Wycombe Friends of the Earth

working for our local environment …

friends of

the earth

Past Achievements

2007 Film Event   ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

  • We advertised and ran an evening for the public at John Hampden Grammar School, showing the film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, supported by Wycombe District Council
  • We set up a panel for the evening with questions and answers, which included the local MP and members of national FOE and Wycombe District Council.

2008 Energy Usage

  • We compiled a survey for school children to assess and monitor the energy usage and wastage in schools. We informed schools about ways to reduce energy wastage, compiled a certificate to reward children for taking part and compiled a poster for use in schools.

2008 Biofuels

  • We ran an information evening for the public, showing a film about the pros and cons of Biofuels and wrote to the local MP to urge his involvement in the biofuels debate.

2009 Food Chain Event

  • We advertised and ran an evening for the public at John Hampden Grammar School showing an FOE presentation on the Food Chain which:

1) identified what needs to be done and discussed what a more sustainable system might look like.
2) explored the way in which meat and dairy food are produced and some of the undesirable environmental consequences.

2010 Plastic bags

  • We conducted a survey of local businesses to find out their plastic bag usage and made a leaflet to inform the public about the harm to the environment caused by single-use plastic bags.
  • We helped to run an information evening for retailers to encourage them to use fewer single-use plastic bags and ran a stall in the Eden Centre to inform the public about plastic bag usage.

2011 Local Food

  • In collaboration with other environmental groups, we were involved with compiling a local food directory ‘Food on your Doorstep’ aiming to reduce food miles.

2011 Bare Gardens

  • We revived the Bare Gardens project which involved pairing up un-worked gardens with gardeners who wanted more cultivation space.

2011 Waste

  • Information was gathered about WDC’s waste contract, encouragement given, and groups such as Chiltern Wood Recycling were visited and promoted.

2012 – 2017 + Bees

  • We advertised and showed the film‘More Than Honey’, open to the public.
  • We ran three stalls at Pann Mill Open Day, over the year, highlighting the Bees campaign plus other concerns. Stalls continue to run in 2017.
  • We made a leaflet for families with activities for children and information about the plight of bees, plus ways they can help bees, updated every year since.
  • We informed schools of the leaflet and produced a power point presentation for teachers to show children which include reasons why bees are important, activities and ways to help.

2013 Fracking

  • We advertised and showed an information film about fracking, open to the public,:
  • ‘A talk by Paul Mobbs’ – Will it pollute our water or keep the lights on?
  • We ran two stalls at Pann Mill Open Day and one at Hamilton School fete continuing the Bees campaign plus other concerns.
    2014 Solar for Schools
  • We sent a letter to all schools in High Wycombe and the local area to inform them of Friends of the Earth’s ‘Run on Sun’ initiative. ‘Run on Sun’ offered ways to help schools use their very large roofs for solar energy.
  • We ran two stalls at Pann Mill Open Day and one at Hamilton School fete continuing the Bees campaign and promoting ‘Run on Sun’.
  • We worked a patch of wasteland in Downley, planting it up with wild flower plants and sowing wild flower seeds.

2015 Green spaces

  • We linked up with Wycombe Wildlife Group to:

1) investigate spaces in High Wycombe where they could be ‘greened up’.
2) to enhance the river and its surroundings through Morrisons.

  • We were in contact with local organisations and parish councils to encourage less mowing of grass verges to allow wild flowers and grasses to grow.
  • We ran two stalls at Pann Mill Open Day and one at Hamilton School fete continuing the Bees campaign and with other environmental information.

2016 Naomi Klein Film

  • We advertised and showed the film ‘This Changes Everything’– open to the public.

2016 Air Quality

  • We are currently linking up with Wycombe District Council regarding air quality concerns in High Wycombe.
  • We ran a stall highlighting environmental concerns at John Hampden Grammar School during their Environmental Evening for 6th form students in the area.
  • We ran two stalls at Pann Mill Open Day highlighting climate change, air quality and continuing the Bees campaign.

2017 Air Quality