Archive for August, 2010

Climate Camp Shuts Down RBS

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

This year’s climate camp saw around 800 activists camp opposite the global headquarters of RBS.

Aerial view of the camp with RBS global HQ on the right.

RBS are one of the world’s biggest investors in fossil fuels – from the Canadian tar sands to coal extraction in the UK.  It also received over £50 billion public money during the financial crisis and over a trillion of toxic debt underwitten.  Given that its 80% owned by us why are we paying to trash our ow future?  The message of the camp was that we shouldnt have to pay for their crisis.  The future is ours, and its time to reclaim it.

The camp was set up for 5 days and aimed to demonstrate sustainable living, educate and take action.

Daily workshops are held.

Compost loos, grey water systems and renewable energy help make the site a model of sustainable living.

Monday was billed as the day of action.  However, on Sunday several hundred campers broke through police lines and attempted to occupy RBS offices.

Campers try to push through police lines to RBS head office.

After about 10 mins of concerted pushing the police line was broken and campers swarmed over the RBS office.

Campers break through to RBS.

Around 100 campers made it to a courtyard were concerted attempts where made to get in and occupy the office.  Windows were smashed but no-one managed to get in before the police regained control.

Attempts are made to get in but the windows are double glazed and reinforced...

The courtyard where campers attempted to occupy the RBS office.

Eventually the attempt to occupy the office was called off and everyone retreated back to the camp.  There were a few tense stand-offs as some activists were arrested and then de-arrested by campers but eventually everyone made it back to camp (bar one camper who got carried off by police).

During the escapade other activists set up a giant catapult on the bridge and began bombarding the head office with giant balls of treacle.

Balls of treacle are fired at RBS.

RBS new exterior decor. Siege tower in foreground.

On Monday, the official day of action, groups of activists undertook further actions across the City of Edinburgh.  Offices were occupied, branches were shut down and the head office of RBS remained shut for two days.

Overall the camp was a great success and achieved its objective of shutting down the RBS global HQ as well as taking action against a wide variety of other targets.  Nine Cumbrians attended this year and all are available if anyone wants to know more.

Message from Climate Camp:

The Camp for Climate Action is a grassroots movement taking direct action against the root causes of climate change. We’ve already had major successes with Heathrow’s third runway and E.ON’s plans for a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth. This year we’re targeting the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the world’s largest investors in oil, gas and coal… From tar sands extraction in Canada to coal infrastructure here in the UK, we’re paying to trash our future. These projects are not just causing catastrophic climate change but destroying the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe… Ecological destruction is built into the mechanics of the financial system, with communities disenfranchised from their own futures. This is why, in August 2010, people from across the UK will be converging to take back the power and Break the Bank!

Damson Harvesting

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

SLACC’s Abundance group is organising another damson harvest this year. Come along and join our harvest in the Lyth Valley, in conjunction with the Westmorland Damson Association –


Help us, and the Damson Association, to pick the fruit from their old orchards, and take some home at the end of the day.

Its a fun community activity, the fruit is delicious fresh off the tree, and there’s plenty you can do with the damsons – eat them, bake them, make a pie, preserve them, make wine, flavour gin or vodka, use them as a natural dye for clothing or wool, or freeze them and bring them along to our traditional fruit preserve workshop on 12th October!

Harvest dates depend on when the fruit has ripened, usually at the start of September. Register your interest and we’ll contact you with dates closer to the time. Please also let us know if you have a car and are willing to give others a lift. Email tsl.abundance[at] or phone Ruth on 07851  719 444

Make your own LED lighting system workshop!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Tuesday 14th September
6 – 9pm @ Kendal United Reformed Church

Dave Weirdigan returns to Cumbria with his highly regarded ‘LEDfantastic’ workshop.

Learn about LEDs, the ultra-low power lighting for the 21st Century.
Light up your life – make spotlights, fairy lights, party lights, costume lights – whatever you can imagine.
Illuminate your van, yurt, boat, bus, barn, shed or house – 12v, the way forward

£10 waged / £5 low/unwaged, Plus the cost of the components you use during the workshop
Limited spaces, please book your place (by Fri 10th Sept) call Ro on 07702 256 425 or email

Torchlight deco #3

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

… much simpler than the bike plane is the crocheted bike seat cover! Isn’t it cute!


Remember that our colour theme for the Torchlight Procession is RED and GOLD. Please wear similar colours to make more of an impact. We want as many cyclists, families, kids and everyone else to turn up with their bikes… so tell your mates! Meet us at 6.45pm at Kendal Leisure Centre, Friday September 10th. Any questions ring Ruth or Lorna on 01539 822165

Torchlight bike decoration #2

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Here’s some more inspiration for you to decorate your bike in time for Kendal Torchlight on 10th Sept…


I hope you’ll come and join us. We want as many cyclists, families, kids and everyone else to turn up with their bikes as possible to make as big an impact as we can! Meet us at 6.45pm at Kendal Leisure Centre

Staveley’s apples

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Staveley’s new apple trees are growing up!

Some of the grafts haven’t taken, the poor things, so we’re down to 45 trees but the other rootstocks will keep until next year … if Staveley can wait that long. The survivors have put up with drought, neverending rain, and being blown over in gales – good preparation for the rest of their lives. Here’s a photo of a Bradley’s Beauty:

Bradley's Beauty

And here’s a photo of all the trees together:

The trees

If you live in Staveley and would like a tree contact Lorna – 01539 822165 or tsl.abundance[at]gmail[dot]com.

Kendal’s guerrilla garden

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Back in May a few SLACC members did a spot of guerrilla gardening at Kendal’s Waterside estate. Today we checked how it was doing and, despite not having a lot of TLC, its doing really well! There’s tomatoes, broad beans, sunflowers, cabbage, parsley, chamomile, borage, cauliflowers, mint, spring onions, nasturtiums and chives. Here’s some piccies…

broad beans








Torchlight by bicycle

Sunday, August 1st, 2010


A few SLACCers are organising a BIKE PARADE to go ahead of the floats at Kendal’s Torchlight procession… yay! We’re looking for as many cyclists as possible to join us making a stand against smelly lorries and for leg power! Its going to be great fun, we’ve got a tricycle sound system oiled up and ready to go so we can bop and groove our way around town. Please come and join us!

The theme of this year’s Torchlight is Celebration, so dig out that dusty old bike and help us celebrate cycling! Thats about as much info as we have so far but if you want to come along and you want more info ring Ruth or Lorna on 01539 822165.

We’ve chosen a colour theme of red and gold, get creative and decorate yourself and your bike. Here’s a bit of bike decoration to get you inspired…

A bike skirt!