Swindon conservation activities to counter climate change – updated 5th December

Trees play a vital role in the health of our planet, helping deal with climate change. SCAN support Friends of the Earth campaigns to double the amount of tree cover in each region of the UK, and to make our towns and cities ten times greener. The UK is the second least wooded country in Europe (after Ireland). In Swindon, we need to create more green spaces. We currently have 8% tree cover. This compares to Bath 20%, Salisbury 19.8%, Newbury 22%, Abingdon 16.3%, Oxford 21.4%, Gloucester 13.6%, Cheltenham 12.8%, Bristol 18.6%. There are tree planting and other conservation activities planned around Swindon. Working together, we can all play a part in dealing with climate change and make the town a brighter, healthier place to live, where nature thrives. Volunteers needed! Upcoming events and ongoing activity:– Peatmoor Community Woodland – Open Morning.– Central Swindon North Parish tree planting – Ferndale[…]

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Naturehood project encourages Swindon residents to do ‘One Thing for Wildlife’ this autumn

Earthwatch Europe’s community wildlife project Naturehood is embarking on a new campaign to encourage residents to take positive action for nature this autumn. The ‘One Thing for Wildlife’ campaign will focus on the first Naturehood communities in Swindon and Oxford, encouraging them to make the most of the season before hibernation begins in earnest. Many people associate acting for nature with the spring and summer months, and tend to spend less time outdoors once the autumn begins. But this is a crucial time to support wildlife. Dr Tristan Pett, Research Manager for Naturehood, says: “The nights are drawing in, which means that now is the time to help local wildlife get ready for winter. The actions people take now can make a real difference to some of our favourite species, like sparrows and hedgehogs, and ensure they get the best possible start when spring comes.” The Naturehood team is promoting[…]

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Plastic pollution commitments from Swindon’s parliamentary candidates

We wrote to all local general election candidates asking them for commitments on phasing out plastic pollution; two simple questions:1. Do you and your party support the aims of the Plastic Pollution Bill?2. Do you and your party support a permanent ban on fracking? Show full letter Dear (candidate), Plastic Free Swindon is a campaign to help phase out plastic pollution as soon as possible. It is one of the many plastic-free campaigns around the UK and part of the global Break Free From Plastic organisation. The campaign launched for Plastic Free July 2018 and has been very active in Swindon. The campaign so far has included the introduction of the Refill campaign to Swindon, the launch of Nude Foods (zero waste shop), litter picks around Swindon, an ecobricks group, education, lobbying, articles, art, music, and engagement. For further information, please have a look at the website: https://swindonclimate.org/plasticfreeswindon/. Pollution, environmental[…]

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Penhill tree planting

‘Penhill Forum in conjunction with the Penhill Junior Street Reps will be holding a tree plant sometime shortly after St. Valentines Day 2020. This will take place on Minety Road recreation ground, Penhill.  We are adding to trees already there to create a Play Wood. One, which we hope, as it grows children will be able to use. It is being planted on a steep hill, which is no good for play as it is, but holds untold possibilities for exciting ‘urban’ type additions in the future, once the wood is well grown. The First plantings put in on April Fools Day 2016 are doing well.  We hope that this wood, will take a few years to complete and that youngsters will be involved at each planting, although it will be their children that will benefit.  We strongly believe that adults won’t value wildlife unless they have the opportunity to[…]

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Central Swindon North Parish tree planting – Ferndale area, SN2

‘My name is Hakan and I am an allotment officer in Central Swindon North Parish Council.  I am proud to say that the parish is focusing on planting lots of trees, looking after our green spaces for future generations.  I have been asked to organise a tree planting session on Tuesday the 10th December 2019 around Cobden Road, Ferndale Road, Iffley Road and Wembley Street, SN2.  We have around 550 tree whips (60-80cm tall) of different species to plant. I have been asked to get as many people as I can with tree planting on the day.’ To get involved, please contact Hakan on 07741 849106 or by email. Please bring suitable clothing for all weathers, including boots. And please, if you can, bring a shovel. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult(s), thanks. Here’s a list of the species that will be planted, with links for further info:10x[…]

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Peatmoor Community Woodland Open Morning

On Sunday 1 December the volunteers who look after Peatmoor Community Woodland in West Swindon are holding a visitor open morning between 10.30am and 1pm. The area is a rare example of a wet woodland which has been a carbon store for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. As a result, it is a biodiverse and ecologically important site preserved within an urban setting. Volunteers will be demonstrating the ancient art of coppicing – cutting down hazel trees in a fixed rotation to allow them to regenerate over the following seven years.  We’ll also be showing off the equally old technique of hedge laying whereby trees are partially cut and woven into a barrier. The trees will then continue to grow strongly to make the hedge stronger. Please come along to find out more about the history of the copse and see what volunteers have been doing over the last 31[…]

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Save Redlands Copse update – Revision of plans and improper planning procedure

Developers for the proposed Redlands development, Backhouse, have notified SBC that they are to revise their plans for the development. This comes after high levels of objection from local people, both through the planning portal and petition. Planning procedures don’t appear to have been followed properly, as this letter from SBC’s consultant ecologist shows. A demonstration took place at the Planning Committee meeting on the 12th November 2019 to show objection to the development. It was covered in this article by the Swindon Advertiser. We are waiting to see when the proposed development will be on the Planning Committee meeting agenda. We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed.

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Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

We have put together this simple guide to reducing plastic. Working together, we can eliminate plastic pollution. This is a work in progress; as the campaign expands so, will it. Supporting zero waste, local, independent and organic has many benefits for the health of people, animals and the environment. Fortunately for Swindon, we have a couple of brilliant community shops that support these important aspects: Nude Foods is the new zero waste co-operative, launched on April 17th 2019. Founded in 1976, Swindon Pulse Wholefoods is a co-operative that sells a variety of local, organic produce, increasingly providing options for zero waste. Refill Swindon launched in September 2018. It is part of the growing international Refill scheme. For those of you without access to the phone app, please check out the local Refill stations list. Asking cafes, restaurants and pubs to support the scheme is a simple way to make positive[…]

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Plastic Free Swindon – Aims

Plastic Free Swindon is a campaign to help eliminate plastic pollution. It is designed to help facilitate change by engaging with the people, organisations, institutions and representatives of Swindon. We seek to understand barriers to change in order to implement solutions. When we set up the campaign, we drew up a detailed plan and have been working on different aspects of that. Plastic Free Swindon is one of many plastic-free town and city campaigns across the UK and is part of the global Break Free From Plastic movement. By working together, our actions in Swindon become part of global efforts to end plastic pollution. In this way, it can be seen that all of our actions matter and count towards a bigger whole. We urgently need legislation to stem the tide of plastic production. This is a major aim of our campaign as it would have a hugely beneficial impact.[…]

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Refill Swindon – stations list

Here ‘s the current list of businesses who support Refill in Swindon, complete with addresses, links and a handy search function. Thanks to local businesses for supporting this simple scheme to reduce single-use plastic bottles. Refill is growing, now international. Working together, we can reduce plastic pollution. We urgently need to. Search Please contact us if you would like to support Refill. It’s easy to do and makes a difference. © Refill

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