JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER
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It is Clean Air Day on Thursday 21st June and Swift Awareness Week runs from Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th June - see below for details on both initiatives.
Make sure to keep your diary free for 'A Greener Bradford' - an event in Holy Trinity Church, BoA from approx 10.30 - 2pm on Saturday 8th September. The event will be opened by the Mayor, Alex Kay, and Michelle Donelan MP and the Bishop of Salisbury will both be present and speaking. Climate Friendly BoA will be there too with a stall showcasing what we do. More details to follow.
COULD YOU BE OUR NEXT TREASURER OR SECRETARY?
We are still on the look out for willing people to take on the essential roles of Treasurer and Secretary. Klaus and Amy would be happy to have a chat to tell you what is involved and full training will be provided. Unless we can fill these roles it will be hard for Climate Friendly BoA to carry on so please do consider whether you could take one on.
JUNE MEETING - WORLD TREE STORY & SELWOOD FOREST ILLUSTRATED TALK
We are delighted to have author, Julian Hight, to present his 'World Tree Story and Selwood Forest illustrated talk.’ This will give some background on his travels to visit some magnificent trees around the world leading to a more localised view of Selwood Forest and his work there.
Julian has presented over 30 talks at Kew Gardens, Woodland Trust, theatres, bookshops and festivals, and ended 2016 with an appearance on Channel 4’s ‘Tree of the Year
' TV programme with Ardol O’Hanlon, on the panel of judges.
A recent video explaining what Julian does can be viewed here
. Copies of Julian's book will be available to buy at the meeting.
Monday 18th June, 7.00 for 7.30pm
The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU
JULY MEETING - IDEAS FOR HOW THE WORLD CAN MANAGE CATASTROPHES LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE
Local scientist, author and broadcaster, Dr Len Fisher
was a finalist in the $5M Global Challenges "New Shape"
competition, which sought fresh ideas for the governance of global catastrophic risks such as climate change. At our meeting in July, he will describe some of the major ideas that emerged, and share the way in which he and other finalists are now collaborating to take these ideas forward.
CLEAN AIR DAY: THURSDAY 21ST JUNE
Suggestions of the sort of actions you can take (and not just on the day!) include leaving the car at home, not using a wood or coal fire, abstaining from the use of aerosols and of course turning your engine off while stationary. As you may know, CFBoA's transport group are members of Bradford-on-Avon Streets Ahead, an umbrella group trying to get to grips with the BoA traffic problem. It is contemplating participating in the Clean Air Day by running a ‘No-Idling Day'. More information can be found here
If you would like to help out on the day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
keep you informed of the Streets Ahead contemplation.
SWIFT GROUP UPDATE
It has been a strange year for Swifts with adverse weather conditions resulting in very patchy arrivals all over the country, but it looks like Bradford on Avon's Swifts are now here in good numbers. Quite a few birds have been observed taking an interest in the window in the tower of Holy Trinity behind which nest boxes were installed last year, but we have not yet seen a bird going right in.
Our group was headlined in an article about Swifts in the June Issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine illustrated by Nick Upton's photographs.
June 16th - 24th is the first ever National Swift Awareness Week
which will focus on what can be done to halt the decline in numbers of these charismatic birds. Groups from all over the country will be taking part. In Bradford on Avon there will be a number of activities including a Swift walk on Thursday 21st June, organised by Walkers are Welcome and led by members of the Swift group (Tickets now available from Holidays and Cruises in Silver Street - click on poster for details), a display in the library all week and stalls at Fitzmaurice School's Strawberry Fair and Hilperton Fete, both on Saturday 16th June.
If you are interested in joining this active group please email email@example.com
BRADFORD ON AVON WALKING FESTIVAL
Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September
Come along and join us for our 7th Annual Walking Festival. There will be 14 walks, several on an environmental theme, including bat and bird spotting and wild food foraging. They will all be all exploring the local area and ranging in length from 1.5 miles to 15 miles.
ROAD VERGE CAMPAIGN
The campaigning group, Plant life, are running a campaign to protect wildflowers and nature on roadside verges. A 2017 survey showed strong backing for councils to help wildflowers, and the bees that depend on them, by cutting their grass less frequently on roadside verges and in parks. The YouGov poll, for Friends of the Earth and Buglife, reveals that 81% of the public back the move. You can add your support by signing the Road Verge petition
to encourage more councils to keep road verges safe for wildflowers and nature. You can read more about the campaign here
Recently a very informative three-part series was aired on Radio 4 by the materials scientist Dr Mark Miodownik called 'Plastic Fantastic.' At the end he pleaded for every participant in plastic-handling (including consumers) to be aware of and publicise the ‘UK Plastics Pact' run under the auspices of WRAP (Waste Resources Action Plan). The Pact has 4 targets to be achieved by 2025. They can be viewed here
. You may think the targets do not go far enough, but by listening to the last of the series you get a better understanding of the difficulties involved.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND DRINK GROUP (SFADG) UPDATE
Saturday 4th August - CFBoA "Farm and Nature Walk and Talk" at Hartley Farm
The Bowles family have kindly agreed to take us on a walking tour around their farm, give an insight into the history of food production on the farm and talk about their plans, issues and challenges. We will aso be finding out about the biodiversity on the farm.
