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30 July – Canal Festival

30 July 2022
10:00 - 16:00
Canal Festival at Tiddenfoot

We’ll have a stall at the Canal Festival (by Tiddenfoot) – details to follow

Saturday 16 July – South Beds Friends of the Earth AGM, 2.30 – 4.30 pm

16 July 2022
14:30 - 17:30
Friends Meeting House, North Street

Details to follow

This is part of our campaigning about climate change – this time we’ll be focusing on peat – why Defra is proposing to ban its use and how we can garden without it.

We’ll be focusing on the current campaign by commercial growers against the Government’s proposed ban on any use of peat in horticulture by 2030. They say they can’t manage to grow plants if they don’t use peat; we’ll be showing that’s not true, with an information display, a quiz, and a draw for twelve herbs grown commercially without using peat (four draws throughout the day).

We’ll also link to an updated list of the many commercial plant growers who’ve been growing successfully for years without using peat-based composts

All Saints’ Tree Festival

20 November 2021
00:00 - 00:00

We will have a tree at the All Saints’ Tree Festival – it’s on for three days, Friday 19 November and Saturday 20 November, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday 21 November, 12:30 to 5 pm. Free entry; refreshments available; all kinds of live music

All Saints Tree Festival

19 November 2021
00:00 - 00:00

We will have a tree at the All Saints’ Tree Festival – it’s on for three days, Friday 19 November and Saturday 20 November, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday 21 November, 12:30 to 5 pm. Free entry; refreshments available; all kinds of live music

Public Meeting – Climate Change and the Future for Leighton Buzzard

16 October 2021
00:00 - 00:00
All Saints Church, Leigthon Buzzard

Saturday 16 October, 10:30- 12:15, All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard

Hear from the experts how climate change will affect Leighton Buzzard and the world, what actions are needed and what actions are being taken.

Chair: Andrew Selous MP for South West Bedfordshire

Speakers:

Chris Brierley, Professor of Climate Science, University College London

Neil Witney, Senior Policy Advisor at the Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Paul De Zylva, Senior Analyst, National Friends of the Earth

Followed by refreshments and a chance to talk to local environmental groups

Green Week – Market Stall

18 September 2021
00:00 - 00:00
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
00:00 - 00:00
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
00:00 - 00:00
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.

Work Parties

This is in conjunction with a project by the Rivers Trust to monitor plastic waste going into rivers and into the sea.

We should meet in the car park adjacent to Tesco Express in Meadway.  The actual address for the Tesco express is 1-4 Aries Court, Appenine Way, Leighton Buzzard LU7 3XW 

We will be categorising the litter that the Council’s contractor has pulled from the river.We will supply pickers, bags, gloves and hi vis vests. 

Those taking part should wear old/gardening type clothes, preferably with arms and legs covered, and closed-in sturdy shoes. 

It will be about 33 degrees on Sunday afternoon, and that’s too hot for both  wildlife and  for us. We’ll post the new date as soon as we know it.

Come and help us survey the wildlife at Astral Park Community Orchard, which is at the end of Middleton Way, in a corner of Astral Park next to Stanbridge Meadows – park in Astral Park Community and Sports Centre (at the end of Johnson Drive) and walk across the field

Sunday 24 July, 2-5 pm, River bank

24 July 2022
14:00 - 17:00

Friday 22 July, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Knaves Hill Hedge

22 July 2022
18:30 - 20:30
Knaves Hill Hedge

Saturday 9 July, Riverside – NB change of venue

9 July 2022
14:30 - 17:30
Riverside

2.30 – 5.30 pm,

Approach the riverside walk through Millbank, then go past the  wildflower area  towards the river and towards the wide  mown grass wide path in the middle of the  nettles (we have our wild flower circles on both sides  in these nettles), we will be working on the river in this stretch. 

 Do come along  for just an hour or half an hour or just to say hello. It is always really nice to see people.

As it is really dry it would be very difficult to get the nettle roots out of the ground at Cotefield Drive as planned; but this work is urgent too, as the Himalayan balsam is coming into flower – if it flowers and seeds it will then really take over the river bank and wipe out all the natural vegetation, which in turn leaves the banks bare in winter, causing erosion etc.

Saturday 3rd July, 2-5 pm – weeding the native hedge at Astral Park

3 July 2022
14:00 - 17:00
Astral Park - the native hedge at the far end of the playing fields beyond the pavillion

Sunday 12th June, 2-5 pm – working at the river bank by the Shell garage and Leighton Middle School

12 June 2022
14:00 - 17:00
River bank by the Shell garage and Leighton Middle School

6th June, 2-5 pmg – Weeding the new hedge at Linslade Memorial Playing Fields, Mentmore Road

6 June 2022
14:00 - 17:00
Linslade Memorial Playing Fields, Mentmore Road

Working at the Soulbury Road Grassy Bank, which is  between St Mary’s Way and Knaves Hill. We’ll be weeding round our wildflowers.

We get lots of solitary bees here, and cutting back some of the thick grass will let wildlfowers come through.

Digging up nettles. This is getting more and more establishedas a wildflower area,  thanks to Liz’s work  Cutting back and digging up nettle roots makes a huge difference to getting wildflowers established.