The Water Garden, Hamsphire – crowdsourcing appeal

Many of you will already be aware of the The Water Garden’s crowdfunder campaign for an aquaponic farm in Hampshire.

If you haven’t or need a reminder, they have made a handy video that explains it all in around two minutes. Check here. <link->

Founded by biologists, Alan Walker and James Lyon, The Water Garden claims to be able to grow more food but for less of an environmental impact.

This kind of sustainable intensification <link-> of agriculture is considered a solution to future challenges for our food system. More so many have questioned whether it is even possible <link- >. The pair hope to develop a model of a commercial aquaponic farm that proves a ‘sustainably intensive’ farm could work, “by growing more food while giving back to nature”.

Be Revolutionary!

Many of us have already pledged and since launching on December 1st The Water Garden has reached £1370 of their £10,000.

Alan wanted to say:

“Thanks to everyone that has pledged already, the support has been great. Crowdfunding only works if you share your good deed, so remember, tell everyone about it.”

For those that haven’t pledged, the closing date is 25th December. They have got some great looking rewards, so get in before it’s too late.

Oh, it’s all or nothing- if they don’t reach their £10,000 total they don’t receive a thing.

Together we could help budge them closer to their target.

You can learn more and pledge at their crowdfunding page. < link->

Discover what else the pair are doing check out their website. <link->

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Green Week 2015

Good news – BTN and partners Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and other groups will be holding another Green Week in 2015, because this year’s was so successful.  Dates: 19th to 27th September 2015.

Do you or does your organisation want to take part?  Let us know:

And we are looking for a volunteer co-ordinator – please contact if you are interested.  Details below.


Green Week – We want your Feedback!

A great big thank you to all those who helped organise this – particularly Serena, Malc and Lucy.  It wouldn’t have happened without these wonderful people.

Now – we need your feedback!  What did you enjoy most about Green Week?  Which activities did you go to?  Were they well attended?  Which didn’t you go to, and why not?  We are planning next year’s Green Week and we want to offer more of what you would like to see to make our Borough greener and encourage people towards the transition to a greener lifestyle all round.


To remind yourself of the 23 amazing events see Green Week Programme

BTN’s next Social

… Monday 28th September 2014, 6.30-7.30 pm, Tea Bar, London St.  BTN is going to GET BUSY!  We have five themes:

Enterprising Basingstoke;

Low-Carbon Basingstoke;

Habitable Basingstoke;

Resourceful Basingstoke;

Natural Basingstoke;

Now we need THREE volunteers, a leader and two supporters, for EACH THEME, to be inspired by the theme and co-ordinate our work towards it.

We also need a CHAIR, a person with vision for the whole of BTN; and to help them, a SECRETARY to organise business meetings and take minutes, a TREASURER to solicit grants, receive donations and pay expenses; a NEWSLETTER EDITOR to prepare our MailChimp e-newsletter; a WEBSITE and SOCIAL MEDIA officer to promote our work electronically; and a GREEN WEEK CO-ORDINATOR for next year’s Green Week (taking place in September 2015).  Of course any of these jobs can be shared!


See you at our exciting Social!

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 within a Loddon Catchment Based Approach River Basin Managment Plan.