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24/07/2017GROW COOK EAT at Family Centres on the Isle of Wight
Young families get gardening with Alan Titchmarsh, The Footprint Trust and Barnardos A new project encouraging young families to get gardening is set to start in 2018. The idea is to ...
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23/06/2017Trust launches a power-full project to help the Veteran community
Power Force is a new project from the Island's Footprint Trust aimed at directly helping the ex-service community on the Isle of Wight who are suffering the effects of fuel poverty. A ...
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27/04/2017Riverfest steams ahead with all guns blazing!
Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its tenth year. Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque mar...
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17/03/2017Riverfest ahoy!
Riverfest to celebrate 10th Anniversary in May 2017. Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its tenth year. Set on Newport’s ...
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16/02/2017Southern Water and The Footprint Trust bring Water-Saving Mission to primary schools on the Isle of Wight
Children from Haylands Primary School, Ryde, enjoyed a water saving workshop from Southern Water and The Footprint Trust. Working in partnership, the company and trust have recently la...
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13/02/2017Hot Tea and Warm Homes
Free tea and cake may have got them in, but it was help with switching that people were interested in when they came along to The Footprint Trust’s Switching Event on Thursday 9th Februar...
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09/02/2017Islanders nominate local charity for award
Nationwide Building Society customers have nominated the Isle of Wight's Footprint Trust to feature in their Community Match programme. Community Match is a local charity voting scheme....
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31/01/2017Cold weather help at Newport drop-in
The local Footprint Trust's WarmerWight project has had a flurry of calls due to the recent cold spell. Some 100 people have been in contact concerned about their energy bills. The Trus...
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28/12/2016Crowdfunding first for local charity
A local charity which assists over 1,000 of the Isle of Wight’s poorest residents has made an appeal on the national Crowdfunder website. Crowdfunder has helped good causes throughout the...
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15/11/2016Vectis offers a warm hand to its residents…
A local housing association is offering a winter warmer to its residents. Vectis Housing Association has teamed up with energy experts The Footprint Trust, so that their residents can r...
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08/11/2016Donate to Anti-freeze fund and warm-up a needy Island family
“It’s Cold, It’s Christmas Eve, and you’ve got £10 Do you...buy some food for the kids? Or…put the money on the meter? That’s an Isle of Wight Christmas…for many loc...
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23/10/2016Island charity launches Energy Action Week
The Island’s energy-saving experts The Footprint Trust have put together their top 10 tips for saving energy in the home, to mark their local Energy Action Week, which runs from 23rd to ...
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01/10/2016"Winter is coming and it is time to act now!" says Island energy charity.
The Island's Footprint Trust are urging people to make sure that they are on the correct energy tariff now rather than wait until the high bills arrive. Speaking for the Trust their Nation...
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01/09/2016Recycling fans needed to spread the message...
A new scheme which seeks ‘champions’ to encourage their local community to recycle more is was launched recently. The aim being to reduce the Island's waste mountain and achieve zero to...
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18/07/2016Riverfest to celebrate 10th Anniversary in May 2017
Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its tenth year. Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque mar...
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15/07/2016Getting in the trend for free holiday fun...
Trend Youth Cafe are running a series of FREE Upcycling craft sessions over the summer holidays. Come along and make something upcycled and Trend'y! The popular trend Upcycling cafe in Ne...
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27/06/2016Newport Emergency Warden Scheme Underway
Following a number of community meetings, the first batch of lead wardens for Newport Parish Council’s emergency warden scheme have been trained and equipped to help vulnerable people dur...
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10/05/2016Riverfest entertainment
The 2016 event on Saturday 21st May 2016 will feature a dramatic opening thanks to the Vectis Corps of Drums Marching Band. Who will also be performing rousing music during the day. They ar...
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11/04/2016Riverfest 2016 sails ahead with Dunkirk spirit, hog roast and plenty of cake!
Newport’s popular Riverfest is ready to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its ninth year. Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque market ...
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18/03/2016Price freeze for fuel poor using pre-payment meters welcomed
Energy expert charity The Footprint Trust has generally welcomed the Competition & Markets Authority recommendations, which includes a price freeze for those using expensive pre-payment met...
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12/01/2016Alcohol Awareness Outreach @ trend
Newport's popular trend youth café is giving away free Mocktails to raise awareness of responsible drinking. "Mocktails are non-alcoholic healthy equivalents of Cocktails, which la...
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06/11/2015 Step into your cafe for energy saving ideas!
Energy experts from the local Footprint Trust have come up with a unusual idea to help those suffering from the effects of high fuel prices. They are hanging about in local cafes and gi...
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02/10/2015Saving Big Money with Big Energy Saving...
The Islands energy-saving experts The Footprint Trust have been awarded funding to help people struggling with energy bills. The Trust will be offering free training to anyone who works...
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25/09/2015Energy help warms up on the Island...
People struggling with energy bills on the Isle of Wight are going to be helped thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Local energy experts from the Island's Footp...
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28/07/2015trend to pop-up in Cowes!
An exclusive pop-up trend Youth Caf in the heart of Cowes during the internationally famous Cowes Week will be on offer this year for the first time. It will be open daily from Monday 10th ...
