Fabulous family festival fun!

Over the Moon Green family festival

Over the Moon Festival, a green and family-friendly event
Celebrating music, art and environmental awareness
On Friday 14 September until Sunday 16 September, 2012
Location: Hempstead Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex


Jim Mitchell, the festival organiser, says: ‘Over the Moon is an
Over the Moon - green family event opportunity for people to come together, get creative and have a wild time while learning how to live a more sustainable life.’

Alternative talks and workshops will be delivered by expert speakers at the forefront of their fields. These will include talks on environmental issues from Flemich Webb, environmental journalist and adventurer, the men behind Cadoo, the world’s only social network on sustainable living, and Tom Chute from 10:10 Brighton and Hove, who will give you advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more

Summer Green Family Fun Day

Thursday 30th August 10.30am – 2pm.

Venue: Pedro’s Green Den in Coneyhurst, Nr Billingshurst.

South American Tree FrogActivities will include: Read more

A green birthday present

Children and natureRather than buy a plastic toy which has gathered a huge carbon footprint by being imported from China, why not buy a child a butterfly kit?  Watch them Grow and Let them Go!

Raise five Painted Lady Butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis with Insect Lore’s best selling Butterfly Garden.  See each caterpillar’s transition as it matures, changes into a chrysalis, and finally emerges as a Painted Lady Butterfly! After observing your butterflies, experience the joy of releasing them into your garden or the park. Read more

Summer Activities

The summer holidays have arrived and it looks like we may have some rainy days between now and the children going back to school. With all that time to fill, why not try some of our Rainy Day Play or get the children making some Green or Eco Art?

Whether it is building robots or castles with boxes, rockets or 10 tin bowling with steel cans, Olympic torches with cardboard tubes, yoghurt pots and foil, elephants with bottles, tubs and foil or perhaps a bottle top flower for the garden.  They are all fun and creative activities which cost nothing, entertain the children and most importantly teach us to use rubbish as a waste resource.

Recycled art Recycled art Recycled green and eco art

Recycled elephant - green art - eco art 10 recycled steel cans Recycled flower - green art - eco art

Or put on your boots and rain coat (maybe your sun hat and sun cream) and get into the great green outdoors.  In the Kids’ Zone on the Sunny Day Play page you will find lots of ideas for places to visit.

We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of  www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”



Recycled Olympic Torch

Here is a simple and free recycling activity for the children during the summer holidays.

Recycled green and eco art

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Push for Green Energy in Horsham

Solar panels

Transition Horsham is a community group (all volunteers) of local Horsham area residents who are concerned about the effects of climate change, peak oil and the associated economic problems. Currently they are looking at fossil fuels and are planning a project to map the potential of solar power in the Horsham area.  As part of this process they would like to find out what other people think about the idea.

If you live in Horsham please can you take the time to complete their online survey here, it is your town and your future.


We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of  www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”




Big Recycling Bonanza in Brighton

The Green Centre BrightonSunday 29 July 2012 (11am-3pm)

Event Location: The Green Centre, 39 Manor Hill, Brighton, BN2 5EL

The Green Centre are asking you to bring your biros, blouses, handbags, hammers and spanners (and a whole lot of other materials) to their Big Recycling Bonanza on Sunday 29 July (11am-3pm). Read more

Renewable energy from abandoned viaduct!

An abandoned viaduct is to be transformed into a Wind Turbine

Viaduct converted into wind turbine bridgeA bridge that repurposes abandoned viaducts, produces energy AND looks futuristically sleek? Yes, it can be true, and it is Italy’s proposed Wind Turbine Viaduct called “Solar Wind.” Southern Italy is dotted with unused viaducts, and rather than spending $50 million to tear them down, town officials near Calabria held a competition called “Solar Park South,” open to designers and engineers asking them to come up with an environmentally conscious way to re-use the existing structures. Read more

Outdoor animal and family photos special offer

Horse photography

David and his wife Gill used to run a photographic studio and business in Horsham, David Graham Photography.  They now live in Lincolnshire, however they are staying in Sussex for seven weeks from 16th July 2012 and are offering West Sussex residents this fantastic deal. Read more

Photo of the month of May

Have you ever seen a peacock in full flight?  Well you have now!

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Don’t throw it away, give it away!


FreegleFreegle steying, sussex







You might not want it, but someone just round the corner might. All around the country there are Freegle Groups and Freecycle Groups, find your local group and free gift the items you don’t want to someone who needs it/them.  You might need something, in which case sign up, search for the item or post a wanted ad for free.

The central West Sussex Freegle Group is Steyning Freegle Group and there is a central West Sussex Freecycle Group in Horsham.

All items must be legal and appropriate, and free. No loans, swaps or sales please – just free gifts.

Sign up Sussex and get recycling rather than filling up the landfill!


We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of the site. 
Forward your suggestions
for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc. to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”




Sustainable businesses needed

News bulletin………. Sustainable businesses needed for University of Chichester study.

landfill siteWest Sussex companies who save old products from landfill are being sought for a new research study by the University of Chichester and West Sussex County Council.

