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Lark in the Park - Wednesday 2nd August

By Amanda McCaw on Thursday 27th July, 2017
Lark in the Park is one of Rushcliffe Borough Council's biggest family play day events. It's their 29th annual celebration of National Play Day, this year with a Go Wild theme. It's a free day of family fun, held in Bridgford Park, West Bridgford. Come along and discover fun ways to explore, play, and get creative in the great outdoors. Get muddy, and get up close to nature. There's a whole host of child friendly attractions such as arts and craft workshops, have-a-go sports activities, walkabout entertainers, classes and stage shows. Admission is free, but there's a charge for fairground rides and inflatables. At Streetwise Environmental, we think we've come up with a cunning plan to attract a whole new generation of horticulturalists! Come and visit our stand to find out all about growing plants. Talk to our experts, and help them plant up seedlings which will be used around the Borough. You will get to take away a fantastic goody bag that includes your own potted seedling, instructions on how to look after it at home, and how to plant it in your own garden. You will also get a free calendar that reminds you what you should be doing in your garden every month. The fun starts at 10am on Wednesday 2nd August, and goes on until 4pm. Parking is available on Bridge Field, Bridgford Road, and costs £3 for the day. Regular bus services operate from the city centre and across Rushcliffe to West Bridgford. For more information about public transport visit www.traveline.info We look forward to seeing you there - bring your wellies and don't wear your best clothes - you might get messy! Don't forget to come and see us at the Streetwise Environmental stand. The Streetwise Team

Fly-tipping - a growing problem

By Amanda McCaw on Monday 19th June, 2017
Fly-tipping is defined as 'the illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it'. The problem ranges from a bag of household rubbish being dumped in a layby, to truckloads of waste being disposed of on either private or council owned land. It?s become a massive problem. At worst, it can be hazardous ? to individuals, wildlife and the environment. At best, it?s unattractive and expensive to deal with. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, and the courts have powers that range from on-the-spot fines of up to £400, to imprisonment. But 'professional' fly-tippers who take payment for collecting refuse, then dump it illegally, are hard to identify, arrest and prosecute. Every year at Streetwise we get over 800 calls from members of the public reporting fly-tipping, and we clear over 300 tons of waste. But the problem keeps on growing and costs the economy millions of pounds a year. So, as a member of the public, what can you do to help?
  • Always ensure that anyone who is removing waste for you is a registered waste carrier. You can ask to see their certificate, or check with the Environment Agency
  • Make responsible arrangements for the removal/disposal of your own waste:
    • Use official roadside collections
    • Use your local recycling centres
    • Contact your local authority to find out if they have a bulky waste collection service for larger items such as furniture and kitchen appliances
    • Contact Streetwise Environmental - we provide a waste collection service
  • If you witness fly-tipping, make a note of the time and place, and a vehicle registration number if possible, and report it to your local authority, the Environment Agency or Streetwise Environmental. DON'T put yourself in danger by challenging the fly-tippers, or investigating the waste which might be dangerous in content.
  • Business owners should have a contract with a registered waste carrier, or they can dispose of business waste at a site that is licensed to take commercial waste. There will be a fee.
What should you do if somebody fly-tips on your own land? Unfortunately, the local authority is not obliged to dispose of waste dumped on private land. If you become the victim of fly-tipping:
  • Report the incident to your local authority or the Environment Agency. They should be able to give you advice on how to remove the waste.
  • Check that anyone you contract to remove the waste has a licence.
  • Look at ways of making it more difficult for fly-tippers to access your land.
Useful contacts:
  • Enter your postcode at: www.gov.uk/report-flytipping to be directed to the appropriate department of your local authority
  • Environment Agency: 03708 506506
  • Streetwise Environmental: 0115 914 8408
John Scott-Lee, Managing Director

GWR benches make a comeback

By Amanda McCaw on Monday 8th May, 2017
Lovers of the iconic Great Western Railway bench will be delighted to hear that it's still in production. The Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and linked London with the south west, the Midlands and Wales. It was affectionately known as 'God's Wonderful Railway', the 'Great Way Round', and also the 'Holiday Line' serving as it did resorts such as Torquay, Minehead and St Ives. The original cast iron and wooden GWR benches can still be seen at some railway stations. But an English company is now producing reproduction benches. We're incredibly pleased to announce that Streetwise Environmental has partnered with GWR Benches Ltd. We are the sole distributors of the reproduction benches for all Local Authorities and Parish Councils in the UK. We'll be supplying and installing these strong, functional and stylish benches for everyone to enjoy in public gardens and open spaces, cafes and pubs, parks, communal areas and social activity spaces all over the country. As well as the original design benches that feature the well-known GWR button design dating from 1934, and the earlier scroll pattern in use from 1904, we can provide a customised design incorporating elements such as a company logo, branding, or a commemoration. We can provide castings only or completed benches in painted pine or natural hardwood seating which are made to a high level of craftsmanship. There is also a 'junior' bench featuring cast iron ends with traditional 1934 deco motif and wooden painted bench timbers. Partnering with GWR Benches Ltd has enabled us to deliver these to our customers at the best possible price, whilst still retaining the quality workmanship which they stand for. - Choice of design - original, or bespoke - Choice of long lasting hard wood seating or painted softwood. - 10 year warranty on cast iron ends - Your own colour schemes - Very low maintenance - Insurance guarantee - Strong, heavy and secure - 100% British made We are committed to distributing these in the most economical way and the customer service which we provide is at the heart of everything that we do. For more information, please contact Emily Neary on 0115 9148408 or eneary@streetwiseenvironmental.co.uk John Scott-Lee, Managing Director