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15/07/2015trendy opening
Young people about to start college are being invited with their parents to the special trend cafe open days and open evenings. At these informal events visitors can see the different things ...
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01/05/2015Riverfests free fun for all the family
The eighth annual Riverfest is less than a month away. The annual free community event will take place on Saturday 16th May in the heart of the Isle of Wight, at the historic Newport Quay. ...
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28/03/2015Riverfests free fun for all the family
Riverfest the annual free community event will take place on Saturday 16th May in the heart of the Isle of Wight, at the historic Newport Quay. The event has all the feel of a traditional v...
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02/03/2015Young people get trending with Mocktails!
Newport's newest place for young people is giving away free Mocktails to raise awareness of responsible drinking. "Mocktails are non-alcoholic healthy equivalents of Cocktails, which l...
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11/12/2014trending to help Island youth...
The UK's first dedicated Upcycling Youth Cafe is set to open at 30 High Street Newport, Isle of Wight, on Monday 15th December. It will be open every weekday from 3pm to 6pm. It is situ...
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28/11/2014Island charities offer help as cold weather approaches...
As the bitter cold weather approaches Island organisations that offer, advice, guidance and information are putting on a Cash Low? Cash Flow! event at Newport's Riverside Centre on Friday 5th...
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20/10/2014Island charity backs Big Energy Saving Week: 20 - 24 October 2014
The Islands energy-saving experts The Footprint Trust have put together their top 10 tips for saving energy in the home, to mark the national Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from 20th t...
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06/10/2014WarmerWight-plus ready to help fight off winter blues...
Since last November the local Footprint Trust charity have helped around 1000 people stay warmer, thanks to funding provided through the My Life a Full Life programme, supported by the Isle...
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12/08/2014Trust gets trending to help Island youth
The local registered charity, The Footprint Trust is one of a handful of local organisations that have stepped up to provide positive activities for young people on the Isle of Wight. The...
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01/08/2014Footprint Trust praises Government on tackling energy bills
The Islands Footprint Trust charity has welcomed the Government's statement to Parliament yesterday which will save the poorest households 1 billion a year on their fuel bills by setting le...
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15/07/2014Acorn Steps moves forward for 2014
Following a successful pilot project run in 2013, the easy walking programme Acorn Steps is now available for those interested in doing more walking, but who lack the confidence to get out by...
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14/07/2014Ventnor warms up to help
The Warmer Ventnor scheme was officially launched in July 2012 and has assisted over 100 people. The scheme is funded by Ventnor Town Council and delivered by the Islands Footprint Trust cha...
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10/06/2014Fund raising idea that takes some licking!
The Islands Footprint Trust charity has come up with yet another novel way of raising funds to help expand its work. The charity already collects computers, mobile phones, broken jewellery a...
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19/05/2014Riverfests sixth successful year was the hottest yet!
The annual Riverfest steamed off to another great success with some 4,000 people attending. Highlights of the day included watercraft of all shapes and sizes visiting the event, and free boat...
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09/05/2014Riverfest - Boats, Crafts, Food and free Fun!
Riverfest 2014 is setting sail on Saturday 17th May 2014 from 11am to 3pm, thanks to support from the local Southern Co-operative, Newport Parish Council, Vectis Sunrise Rotary and Southern W...
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07/05/2014 Students bespoke birdboxes help paint picture for Riverfest
Art students from Medina College have applied their creativity to paint eleven chic bird boxes for the local community as part of Riverfest, being held on Saturday 17 May in Newport. The ...
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20/03/2014Riverfest 2014 is steaming ahead!
Riverfest 2014 will be on Saturday May 17th from 11am to 3pm, thanks to support from the local Southern Co-operative, Newport Parish Council and Sunrise Rotary. Last years event attracte...
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07/03/2014WarmerWight-plus helps 300 people fight off winter blues...
Since November 2013 the local Footprint Trust charity have helped over 200 people stay warmer, thanks to funding provided through the My Life a Full Life programme, supported by the Isle of W...
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01/03/2014First tonne of computers saved from landfill!
Thanks to a big Christmas clear out by IW County Press readers some 100 old computers laptops along with associated computer peripherals have been liberated from lofts, garden sheds and saved...
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31/01/2014Southern Water supports fuel poor on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wights Footprint Trust charity has been able to help some of those on the lowest income, thanks to support from Southern Water. The Trusts WarmerWight-plus project helps p...
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24/01/2014WarmerWight-plus helps over 200 people to stay warm...
Since November 2013 the local Footprint Trust charity have helped over 200 people stay warmer, thanks to funding provided through the My Life a Full Life programme, supported by the Isle of W...
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24/12/2013Christmas and New Year Emergecy Number 2013/14
Print out and place this on your fridge door Emergency Numbers Your Doctor Your Neighbours Nearest Family My medication is located (state where such as in fridge) Ambul...
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20/12/2013Dumping your old computer this Christmas is so un-PC!
Large numbers of unwanted old computers, laptops are not being recycled or re-used b on the Isle of Wight or in the rest of the UK. In total some 12.5 million unwanted PCs or laptops have not...
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09/12/2013Energy bills, the fuel poor and the Autumn Statement
Measures by the government, as announced recently in the Autumn Statement, which help those who are most vulnerable to high energy costs, are to be welcomed.. ECO offers free energy efficienc...
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29/11/2013Cash Flow! event to assist with Energy price hikes
The Islands Footprint Trust charity has stepped in to help Island families and pensioners feeling the effects of the recent energy price increases. This comes in the wake of electricity a...
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21/11/2013Energy Action! from The Footprint Trust
The local Footprint Trust charity recently received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service due to its pioneering work in helping Islanders. Last winter the charity helped dozens of local peo...
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20/11/2013Getting growing, cooking and eating with Adopt-A-Garden!
The Islands popular Adopt-A-Garden scheme is turning over a new leaf, and offering yet more help to those who want to grow their own food. Thanks to funding from the IW NHS, The Footprint Tr...
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26/09/2013Queen's Award launches 500,000 Appeal
To mark the formal presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service to the Footprint Trust on Thursday 26th September the Islands Footprint Trust has launched a 500,000 appeal to fun...
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17/06/2013First Aiders make a Big Splash.
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All grant, some 40 more people are now First Aiders. The Islands Footprint Trust applied to the Lottery for funding to train local volunteer...
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13/06/2013Trust gains prestigious Queens Award
The Islands Footprint Trust charity has been named as a recipient of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2013. The Trust is well known for its work with all sections of the Isle of Wi...
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06/06/2013Riverfest 2014 announced
Following on from the biggest ever attendance at this years Riverfest on Newport Quay, next years date has already been announced. Riverfest 2014 will be on Saturday May 17th from 11am to 3...
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13/05/2013Getting growing, cooking and eating with Adopt-A-Garden!
The Islands popular Adopt-A-Garden scheme is turning over a new leaf, and offering yet more help to those who want to grow their own food. Thanks to funding from the IW NHS, The Footprint Tr...
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08/04/2013Riverfest 2013 latest news
Last May thousands of local people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newports historic Quay, making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The sixth annual ...
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12/02/2013Warmer Wight Bee Wise on Energy Roadshow
As part of the Island-wide Warmer Wight initiative The Footprint Trusts Bee Wise on Energy team will be visiting towns during the half term holiday. National Heat Hero Ray Harrington-Vail wi...
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08/02/2013Free gardening training will give young people useful skills
It might not feel that Spring is just around the corner but gardeners are ordering their seeds potatoes and planning what other crops to grow. There will be many who do not have a growing spa...
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21/12/2012Emergency Numbers Isle of Wight 2012
Print out and place in prominent place Emergency Numbers Your Doctor Your Neighbours Nearest Family My medication is located (state where such as in fridge) Ambulance,...
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21/12/2012Heat Hero tells of tidings of yuletide suffering, cash help and scams
Ray Harrington-Vail of The Footprint Trusts Eat & Heat project was recently given the accolade of Heat Hero at a presentation at the House of Commons. He is recognised by National Energy Act...
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19/12/2012Island pulls together to help those in greatest need
Island organisations have quickly pulled together to organise an event on Monday 28th January to help those suffering the effects of the recession. With rising fuel bills and food prices many...
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17/12/2012Fuel poverty charity awards local Heat Hero
Ray Harrington-Vail from The Footprint Trust was awarded a Heat Hero by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) in London recently for his contribution to tackling fuel poverty ...
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26/11/2012Adopt-A-Garden just digs bank donation...
The Island Footprint Trust charity has received a 2,500 grant from the Santander Foundations Community Plus initiative. The grant will help dozens of unemployed young people gain gardening...
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15/11/2012Apply for your free insulation worth up to 1,000 today
FREE insulation for your home* The Isle of Wight Footprint Trust is working with British Gas to provide free insulation to homes in your area, helping people to stay warmer this winter and...
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29/10/2012SURVIVING WINTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN HAMPSHIRE TO HELP OUR VULNERABLE OLDER PEOPLE THROUGH THE WINTER
The Surviving Winter campaign was officially launched this week by The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation to raise funds to support vulnerable older people during the winter m...
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15/10/2012Fuel prices to sour but local charity offers help
Thousands of Island families are facing another jump in household bills after it was reported that the UK's largest energy supplier plans to hike its tariffs. It is believed that Centrica-own...
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14/09/2012Pupils have a growing interest in local food
Pupils from Northwood Primary School in East Cowes have been given the tools to grow their own food with a donation by The Southern Co-operative. The 100 donation is part of The Southern C...
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31/08/2012Hoarders Amnesty as Island supports National Zero Waste Week
The local Footprint Trust charity is urging everyone to clear out that junk and make space and help charity. As part of National Zero Waste Week (Sept 3rd to 9th 2012) the Trust is asking peo...
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24/08/2012Island teenagers go green at Fort Victoria..
The Footprint Trust has praised young people for coming out in strength and giving practical help on one of the Island most popular beauty spots. Over 30 youngsters aged 15 to 17 from Islan...
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15/06/2012Bestival Water workshops are no washout!
Over 14,000 Bestival Adopt-A-Bottle water bottles have now been distributed to date to over 40 Isle of Wight schools. It is now common to see children walking to school carrying the distincti...
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13/06/201215 more Pond Wardens trained
Thanks to funding from Newport Parish Council and the Southern Housing Group 15 more people have been trained as local pond Wardens. The group needed wardens to care for Pritchetts Pond, Hin...
