Spring 2017, various venues across the UK

The UK welcomes an inspiring film tour of The Bentley Effect including talks and Q&A with the production team. Check out the upcoming dates here. The social movement that began in Australia with neighbourhood surveys like the ones we talk about on this site proved to be a mighty force in the Northern Rivers region ...

Spring 2016, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Surveys have been getting going in the Forest this year, with Brierley already declaring itself Gasfield free and Parkend and others to follow...

Sept 2015, Cinderford, Gloucestershire:

Public meeting Weds 30th Sep, Cinderford Miners Hall:
Keeping the Forest of Dean FRACK FREE

This meeting will focus in general on what fracking and other unconventional oil and gas exploration and production could mean for communities, and specifically on how they can engage to stop toxic developments using the Toxin Free Community strategy.

Sign up for the event here.
Download easily printable fliers here.

June 2015, Haresfield, Gloucestershire:

Around 150 concerned locals braved the showers on Saturday 20th June to attend Haresfield's Toxin Free Tea Party at the gates of Javelin Park.

Vintage floral tea-cups were raised, songs were sung and home made cakes handed round as young and old celebrated the spirit of community and the resolve to protect land and people from toxic industry.

Haresfield is now a self-declared "Toxin Free Community", with results of a house-by-house survey conducted by residents showing 98% wishing to be incineration free. This is a very clear message of no social licence for the planned incinerator at the site, and expresses the community's willingness to peacefully protect their community and land.

In addition, 94% wish also to be frack free, showing kinship with communities in other parts of the UK directly threatened by this unconventional gas drilling technique (eg Lancashire, South Wales, Yorkshire, Sussex) which has been shown to cause earthquakes.

The Toxin Free Community strategy of taking democracy into local hands is starting to spread virally both in Gloucestershire and in other parts of the UK.

Locally, Nympsfield made their declaration last year, Edge have already started the process with a public meeting and residents from Hardwicke, Hampton Fields, Standish, Horns Road, Lower Street and Summer Street in Stroud and areas of Cirencester have also shown interest in following suit, as have communities near Shepperton and Worthing and parts of Northern Ireland. Balcombe and Broadoak in Sussex completed surveys in 2013. This is the beginning of a social movement arising in response to threats to health, livestock and land as citizens realise that the ultimate check on toxic industry is the social licence, and this remains in the hands of the people to grant or withhold.

May 2015, Haresfield, Gloucestershire:

Jeremy Irons lent star gravitas to the local anti-incineration campaign recently, presenting a packed house screening in the Vue cinema, Stroud of the brilliant documentary "Trashed" in which he stars. See local news coverage here.

Haresfield and the surrounding areas of Stroud and Gloucester are threatened by a huge proposed mass-burn incinerator. Haresfield is in the process of completing a Toxin Free Community survey and will be celebrating with a Toxin Free Tea Party on 20th June...