. Some local authorities also have subsidy available to reduce prices even further.
To see what’s available in your local area – including special buy one get on half price offers – call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www.getcomposting.com. Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you.

Click HERE to go straight to the page to enter your post code

GPs in Kent and Medway who make their surgeries greener will become the first in the country to be rewarded for their work.

As part of the NHS’ commitment to reduce its carbon output by 10 per cent by 2015, GPs who embrace green technologies and innovative ways of working will receive a Sustainable Surgeries Award. More

(L- R) Cllr Les Wicks, Andre Imich, Christine Humprey, Jane Marriott, Gayna Simmonds, Rose Collinson and Helen Wheatley

Medway has been chosen as one of 20 areas nationally to help shape the future of national policy for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Together with six other authorities in the south east, that form a partnership called the SE7 (South East 7), Medway has been named as a ‘Pathfinder’ area, that will trial new services set out in a government Green Paper on special educational needs and disability policy. More

Our green spaces have been making the news headlines for all of the wrong reasons in the last year. Though on the plus sides it’s become clear how much we really care about them.

First there were the proposals, in January last year, to sell off Forestry Commission land. This created a huge public outcry and the Government had to abandon its plans, setting up a panel of experts to map out their future. More

Primary school pupils in Medway are really going green as they’re learning how to grow their own vegetables and helping to clean up the community.

The youngsters from St Mary’s RC Primary, Greenfield Street, Gillingham, have created their own vegetable garden and are now getting practical lessons in environmental science. More

Five Medway parks have been named as among the best in the country, and that’s official.

Green Flag status has been officially handed to Broomhill Park, Strood. It brings the number of parks in Medway with Green Flag status to an impressive five. More

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