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01/06/2012Ventnors winter warmer
Thanks to an initiative between Ventnor Town Council and the Islands Footprint Trust charity - people on low income will be helped with their fuel costs. The Town Council under the Warme...
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22/05/2012Riverfest 2012 heralded a great success
The fifth annual Riverfest on Saturday May 19th was heralding a great success with record crowds and sunny weather. Over 30 community organisations attended Riverfest and more than 2,000 was...
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10/05/2012Queens Speech welcomed by local charity
Parts of the governments Queen Speech have been welcomed by a local charity, which promotes sustainable living. The Footprint Trust runs practical environmental projects on the Island incl...
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20/04/2012Free training offered to pond fans
Isle of Wight Pond Wardens has been in operation for nearly over years and its members care for around 70 ponds. The scheme was initially set up by Ray Harrington-Vail and Carol Flux, with h...
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19/04/2012Riverfest 2012 latest news
Last May thousands of local people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newports historic Quay, making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The fifth annual ...
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27/03/2012New gardeners dig Adopt-A-Garden
Thanks to support from the NIACE Adult and Community Learning Fund The Footprint Trusts Adopt-A-Garden scheme has recruited a dozen more gardeners. The Trust gained the funding thanks to a s...
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25/03/2012Charities team up to help vulnerable survive winter
The weather has been cold but the Islands Footprint Trust charity has been helping fight the winter blues. Thanks to Scottish & Southern Electrics Free Appliance scheme the Islands Foot...
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23/03/2012Riverfest 2012 latest news
Last May thousands of local people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newports historic Quay, making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The fifth annual ...
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19/12/2011Yes to Biomass says Footprint Trust
The Islands Footprint Trust has welcomed plans for more biomass energy plants on the Isle of Wight, and the UK as a whole. The educational charity said it felt it had to give a view followin...
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16/12/2011New Gardeners will dig free training scheme in 2012
The Islands Adopt-A-Garden project is to offering free training to new would-be gardeners thanks to funding from the NIACE Adult and Community Learning Fund. The local Footprint Trust ch...
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12/12/2011New climate deal in Durban gives hope to Isle of Wight
The world decided on the 'Durban Platform for Enhanced Action,' which commits all countries to cutting carbon dioxide pollution. The Island's Footprint Trust, set up in 2002 to reduce the Isl...
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08/12/2011Local Food training scheme success
This year the Islands Adopt-A-Garden project was able to offer free training to new would-be gardeners thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Funds Local Food Programme. The Adopt-A-Gard...
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15/11/2011The Thin Green Line a great vision of the Island
Over 100 people flocked to see the Isle of Wight Premier of the new documentary The Thin Green Line. The film, commissioned by local charity The Footprint Trust and directed by David George...
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25/10/2011Dig this free training scheme
The Islands Adopt-A-Garden project is to offering free training to new would-be gardeners thanks to funding from the NIACE Adult and Community Learning Fund. The Can You Dig It? training s...
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14/10/2011Sun shines on saving money
The Footprint Trusts Energetic project is to hold more of its popular Future Energy events only this time they are going down the gym! They have been running the events for the past five y...
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16/09/2011ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL SECURES FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY LEARNING
The Isle of Wight Council has secured 66,000 to support the delivery of innovative adult and community learning initiatives across the Island. The funding will be put to use to develop a ...
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01/09/2011Cemetery Wardens now trained and ready
Due to popular demand The Footprint Trusts Cemetery Warden scheme held its second wave of training last Saturday (27th Aug 2011) at the historic All Saints Church in Freshwater. 14 keen loca...
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05/08/2011Adopt-A-Garden shortlisted for Future Friendly Awards.
The Islands popular Adopt-A-Garden scheme has been shortlisted for national award the only one from the Isle of Wight and one of only six in the south east. To date the project has helped ...
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05/08/2011Southern Housing Group visitors clean up for Natural Wight
A Southern Housing residents group from Northbourne, Godalming made an extra-special contribution during a Natural Wight day-trip to the Island last week - by litter-picking the beach at beau...
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29/07/2011The Footprint Trust (supported by the Bestival Foundation)announce that more than 10,000 Bestival Adopt A Bottles now distributed to Island youngsters
All over the Isle of Wight, children can now be seen carrying their converted Bestival Adopt-A-Bottles to and from school. Visit a classroom and you will see trays full of the striking desig...
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08/07/2011GreenMobile gets trust motoring
The Islands Footprint Trust will be able to give a greater service to remote communities, thanks to funding from the Defra European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, administered by N...
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08/07/2011Cemetery Wardens offer free training to new recruits
The Footprint Trust launched its Cemetery Warden scheme over a year ago and to date 17 keen local people have been trained. The project, which covers the whole Island, has been made possible,...
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04/07/2011Text FTUK 2 Adopt-A-Garden
Local Charity the Footprint Trust is one of the first charities on the Isle of Wight to take advantage of an innovative way of raising money at no cost to itself. Thanks to Vodafone The Footp...
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28/06/2011 Green Gym revitalises the Riverside Centre
The Riverside Centre had a Natural Wight makeover recently as over 30 Green Gym volunteers helped transform the Centres garden area recently for Natural Wights Revitalising the Riverside Da...
