YEW 2021 events

iTravel York
18-26 September

If you love going on walks or want to give it a go, the York Walking Festival is just for you. Why not go on a group walk during the festival?

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Greenfields School and Community Garden
18 September 10:30am – 12:30pm

Greenfields School and Community Garden is ten years old! Come and enjoy walking around this lovely community garden, chat to local gardeners over delicious refreshments and see how the different vegetables, fruit trees and bushes are growing this year.

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One Planet York
18 September 10am – 5pm, Sunday 19 September 10am – 5pm

One Planet York will be sharing our 10 Principles for One Planet Living: looking at Local and Sustainable Food, Sustainable Transport, and Zero Waste in particular.

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Dringhouses Ward Councillors
18 September 10am – 12:30pm and 2 – 3:30pm. 20 September 6:30 – 8:30pm

What are the opportunities for further improvements and what are the potential constraints? Can we start to build a broad consensus through discussion between people who live, work and travel along Tadcaster Road?

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Good Food York
18 September 2 – 3:30pm

Find out from Good Food York how better local food can help improve soil health, plant and wildlife health, and OUR OWN health – whilst tackling the climate crisis in our region.

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Medact
18 September 4 – 5pm

A presentation looking at how a changing climate impacts health; how health care is adding to the climate crisis and the win-wins for people and planet of tackling the climate crisis.

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My Future York
18 September 3:30 – 5pm

This neighbourhood walk will be a chance to explore everyday life and start to see where connections with climate change questions might be made.
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York Rotary Tree Planting Partnership
19 September 11am – 3pm

A second community picnic for the family and friends of the babies who had trees planted to commemorate their birth in 2018/19.

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Mayfields Community Trust
19 September 2 – 3pm

An interactive tour exploring how Mayfields Community Trust works to optimise carbon retention on site and tries to deal with wetter winters and drier summers.

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Bishophillbillies
19 September 2 – 5pm

Join us in Bishophill Community Garden to celebrate and raise awareness of wildlife. Find out about our Pollinator Project linked to green corridors across York.

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York Cycle Campaign
19 September 3 – 4:30pm

Family friendly cycle ride and picnic, to celebrate cycling and show everyone that we want to cycle and need safe spaces for cycling!

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National Childbirth Trust (NCT)
20 September 10 – 11am

Interested in cloth nappies but not sure where to start? Tried some and want to know what else is available? Just want to chat with other local cloth nappying families? Cloth nappy chat is for you!

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York Public Transport Ramblers
19 September and 20 September 10am 2pm

Circular walks of around 8 miles with York Public Transport Ramblers, to view some environmental projects around York.

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York Rotary
Daily from 20 to 25 September 10am – 12 noon


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Sustainable Futures Report
20 September 12 noon

Four entrepreneurs from York explain how and why their businesses are sustainable followed by questions from the online audience.

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Fossil Free North Yorkshire
20 September 6 – 7pm

A webinar looking at why divestment is an essential tool in addressing the climate crisis, and how we can move forward to ‘green’ investment.

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City of York Council
21 September and 25 September 10 – 11:30am

City of York Council is creating a community woodland on land to the west of York, with the ambition to plant 50,000 trees by 2023. Join the York Community Woodland team for a walk of the site. 

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The Recycling Project
21 September 8:45am – 4pm

Pallets can be assembled into something unique and desirable. A tutor will guide you through these free hands-on woodworking sessions.

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Sustainable Futures Report
21 September 3 – 4pm

Domestic heating is a major source of carbon emissions but the government has taken little effective action so far. This event explains how district energy could be implemented as a cost-effective solution in York. 

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City of York Council
21 September 2 – 6pm

Drop in advice and information session on how to HUG your home. Learn about heat losses from homes and how to save fuel and save money and reduce carbon too whilst you’re doing it.

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York Bus Forum
21 September 5:30 – 7pm

A talk on the importance of quality bus services in persuading people to switch from cars, thus reducing emissions and improving air quality.

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St Nicks
21 September 7:30pm

Join us online in sharing your organisation’s or personal plans for action around COP26 and beyond such as a local climate action hub for York.

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YESI, University of York
22 September 2 – 3pm


Learn how a tract of arable land has been transformed into a thriving biodiverse habitat of lake, lagoons, wet meadows and grassland at the University of York.
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Edible York
22 September 2 – 3pm

Edible York’s second city-centre garden has been going for 10 years. This drop-in session will show the range of produce grown in a small space.

