Soup and Stovies Meal at our Bean Row Garden Saturday 20 August 4.30 to 6pm

The Friends of the Earth Falkirk Soup and Stovies Community Meal will be held at the later time of 4.30 to 6pm on Saturday 20 August, after the Charities Day on Falkirk High Street. Meet at our community garden on Bean Row for Soup and Stovies with produce from the Bean Row Garden itself.  Food will provided on a first come first served basis and Fairtrade Tea and Coffee will be available throughout.

Come celebrate our harvest!



Norman Philip and Tina Rothery outside the FoE Scotland AGM, Glasgow

 Message from Friends of The Earth Climate and Energy Campaigner
Dear Friends,
I’m writing to ask for messages of solidarity with Tina Rothery a UK fracking activist who is in court on Friday 24th June, facing a possible prison sentence.
What are we asking you to do?
We would like to get lots of messages of solidarity for Tina from anti-fracking groups around the world. What we’re asking you to do is very simple:
·         take a photo of you or your group holding a sign reading #IamTinaRothery and (if possible) your name and which country you’re from
·         next Thursday (June 23rd), get it out on social media – tweet it, post it on Facebook etc – with a message something like
In solidarity with UK #fracking activist @tinalouiseUK #IamTinaRothery
We support #fracking activist @tinalouiseUK against draconian lawsuit from @CuadrillaUK #IamTinaRothery
Who is Tina?
Tina Rothery is a grandmother, one of the Lancashire Nanas and a leading light in the UK anti-fracking movement. She is an inspirational speaker and a force of nature as a campaigner. Some of you might have met her at the Paris event in December. 
What is this about?
In summer 2014, Tina and other Nanas camped for 3 weeks in a field in Lancashire that Cuadrilla had earmarked for fracking. They left of their own accord, but Cuadrilla is still pursuing her for £55,342.37 in court costs for an eviction that didn’t actually happen. That’s about 70,000 euros, US $78,000, AUS $106,000.
Tina cannot pay this, but that’s not the point. She doesn’t want the costs to be paid by anyone else or crowd-funded. She has decided that she will not pay as that would set a precedent. She risks being held in contempt of court and sent to prison, but she’s ready for that. If you want to know more about why Tina is taking this stand, see her blog here.
Please spread this message far and wide and, if you have any questions, please get in touch.
Thanks in advance for any support you can provide.
Tony Bosworth
Tony Bosworth | Climate & Energy CampaignerFriends of the Earth t. 0113 389 9958 
m. 07941 176642

Arnot Street Update- Bee Friendly Garden

We still have our garden at Arnot Street. With the demolition of the Old Polish Club there is still a risk that the wall at our garden will be removed and our garden will be a new entry to the development site. With the mature plants, grass and clover taking over the site the aim will be to promote the garden as a bee friendly garden over the summer,


Big Dig 2016

Friends of the Earth Falkirk
The Big Dig
Saturday 2nd April 2016
We were blessed with the weather at our Bean Row urban vegetable plot, and also by having a good number of our gardening group present - namely Norman, Fiona, Jean, Simon and Sandra - for the Big Dig 2016.   
We cleared the plot of the remains of last year’s crops and removed several stray foxgloves from the garden. Jean informed us that foxgloves are poisonous and therefore have no place amongst our food crops. They were relocated to the flower border where they may help to control the rampant crocosmia …
Once the soil had been turned over we planted potatoes, red onions, garlic, and of course, our signature beans. These will all be used to produce food for our Soup and Stovies Day in August, so here’s hoping for agreeable growing conditions over the summer and helping hands to remove the weeds.
Many passers-by stopped to chat and offer gardening tips and, as ever, we enjoyed talking about our successful vegetable plot and our other Falkirk gardens at Arnot Street, Kings Court and outside Asda in Newmarket Street.
At lunchtime, refreshments were provided by Norman, including vegan oat biscuits, Fairtrade tea and coffee and his delicious homemade spicy sweet potato, carrot and potato soup.
During the morning Ellisa from the U’ve Pulled cafĂ© across from the garden brought us much appreciated teas and coffees, and we were also supported by offers from Susan and Stuart from the Bean Row Pottery. We are delighted and proud to be part of the Bean Row community.