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13/06/2011New gardeners dig Adopt-A-Garden
Thanks to support from the Big Lotterys Local Food Fund The Footprint Trusts Adopt-A-Garden scheme has recruited a dozen more gardeners and is now looking for gardens for the volunteers to ...
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24/05/2011Riverfest 2011 biggest yet
The fourth annual Isle of Wight Riverfest event attracted well over 4,000 people. A flotilla with vessels of all shapes, ages and sizes, proved to be very popular. The highlight of the d...
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16/05/2011Riverfest 2011 correction to time
Due to a printing error in the IW County Press the wrong start time was given for the annual Isle of Wight Riverfest on Saturday 21st May. The correct start time is as stated in all other p...
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06/05/2011Riverfest - bigggest ever
Last May some 4,000 people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newports historic Quay, making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The fourth annual Riverfe...
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05/05/2011Energetic Champions fuelling savings on Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight residents are putting their best foot forward when it comes to saving on their energy bills. The Islands Footprint Trust Charity has implemented an Energetic Fueline for Fa...
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26/04/2011Natural Wights Easter Pond Pirates a Rip-Roaring Success!
Over 120 people took part in Natural Wights Pond Pirates day on Thursday 21st April in Seaclose Parks Arboretum. Ray and Mark from The Footprint Trust were there to help children discover ...
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23/03/2011Riverfest 2011 latest news
Last May some 4,000 people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newports historic Quay, making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The fourth annual Riverfe...
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22/03/2011British Gas praised over free insulation scheme for all
In the week that the energy regulator slammed the major power companies for unclear billing the Islands Footprint Trust has praised British Gas. British Gas is offering all its current c...
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11/03/2011Cemetery idea comes alive
The Footprint Trust launched its Cemetery Warden scheme over a year ago and to date 17 keen local people have been trained. The project, which covers the whole Island, has been made possible,...
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11/02/2011Riverfest 2011 announced
Last May some 4,000 people flocked to the Riverfest event on Newports historic Quay making it the largest community event in the county town of the Isle of Wight. The fourth annual Riverfes...
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24/01/2011Island pulls together to help those in greatest need
Island organisations have quickly pulled together to organise an event this Saturday 29th January (2011) to help those suffering the effects of the recession. The event at Newports Riverside...
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06/01/2011New Gardeners will dig free training scheme
The Islands Adopt-A-Garden project is to offering free training to new would-be gardeners thanks to funding from The Big Lottery Funds Local Food Programme. The Can You Dig It? training s...
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16/12/2010Cold Front comes in from Chris Huhne
The announcement that no further applications for fuel poor and vulnerable customers can be accepted by the Government's Warm Front Scheme in England is of major concern, warns the Government...
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02/12/2010Warmahomes TopTips for keeping warm in winter
The Island charity The Footprint Trust have come up with ten top tips to keep warm, well and reduce your fuel bills. Top 10 tips on keeping warm Have at least one hot meal a day, a...
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16/11/2010Trust urges cut and switch to ward of gas price hike
The Islands Footprint Trust has responded to the news that British Gas is to increase of the price of gas and electricity by an average of 7%. They recommend that consumers shop around to...
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06/10/2010BUS TAKES TO THE ROAD TO SPREAD ENERGY SAVING MESSAGE
A local project to help young families in the Isle of Wight reduce their fuel bills takes to the road today (Wednesday, October 6) thanks to a major funding boost by the ScottishPower Energy ...
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29/09/2010Sun shines on energy issues
The Footprint Trusts Warmahome scheme is to hold more of its popular Future Energy events only this time they are going down the pub! They have been running the events for the past four ye...
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14/09/2010Trust backs wood-burning schemes for future energy needs
The Islands Footprint Trust charity is backing woodfuel biomass technology which it says will reduce overall carbon emissions and help guarantee fuel for the future. The Trust has produce...
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03/09/2010Cemetery fans act to save heritage
The Footprint Trusts Cemetery Warden scheme held its first training event last Saturday (28th Aug) at the historic All Saints Church in Freshwater. Some 25 keen local people have volunteered...
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02/09/2010Wind Power - pledge support urges Trust
The Footprint Trust is urging forward thinking conservationists to back the appeal for Wind Turbines at Cheverton Down. The suggested letter of support... I SUPPORT WIND POWER ON THE ...
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31/08/2010' LOTTA BOTTLE' TO HELP ISLAND SCHOOL CHILDREN...
Bestival organisers are delighted to announce that The Bestival Foundation, a brand new registered charity, has this week been launched with the aim of improving Isle of Wight life through a ...
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06/08/2010Insulation scheme may end warns Trust
The government-funded Warm Front Scheme, which provides grants to make homes more energy efficient, may come to an end next March (2011), as there is no guarantee of further funding beyond th...
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02/08/2010Energetic mums and dads wanted
The Footprint Trust is looking for young parents to be trained as. Energetic Champions - the skills learnt in energy and water saving can be shared with their friends, family and neighbo...
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09/06/2010Open evening for ponds
Isle of Wight Pond Wardens have been in operation for nearly 10 years and care for around 70 ponds Thanks to funding obtained by the Hampshire & IW Wildlife Trust from WWLP and the Enviro...
