Being Neighbourly

  • Is your garden too big? Consider offering a little bit of land to someone to grow their own vegetables. You’ll make a new friend, too! The Landshare scheme connects those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. Click here for more information.

  • Hold an ethical dinner party. Use it to tell friends about A Rocha UK’s Living Lightly initiative.

  • Join a local conservation or environmental group. Check the A Rocha UK website to see if there is an activity near you.

  • Start up a food co-operative. Form a group with your neighbours to buy from producers or wholesalers. For suppliers, see Suma, Infinity Foods or Goodness Direct.

  • Get your road, street or community involved in The Big Lunch. The Big Lunch is a simple idea from the Eden Project to get as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours.

  • Work with your council on turning your street into a ‘Home Zone’. Pioneered in the 70s in the Netherlands, the idea is to strike a balance between vehicular traffic and pedestrians, cyclists, business people and residents. This involves the physical alteration of streets and roads, forcing motorists to drive with greater care and at lower speeds.

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