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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.

Meetings and Work Parties

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.

Riverside maintenance

29 February 2020

River bank, south of West Street

Digging out nettles and grass, and planting wild flower seeds on the riverbank.

Digging and Planting

19 February 2020

10am to 1pm

Narrow Guage Railway, Vandyke Curve.

Planting wild flower seeds to capture spring germination.

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

Hedge Planting

18 February 2020

10am

Riverside Walk, at the end of Millbank

Working with Greensand Trust to create a native hedge habitat along Riverside Walk.

Walking or cycling, go north along Riverside Walk from West Street, or, by car use Bassett road and turn down Millbank to the river.

Digging and Planting

14 February 2020

2 to 5 pm

Narrow Guage Railway, Vandyke Curve

Planting wild flower seeds to capture spring germination.

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

Digging and Planting

11 February 2020

10 am to 1 pm

Narrow Guage Railway, Vandyke Curve

Planting wild flower seeds to capture spring germination.

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

Hedge Trimming

2 February 2020

2 to 4:30 pm

Knaves Hill, above the railway

Trimming back in preparation for the new growing season.

The site is along St Mary’s Way/Knaves Hill, where the road runs parallel to the railway line.

Planting wildflower seeds

18 December 2019

10:30am to 2pm

River bank, south of West Street

Digging out nettles and planting wildflower seeds to help pollinators