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24/05/2010Cemetery idea comes alive
The Footprint Trust launched its Cemetery Warden scheme on Friday 13th November last year, which has proved a good omen rather than a bad one. To date some 15 keen local people have come forw...
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04/05/2010Riverfest a celebration of river and community life
The River Medina has a long history, and once carried goods into the New Port, which served the Islands capital - Carisbrooke. Today the River and its banks are important habitats for rare a...
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03/03/2010Charities act to fight fuel poverty on Isle of Wight
Residents on the Isle of Wight where 25 per cent of the population is in fuel poverty* - may be about to see a substantial reduction in their energy bills thanks to a new partnership with E...
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22/02/2010Ponds seek more fans
Isle of Wight Pond Wardens have been in operation for nearly 10 years and care for around 70 ponds. The scheme was initially set up by Ray Harrington-Vail and Carol Flux, with help from the ...
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10/02/2010Running Man gives romantic eco tale.
When a local charity wants to appeal to younger people what should they do? The answer is use You Tube. Thats the view of the Footprint Trusts Ray Harrington-Vail. The Trust already ...
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08/02/201010,000 Islanders miss out on allowances
The Islands Footprint Trust charity has added its voice to concerns that nationally some 16bn worth of benefits are unclaimed every year. 27 charities, which include Citizens Advice, Save t...
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06/01/2010Warmahome reaches over 1500 people
The Footprint Trusts Big Lottery funded Warmahome project has reached over 1,500 through its presence at Island events. Over the past 18 months it has attended over 15 large and small open-a...
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02/01/2010Saving the planet the Caulkheads Guide
Much debate is had as to the origins of the term Caulkhead often wrongly referred to as corkhead due to overners not understanding Isle of Wight dialect. Not to be put off by the ongoing ...
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27/11/2009Ignore planners and save the planet urges Trust
The Footprint Trust is urging members of the planning committee to think about the future of the planet rather than listen to its planners. The Trust states that the Isle of Wight Councils p...
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26/11/2009Age of Stupid comes to Isle of Wight
The new apocalyptic movie the Age of Stupid is to be shown at Newports Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday 2nd December at 7.30pm. Pete Postlethwaite plays on the last h...
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08/11/2009Gods acres to be saved
How many people reading this have enjoyed a contemplative walk around a burial ground? Church graveyards and municipal cemeteries are a window into the past. They are often one of the la...
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05/11/2009Eco-Event for Island teachers
Staff and governors from Island schools are being urged to attend an event, which will showcase Northwood primary school and others who have achieved excellent results in environmental awaren...
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19/10/2009Energy event could save hundreds of s
Everyone is dreading their first winter fuel bill, but there is some good news regarding energy. The Footprint Trust are organising two free energy events to help Islanders find out more abo...
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16/10/2009Rallying Call to back wind power on Cheverton Down..
The Footprint Trust is calling on green-minded Islanders to show their support for the proposed wind turbines on Cheverton down, which will generate energy 85% of the time, providing power fo...
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15/10/2009Ponds to get autumn make-over ...
Despite what gardening experts say spring is not the time to manage ponds autumn is. Messing around in ponds in spring harms breeding creatures and does more harm than good. The Footprin...
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09/10/2009Eco-Event for IW schools
Isle of Wight schools are being urged to attend an event, which will showcase Northwood primary school and others who have achieved excellent results in environmental awareness and actions, t...
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23/09/2009LESS GRIPE, MORE WIND Mums know best
A group of around 20 island women have joined together to show support for wind power on the Isle of Wight. They are called the Eco Island Supporters Group and want to help make the island a ...
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12/08/2009Saving energy and solar power is the future ......
The Footprint Trust is to hold more of its popular Future Energy events. They have been running the events for three years and thousands have attended. This year the Trust will be focussing o...
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15/07/2009Money down the drain.
The Islands Footprint Trust is backing the first UK Water Saving Week which starts this Friday (17th July 2009) with an inaugural theme that wasting hot water is Money down the drain. ...
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15/06/2009Riverside gets boost from the White Stuff staff!
Almost the entire head office of White Stuff will be deserting their London offices to come to the Isle of Wight next Friday (19th June). The 100 members of staff will be heading for the Rive...
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15/06/2009CPRE offer Green Grant for Island schools
The Isle of Wight Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is offering Island schools the chance of obtaining up to 200 to help turn their green ideas into action. The school ...
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08/06/2009Trust helps elderly and tackles poverty
The Islands Footprint Trust has now become a household name on the Isle of Wight. Set up in 2002 to reduce the Isle of Wights ecological footprint. It has now assisted around 20% of local p...
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03/06/2009Grants help create new wildlife pond for children
A new wildlife pond is being created at Osborne Middle School as a lasting legacy for children attending school. Isle of Wight Council, Southern Water, the SE Hampshire and IW Educational ...
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14/05/2009Trust helps elderly and tackles poverty
The Islands Footprint Trust has now become a household name. Set up in 2002 to reduce the Isle of Wights ecological footprint. It has now assisted around 20% of local people to reduce their...
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10/03/2009Fact-finding trip gives thumbs up for wind
Ray Harrington-Vail from the Island-based Footprint Trust and Dr Hugh Walding from IW Friends of Earth have recently visited Cornwall to see wind power for themselves. They visited a small wi...
