Meet: 11.45 am Loughborough Centre

Back to centre 1.45pm

Launch of Low carbon zone event 2 – 5pm

Forage for a Spring Tonic soup

On this spring equinox weekend, where periods of day and night are becoming of even length, we’re going to hunt for ingredients for a Spring tonic soup. Young nettle and dandelion are springing up all over the city, chickweed and cleavers are still young, tender, and abundant. 

Over the winter months we’ve been hunting for plants that survive and thrive on the cold weather and we’ve cooked up winter herb risotto, yarrow vegeburgers, toasted the crab apple trees at the herb garden with Caribbean sorrel drink, made chickweed and goosegrass curry to accompany Hembesha (Eritrean) bread.  

The aim of the culinary activities is to cook the wild plants growing locally in ways that reflect the social and ethnic diversity of residents, learning from each other’s cooking traditions.  The main emphasis in the monthly sessions is skillshare, food sharing and enjoyment! There is also usually opportunity for arts activities and an invitation to create a map of your foraging experience.

This month, things are slightly different because of the launch of the Low Carbon Zone. We’re going to meet at the slightly later time of 11.45 so we can come back to the Loughborough Centre to join in the Launch of the Low carbon zone. There will be stalls and activities in the centre between 2 and 5pm. 

When you arrive promptly at 11.45 so we can do registration and leave around 12pm. Dress with warm clothes and strong footwear. Children are very welcome to come and must be accompanied.  Please arrive on foot, bike or public transport if possible. If you have to drive, please be aware of strict parking restrictions around the estate to avoid getting clamped.

In February we visited the herb garden between Loughborough and Angell Town estates and many people expressed an interest in helping to maintain this lovely space. Since then I’ve met Mitzi, a local resident who helps to maintain this herb garden and another herb space on the Angell Town estate. It’s always warming to meet people who love the green spaces that you do. It’s feeling a connection through the ground that you tread.

Please get in touch for further information and to tell us you’re coming.  Places aren’t limited this month because of the low carbon zone launch but they normally are to ensure a safe and friendly space where people can get to know each other.

Lambeth Low Carbon Zones Bid


What is Low Carbon Zones?

Low Carbon Zones is a funding competition announced by the Mayor whereby local authorities can put forward areas of up to 1000 residential, commercial or public sector buildings to become a Low Carbon Zone. There will be a total of 10 Low Carbon Zones in London.

The principle of a Low Carbon Zone is to focus every possible funding source and measure on a defined geographical area to reduce CO2 emissions by 20.12% by 2012 and to put plans in place to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) will provide the 10 successful Low Carbon Zones with £200,000 to £400,000 seed funding for project management, staffing, marketing, energy audits and energy efficiency measures.

The majority of the funding for measures to meet the 20.12% CO2 emission reduction target will come from existing and new schemes. The emphasis of Low Carbon Zones is on community involvement, innovation and partnerships. Successful projects must show that sustainability is central to the bid by ensuring the Low Carbon Zones link up with other sustainability projects across the council. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate effective joint working with multiple partners, both within the council and external stakeholders.

In terms of existing schemes, within the Environment team, we work on and support include: Decent Homes, regeneration programmes that include energy efficiency improvements, energy advice and behaviour change initiatives and the CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) whereby utilities are obligated to provide insulation measures.

A potential new scheme is CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme) which is a £350 million obligation on energy suppliers and generators to deliver energy efficiency measures in the 10% most deprived Super Output Areas in England. Both of Lambeth’s proposed Low Carbon Zones include areas that would be eligible for CESP measures. Other new schemes include developing district heating networks and the Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme (details being worked out).

In addition to carbon reduction schemes, we are very keen to engage with teams across the council and external stakeholders whose work can support Lambeth’s bids including: sustainable travel initiatives; recycling and waste reduction projects; food growing projects; healthy schools; water efficiency projects; support for businesses to ‘go green’ and other projects that work towards sustainability. 

Benefits of a Low Carbon Zone in Lambeth

  • £200K-£400 of funding for the Borough
  • Contributing towards Decent Homes
  • Improving Lambeth’s performance against National Indicators185, 186,187 and 188
  • Helping the Borough reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change
  • Helping to further raise the profile of the Borough and our sustainable energy agenda
  • Helping to reduce fuel poverty in the Borough
  • High profile of Low Carbon Zones means that other partners such as the utility companies are keen to get involved and develop schemes


Brixton: Canterbury-Loughborough-Hertford

The Loughborough and Hertford Estates are some of the most deprived areas in the Borough. They fall within the 10% most deprived super output areas in the England and are eligible for CESP funding. We have also been approached by Kings College about investigating the possibility of connecting the Hertford estate to the new energy centre that is being built by Kings College; this would mean that the estate is part of a district heating network powered by combined heat and power, a low carbon technology.