Take a look at the wonderful produce on sale at Brampton Farmers' market once a month. We have a wide selection of local products for you to try, come along and see what we have to offer! The next market is Saturday 25th May.
Latest news and activity
Food at the Farmers' Market
New Sustainable Brampton newsletter
It's been a long time since we published a newsletter but we aim to bring this back as a regular way of updating you on Sustainable Brampton activity. I hope you enjoy this one! You can download the newsletter below or pick up a paper copy in Brampton and surrounding villages.
Sustainable Brampton supports new workshops at The Hut
The Hut at Brampton Community Centre has a wonderful new brochure out full of exciting courses, activities and workshops. New this season are workshops for families, music sessions, raku and a whole host of creative craft activities for you to take part in.
Rory Stewart visits Farmers' Market
The last Brampton market had a visitor, MP Rory Stewart who was at the Moot hall for his latest street surgery stopped to talk to the stall holders and to speak to Heather Tipler our market co-ordinator to see how the market is fairing.
New Website for Walkers
Walkers are Welcome towns and villages have something very special to offer. Over one hundred towns and villages have joined this community-led scheme to demonstrate their commitment to making your walking visit an enjoyable one.
Community food garden in Brampton
Would you like to be part of a community food garden in Brampton?
Work with other people to create something beautiful and productive?
There’s a chance to get involved now!
Brampton on Bikes
The next series of the Brampon on Bikes rides have now been organised - please see the attched flier or the events page for more details.
Brampton Walkers are Welcome Guided Walks Programme
Brampton Walkers are Welcome have confirmed dates for the next six guided walks until 10th March 2013.
Do you like the outdoors, keeping fit, meeting people and getting involved in conservation? If so, you might like to join our volunteer work parties at RSPB Geltsdale.
Brampton on Bikes: Autumn rides
Summer is over so we're expecting a beautiful autumn with crisp clear days. Come and join us on our next series of bike rides: easy ones on the first Sunday each month, more demanding rides on the 3rd Sunday.
See the flier for all details.
Nuke Dump in Cumbria?
(a letter from a campaigner:)
New Map puts Walkers on Right Path
Keen walkers braved intermittent showers on Saturday to help celebrate the unveiling of a new Parish Paths map in the town.
Brampton on Bikes
Please see the attached flier for the next Brampton on Bikes rides.
Brampton Food Network develop an 8 week course in vegetable growing
Brampton Food Network are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with David Haigh, previously Head of Horticulture at Newton Rigg, to develop an 8 week course in vegetable growing.
Annual Meeting and talk by Mike Berners-Lee
Please join us for our Annual Meeting:
6.30 Free food and drink (donations welcome) with business starting at 6.40 (see agenda below)
7.30 Talk by Mike Berners-Lee, author of “How bad are bananas?” followed by questions and discussion
9.00pm - Close
Brampton on Bikes
Download the flier for the new list of bike rides, March to June 2012, or check out the Events pages. There are a variety of rides to choose from covering all abilities.
2012 at The Hut
Please find the new brochure for the Hut attached.
2 important new things: We are making space available for artists and craftsmen, so if you are interested in using the Hut in any way, workspace, starting a class or group, please contact us.
Diggin' the trees
Diggin' the Trees have some tree planting opportunities, including 2 in the Brampton area.
Sat 25th February - Kirkby Thore
Sun 11th March - Gilsland
Sat 24th March - Brampton
New Fairtrade shop opening in Brampton
Just in time to celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight Julie is taking the plunge and opening ‘The Rusty Button Shop’ in Brampton.
Job vacancy - Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre
We are an Organic Resource Centre based near Rowletown. We provide opportunities for people to experience and understand sustainability in farming, food, wildlife conservation and renewable energy.
News from the School Gardens
A (very!) small team of Sustainable Brampton members have been helping local primary school children set up their own gardens to grow fruit, veg, herbs and wildlife-friendly plants.
Brampton Community Café Group
The group are now providing freshly baked goods, crafts and cards every Wednesday in the Moot Hall 8.45 to 11.45 a.m.
William Howard School Community Lectures 2012
William Howard School have just published their lecture series for this year, including 2 that are being given by the Sustainable Brampton Energy Action Group. All lectures are free and cover some fascinationg scientific topics.
Freelance Development Co-ordinator position
Sustainable Carlisle has secured lottery funding to develop our organisation.
Christmas Market a huge success
In the week running up to the market the weather forecast couldn't have been worse - gale force winds, driving snow and treacherous ice on the roads.
Brampton Walkers are Welcome now offer a monthly Sunday walks programme
Encouraged by an enthusiastic response to the launch event on 23rd October, Brampton Walkers are Welcome are now setting up a programme of weekend walks.