Big Dig- Bean Row Community Garden Saturday 2 April 11.30-1.30

Friends of the Earth Falkirk will be holding its annual Big Dig event at the Bean Row Community Garden on Saturday 2 April between 11.30am and 1.30pm. The group will be preparing the ground and planting vegetables just off the High Street and anyone interested can come at any time during the session and get digging or just find out more about the gardens. The group would also welcome any donations of herb or vegetable plants if you have any surplus. There will be Vegan/ Vegetarian soup and fairtrade tea and coffee on offer at 1pm on a first come first served basis. Friends of the Earth Falkirk tend 4 community gardens in central Falkirk and in 2015 achieved the Outstanding Award from The Royal Horticultural Society IT’S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD for the third year in a row. The group would also be happy to discuss any of its environmental campaigns including promoting local food, less waste, air quality and unconventional gas.


Save Jim's Farm Save the Greenbelt

Friends of the Earth Midlothian had a stall at the Save Jim's Farm solidarity day at Damhead, just outside Edinburgh. The farm is under threat from planning developments which threaten the loss of agricultural land for and inappropriate development including housing, a film studio and a power station. We have so little agricultural land left we can't afford to loose any more. Especially near our capital city. Read more and sign the petition of support here

Julian Holbrook, Damhead and District Community Councillor called for action to maintain and encourage local and sustainable food systems that provide livelihoods and jobs linked to the land and community. “This is about land, food and people. What we need to see is a collective action to establish the Edinburgh Food Belt that links farmers, community, consumers and the food and drinks sector. However, it is essential to protect the foundation of existing good quality farmland and existing farmers to see this ambitious and exciting idea established.”

Groundswell Rising Film Screening in Falkirk

Falkirk Screeing Sunday 6 March at Trinity Church, central Falkirk, 6-9.30 see all the tour dates at www.groundswellscotland.com see details of the film and the trailer for the film here


Fossil Free Scotland Event

Creating a Fossil Free Scotland: Activist Gathering
10:00-18:00, Saturday 6 February
Methodist Church, Nicholson Square, Edinburgh

No Fracking Way Gathering Falkirk- Don't make the Kelpies cry

As part of national No Fracking Way events across the UK there was a gathering at Falkirk Steeple this Sunday, 31 January at 10am. Organised by Scotland Against Fracking from Falkirk.  Facebook page at: No Fracking Way Gathering Scotland Falkirk


New Year Garden Make Over

On the second weekend of the Year Fiona and Norman treated the Friends of the Earth Falkirk Bean Row Garden to a well needed tidy up. With last years crops harvested and most of the plants passed their best we composting the old greenery and weeded the veg plots. 

While tidying the beds we were surprised by how may potatoes were still in the ground after the Autumn harvest. Although a little misshapen they were still potatoes and we gleamed what was left. Fiona took the ones that looked like potatoes and Norman took the alien looking ones to make Random Tattie Soup. 

As usual while working in the garden we had some lovely conversations with people walking past the garden. One of the most rewarding aspects of community gardening is the community showing their appreciation for the work that we carry out. One of the conversations was with Susan, the owner of the newly opened Bean Row Pottery across from the garden. Susan offered us a cup of tea and explained her plans for a garden in the courtyard of her shop.
Now that the garden is looking presentable we will look at a more permanent way to try and stop the local dogs pooping in the garden. Despite the three dog waste posters on our fence we still have a poop problem. Perhaps the dogs can't read but we were hoping their owners might have taken more responsibility.
In Spring we will dig over the plot and plant the crops required for our annual Soup and Stovies Day in August. 

Friends of the Earth Falkirk - Rooted in Falkirk