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.

We also raise awareness on a number of environmental issues, with public talks, with expert speakers. Our next talk will be held in partnership with Christian Ecology Leighton-Linslade, on Saturday 16th November 2019, 10:30 am-12, in All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard. It will be chaired by Andrew Selous, our local MP, with Paul Brown, former environmental correspondent for the Guardian, and Neil Whitney, senior policy advisor from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We are currently working on a sidebar with upcoming diary dates – for the moment, future dates are:
Sat 28 September 2-5 pm at Astral Park Community Orchard – scything
Sun 20 October – we will have a stall at Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge railway
Sun 27 October 2-5 pm at Astral Park Community Orchard – planting bulbs