This will be great opportunity to see and understand more about how some of our food is produced and consider how our food choices can contribute to protection of the environment and wildlife. Questions, and discussion of some of the controversial issues around food and farming today, including possible impacts of Brexit, will be welcomed.
Meeting point: Hartley Farm, outside the Secret Garden (just opposite the Farm Shop).
The farm tour will start at 11am.
Projected duration of tour: one and a half to two hours.
The Farm Shop/Cafe is open all day for drinks/lunches/shopping
- There will be a guided walk by the CFB Biodiversity Group from Bradford on Avon to Hartley Farm, returning by a different route approximately one hour after the end of the farm walk - see details below.
- Bus - the D1 bus runs through the centre of Winsley every half hour. Directions for walking from bus stop to the farm available on request.
- If coming by car, please lift share if possible.
The guided biodiversity walk from Bradford on Avon to Hartley Farm will include indentification of trees, flowers and other wildlife.
Departure time: 9am from the Pack Horse Bridge (near the Tithe Barn), Bradford on Avon.
Guided return walk by a different route to arrive at the Pack Horse Bridge by 3pm (or return by bus).
This is a shared CFBoA Sustainable Food and Drink Group and Biodiversity Group initiative.
The walk is free and open to non-CFB members.
Children under 14 need to be accompanied.
Only guide dogs, please.
To reserve a place
on the "Farm and Nature Walk and Talk", please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
by Saturday 21st July. Please indicate if you also wish to join the guided walk to Hartley Farm from Bradford on Avon.
Next SFADG Meeting: Monday 25th June, 7.00 for 7.30pm
The Swan Hotel, 1 Church Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LN
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED
Bradford on Avon Street Market, Westbury Gardens, Saturday 7th July
Volunteers are needed to help with the CFBoA stand at this event. For those who have not helped on the stand before, this involves giving out handouts, encouraging people to look at the displays and to sign up to CFBoA and any of our initiatives, if they wish. You don't need to feel very knowledgeable about the issues! An experienced member of the group will be on the stand throughout the day. It is usually a very well-attended event and an enjoyable day. If you can spare an hour or two to help please let us know - contact email@example.com
CALLS TO ACTION
Here are some ways you can do your bit in the campaign against climate change.
SMALL STEPS TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRALITY
The Guardian recently asked some top chefs how they minimise food waste in their kitchens. Check out their tips here
and see what ideas you can borrow at home.
GOOD NEWS STORIES
- New renewable energy store could power 30,000 homes says South Somerset District Council. More
- UK plans 'world's largest' network of energy storage and vehicle rapid charging. More
- Britain May Build ‘Road Network’ to Protect Bees, Butterflies, and Moths. More
- Ikea to ban single-use plastic, go 'climate positive' by 2030. More
- World can limit global warming to 1.5C by ‘improving energy efficiency.' More
- France is about to ban stores from throwing away unsold clothing. More
- Scientists may have just overcome the biggest obstacle to mass-producing hydrogen fuel. More
MONTHLY MEETING DATES
Monday 18th June: World Tree Story and Selwood Forest Illustrated Talk - Julian Hight
Monday 16th July: Ideas for how the World can manage catastrophes like climate change - Len Fisher
Monday 20th August: Natural flood management in the Bristol Avon/Biss - Alasdair Maxwell
All meetings 7.00 for 7.30pm
The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JU
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Friday 15th June: Global Wind Day
Thursday 21st June: Clean Air Day and Vehicle Idling Action Bath Training and Action Day.
Training 10.15am at Bath YMCA. Events at 11am and 2.30pm. More
Thursday 21st June: Swift Discovery Walk
7.45-9.30pm. Advance tickets available from Holidays and Cruises in Silver Street from 22nd May. MoreSunday 24th June, Sunday 29th July: Nesting Box Workshops.
Avonleigh (head to top of the vineyard) 9am - 12 noon.Monday 25th June: Sustainable Food and Drink Group Meeting.
The Swan Hotel, 7 for 7.30pmSunday 1st July: Butterfly Day at Iford
12-4pm. Free entry. MoreSaturday 7th July: Bradford on Avon Street Market at Westbury Gardens.
Volunteers needed (see above).Wednesday 11th July: The West of England Energy Game -
Can the West of England be self-sufficient in meeting its own energy needs? The Space at PRSC, 17 Hillgrove Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8JT, 6-8.30pm. Free entry. MoreSaturday 4th August: CFBoA Farm and Nature Walk to Hartley Farm.
A morning biodiversity walk to Hartley Farm, followed by a tour of the farm and a chance to get refreshments at their café.Saturday 8th September: A Greener Bradford.
Holy Trinity Church, 10-30am-2pm (see above)
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