Household survey summary
As many of you will know, this year we conducted a follow-up to the Household Survey of 2007.
Brampton on Bikes in Geltsdale, 20 November 2011
This weeks ride was one of the more 'demanding' ones in the programme and took us to Geltsdale via Newbiggin. There was a fair bit of off road but most of it was manageable for those who had road bikes.
Brampton Walkers Truly are Welcome
Sunday 23rd October saw the official launch of Brampton as the UK’s 66th Walkers are Welcome (WaW) Town and only the 2nd in Cumbria.
Brampton Farmers' Market
Please come down to the Farmers' Market this Saturday at the Moot Hall where some of our best ocal produers will have a range of their wares for sale.
The latest newsletter compiled by the Energy Action Group.
Brampton on Bikes
“Brampton on Bikes” are guided rides which start and finish in Brampton. The rides are held twice a month on Sundays and everyone is welcome. We meet at 11am outside the Moot Hall in Brampton so just turn up.
As autumn approaches so does the annual Harvest Market, and we're hoping that its forth year will be bigger and better than ever.
This year it will be a collaboration between the Brampton Food Network and Brampton Farmers' Market, both of which are now Sustainable Brampton projects.
We need your help on Brampton Farmers' Market
Sustainable Brampton is working with stallholders to take over the running of the monthly Farmers' Market. We have always made supporting food producers a top priority and this project enables us to take this even further. But we need your help!
Walkers are Welcome
Brampton is now officially a Walkers are Welcome town. Well done to all those involved in the bid.
Visit the WaW page for more information.
Brampton's Food Network is growing!
Brampton's Food Network proudly announces the launch of its Local Foodshare scheme.
If you would like to:
Harvesting energy - reaping the rewards
People from 31 different local farm enterprises visited the Harvesting Energy Event on Saturday 4th June. The event was made possible through a partnership of Brampton Economic Partnership, NFU,Carlisle City Council and Sustainable Brampton.
End of Term report for William Howard School
William Howard School recruited a Sustainability Officer, to take responsibility for offering pupils the chance to learn about living in a more environmentally responsible way. A year on, the school has just been awarded national Green Flag status for its efforts!
Harvesting energy - free advice for farmers!
Our Energy Action Group is hosting a free drop-in event for farmers about 'on-farm' renewables at Low Luckens on Saturday 4th June, from 11.00 - 2.00.
EAG Away Day
A report on the EAG away day at Low Luckens.
CAfS is recruiting!
Cumbria Action for Sustainability is recruiting a 6-month part-time Green Build Events and Communications Officer, based in Penrith. More details on their website: email@example.com
Fords, fells and sunshine for Brampton on Bikes
You may have noticed that our new programme has expanded to offer 2 rides a month. One of these will offer more of a challenge with some off road sections; the other ride is aimed at families and people who would prefer a shorter route.
WHAT IS THE BRAMPTON FOOD NETWORK?
The Brampton Food Network is a recently incorporated social enterprise (an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community) that aims to increase the supply of local and sustainable food into the Brampton District, to increase composting and to encourage and support local peopl
Thinking about our economy
On Saturday 12th March, we were pleased to be able to host an excellent workshop on Sustainable Enterprising Communities, for the Cumbria Sustainability Network at Brampton Community Centre.
Sustainable Brampton and local people join forces with the Woodland Trust to plant trees
During March, volunteers in the Brampton area have been rolling up their sleeves and taking up their spades as part of a national tree planting movement which aims to double the number of native trees and woods in the UK, by planting free trees from the Woodland Trust.
Wetheral leads the way!
Wetheral is showing other communities how transition to a more sustainable future can happen, with its energy-saving programme, its Great Veggie Project and other activities.
We recently hosted an energy-saving evening in association with Wetheral Parish Council.
Can you fill a gap in our household survey?
This month, we are carrying out an ambitious household survey, aiming to survey 1 in every 20 households in our area. If your area isn't fully covered yet, can you help?
Brampton on Bikes
Please come along to our monthly family bike rides - get fit and make new friends!
Climate Week - looking for inspiration!
On 22 March, William Howard School is planning an event to educate students and the general public about the efects of climate change.
A car club for Brampton?
There are car clubs all over the country, giving members access to a car without the need to own one. Car clubs can save drivers money and benefit the environment by taking cars off the road.
Open Spaces Winter Newsletter
Get up to date with the Open Spaces project with this fascinating newsletter from Liz Booker at William Howard School.
Broadband Cumbria campaign
The government has announced a pledge to deliver high-quality superfast broadband for Britain by 2015. They are asking communities to take the lead in stimulating demand.