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York Museums Trust
22 September 2 – 3pm

A one hour walk around the Gardens with the Gardens Manager, looking at areas where we have taken action to increase the flora and fauna diversity, and the impact so far.

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The Recycling Project CIC
22 September 5:30 – 8:30pm and 24 September 9am – 12noon

Our free bike maintenance workshops are centred around teaching you how to keep your bike running smoothly in the day to day. 

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We are the Groves
22 September 6 – 8pm

Starting at the Bile Beans sign, join us for an easy storytelling walk around the Groves, down ancient and secluded walkways where homes once stood, animals roamed and food grew.

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York Community Energy
22 September 7:30pm

Our open meeting will look at our solar schools initiative, Warmer Homes York insulation programme and our new project to help York residents in fuel poverty.

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The Recycling Project CIC
23 September 9am – 4pm

In these workshops we will be working with various items of furniture that could do with bringing back to life. Think fixing, restoring, prepping, sanding, painting, and staining.
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Mayfield Community Trust
23 September 7:30 – 8:30pm

Learn how climate change influences all MCT’s management practices, with particular emphasis on carbon storage and conservation/sustainability.

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York Ebor District Scouts
23 September 7 – 8:30pm

This event will present different case studies of local action on Climate Change by Scouts in York and from across the world. Followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A section. 

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York and District COP26 Coalition
23 September 7pm

Hear from a panel of international climate activists on the limitations of COP, and help organise the movement fighting runaway climate change.

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St Nicks
23 September 7:30 – 9pm

If ripping your home apart to improve it is daunting, how does moving home give a homebuyer a chance to create a home for the future.
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Constructive Individuals
24 September 7:30 to 9pm

There’s much agreement that homes built with and by communities are most likely to be better built for the future. So why don’t we see more?
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St Nicks
25 September 9:30am – 4:30pm

Are you wondering how to make your home better for you and the planet? Meet fellow York residents who have achieved just that!
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St Mary’s Church
25 September 10am – 2pm

A chance to see how York’s churches are going green. There will be informative displays, children’s activities and talks from renewable energy professionals. All are welcome.

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Edible York
25 September 12noon – 1:30pm

A traditional Leek show with a difference – to promote the fun and creativity of growing leeks of all shapes and sizes, alongside other lovely edibles.

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York Community Energy
25 September 1:30pm

Would you like your school to do more to reduce its emissions and tackle climate change? Come and find out how this scheme works, and also hear from a school that has already taken the plunge.

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Global Justice York
25 September 12noon

Exploring how campaigners are acting locally as part of a global movement to challenge trade agreements that prioritise corporate profit over climate justice.

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My Future York
26 September 9:30 – 11am

An opportunity to look at your city, to think about how it will need to be different and to see how imagination and creativity might unlock a better future York.
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Other events

Below is a list of other local events running during York Environment Week/Great Big Green Week, which you may also be interested in.

TitleDescriptionWhenWhereOrganised by
Vale of York NHS Equipment AmnestyUnreturned crutches, commodes etc cost our local NHS £500,000 annually! These items can be cleaned and used by another person. So, we’ve organised an EQUIPMENT AMNESTY for patients to return items to their local surgery, no questions asked. Thanks for helping reduce our NHS’s carbon footprint.20 – 24 September, normal GP hoursGP surgeries across the Vale of YorkSPY (Sustainable Practices York)
Relay to COP26 – events in YorkThe Young Christian Climate Network is walking in stages to Glasgow for COP26 to highlight the need for global climate justice. At their York stop there will be a programme of events open to all. Full details here. 20 – 24 SeptemberEvents at various venues in York YCCN York Hub
York Stitches for Survival drop-in sessionMASS-CRAFTIVISM TO PUT THE EARTH CENTRE-STAGE AT COP26. Across the UK, we are knitting, crocheting, stitching and crafting 1.5 miles of climate messages for the negotiators to urge them to take bold and binding action together. All welcome, from beginners to experienced crafters.23 September 1.30 – 3pmSouthlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NXStitches for Survial York Group
Eco-Fair – St Paul’s ChurchDisplays, stalls, workshops and activities for all age groups. How to make small changes that have a positive eco-impact. Free admission. Fair Trade cafe. More details and how to book are here.25 September
10am – 3pm
St Paul’s Church, Holgate Road, YorkSt Paul’s Church
Street re-cycleResidents in South Bank clear out their unwanted goods and put them outside for anyone to take away for free. Posters and balloons are supplied for households signing up in advance, and there will be a map compiled to show the sites. More details are here.26 September
11.00 – 3pm
South Bank neighbourhood of York.Planet South Bank

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