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Stall at the Green Fair, Rushmere Park

17 May 2020

11:00 till 16:00

Rushmere Park Visitor Centre

May Fayre (VE day) stall

8 May 2020

10:00 till 16:00

Parsons Close

CBC budget meeting

20 February 2020

06:30pm

Priory House, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ

Central Bedfordshire Council is considering a motion to plant trees and hedges as art of their response to climate catastrophe. You are invited to turn up to the meeting to support the motion.

Motion proposed by Councillor Maudlin: CBC allocates the additional New Homes Bonus above that expected for 2020/21 and amounting to some £1.68 million, to a specific reserve, in support of the upcoming climate change plan, for the planting of trees, hedging and the like, across Central Bedfordshire.

The proposal from the agenda pack for the meeting

Also, there was a question raised in the previous meeting:

Mrs McCulloch spoke about the benefits of tress and wooded areas to the environment, including in reducing carbon and strengthening nature and the wellbeing of people. She asked if the Council would commit to doubling its tree coverage by 2045 when updating the Climate Change Strategy.


The Executive Member for Transformation and External Relations anticipated that the Council would make an appropriate commitment to tree planting as part of its plan for promoting sustainability.

January 16, 2020

Town Centre consultation

12 February 2020

2 to 5pm

White House

A consultation about the plans for the South side of the high street.

This will ask questions about what you want for the Town Centre: more cultural facilities? more things for young people? a museum? a place for music? anything else that seems appropriate for the well being of the town centre?

This is a drop in session/consultation at the White House, so please come along and make your mark.

Talk series – Wildlife

1 February 2020

10am to 1pm

All Saints church

Public meeting at All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard, with a talk on how climate change affects wildlife by Brian Eversham, CEO of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire Wildlife Trusts.

The meeting will be chaired by our MP, Andrew Selous.

There will be a question and answer session after the talk, and the event will finish off with a discussion session to give everyone a chance to discuss what they have learnt and to think about what to do next.

The meeting has been arranged in conjunction with the Leighton Linslade Christian Ecology Group, our partners in Leighton Linslade Low Carbon Town.

Wassailing ceremony

12 January 2020

2 - 4pm

Astral Park Communty Orchard

Our sixth Traditional Wassailing Ceremony in Astral Park Community Orchard, with singing and live music from The Ouzel Valley Stompers. Mulled cider and food provided at this free event.

Talk series – Climate change action

16 November 2019

10am

All Saints Church

We have three talks today:

Chris Brierley, Associate Professor in Climate Change, University College, London will give us an introduction to the climate crisis based on his work as a researcher.

Chris is replacing our MP, Andrew Selous, who is not able to attend because of restrictions imposed by the upcoming General Election.

Paul Brown, the former Guardian environment correspondent and author of three books on climate change, will tell us how the climate crisis is being seen and dealt with by populations and politicians.

Steven Dixon, from Central Bedfordshire Council, with responsibility for climate change and related matters, will speak about how CBC is responding to the Climate Emergency.

The talks are followed by a question and answer session, and the event is rounded off with a set of discussion groups where you can discuss anything that strikes you from the various talks.

This a joint event with Leighton Linslade Christian Ecology group, who are our partners in Leighton Linslade Low Carbon town.

Talk series – Protecting and Conserving UK fresh waters

11 April 2019

7:30pm

the Friends Meeting House, North Street

This evening, Carole Roberts, UCL NERC DTP PhD Research Student, is talking about the importance of protecting and conserving UK fresh waters.

Talk series – The hidden life of deep sea corals

14 March 2019

7:30pm

Friends Meeting House, North Street

Dr Chris Spooner of UCL will lead us through the role of corals in supporting other life, and the impact of climate change and deep sea fishing on the global populations of corals and the resulting loss of biodiversity.

Talk series – 12 years to save the planet

10 January 2019

7:30pm

the Friends Meeting House, North Street

This evening Paul Brown will give his view on how well, or otherwise, the climate and other related emergencies are being handled. Paul is the former Guardian Environment Correspondent, co-editor of the Climate News Network, and author of three books on climate change.

This a joint event with Leighton Linslade Low Carbon town.

Work Parties

Woodman’s Close

6 June 2021

14:00 - 17:00

Woodman Close

Sunday afternoon 6th  June: working at Woodman Close (Clipstone Brook, by Hockliffe Road). Scything and cutting back grass and nettles on the bank  

Leighton Buzzard railway station

4 June 2021

10:00 to 13:00

Railway station

Friday morning 4 June: working on the wildlife area on Platform 1, Leighton Buzzard mainline railway station (weeding and doing some surveys)

Working on the riverbank

29 May 2021

2.30 to 5.30 pm

River Ouzel opposite Leighton Middle School

Saturday afternoon 29 May: clearing vegetation and general tidying up

Cancelled – Scything and weeding at the Narrow Gauge Railway

14 November 2020

10 am to 1 pm

Narrow Gauge Railway, Vandyke Curve

Sorry, but this event has been cancelled due to lockdown. More news as things progress.

More scything and weeding at the Narrow Gauge Railway (Vandyke Curve); we need to stop the mugwort, thistles and grass from crowding out the  wildflowers.

Walking or cycling access from Vandyke Road opposite Gilbert Inglefield. Cars via Garden Hedge and Nelson Road.

Scything at the Narrow Gauge Railway

24 October 2020

2.30pm - 5.30pm

Narrow Gauge Railway, Vandyke Curve

Scything and thistle management at the narrow gauge railway, opposite Vandyke curve.

Walking or cycling access from Vandyke Road opposite Gilbert Inglefield. Cars via Garden Hedge and Nelson Road.

AGM

8 October 2020

8 pm

Zoom

Our group AGM, where we review the year and look forward to the next.

Covid-19 – The meeting will be on Zoom. The invitation will be sent to everyone on the group membership mailing list.

If you are not a member of the group, and you would like to be, please get in touch on info@southbedsfoe.co.uk.

Team Meeting on Plastics

5 October 2020

7:30 pm

Zoom

We will be discussing the current status of our activities on plastics and making plans for the next steps.

Covid-19 – The meeting will be on Zoom. The invitation will be sent to everyone on the group membership mailing list.

If you are not a member of the group, and you would like to be, please get in touch on info@southbedsfoe.co.uk.

Orchard Scything

27 September 2020

2 to 5pm

Astral Park Community Orchard, at the end of Middleton Way

Grass cutting around the Community Orchard.

Covid-19 – Work parties will be limited to 6 according to current guidelines. If we have enough people we will have more than one work party, all working at a suitable distance from each other.

To help us manage the numbers please let us know if you are going to be there. Contact us on info@southbedsfoe.co.uk  

Grassy Bank Scything

6 September 2020

2 to 5 pm

Soulbury Road grassy bank

Cutting back the grass on the bank.

Covid-19 – We will be limiting the number of people so that we can maintain a proper distance.

To help us manage the numbers please let us know if you are going to be there. Contact us on info@southbedsfoe.co.uk  

Grass cutting and tending apple trees

29 March 2020

2 to 5pm

Astral Park Community Orchard, at the end of Middleton Way

Scything and other spring clearance work at the orchard.