Who we are
Lewes Climate Hub is an alliance of local environmental and community groups. We aim to provide a central information and networking point on all climate and environment-related projects, events and activities happening in and around Lewes. This includes practical advice on activities from home retrofitting to improving energy efficiency and biodiversity, and also building resilience in the face of global warming. We warmly welcome any Lewes group that would like to join our alliance, including groups not directly involved in environmental activities but that are concerned about climate change. Email to learn more.
Friends of Lewes, the Lewes Civic Society, has the overall goal of conserving and enhancing our town – its history, distinctive buildings and the natural environment. We work with others to ensure that when changes to buildings or streetscape are proposed, the unique heritage of Lewes is treated with care and respect. Our Planning Committee aims to reduce carbon emissions by engaging with developers and renovators and encouraging them to adopt carbon neutral and other ecologically sound innovations. Our Trees Committee leads Lewes Urban Arboretum project: planting and monitoring trees with the aim of increasing tree canopy cover in Lewes to meet the 20% minimum recommendation for urban environments. We actively collaborate with other Lewes-based groups that share our aims of improving our environment, increasing biodiversity and mitigating the risks resulting from climate change. You may find out more by visiting https://friends-of-lewes.org.uk , or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, (general), or email@example.com, (trees).
The Railway Land Wildlife Trust exists to inspire environmental sustainability by bringing nature to the heart of Lewes. Our beautiful purpose built centre, the Linklater Pavilion, can be found at the entrance to the Railway Land Local Nature Reserve. We provide lifelong environmental learning opportunities for the whole community, and promote nature based solutions to climate change. https://www.railwaylandproject.org
We organise events, talks, activities and projects in the local area to build a strong community facing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss together. www.seafuture.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/seafuture
We’re a network of local people who, by preparing and adapting to the changes ahead, are finding a pathway to a positive future, without reliance on oil. Building a thriving and resilient community that works in balance with the natural world on which we depend, and working to achieve a zero carbon future. https://transitiontownlewes.org
Plastic Free Lewes aims to take action on plastic pollution by inspiring individuals, businesses, schools and organisations across Lewes to reduce consumption of unnecessary plastic – especially single-use plastic. By sharing ideas to change personal behaviour and by lobbying government and big business, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution. https://plasticfreelewes.org
We are an ever-growing group of like-minded people from all walks of life, determined to make a stand on climate change and biodiversity loss. Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent direct action movement demanding urgent action in the face of an unprecedented global emergency. http://xrlewes.org
Friends of the Earth, Brighton & Hove have campaigned for many years on issues such as Air Quality & Transport, our Bees, the Newhaven Incinerator, scrutinising Local Development Plans & Applications, and responding to BHCC and other relevant Consultations. We're currently working with BHCC to help develop their Climate Action Plan/Carbon Neutral 2030. We also often get involved in issues covered by the Greater Brighton area such as lobbying for the creation of the South Downs National Park and we were heavily involved in the successful bid to get the City and Coast area designated as a World Biosphere. New members are most welcome: call or text Dave 07961 055243.
Common Cause Co-operative was established in 1991 and is a social enterprise and not-for-profit company based in Lewes, East Sussex. We are striving to help build vibrant local communities and a sustainable economy. We have run the popular Lewes Farmers Market for over 22 years. Stallholders come from within 30 miles and sell food and land-based goods that meet our high environmental and animal welfare standards. The market has supported many start-up businesses, giving new enterprises a chance to test products and get to know customers. We also have a number of growing, well-being, and skill sharing projects with an emphasis on inclusivity and wild-life friendly activities, including the Lewes House Garden project, Lewes Community Allotment, Ringmer Community Orchard and Seedy Saturday Lewes. http://www.commoncause.org.uk
Community energy is about people coming together to reduce energy use, purchase, manage and generate low carbon heat and power. Community Energy South is an umbrella organisation and regional hub enabling local community groups and organisations to grow as sustainable low carbon businesses, in the South East of England. Our goals are to tackle climate change, increase energy security and make renewable energy more affordable. https://www.communityenergysouth.org
Ovesco is a community group run by volunteers for the local community in East Sussex. We create community owned renewable energy projects so our local community can become zero carbon. We are entering a partnership with Coop Community Energy which enables people to purchase community generated electricity. By supporting this tariff, you will support Ovesco and other community energy projects across the country. https://ovesco.co.uk
Lewes Swift Supporters is a group of volunteers who methodically observe and record Swift activity across Lewes. This information is used to select priority areas for encouraging an increase in Swift accommodation. We also record, and follow up on, reports of sightings via Facebook, Twitter or email from residents who take part from May to July in our 'Lewes Swift Watch'. Our advice has helped many residents to install Swift boxes or bricks at their own home or place of business. Membership is free and you may join us by emailing email@example.com. You may also follow us on Twitter @lewesswifts or join our Facebook group, 'Lewes Swift Supporters'.
