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Green Week – Market Stall

18 September 2021

10:00 - 15:30

High St

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).

Live Folk Music at Astral Park Community Orchard

4 July 2021

1pm -3pm

Astrl Park, Community Orchard

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.

Air Quality Campaign

22 June 2021

3:45

Linslade Middle School, Mentmore Road.

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.

Planning Meeting

15 June 2021

7:30 pm

Zoom

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.

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.

Work Parties

Soulbury Road Grassy Bank

19 September 2021

14:00 to 16:00

Soulbury Road Grassy Bank

Sunday 19 September

19 September 2021

2 - 5 pm

Soulbury Road grassy bank (between St Mary’s Way and Knaves Hill)

2- 5 pm, Soulbury Road grassy bank (between St Mary’s Way and Knaves Hill) – scything lessons from Colin Carpenter

Astral park Community Orchard

12 September 2021

14:00 - 17:00

Astral Park Community Orchard

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.

Weeding at Astral Park Hedge

29 August 2021

2 pm to 5 pm

Astral Park Hedge

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.

Cleaning up the Ouzel

3 August 2021

1:30pm to approximately 3:30pm

Location to be clarified - email us if you are interested

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 info@southbedsfoe.co.uk

Astral Park Litter Pick

4 July 2021

10:30am

Astral Park, Community Orchard

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.

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.