Hello from us here at Bradley Stoke Zero Carbon Community Group. We have asked the Journal to give us a bit of space to tell you a little about our ‘newish’ group and what we do.
The group was kick started by South Gloucestershire Council passing a climate emergency motion on 17th July 2019. Our chair and founding member, Lorna, was also inspired by a conference she attended called Zero Carbon Britain at the wonderful Centre for Alternative Technology. The group was formed just over a year ago and as the name suggests we aim to give local people a space to come together, take action to reduce carbon emissions and take care of the land around us.
Initially, our chair posted a link asking for local Bradley Stoke people who cared about all things ‘green’ to join a Facebook group for sharing ‘green’ ideas. From there we started holding meetings in August 2019, setting up the group formally with a constitution and started planning events. Due to the pandemic we are now holding these meetings online. Some of our planned events were also put on hold, however, we are dreaming up new ways to share information on what every individual can do to do their bit for the planet.
We have a small committee, all of whom live in Bradley Stoke, and are always looking for more people to get involved, share ideas or simply learn so, please get in touch, join our Facebook group or have a look at the website, bszerocarbon.co.uk
Each month the group posts an idea for helping its members to reduce personal carbon footprints or benefit the natural environment. The tips are designed with Bradley Stoke in mind and we try to get things as local as possible.
Tip of the month
This month, how about you do one small thing to help bees and birds?
- Put out bird seed or make a bird cake.
- Make a bee house.
- Buy a jar of local honey.
- Save bees by avoiding using pesticides.
- Bees get thirsty. If you have a bird bath or you would like to make a bee-friendly one, place a few small stones in a small container so the bees can land and drink.
- Give bees shelter by letting the grass grow a little. When you do mow, raise the notches on the mower to cut less closely. It will help give pollinators places to feed and shelter among the grass.
- Plant some wildflower seeds now or get some ready to plant in the spring.
This article originally appeared in the October 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 15). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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