Lewes Repair Café is a free monthly event held in Landport Community Hub. Our friendly team of talented repairers mend anything from electrical appliances to broken zips, as well as bicycles, china, jewellery, shoes and boots and other household treasures. We are a community event, and you can also join us for tea, coffee and cake, giving you a chance to chat with friends or meet new people. Our aims are to share skills and reduce waste, promoting a repairing culture in our community, and to bring people together and combat social isolation. Access to our service also helps people on low incomes. We are currently unable to hold events but look forward to starting up again when the time is right. www.lewesrepaircafe.org.uk Find us on Facebook: @lewesrepaircafe support us on our fundraising page: localgiving.org/charity/golocalcic/ Lewes Library of Things and Lewes Repair Café are both projects run by Go Local CIC
Lewes Library of Things is a new project that seeks to address inequality and reduce consumption by giving local people the choice to borrow the items they need for short term or one off use. From tools for DIY to a gazebo for a family celebration, you will no longer need to spend money on buying an item that will only be used for a few hours, or that you don't have room to store in your home. We want to provide a mobile service, reducing journeys and ensuring that those who do not have a car can still obtain heavy or unwieldy items . To do this we will buy an electric vehicle that can go into the parts of Lewes District that are deprived or have poor public transport, with a possible expansion into other areas of East Sussex later. We are aiming for a launch date of July 2021. Facebook: @Leweslibraryofthings Local giving fundraising page is https://localgiving.org/charity/golocalcic/ Lewes Library of Things and Lewes Repair Café are both projects run by Go Local CIC
Wildflower Lewes is a community group of volunteers who want to see Lewes filled with wildflowers and buzzing with butterflies and bees. We are creating more wild spaces across Lewes on public and private land, and more opportunities for people to connect with the nature on their doorstep. We work with the Town, District and County Councils to help to create, manage and monitor wildflower sites throughout the town. Contact Lesley Healey 07765 077590 Email click here Facebook: @wildflowerlewes
The Lewes Pound is more than just money. It celebrates Lewes and the diversity and richness of its independent traders, producers and suppliers, encouraging visitors to come to Lewes and us all to shop locally.
Supporting the villages Cooksbridge, Offham, Hamsey, Bevernbridge towards a more sustainable future. Addressing rural issues:How to get to net zero with the effects of devastating industrial agriculture, pollution from the main A275 and high dependency on oil. We aim to inspire the community to increase biodiversity especially in places like Hamsey churchyard. We aim for better footpaths, cycle lanes & rural public transport as well as energy alternatives.
Cycle Lewes is a membership organisation which promotes cycling for all age groups and abilities in Lewes and the surrounding villages. We campaign for safer roads that will encourage more people to use their bikes. We believe that an increase in cycling in and around the town will contribute to a cleaner environment and the reduction of harmful pollutants. www.cyclelewes.org.uk
Wellbeing Tree supports physical and mental health for vulnerable adults through weekly groups and projects. We are member led and believe that self-care, creativity and social connections help the community to flourish and has a wide impact on society as a whole. One of our main concerns is the environment - we find that connection to nature is vital for physical and mental wellbeing and run projects exploring this connection whilst developing awareness of key environmental issues. https://wellbeingtree.org
Lewes Football Club is 100% fan-owned, not-for-profit and people-powered. It’s also the first and only gender equal club in the world. Both first teams play at the club’s home ground, The Dripping Pan, a stone’s throw from Lewes train station - and the club is home to many other affiliated community teams as well. Lewes FC Men play in the Isthmian League and Lewes FC Women in the Championship (FAWC). Due to the club’s ownership model the mission is to create positive social change for its owners, and achieve the largest possible platform for its social purpose messages: that means progressing both teams as far as possible up the leagues whilst simultaneously increasing ownership and sponsorship revenues. Currently owned by more than 1700 people who pay £40 a year for the privilege, the club has owners spanning Lewes, the UK, and indeed 37 countries around the world. Famous for its historic and culture-changing campaign ‘Equality FC’, Lewes FC continues to work towards shaping the future of football and its impact on wider society. As well as boasting over 180 solar panels on its covered South Stand at The Pan, the club now has a ‘community garden’ set up by men’s midfielder Bradley Pritchard with the intention to promote green food practices within the community.