Interested in shaping Planet South Bank’s next events?

A big thanks to Pie and the rest of the Planet South Bank gang for the Street-Re-Cycle Event. The weather certainly helped 🙂 and we hope you gained/passed on what you wanted!

Look out for the next event Craft-Y-Crawl featuring local artists, including recycled items. Sunday the 27th of November 2016 from 11-3pm.

There’s a Planet South Bank planning meeting this coming Friday, 30 September, at 7.30pm. All are welcome – please let us know if you’d like to attend by e-mailing us at

We would love to see some new faces and are keen to expand the group and potential for other sustainable activities. We’ll be reviewing the Street Recycle event and starting preparations for our next event, the Craft-y-Crawl (27 November) which is similar in style to the Street Recycle but this time allows local makers of all types the opportunity to show off their wares.

If you can’t make the meeting but would like to send us feedback or thoughts /suggestions for other events, please let us know.

Meanwhile, our ongoing Sunday afternoon gardening sessions continue at the community garden next to St Clements Church. Contact us for more details.

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Here’s the list/map for Sunday’s Street Recycle event – 11.00am-3.00pm

***Stop Press*** – Also on the list : 40 Nunnery Lane ***

Sunday 17 September, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Now in its third year, the Street Recycle event will see local people swapping, sharing, upcycling, selling and giving away unwanted possessions from their front yards and gardens.

Enjoy a walk around the local area, and see what’s on offer!

See the map below of participating households. Copies are also available from Sainsburys and Pextons.

Happy swapping / giving away!

Don’t forget the extra address: 40 Nunnery Lane


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Closing date this Thursday for signing up to the Street Recycle event

Here’s our press release on this weekend’s Street Recycle:


Residents in York’s Southbank and Clementhorpe areas are linking up to turn household decluttering into a community event this Sunday.


The Street Recycle will see local people swapping, sharing, upcycling and giving away unwanted possessions from their front yards and gardens.


Now in its third year, the pedestrian friendly event allows passers by to locate participating addresses on a map. It’s produced by Planet Southbank, which fosters sustainability through a range of activities with an emphasis on fun and sociability.


Residents wishing to be included on the map are asked to sign up by midnight on Thursday 15 September by email to or to contact 07536 030550. The map will be promoted on the Planet Southbank website and Facebook page and will also be available on from Saturday in Sainsburys on Bishopthorpe Road and local shops.


“Here in the UK, people consume three planet’s-worth of resources, despite the Earth being our only home,” said Kate Lock of Planet Southbank. “We can all do things to change that. Making better use of the stuff we already have by giving it away or recycling it when it’s no longer needed is a good start.”


The event helps to boost the “zero waste” ambition of One Planet York, a network of organisations working together to help make York a sustainable, resilient and collaborative “One Planet” city. One Planet York launched in June and has also produced an app to help residents with waste and recycling.


Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment for City of York Council, said: “Events like the Street Recycle encourage people to make the best use of our city’s resources, reduces waste and gets neighbours sharing. These actions convert One Planet York into a reality from the pages of a committee report, and the council is happy to support days like this all over York which come from the community wanting to make a difference in the place that they live.”


The event takes place on Sunday 18 September from 11.00am until approx 3.00pm. More information from


Terms: items in the Street Recycle event must be legal, safe and suitable for all ages. No electricals or livestock! Keep items on your property and do not spill out onto the pavement or highway. Residents are asked to clear up afterwards and to donate left over items to local charity shops or to recycle as appropriate.



Notes for editors

Planet Southbank emerged from the York Green Neighbourhood Challenge, a pilot project undertaken by the Stockholm Environment Institute with the support of the City of York Council and partners, with the aim of helping householders to reduce their carbon footprints.

The group is open to anyone living in the  broadly defined ‘greater South Bank’ area covering the area East to West between Bishopthorpe Road and Tadcaster Road and North to South between the city walls and the former Terry’s site.

Community gardening is at the heart of the group’s activities and Planet Southbank manages an edible garden at St Clement’s Church on Nunthorpe Road.

The group’s previous events include running information stalls, recycling and composting awareness, workshops for making Christmas decorations to promoting common values, scarecrow and craft trails, baking and jams, seed and plant swaps and even musical events.

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Street Recycle, 18 September 2016

Our successful, community-building swapping and giving-away event will be running again this September.

Image result for garage saleSunday 18th September from 11am – 3pm. Sort out stuff you’d like to give away, and display it at the front of your house from 11.00am. Swap, sell or give away items (your choice) to those who come calling.

To make sure you’re on the map for people to find you, register by e-mailing Please provide your name, address and a contact phone number.

We’ll put up a list of participating households here on the website, and in hard copy at Sainsbury’s on the day of the event.

Closing date to be included on the list is Thursday 15th September.
Someone from Planet South Bank will hope to get round during the Street Recycle event to see you and thank you for taking part. Donations towards balloons/printing/laminating costs etc will be gratefully accepted!


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Here in the photos below you can see the story of making the raised bed at The Nose on Sunday – from piles of timber, to layering the bottom of bed with compost.

If you have any mature compost or spare soil, please be in touch; it’s going to take us a while to fill the bed up to the top!

A huge thanks especially to handyman Chan, who brought his expertise, leadership and good humour! to the work. Thanks too to Ross, Leah, Kate, Fiona, Bronwen and John.

In making this raised bed, we hope to make community gardening at The Nose even more accessible and welcoming, especially for folk with restricted mobility. Why not come down and give it a try?, no matter how mobile you are!

And if you have ideas about what you’d like to see growing in the raised bed, just let us know.

We hold fortnightly drop-in gardening and harvesting sessions on Sunday afternoons. Gardeners of all ages are welcome.

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Raised bed

From 11 am this Saturday – 23 July – a team of us will be erecting an amazing raised bed in our lovely community garden. We need your help!

The bed will be in a U-shape and about 60 cm high (much more fancy than the one in this photo), making it accessible for people with mobility issues and those who prefer not to bend down too much.

We will be led by Chan, who is our lovely volunteer joiner, who has got all the wood ready to install on Saturday. The more people who turn up, the quicker the job…..see you there! No tools required, just a bit of enthusiasm and patience 🙂


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Open Garden event

Along with other Edible / Community Gardens in York, we opened our community garden,  The Nose, to the public on Saturday 16 July.

The Nose is the triangular patch of land next to St Clements Church, Nunthorpe Road. We were delighted to welcome a number of visitors of a wide range of ages, from about 2 to 70.

Image result for raised bedVisitors harvested some of our soft fruit, including raspberries and red currants. One or two offered to start helping us maintain the site, which is really wonderful.

We enjoyed scones with homemade jam in the welcome shade of some shrubs in the garden. The jam was made from fruit picked in the garden earlier in the week.

Our lovely volunteer joiner was also on site preparing wood for our fantastic raised bed which will be erected next Saturday (23 July, from 11 am). Join us if you can!



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