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Candide Cuttings: Park Apprentices, Community Campaigns and Cutting Carbon

Published on March 5th 2019
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Royal Park Apprenticeships

Royal Parks, the charity responsible for maintaining London’s eight Royal Parks, has begun its search for seven new horticultural apprentices.
Successful applicants will be based at one of the parks, which include Hyde Park and Richmond Park, four days a week. The remaining day will be spent studying at Capel Manor College. They will study towards the Horticulture Landscape Operative Standard, with the option of getting their Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Level 2 Certificates in Horticulture during their final year.
Dating back to the 60s, apprentices have gone on to work within the Royal Parks, with some going on to work at Buckingham Palace and Kew Gardens.
Dennis Clarke, Head of Park Services at The Royal Parks, said: ‘This is a unique opportunity to work in world-class parks. Collectively, our parks receive 77 million visits a year and we have our gardeners and apprentices to thank.
‘If you want to start a promising career in horticulture and are passionate about parks, we want to hear from you.’
Deadline for applications is 7 April 2019. You can apply here.

Community Campaigns

Campaigns are underway to save allotments in Huddersfield and a Community Garden in Aberdeen.
Cemetery Road Allotments was set up in 1935. Some of the holders have worked alongside each other for over 40 years. Kirklees Council is planning to develop the site into sports pitches for a new school.
According to their fundraising page, Friends of the Cemetery Roads Allotments are proposing a mutually beneficial solution by ‘integrating the urban green space and allotments into a forward-thinking sustainable community’.
They are currently crowdfunding for a judicial review that is taking place on the 18th of March.
A community in Aberdeen is also campaigning to save Gwen’s Community Garden from proposed housing developments. A drop-in session on the proposals will be held in Inchgarth Community Centre this afternoon, from 3 pm to 7 pm.
You can sign their petition here.

Carbon Cutting

The UK’s CO2 emissions fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2018, according to analysis from the website Carbon Brief.
The independent analysis uses energy use figures from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that will release their results on the 28th of March.
2018 marks the lowest levels of emissions since 1888 bar the three years in which there were workers strikes. The reduction comes entirely from coal. CO2 emissions from coal have fallen by 80% in the past six years and as of 2018, only produces 5% of UK electricity.
Oil emissions have increased by 4% since 2013 and gas emissions have remained unchanged.
A 1.5% year-on-year reduction marks the lowest rate in the past six years, with a maximum of 8.7% in 2014. The analysis notes the need to reduce oil and gas emissions to meet the legally binding target of a reduction of at least 80% by 2050 (compared to 1990).

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