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16th - 22nd October 2021. Browse sessions by day. Sat 16th - Housing & energy. Sun 17th - Travel. Mon 18th - Food and farming. Tue 19th - Clothing. Wed 20th - Money. Thurs 21st - Technology. Fri 22nd - Retail. Ethical Consumer sessions. Energy & Housing Saturday 16th October 2021 . To kick-start Ethical Consumer Week 2021 we have sessions focusing on the climate gap ...
Ethical Consumer Week 2021: Closing the Climate Gap.
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Ethical Consumer Week 2021 (16th-22nd October) will look at the gap between current behaviour and where we must head in order to meet international targets, & how we can address the divide. It will consider our roles as consumers, citizens, workers, producers & more - asking what steps we can take towards supporting local, national & global behaviour change. Transformative change. Last ...
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Let's get Dorset's voice heard at COP26
After the extraordinary events of September, including Great Big Green Week offerings across the county, the Planet Purbeck Festival and Open Greener Homes, it may be hard to imagine doing more. But there IS more ... COP26 is happening very soon!
COP26 is a critical moment in our history and our future. So what is Dorset saying? How can OUR voice be heard? How can all of us in Dorset contribute and be heard?
Please come to our online meeting on Wednesday 13th October, 19:30-21:00 (7.30-9pm). Topic: Climate Reality/COP26 ~ Zoom Link (no registration necessary)
Please put the date/link in your calendar/diary now.
You will hear from:
Please pass this on and encourage people to come! And please reply now (email@example.com) if you have thoughts/ideas/actions that you want to share before the meeting.
3 keys to public engagement
1. The power of a team
On 18 September, the recently formed Beaminster ECO Committee held its first public event – a Big Green Day, which was the town’s contribution to the national Great Big Green Week 18 to 26 September. The aim of the Day was to offer practical ideas on how we can all reduce living costs, cut waste, reduce our carbon footprint, encourage wildlife in our gardens, enjoy local food, plant trees and make our homes more energy-efficient.
The Day included children’s activities on The Square and in the Public Hall; a range of displays in the Public Hall; and free refreshments, including excellent soup made of organic vegetables. The displays focused on wildlife in your garden, planting trees, a beehive, the Green Living project, a food project, Open Greener Homes, retrofit of older houses, electric bicycles and an electric car.
Most striking was the strength of the wide team which organised the whole event. This team was drawn from the Town Council, Beaminster Area ECO Group, the Church ECO Group, Beaminster School, Young Farmers, Army Cadets, Scouts, Women’s Institute, Prout Bridge Community Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Beaminster Probus and others – a total of at least 40 people directly involved in organising the event. The public response was strong, including many Beaminster people not previously involved in environmental activity. After the event, one of the participants commented “It was a wonderful day and I loved that everyone of all ages just got on with what they needed to do to bring it all together, without anyone seeming to be in charge. Great stuff !”
2. The power of practical examples
Beaminster and neighbouring villages have contributed 6 of the total of 50 Dorset Greener Homes within the programme organised by Dorset CAN this year. Two of these homes illustrate beautifully the power of an idea as seen in practice. A newcomer to the Greener Homes family is Ubuntu, a brand-new home on the northern edge of Beaminster created by Sue Wardell and Mark Oppe. It has high levels of insulation and triple glazing to passive house standard, solar PV with batteries, air source heat pump and mechanical ventilation/heat retrieval. Introducing the house, Sue says “We were inspired and encouraged by houses we saw through Dorset Eco Homes”.
In the centre of Beaminster is Honeysuckle House, owned by Gillian Perrott and Sue Counsell. Their house, built in 1997, has insulated walls, double glazing and loft insulation, achieving high standards of energy efficiency. The living area is heated by a gas-fired Aga, and a Norwegian Jotul wood-burning stove using timber from this their own woodland. In 2010, they installed 16 solar panels (capacity 3kW) on the south-facing roof of the adjoining barn. This year, they installed an air source heat pump, replacing the gas boiler for heating & hot water. On their first open day, 19 September, they were visited just by one local couple, and spent two hours with them. On their feedback form, the visitors said “It was inspiring to see the equipment in place and to have an explanation of the practical implications, problems and benefits. We intend to arrange a survey related to insulation generally and to installing solar panels and an air source heat pump”.