There has been a recent growth in businesses increasing the lifespan of products by refurbishing, remanufacturing or recycling them for future use. The cost of landfill, pressure to recycle and the current economic situation means that companies and the general public are becoming conscious of the replacement and disposal of products. Read more

Geocaching – the modern day treasure hunt


Modern day treasure huntFancy adding an extra dimension to your days out? Then give geocaching a go. Put simply, geocaching is a modern, high-tech take on a treasure hunt and has become something of a worldwide Read more

Recycling the non-recyclable!

For the benefit of families in the Philippines.

children scavenge on rubbish tipYour local council might not be able to recycle these waste resources (see below) but for poor families in the Philippines this waste will make the difference between having a meal or not that night.

A charity called The Philippine Community Fund www.p-c-f.org aims to permanently improve the quality of life for the poorest Filipino communities through education, nutrition, health, medical and family enhancement programmes, and to free every Filipino child and their family from the effects of poverty. Read more

Calling all Sussex eco schools, nurseries and children’s groups

Green Education

Share your ideas for greening up Sussex.  Or tell the world about your eco projects in your very own category under “Sussex Schools Green Blog”.  This new communications tool will enable schools, nurseries and children’s groups in Sussex to promote your organisation/group and give children an opportunity to put into practice their ICT skills on the World Wide Web! Read more

Launch of Green Johannas at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester.



Recycling talkStudents recycling projectIn May, Carrie from Sussex Green Living and Blanca Timblick, the Business Enterprise Co-ordinator at Bishop Luffa School, launched Green Johanna’s at the school.  Blanca and Carrie trained with Better Tomorrows CIC earlier in the year to become voluntary Waste Prevention Advisors.  Better Tomorrows’ aim is to change how the residents of West Sussex think and behave in order to be more environmentally-friendly and more sustainable.

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Local Organic Fruit and Vegetable Boxes

You might be interested in this supplier. They will deliver to your door fresh, locally grown organic fruit and vegetables.  Reduce your carbon footprint – buy local.
#SBS winners
Established: 1989

Sussex Family Fun Day in Recycling Week

We are holding a second Sussex Green Living (SGL) family fun day at the end of Recycling Week on Saturday 23rd June 10.30am – 2pm.  It is taking place in green gardens, fields and the SGL Green Den near Billingshurst.

Activities will include:

Outdoor play day Outside play Outside play Outdoor play

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Sussex Green Living launch

Green Sussex Website launched

Green Sussex Website launched – Article

Earth Day family fun – our pledges

Earth Day Pledges 2012 Earth Day Pledges 2012


Earth Day Poem

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.
And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
Is dear, is free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

By Jane Yolen


Earth Day – What is it all about?

Protecting the planetEarth Day is on Sunday 22nd April.   Earth Day is a Birthday!  Just like a birthday is a special day to celebrate a person, Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth.  On this day people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities in 175 countries around the World campaign through events.  Their aim being to raise consciousness about the way our modern lives are affecting the planet and celebrate the wonder of our Earth.  It is a great way for children to think about the environment and conservation.

Pedro, the folks from Sussex Green Living, friends and family are meeting in Coneyhurst (it was going to be the Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park however due to the weather, a change of location) to have a picnic and play lots of outdoor games.  Join us if you fancy!

Activities will include:

  • Decorating nature masks made out of recycled materials.
  • Bring along a yoghurt pot or two which you have already decorated, then plant it up with flowers which will attract wildlife into your garden or herbs to eat.  Soil and seeds provided.
  • Recycling race – where the children learn about recycling in a fun and competitive way.
  • Football and  games.

And any other ideas you want to throw in!

To get the address and directions email us on .

To learn more about Sussex Green Living and watch a video about 10 ways you can easily green up your lives why not take a look at our videos on this page http://www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/videos/.

You might also like to download our Sussex Green Living guide to 25 Sustainable Living tips.  All you need to do is register in the Members’ Zone here, you will be emailed a password, then you can access lots of free members downloads additional site pages, content and free resources only available to members.  Go for it join this Green network now!


Make your own unique envelopes….

…….. from recycled paper or card.

Here is how you do it:

  • Find an A4 page from a magazine which you have read or perhaps an old A4 flyer.
  • Print our Sussex Green Living envelope template* and then cut around the solid red lines.
  • Lay the template on your A4 magazine/recycled sheet and draw around the template.
  • Cut it out and then fold where you see the dotted lines on the template.
  • Stick the two edges with some glue.
  • Attach a small white address label and write on the name and address you want to send it to.
  • Now you have a recycled envelope which is unique to you!

It is as simple as that.

* To download your Sussex Green Living envelope template all you need to do is register in the Members’ Zone here, you will be emailed a password, then you can access lots of free members downloads additional site pages, content and free resources only available to members.  Go for it join this Green network now!