Sign the petition to preserve Saunders Field

The petition to “decouple Saunders Field from unconsulted development” is at It is important for the Council to show that together we can improve water collection, conservation, enhancement and extraction within an accessible natural green space for conservation and leisure.  This would also satisfy the UK Environment Agency EU Water Framework Directive delivery expressed… Continue reading Sign the petition to preserve Saunders Field

BTN response to Council’s Climate Change Plan

BTN made the following response to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Climate Change strategy: ResponsetoBDBCDraftClimateChangeStrategy2013Final271e The Council’s Climate Change strategy is at:  

BTN response to Council’s Local Plan

BTN members submitted the following responses to the proposed Local Plan by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. local plan submission by member of BTN comments by another member, 3 Oct 2013   The draft Plan is available at: In addition, members of BTN attended the meetings of the Council Planning and Infrastructure Oversight and… Continue reading BTN response to Council’s Local Plan

Bullington Cross Wind Farm

On 8 April 2013, EDF Energy submitted its planning application for the proposed Bullington Cross wind farm. The proposal would involve constructing 14 wind turbines, with a combined generation capacity of 28MW. Averaged out over a year, the turbines would generate enough zero-carbon energy to supply 13,000 homes. We need as many supporting comments as… Continue reading Bullington Cross Wind Farm

Springtime birdwatch

Photo by Barry Stalker It feels like spring is finally here, now that the sun has appeared for more than three consecutive days; it almost makes one feel like bursting into song, or at least a spot of poetry… Spring has sprung, the grass has riz I wonder where the birdies is? The little birds… Continue reading Springtime birdwatch

Just what is a Transition Initiative, anyway?

It’s a question that gets asked a lot. What is this Transition thing all about? What exactly is it that you guys do? Who’s in charge? Do you really expect to make a difference? And – most importantly – why should I care? The one-line answer is that a Transition Initiative is “a place where… Continue reading Just what is a Transition Initiative, anyway?

Community Orchard – War Memorial Park

Last weekend, after a couple of weather-related false starts, a group of volunteers completed work on the new community orchard that has been planted in War Memorial Park, right in the centre of Basingstoke. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the work of the dedicated people at Incredible Edible North Hampshire. The orchard… Continue reading Community Orchard – War Memorial Park

My story: Andy Molloy describes his journey from corporate engineer to community eco-activist

I am a mechanical engineer and I have maintained an enthusiastic interest for machines and mechanisms from an early age. Whether dismantling clocks or building steam engines and high-performance internal combustion engines, I’ve always had a curiosity about how things work. But more than that I was keen to discover why one solution is more… Continue reading My story: Andy Molloy describes his journey from corporate engineer to community eco-activist

Cafe Sci: What happens when the oil runs out?

The local Café Scientifique group have invited yet another highly respected speaker to provide a fascinating insight into one of the biggest technical challenges we face as a society. If the last few events are anything to go by, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about issues around oil dependence and get… Continue reading Cafe Sci: What happens when the oil runs out?

Earth Hour 2013

Spring is in the air, and Basingstoke is coming alive. Next saturday, gatherings of people all around the world will be celebrating Earth Hour – 60 minutes from 8.30pm to 9.30pm when lightbulbs will be dimmed, electrical appliances switched off, and time will be set aside to think about how we can take action on… Continue reading Earth Hour 2013