St Nicholas Fields does the quiet recycling run in the narrow Bishophill streets outside the eco-house www.fairfaxcorner.co.uk . Round the corner is The Golden Ball community pub...also a community veg plot, and community garden with community composting - all in the heart of the city - a wonderful place!
Democracy Day - Green Party stall: good discussion with students at Goole. If only more schools and colleges would have days like this! Labour and Ukip also came - no sign of Tories or Lib Dems. Most students were shocked to learn about Trident and used my NHS NOT TRIDENT T-shirt to ask the other parties their policy on it!
Shan Oakes was Green Party candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 2015. She previously stood for Haltemprice & Howden for 2010 and in the 2008 by-election coming second out of 26 candidates.
Shan lived in Beverley from 1975. She taught English at schools in Hull and Beverley. This was followed by eight years championing child welfare, parent partnership and special needs for Humberside County Council and City of York education departments, and further work in the York Community Safety Partnership.
Shan then spent two and a half years living, working and learning a great deal in Uganda. She is a co-founder (with Bill Rigby) of Voice International, which promotes sustainability through education. In her MSc dissertation
(Education for Sustainability) Shan argues that diversity is fundamental to sustainability.
Shan works with organisations such as Friends of the Earth Transition Towns, the Earth Charter UK. Shan and Bill run an eco holiday house in York. They moved to Knaresborough in 2014 to be nearer some of their 11 grandchildren - who are a wonderful window into the future.