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25/02/2009Support wind farm says Footprint Trust
The Islands Footprint Trust, who are leading supporters of the Councils Eco-Island vision, are backing the proposed small wind farm at Cheverton. They have teamed up with the local pro-wi...
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13/02/2009Love frogs Valentine Message from Pond Wardens
St Valentines day was traditionally thought to be the day when creatures mated including frogs. Frogs along with their warty friends toads, are known for being the gardeners friends due to...
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05/02/2009PLANNING APPLICATION REGISTERED FOR CHEVERTON DOWN WIND FARM
The Footprint Trust has welcomed the application for a wind farm on the Isle of Wight. The planning application submitted last month by Cornwall Light & Power Ltd and Vestas for three wind...
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14/01/2009AONB should look to a green future not the past says Footprint Trust
A leading Island conservation charity has warned against a backward-looking romantic view of yesteryear when looking at the future of the IW AONB. The IW AONB is in the process of review its ...
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22/12/2008Dame Ellen gets heated about Island Fuel Poverty
As household fuel prices soar and Christmas approaches, the Footprint Trusts Warmahome project will highlight the fact that the elderly and vulnerable can get help towards new heating system...
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11/11/2008Adopt-A-Gardener gets a free butt
Those taking part in the Footprint Trusts Adopt-A-Garden Scheme are being offered free water butts thanks to Southern Water. Pictured is Terry Williams who has adopted a garden in Lake. *...
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03/11/2008Islanders back Future Energy Days
Some 600 people came to find out more about renewable energy and fuel efficiency during October half term week (27th to 31st October). The Footprint Trust, who organised the...
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12/09/2008Future Energy Days - free events in battle to save planet and save cash
If youre confused about all the different information regarding fuel efficiency and renewable energy then come to Future Energy events during October half term week (27th to 31st October). T...
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04/09/2008REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINTS AT ISLE OF WIGHT SCHOOLS
Hundreds of school students and teaching staff on the Isle of Wight will learn how to be more eco-efficient this academic year. A touring roadshow run by Island educational charity the Footpr...
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03/09/2008Energy Options - Profits & Savings free event for Wight Businesses
Businesses of all sizes can benefit from increased efficiency in fuel use and could also take advantage of government grants for renewable energy. A free presentation will be made Paul Holme...
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19/08/2008Fuel Poverty debate missing main point..says the Trust
Over the last few weeks the national press, radio and TV news has been full of stories about the effects of rising fuel prices for vulnerable householders. The debate has mainly focused on i...
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11/08/2008Allotment Week call for more growing space
The Footprint Trust is backing the national Allotment Week (August 11th to 17th) by urging the IW Council along with Parish and Town Councils to provide more allotment space where there is a ...
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01/08/2008Action Days at Historic Pond
The historic Treefields Pond, on Binstead Road, Ryde is having some important management thanks to a joint initiative between the IW Pond Wardens, South Wight Housing and the Footprint Trust,...
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29/07/2008Pond Wardens seek to make a splash with new members
The Isle of Wight Pond Wardens are looking for new members to assist in the management of the Islands wildlife ponds. The scheme already has over sixty active members but with over 500 ponds...
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11/07/2008Ecovision must not be lost says Trust
The Isle of Wights Footprint Trust, which was set up in 2002 to reduce the Islands ecological footprint, has given the Council praise for its progress to date. However, it has also stated...
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20/06/2008Trust backs graceful wind farm
The Footprint Trust is urging individuals, businesses, councillors and community groups to back the proposed wind farm at Cheverton Down. At the charitys AGM its advisory group and board fur...
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29/04/2008Trust leads way in Eco-Island
The Footprint Trust continues to make a big impact on helping the Island go green. Set up in 2002 to promote a sustainable Isle of Wight linked to reducing the ecological footprint it has to...
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18/04/2008Recycling and Climate Change a load of rubbish?
The Riverside Centre is to host an information evening which will look at the links between waste, recycling and Climate Change. The Island is one of the top local authorities for domestic wa...
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16/04/2008BIG GREEN PICNIC
THOUSANDS of Isle of Wight residents and tourists alike are being invited along to a green themed extravaganza taking place in Newport at the end of May. Isle of Wight Council is hosting its...
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25/03/2008WIGHT GETS BIG HELP TO FIGHT FUEL POVERTY
An innovative environmental project on the Isle of Wight to help people keep warm, manage fuel costs, and save energy is among four initiatives sharing in more than 274,000 in grants by the ...
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12/03/2008Budget not green enough says Footprint Trust
The Footprint Trust has welcomed the news that pensioners will get winter fuel allowance increase in 2008-09 to 250 for the over 60's, and to 400 for the over 80's. However, their spokesma...
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29/02/2008Frog fans urged to keep spawn
People are being urged by pond experts not to move frogspawn around for fear of spreading disease and pest species from pond to pond. Ray Harrington-Vail of the Islands Pond Warden scheme...
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13/02/2008Communities get renewable action
As part of the drive to make the Island more sustainable renewable energy systems have been fitted three public buildings thanks to funding from the IW Council, IW AONB Partnership and EU Lea...
