Sustainable September

Sustainable September

This September we are hosting, supporting and highlighting events taking place across the borough to help tackle climate change and protect biodiversity.

Take a look below for details about the activities planned so far and keep an eye out on Twitter (@RBKingston) for information throughout the month.

More events and details will be added in the coming weeks, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back soon! The activities are all free to attend.

If you’re hosting a community event relating to climate change, nature or the environment, let us know at climate@kingston.gov.uk and we may be able to help promote it too!


5 September - Turn the Tide on Climate Anxiety - Sustainable action for yourself and the planet

Location: Online
Time: 12.30pm

This online workshop provides an overview of climate anxiety, as well as practical tools to help you maintain psychological resilience and sustainable action in the face of the climate crisis.


6 September - Bat Walk at Princess Coverts

Location: Princess Coverts
Time: 19:15

Join Kingston Council’s Biodiversity Officer on an evening walk through Kingston Cemetery and learn about Kingston’s bat population. Meet by The Star Pub car park at 19:15 and be sure to dress for the weather. Check back soon for more details and the sign up link to save your space.


7 September - Bat Walk at Kingston Cemetery

Location: Kingston Cemetery
Time: 19:15

Join Kingston Council’s Biodiversity Officer on an evening walk through Kingston Cemetery and learn about Kingston’s bat population. Meet at the main entrance of Kingston Cemetery at 19:15 and be sure to dress for the weather. Check back soon for more details and the sign up link to save your space.


7 September - Permaculture webinar

Location: Online
Time: 12.00

Have some space to grow in, but not enough time to manage the garden? Concerned about the ecological state of the world and want to be part of the solution?
Rakesh will explain some simple tricks on how to grow food which takes very little effort to maintain. Which is also good for nature, as it increases biodiversity, sequesters carbon and requires no fossil fuels, pesticides, herbicides, or fertilisers.

Join via Zoom on the day.

Meeting ID: 832 4562 7581
Passcode: 068488


10 and 11 September - Visit a local energy efficient home

Want to find out more about measures to make your home energy efficient? Visit a house in Kingston which has cavity wall insulation, an air-source heat pump, solar panels, heat recovery ventilation and see them in action!

Booking is essential - you can book your place on Eventbrite.


12 September - Kingston Environment Forum relaunch

Location: Guildhall
Time: 7pm

Former member-groups and newer environmental groups in Kingston are invited to attend the relaunch and to help steer Kingston Environment Forum’s future.


13 September - Saving energy at home webinar

Location: Online
Time: 12.30 - 13.15

Join ThinkingWorks online and find out how you can save energy at home. They’ll share practical advice that could help lower your bills, keep your home warmer and protect the planet at the same time. Check back soon for the link to join on the day.


14 September - Saving energy and living green workshop

Location: St Mark’s Church, Surbiton
Time: 2pm

With rising costs of living, partly fueled by rising cost of energy, Rakesh will invite us to think about what we consume, what is essential and what we do to keep up appearances. Then we will look at some simple creative fun ways we can meet our needs while also reducing our bills. 


14 September - Foraging Safely and Ethically at Elmbridge Meadows

Location: Elmbridge Meadows
Time: 6pm

Wild foods are nutritionally dense foods, which can help supplement our nutritional requirements. However there are many plants that are poisonous, so we need to learn how to keep safe when foraging. Rakesh does this by using patterns. He will show you a few patterns that once learned can help you identify which plants are safe and which you must be very wary of. We will start with discussing the ethics of foraging, and health and safety. Then we will go look for some plants including to see which of the patterns we can identify. 

Meet at the entrance to Elmbridge Meadows Nature Reserve on Elmbridge Avenue.


16 September - Sustainable September Storytime

Location: Old Malden Library
Time: 10.30 - 11.00

Drop in to Old Malden Library to enjoy this special storytime session, with local storyteller Posey, featuring stories based around the themes of nature and sustainability. 
Suitable for ages 3-7  Free event, no need to book. 


16 September - Saving energy at home webinar

Location: Online
Time: 12.30 - 13.15

Join ThinkingWorks online and find out how you can save energy at home. They’ll share practical advice that could help lower your bills, keep your home warmer and protect the planet at the same time. Check back soon for the link to join on the day.


16 September - Nature arts and crafts class for children (2 - 4 years old)

Location: St. Mary’s Centre, Garrison Lane, Chessington, KT9 2LB
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

Head over to the St. Mary’s Centre for an arts and crafts session for preschool children using natural materials. No need for glitter or Cellotape, Kate from Natural Crafters will demonstrate how arts & crafts sessions for kids can be sustainable, fun and plastic free! Please note that a parent or guardian must stay with their child for the duration of the session.

Save a space on Eventbrite.


17 September - GoParksKingston guided walk

Location: Hogsmill Community Garden
Time: 10am to 1pm

Spend the day exploring the Hogsmill Community Garden, Hogsmill Nature Reserve, Elmbridge Meadows Nature Reserve and Tolworth Court Farm which is at the heart of an exciting rewilding project. Find out more and register online.


17 September - Nature arts and crafts class for children (4 - 8 years old)

Location: Tolworth Community Library, 37 - 39, The Broadway, KT6 7DJ
Time 10am to 11.30am

Head over to Tolworth Library for an arts and crafts session for children using natural materials. No need for glitter or Cellotape, Kate from Natural Crafters will demonstrate how arts & crafts sessions for kids can be sustainable, fun and plastic free! Please note that a parent or guardian must stay with their child for the duration of the session.

Save a space on Eventbrite.


23 September - Nature arts and crafts class for children (2 - 4 years old)

Location: New Malden Library, Kingston Road, New Malden KT3 3LY
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

Head over to New Malden Library for an arts and crafts session for children using natural materials. No need for glitter or Cellotape, Kate from Natural Crafters will demonstrate how arts & crafts sessions for kids can be sustainable, fun and plastic free! Please note that a parent or guardian must stay with their child for the duration of the session.

Save a space on Eventbrite.


25 September - GreenZone

Location: Market House, Ancient Market Place, Kingston, KT1 1JS
Time: 10.00 to 17.15

Head to the Ancient Market Place in Kingston Town Centre and experience the GreenZone! 

Community groups from across the borough are coming together for a day of activities and talks on a range of topics, including; plastic free arts and crafts for children, ways to rewild your green space, retrofitting, climate action, greening business and much more.

They will also be joined by the world famous We Are The Voice; "Winning hearts and minds, performing an exciting mix of dynamic and inspirational original music, the children sing for our changing climate, trees, oceans and children's futures. In 2021, the choir was chosen to sing at COP26 in Glasgow."

Find out more on the Transition Town Kingston website.


25 September - Nature arts and crafts class for children (4 - 8 years old)

Location: Market House, Ancient Market Place, Kingston, KT1 1JS
Time: 10.00 to 11.30

Head over to the Ancient Market House for an arts and crafts session for children using natural materials. No need for glitter or Cellotape, Kate from Natural Crafters will demonstrate how arts & crafts sessions for kids can be sustainable, fun and plastic free! Please note that a parent or guardian must stay with their child for the duration of the session.

Save a space on Eventbrite.

Date: 1st September 2022 - 30th September 2022 Recurs daily.

Location: Kingston Kingston

Cost: Free

Time: 09:00 - 00:00