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WPS Eco

Woodside Park Synagogue sits at the heart of the leafy garden suburb of Woodside Park with its nature reserves, parkland, grassland, allotments and green walks. The wish to improve our relationship with the world around us has led to working towards a bronze award with EcoSynagogue, a cross-communal Board of Deputies project – and to supporting Dorot, an exciting environmental initiative from the US.  Their tree planting campaign, ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ which is part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project for the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration is strongly promoted by our shul. Trees can be bought now via www.theus.org.uk/trees. We support their other initiatives too:  encouraging more biodiversity on our site, introducing smart energy solutions and continuing a conversation with members about responsible food consumption.

 

WPS registered for EcoSynagogue’s Environmental Audit in 2021 joining a growing number of synagogues seeking to make a difference as part of a UK-wide Jewish community response. It looks at five areas: management commitment, prayer and teaching, lifestyle, land, buildings and consumables – and community and global engagement. Through paying careful attention to the issues highlighted in the audit we hope to improve our synagogue buildings and practices. The climate emergency is not, however, just a technological problem but a moral and spiritual crisis. So in addition to providing resources that will assist in more informed choices, learning opportunities to explore the Torah and science perspectives on environmental matters will also take place. 

Most of all we want to generate real change.  We are mandated by the Almighty to take responsibility for cherishing and safeguarding our planet for future generations. Updates will be provided regularly and we hope we can enthuse you to take part in what could be a great adventure for the community.   Future plans include environmental awareness-raising events and local conservation work.  We’ll want to hear from you as we roll out these projects over the coming months so please get in touch. 

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WPS Eco Blog
Appreciating the plant kingdom as a path to love of the Almighty

We would like to encourage members to plant at home, in allotments and grow some of their own food.  If you are a keen gardener whose passion is fruit-growing, alpine gardening, rewilding or another field, and you’d would like to contribute a short blog to WPS Eco about the joys of gardening, please get in touch with me so that we can enthuse others. One way to cherish our planet is by looking after our gardens and balcony gardens. All plants absorb carbon dioxide so let’s get planting! 

Here’s Alan Nelkon’s personal pick of eco-friendly plants. All are easy-to-grow, require little watering or effort and bee-friendly.  A brightly-coloured alstroemeria is paired with a euonymus, an attractive shrub that keeps its variegated leaves all year round and can be grown against a fence or wall or as a bush.  Then there’s a clever way of growing the stems of plants contained within a green plastic framework which can be bought online.  (Please contact Alan for details.) Alan adds that the chicken wire is to deter the foxes which are prevalent. His third choice is a hypericum, a bush whose yellow flowers proliferate in high summer.  Bees love it – note its white fruits after flowering. Lastly, two plants that provide colour against a dark background: an ivy Hedera Helix - easily controlled in tubs and Heuchera Marmalade – a great choice for hardy groundcover and mentioned by Gary Simon in his video!

Alan reminds us that Living Roof bus shelters, designed to support pollinating insects, especially bees, and enhance local biodiversity will be coming to a bus route near you in the next few years.  A chance to be near nature, maybe too near for some!

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Drier summers and unseasonal flooding can make conditions increasingly unpredictable so you might want to consider container gardening. Here’s Gary Simon with his take on the versatility of containers filled with seasonal plants. Let him show you how to brighten up unhappy corners of your garden.’

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How We Can All Be Involved in Environmental Projects

To read about how we can reduce our personal energy consumption in the way we

heat and light our homes and places of worship

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To read how we can reduce our personal energy consumption in the way we insulate our homes and places of work 

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How Can I Invest My Funds Ethically?

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Easy Eco Tips We Can Try Right Now

To see the environmental benefits of hedges please click here

 

For more information please

click here to go to the EcoSynagogue Website

Plant a Tree for the Jubilee

To mark the Queen’s Jubilee, the United Synagogue and the Office of the Chief Rabbi are collaborating with the Woodland Trust to plant groves of trees as a gift to Her Majesty. Today we’re inviting you to buy trees to support The Queen’s Green Canopy. Every tree will contribute to a dedicated Jewish community grove within a Norfolk forest which can also be visited. 

 

Trees cost £20 each and can be bought in any number. The Woodland Trust who will plant each tree on our behalf, dedicate the space to the United Synagogue and maintain our grove as place that can be visited and enjoyed. Communities which collectively buy more than 750 trees will have theirs planted together in a dedicated grove of their own.

 

We aim to plant some 37,000 trees over three years – one for every adult member of the United Synagogue.

Trees can be bought now via www.theus.org.uk/trees

 

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