Go back to upcoming events.
This time we’re focusing on climate change, ahead of the COP26 heads of state meeting in Glasgow in November. Come and talk to us about local and global implications of climate change!
We’ll also be asking people to write in support of the amendment to planning permission for the second wind turbine at Checkley Wood (to increase the size of turbine blades, to double the amount of electricity produced by the turbine).
A celebratory early afternoon picnic at the Community Orchard. Bring a picnic and enjoy the community orchard while local musicians provide tunes and songs. We will provide hot drinks.
We will be working with Linslade Middle school to draw attention to the dangers of engine emissions, particularly in places such schools where, at the start and end of the day, children and cars are concentrated together. We are aiming to make people ware of the additional pollution from engine idling and to encourage drivers to switch off engines while waiting.
This is open to all, members and non-members alike. Please come along and lend your support to this important issue.
We are getting together for an evening meeting to plan out the next few months. Ideas to think about so far include a potential action day on air quality, how we might contribute to the lead up to COP 26, litter picking and plastic pollution, and how to build publicity for our bee friendly sites and their link to biodiversity. Any other ideas welcome.
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.
January 16, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
2- 5 pm, Soulbury Road grassy bank (between St Mary’s Way and Knaves Hill) – scything lessons from Colin Carpenter
Sunday 12th September 2pm to 5pm Astral Park Community Orchard at the Eastern end of Middleton Way, in Billington Park
We will be scything and raking (and shearing for those who don’t like scything) If you have sharp shears please bring them as all of ours are getting blunter.
Sunday 29 August, 2pm -5pm, working at Astral Park Hedge, weeding the hedge and a bit of trimming.
To get to Astral Park Hedge, go to Astral Park Sports and Community centre, at the end of Johnson Drive. Go along the path on the right of the centre (with the car park behind you); keep going past the pond on your left, until you get to a gap in the hedge. Go through the gap; on your right you will see the entrance to the lake. Keep straight on the path; there is an interpretation board, and that is our hedge, between the playing fields and the area round the lake. It’s about 300 metres long, and has about 20 native species in it.
We have been invited to join the Greensand Trust, The Environment Agency and CBC in an event on 3rd August when a major clean up of the Ouzel is being planned in LB. Our role will be to sort and weigh the rubbish collected as part of a project to monitor plastic pollution in the Ousel catchment, which I know many of you are concerned about.
We will not have to get into the water, but will be sorting and weighing the rubbish that is removed by the teams in the water using our new litter pickers. There is a minimum age of 18 for this task. I don’t have more details yet, but when start and finish times and meeting location are confirmed I will circulate them.
So if you are interested, make a note of the date in your diaries and let us know on email@example.com
Come and spend the morning picking litter in and around the Community Orchard.
This work party has been specially timed to go with the celebratory picnic and folk music event in the afternoon. You don’t have to pick litter to come to the picnic, and you don’t have to stay for the picnic after picking litter, but together they make a lovely day out.
Sunday afternoon 6th June: working at Woodman Close (Clipstone Brook, by Hockliffe Road). Scything and cutting back grass and nettles on the bank
Friday morning 4 June: working on the wildlife area on Platform 1, Leighton Buzzard mainline railway station (weeding and doing some surveys)
Saturday afternoon 29 May: clearing vegetation and general tidying up
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.