South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth is a local voluntary group who campaign on biodiversity and climate change at a local level, working in partnership with national Friends of the Earth.

We are an informal and practical group.  We created and look after nineteen bee-friendly sites around the town, and we started the bus service Dash Direct  between the then-new Sandhills Estate, the town centre and the station; this has cut traffic by over 17% a year from the original standard traffic predictions. The service became commercially viable after five years, and is now running independently.

We successfully campaigned for the Heath and Reach wind turbine, which supplies 1200 local homes, and the Biggleswade wind farm, which supplies 11,000 homes.

On 16 November 2019 we held a public meeting on climate change in Leighton Buzzard – read a report of the meeting here, and summaries of Dr Chris Brierley’s and Paul Brown’s talks are here and here.

A leaflet on individual actions you can do is available here.

Key actions: Let your councillors and politicians know you are concerned about climate change and ask them to let you know what they are doing.

Contact the candidates of the local political parties and ask them what they are planning to do about climate change.

Contact your Central Bedfordshire Councillors and ask them what they are doing; unless they hear from you directly, they will not be aware that you are concerned about climate change. Emails to councillors make a huge difference. Their email addresses are:

 Leighton Buzzard North (north of West Street and Hockliffe Road):
Brian.spurr@centralbedfordshirecouncil.gov.uk
ewan.wallace@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
ken.ferguson@centralbedfordshirecouncil.gov.uk,

 Leighton Buzzard South, (south of West Street including the town centre and Hockliffe Road):
Ray.berry@centralbedfordshirecouncil.gov.uk
Amanda.dodwell@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
David.bowater@centralbedfordshirecouncil.gov.uk

Linslade ( up to the river):
Peter.snelling@centralbedfordshirecouncil.gov.uk
Gordon.perham@centralbedfordshirecouncil.gov.uk
Victoria.harvey@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk