Visited Friends of the Earth stall on Muswell Hill Broadway on Saturday to support their campaign for sustainable farming. FoE always have great props for these occasions. Today it was cow masks – except they wouldn’t let me wear one (no sarky comments please) as it would render me invisible and thus negate the point of the photos they were taking. This is all about a Private Member’s Bill that was presented to Parliament on 30 June 2010 – the Sustainable Livestock Bill and will be on the Order Paper for a Second Reading debate on 12 November 2010. This new Bill will commit the Government to real action to halt wildlife and rainforest destruction.
Straight on to Friends Meeting House to plant a tree in the garden which had received some funding (for which I helped support the bid) to plant a tree. There is a beautiful new gazebo, pond and embryo planting – and by next summer – this will be a fantastic place for children et al to come. I planted a field maple – so will visit next summer to see how it is doing.
It’s Sunday today – and I will be popping into Peter Thompson’s Ruby wedding. For anyone in Muswell Hill who doesn’t know Peter Thompson – he is just a complete star in terms of community activism. Not only does he run a legal advice surgery three times a week in St James’s Church – but he is always at and involved in all of the good work that goes on in terms of policing, the Muswell Hill Youth Centre – you name it – he is helping with it.
So – not only is 40 years of marriage a wonderful occasion to celebrate – but Peter is a one man example of the ‘Big Society’ long before it was even a gleam in Dave’s eye!