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05/02/2008Future Energy Day - 400 gain free advice in battle to save planet
Some 400 people came to the Future Energy events at the Riverside Centre in Newport on Saturday 2nd February. Experts were on hand to give guidance on energy conservation, modern heating ...
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01/02/2008Adopt-A-Garden scheme Isle of Wight leads the way with green idea
It is the case that many Islanders can no longer look after their gardens due to ill health or old age. Volunteers to assist with this growing problem are hard to come by, but ironically ther...
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18/01/2008Trust Backs Bag Ban
The Footprint Trust is backing the campaign in Ventnor (IOW UK) to reduce the use of disposable carrier bags. Whilst the Trust accepts that their impact on the environment is slight compared...
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07/01/2008Trust rejects Alarmist bulb story
The Islands Footprint Trust has expressed concerns over the alarmist story that low energy light bulbs could harm health. The Environment Agency has called for more information to be ma...
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31/12/2007Renewable Energy -free training gets householders signing up
A free course giving details of renewable energy options for the home has been so popular it is to be run again. The EU Leader+ programme and the Isle of Wight Council funded the course. It w...
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15/12/2007Peak Oil speaker to visit Island
An "Action on Climate Change" event is to be held at the Riverside Centre in Newport on Saturday 2nd February at 7pm. A presentation will be made by renewable energy consultant and engineer J...
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14/12/2007Christmas Food could be miles better
There has been much talk of the need to reduce Carbon dioxide pollution, which causes Climate Change. One simple way we can all help is by changing what we buy. Choose fresh local produce fro...
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12/12/2007Freshwater Bay gets green makeover
One of the Islands most popular beaches now as another attractive feature nearby. Thanks to the efforts of Freshwater Bay Residents Association (FBRA), the Footprint Trust and the IW Counci...
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13/11/2007Future Energy Day - free advice in battle to save planet
If youre confused about all the different information regarding fuel efficiency, renewable energy and Climate Change then come to Future Energy event at the Riverside Centre in Newport on Sa...
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07/11/2007Green Vision for Island welcome
The Footprint Trust, set up in 2002 to reduce the IWs ecological footprint, has welcomes the Eco-Isle vision put forward by the Councils CEO Joe Duckworth in the Guardian newspaper. Th...
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06/11/2007Free course will reduce costs and help the planet
In partnership with the IW Rural Community Council the Footprint Trust are offering local charities, churches, voluntary organisations and social enterprises the opportunity of attending a fr...
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05/11/2007Pond Wardens have good year,....
IW Pond Wardens heard at their recent AGM that thanks to support from South Wight Housing Association, Southern Water and the Environment Agency, the Footprint Trust had been able to run two ...
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24/10/2007Mousemats give eco-message
Thanks to funding from EU Leader+ and the IW AONB Sustainable Development Fund the Islands Footprint Trust is giving away free eco-mousemats to all local schools, libraries and help centres....
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04/10/2007Climate meeting given something to chew over
Dozens of people came to the recent Climate Change meeting in Newport to hear speakers talk on the subject of Local Food Miles Better. Ruth Illman from Godshill Organics spoke of the c...
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29/08/2007Radio Solent features Footprint Trust
Tune into BBC Radio Solent this Sunday 2 September 2007 on 91.6 or 103.8 FM at noon and listen to the Good Life programme. Georgina Windsor will be chatting to Ray Harrington-Vail of the Foo...
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09/08/2007Local Food - Miles Better Meeting
Local Food Miles Better! Says Climate Change group The IW Action on Climate Change group is to hold an open evening to look at local and regional food and its impact on the local envi...
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03/08/2007Trust Makes Big Steps
Footprint Trust takes steps to save the planet Isle of Wight charity the Footprint Trust, which started its work in 2003, estimates that it has now reached just over 13% of Islanders with ...
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02/08/2007Save Water despite rain
No Flaming June .but still save water Trust urges.. The hottest April on record and one of the driest on the Isle of Wight since records began. This was followed by the wettest May for d...
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26/06/2007Can planting trees save the planet?
Can planting trees save the planet? Carbon offsetting has become one of the buzz phases of the last year. It appeals to individuals and businesses that wish to carry on their current lifes...
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04/05/2007Dinosaur Isle gets Green Garden to fight Climate Change
The Isle of Wights Footprint Trust and a local conservation group Green Gym rolled up their sleeves to create a drought-tolerant garden in a bed at the front of Dinosaur Isle. Experts in t...
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02/05/2007Sitting on an Asset - Your sofa could help an island family...
With the summer here, many people will head to the nearest furniture or DIY store. But what are you to do with your old furniture or those curtains that grandma gave you? Many hotels and bus...
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01/05/2007What No April Showers
What no April Showers! has climate change arrived? This April has been very hot and dry. The lack of April showers have been a talking point, in fact, it has been the warmest since recor...
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26/03/2007River Wardens wanted
River wardens scheme launch success The Isle of Wight Councils Medina Riverside Park has undergone a transformation since the involvement of the Isle of Wight Estuaries Project. As well ...
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23/02/2007Green IW Budget praised
Footprint Trust praises Councils Green Budget Local environmental charity the Footprint Trust has praised the greener aspects of the Councils budget. Speaking for the Trust, Ray Har...
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