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Cutting Emissions to help Leighton Buzzard

 

We are a friendly, relaxed and informal group. We are concerned about climate change and biodiversity, so locally, we have campaigned successfully for wind turbines supplying local energy, for a high-quality bus service from one of the new estates to the town centre and the station, and we have created and maintain 19 bee-friendly areas across the town. We are currently working to make Leighton Buzzard a low-carbon town.

We meet frequently to maintain and improve our bee-friendly sites – for the most up-to-date information on all our events, please check out our Facebook Events page.

Actions/activities you can do now:

Climate Change

Market 

Bees and Butterflies

Upcoming Events:

ALL WELCOME TO ALL EVENTS!

  • Thursday  10th January at 7.30pm Paul Brown is speaking on climate change at the Friend’s Meeting House on North street.
Paul Brown  lives in Leighton Buzzard. He used to  be environment correspondent for the  the Guardian newspaper, has written books on climate change  and has written  a local history  of  Leighton Buzzard.
  • Sunday 13th January Wassailing  2-4pm  at  Astral Park Community Orchard with  live music.
 Ed Flach  with his group  the Ouzel valley Ranters is playing and we will be singing traditional Wassailing carols  during  traditional ceremony.
  • Tuesday 22nd of January  7.30pm  Action focused planning  meeting on way forward on  the local plastics campaign. Friend’s Meeting House  North Street.

Recent Past Events 2018

  • Thursday 11th October 7.30pm – The Friends Meeting House, North Street, Leighton Buzzard, “Plastics” by Helen Tandy from Chester Friends of the Earth on their campaign to make Chester Plastic Free.
  • Monday 22nd October 7.30pm 41 Corbet Ride    Members Meeting on housing and the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway; all are welcome
  • Thursday 15th November 7.30pm 41 Corbet Ride  South beds  Friends of the Earth meeting on Bees  All are welcome.

Working parties for wildlife areas

10th October Wednesday Parsons Close 10-1pm – weeding – Done!

13th October Saturday 2-5 pm Astral Park hedge,  clearing the weeds that are choking the young trees – Done!

14th October Sunday 2-5pm Soulbury Road scything grass and digging areas for more wildflowers – Done!

18th October Wednesday Parsons Close 10-1pm weeding – Done!

19th October Friday   Orchard 10-1pm scything and digging some areas for bulbs and wildflowers – Done!

25 October      Thursday Narrow Gauge Railway 10-1pm weeding out mugwort – Done!

4 November   Sunday  River Ouzel  by Bridge Street 12-4pm – Done!

18 November  Sunday Woodman’s Close 12-4pm – Done!

  • Sunday April 29th 14:00 – 17:00 – Astral Park Community Orchard, scything and planting, Astral Park Sports and Community Centre, Johnson Drive, LU7 4AY  – Done!
  • Friday May 4th, 10:00-13:00- Leighton Buzzard station, platform 1, weeding and planting – Done!
  • Saturday May 5th, 14:00 – 17:00 – Astral Park hedge weeding, Astral Park Sports and Community Centre, Johnson Drive, LU7 4AY – Done!
  • 12 May  Saturday  2-5pm   Astral Park Community Orchard;   learn how to scythe , look after the apple trees and identify different wildflowers, butterflies and bees. – Done!
  • 15th May  Tuesday 7.30pm  talk from Paul De Zylva of National Friends of the Earth on the Government’s 25 year environmental plan. 41 Corbet Ride, Linslade – Done!
  • 18th May  Friday 7pm  River Ouzel by Monarch Way. Pulling Out Himalayan Balsam  with the Young Explorers – Done!
  • 19th May Saturday   3.30 pm-  6pm  River Ouzel opposite Leighton Middle School – Digging up nettles and planting wildflowers – Done!
  • 1st-3rd June  National Friends of the Earth  Conference/ Festival in Castleton Derbyshire
  • June 10th  Sunday 2-5pm  Astral park Hedge;  weeding so that the shrubs don’t get  swamped.
  • 2nd July  Monday 7.30pm meeting 41 Corbet Ride  to discuss plans for the Low Carbon Town initiative and  campaigning on climate change.
  • July 10th  stall in market  low  carbon tow
  • August 8th 10am-1pm Scything and Digging at Carina Drive wildlife area
  • Sunday 2nd September 10.30AM – 2PM – Astral Park Community Orchard, scything and digging, park at Astral Park Sports and Community Centre, Johnson Drive, LU7 4AY – The Orchard is adjacent to the south-east end of Middleton Way, across the field from the Sports Centre. Due to our scything and digging maintenance programme, the orchard is now a County Wildlife Site.
  • Thursday 13th September 7.30pm – The Friends Meeting House, North Street Leighton Buzzard, Climate Change and Air Pollution by Damian Oyarzun and Sustainable Urban Transport by Dr Beatrice Mella. Both are from University College, London.

For working parties, do feel free to turn up for just part of the time. An hour of your time would make all the difference. If you plan to help out, please contact Victoria Harvey (mobile: 07815 817108 or email: vapharvey@btinternet.com) on the day, or close to the day,  to check if there are any changes to the schedule due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.