Friends of Sustainable Harborough Community

These local groups share our values and operate in collaboration with our vision.

Eco Church - Harborough

Eco Church - Harborough

Eco Church is part of A Rocha, Portuguese for 'rock' where it began. It provides an online survey and supporting resources designed to equip our churches to express our care for God’s world in our worship and teaching; in how we look after our buildings and land; in how we engage with our local community, so joining SHC as a Friend is a natural progression and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of our congregation.

The actions we take will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Complete our Eco Survey to gauge where our churches currently are in relation to the three different levels.

Our vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

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Elderberries: Community Garden

Elderberries: Community Garden

Elderberries is a community garden initiative operating within the grounds of a Care Home in Market Harborough. We grow a wide variety of produce, all organically, a proportion of which is given to the residents whilst the rest is used by the team of volunteers.
Our aims are to create a beautiful garden for the residents to enjoy; understand more about the environment we inhabit; create a safe place of well being for our volunteers; teach new skills and encourage a community spirit where everyone is valued.
In the winter months we hold workshops such as willow weaving, grafting apples, making chutneys. In addition we arrange visits to other gardens of interest. The group meets weekly, weather permitting, every Thursday from 2 to 4.30pm.
For further information please contact David Palmer on 07505 968767.

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Harborough Morsbags

Harborough Morsbags

We are part of the international Morsbags.org. We have been a local pod for some 13 years. We make handmade shopping bags out of unwanted material and give them away free - reducing plastic, reducing waste and reducing unnecessary land fill.

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Harborough Woodland Community Volunteers

Harborough Woodland Community Volunteers

Responsibly increasing regional tree and hedge cover where possible without cost to the landowner. We are ambitious, keen to build synergy between the isolated talents and empower the unlimited community capacity. We are passionate about people, wildlife and their future. Our priorities are befriending landowners, community groups, government agencies and charities. Finding and helping to implement opportunities in school, large area natural flood management and agroforestry schemes. We're promoting all best practice. We are planning support for green social prescribing and training to create employment.

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Market Harborough Fairtrade Town

Market Harborough Fairtrade Town

We encourage and support individuals, shops, businesses, schools and churches to buy, sell and use Fair Trade products. Fair trade works to raise the voices of producers and prioritise what they need to respond to the environmental crises unfolding in already vulnerable communities.

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Market Harborough Master Composters

Market Harborough Master Composters

Master Composters are here to help any resident of Market Harborough who wants to start composting at home, or to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement. We are part of the Leicestershire Master Composters Scheme.

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Market Harborough Methodist Church

Market Harborough Methodist Church

The Methodist Church in Market Harborough is an Eco Church and has recently achieved the Silver award. We are also a Fairtrade Church and our permanent Fair Trade and Eco Stall is available for anyone using the church premises.

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Parish of the Transfiguration

Parish of the Transfiguration

There are 2 churches in the parish both of which are working towards the Arocha Eco Church Award Scheme. The award encourages churches and church communities to review their behaviour and impact on God's World and supports behaviour change to reduce the church and it's members impact on the environment. The award themes include Worship and Teaching, the church buildings, the management of church land, global and community engagement and lifestyle. During 2021 boyh St Hugh and St Nicholas Churches have received their Bronze award, and are driving towards gaining the Silver Award in 2022. To that end we are focussing on some lifestyle changes, and hope to arrange events during the year: At St Hugh Church we are planning a rewilding of the Church Garden and car park, and also new bycicls ehds and and a garden seating area. See the 12 Months of Action to join in our future events.

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St Dionysius Church, Market Harborough Parochial Church Council

St Dionysius Church, Market Harborough Parochial Church Council

We have an ECO Working Group within this Anglican Church, who are leading the way on this matter
and our clergy’s essential and enthusiastic support, as well as the Diocese’s lead on this.

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The Greener Earth Project

The Greener Earth Project

We're a charity dedicated to reforestation. Our aim is to plant 1 million trees over the next 5 years and help to sustain an area of forest the size of Market Harborough.

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Torch Trust

Torch Trust

We are a Christian charity serving blind and partially sighted people across the UK and around the world. Based in Market Harborough and keen to play our part in our local community as we work together to be more sustainable. We are in process of putting together an environmental sustainability strategy to look at the various actions we can continue to make to improve our performance in the area.

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Voluntary Action South Leicestershire

Voluntary Action South Leicestershire

VASL is a Charity based in Market Harborough. We have several projects including Community Champions, Support for Carers, Young Carers, Mental Health and Transport. We rely on local Volunteers along with our staff to help those living in the local area and Leicestershire. VASL has been looking at how to be a sustainable organisation and will continue to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint and wisely use our limited resources.

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