News from the School Gardens
Children from 4 local schools have been busy in their gardens with help from Sustainable Brampton, despite the weather we have only been rained off once.
Staveley Sustainable Travel conference: 27 November 2010
On behalf of the Travel Action Group, Heather Tipler and Chris Lloyd attended the first conference of the Cumbria-wide Sustainability Network in Staveley near Kendal.
Family Bike Ride: 21 November 2010
On the 21st of November we held our first family bike ride that was organised in partnership with William Howard School as part of their Brampton Bike Hub project.
APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITY! ACT NOW!! DEADLINE 6th DECEMBER!
We are offering an exceptional opportunity for a young person aged 16-18
to train in commercial horticulture
Sustainable Brampton gets Web 2.0
Welcome to the new 'Web 2.0' site. Although it looks familiar, it now functions quite differently. So what's new?
Sustainable Brampton’s Waste Action Group held an “Upcycling” event at the Moot Hall in Brampton. Exhibits showed how useful – and valuable - items can be made from what would otherwise be thrown away as waste or simply recycled.
Save the bees!
Honeybee numbers are in serious decline. They play a vital role in food production as about a third of the food we eat has been pollinated directly by honeybees.
Singing in the Rain at Sustainable Brampton's Harvest Market!
Sustainable Brampton chose one of the wettest days of recent weeks to hold their annual Harvest Market in Brampton Town square, which was nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed by over 300 people.
Revising our strategy
Our original strategy document was written in 2006 and a lot has changed since then. The political and economic landscapes are now completely different and the environmental movement is rapidly maturing and finding new and innovative ways to work.
On Sunday the 23rd of August 15 cyclists left the Sands on Brampton's very own Pedalling Picnic. This was a Sustainable Brampton initiative to try and encourage people - particularly families back on to their bikes.
£12,449/year for 19 hour week, for 2 years 9 months
Sustainable Brampton is seeking someone to co-ordinate a new project, aimed at increasing the local food supply and composting of green waste.
Two fantastic family friendly cycle rides
Fresh Air Miles
In conjunction with Sustainable Brampton another Sustrans Fresh Air Miles Bike Ride - Sunday 22nd August 15 to 20 miles through the Eden Valley. Meet at the Moot Hall in Brampton at 13.00. Bring a picnic.
A ride without rain!
Ten of us joined this month’s ride which took us from Brampton down to Castle Carrock and on to Armathwaite where we had a picnic and the children swam in the river – it was a beautiful day and the Eden valley was looking its best with a deep blue sky and scudding clouds.
From our own correspondent!
Sustainable Brampton supporter, Rob Brown, went to the Steady State Economy conference in Leeds - here's how he got on:
A Zero-Growth Economy?
Fresh Air Miles – a cycling celebration
The Travel Action Group organised a fun, family bike ride to encourage people in the Brampton area to get out on their bikes and also to celebrate the 15th birthday of the National Cycle Network.
Power to the People! Energy Fair
The Energy Fair that was held on 24 Apr was absolutely terrific on a number of levels. Firstly, over 400 people chose to visit and be educated rather than being distracted elsewhere on a glorious Spring Saturday afternoon (the technology presentations may be found on the website).
Power to the People! Energy Fair 24th April 2010 Brampton Community Centre
Sustainable Brampton is encouraging the community to ‘do their bit’ to help reduce our overall carbon footprint. We have developed an Energy Plan over the last 6 months which comprises 3 main themes. Firstly ‘Be Mean’ by reducing day to day energy consumption.
Carlisle City Council and Bookmysurvey Ltd are offering free or subsidised insulation for a small number of households in much of our district. Householders with no cavity wall insulation, or less than 60 mm loft insulation, can get it free of charge.
WWF Earth Hour
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing people and nature, and demands urgent global action. Unless we prevent average temperatures rising 2°C above pre-industrial levels, we face a high risk of severe and irreversible changes in the planet’s natural systems.
Diggin' those trees!
A group of young people in Carlisle have set up a group, Diggin' the Trees, to plant native trees in north Cumbria.
It was the weekend of the worst weather in 1000 years in Cumbria but despite that, it was a busy Saturday morning in the Community Centre for Sustainable Brampton's 10:10 sign-up.
The sun shone down on our Harvest Market on September 20th in Brampton’s Market Square, and hundreds of people came out to enjoy local food and crafts.
Have your say on walking and cycling – and join us for the ride!
Have you had your say yet about walking and cycling in the Brampton area?
NORTH CUMBRIA ORCHARD GROUP
A new Orchard Group is to be set up under the auspices of the South Lakeland Orchard Group (SLOG) to cater for the northern part of the County.