3. The power of public opinion
Parnham House, a fine historic house set in parkland on the south side of Beaminster, has for centuries been a major feature in the life and economy of the town. The townspeople were deeply shocked in 2017 when the mansion was destroyed by fire. They hoped for someone to take on the estate, with the resources to restore the building. So, they were pleased when, last year, James Perkins bought the Parnham estate, with the stated intention to restore the mansion. They welcomed the prospect of a restored historic building, and its sympathetic use as, perhaps, a hotel.
Then came an interview in Bridport News in which James Perkins, described as former head of the rave scene promoter Fantazia, spoke of his desire to turn Parnham into an “adventure wonderland where people of all ages can come and enjoy, creating hundreds of jobs in the process”. Local people began to fear what might happen on the estate. In July, the Estate submitted to Dorset Council an application for an entertainment licence, stating the intention to turn the whole estate into an ‘events venue’. The licence would enable it to organise a wide range of activities and events on the estate, including films, plays, musical and sporting events, with significant numbers of people. Included would be late-night activity, running into the small hours, with available alcohol and (on some occasions) amplified music. The estate proposed to build a pub, restaurant, shop and other facilities, alongside the restoration of Parnham House.
This application attracted a storm of protest from people living in Beaminster and Netherbury. Dorset Council’s Licensing Committee received an unprecedented number of objections, and very few messages expressing support. The outcome was a Committee Meeting lasting one and a half days, during which objectors argued passionately for restriction in the numbers of visitors, the frequency of events, the hours of opening and the parts of the estate on which large events, the sale of alcohol and the use of amplified sound could apply. In response, the estate manager stated that the normal maximum number of people attending events on the estate would not exceed 130; that events in larger numbers would be very few; and that the estate was ready to restrict the large events to a limited area surrounding the historic house and its associated buildings and formal gardens. Two days after the public meeting, the Committee published its decision to grant the licence, including most of the conditions which had been demanded by the objectors.
The next steps are likely to include planning applications for new buildings on the estate, which will be appraised with great vigilance by the local community. They will wish to see an outcome which is productive for the estate and which makes a strong positive contribution to the well-being of the local community and economy.
The campaign needs your help and has supplied this announcement:
There will be a significant negative impact across Dorset needlessly adding to the greenhouse gases and encouraging an unbated buy throw no change attitude. Not only will there be a plume from the now increased chimney high of 90m – located below where many people live and work - but it will be lit day and night with a high intensity aviation warning light visible all along the coast. Portland has a very frequent standing lee wave cloud sitting on the top and this bounces and traps light and pollution.
This will be a symbol for the life time of the plant that we are unable to respond to the Climate Emergency and we are not able to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. SPWI and all our many many supporters consider this to be totally unacceptable. UNESCO status is to educate the world – Jurassic knowledge is about extinction – the Climate Emergency is an existential threat. This proposal has significant greenhouse gas emissions and perpetuates the habits of the past of buy and throw and ignores the dire consequence.
How can you help? Please tell everyone about this issue. We need to get technical and legal to fight with teeth. Pollution for Profit on Portland should not be allowed https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stopportlandwasteincinerator
The bridleways of Marnhull, one of the county’s largest villages, are described as ‘woeful’, and horse riders are forced onto busy roads. The newly formed Marnhull Horse Riders group have worked closely over the last 18 months with Dorset Highways and Dorset Rangers to find a way to create better off-road routes. They have secured a grant of almost £5,000 from Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity. This money will be used by Dorset Council to create a bridleway on an old disused road between Ham Lane and Mill Lane. (Blackmore Vale Magazine. August)
The Blackmore Vale Line and Community Rail Partnership has joined the national campaign to highlight hidden gems along Britain’s rail network. The group will be showcasing places to visit and things to do along the Blackmore Vale line between Tisbury and Crewkerne. Derek Beer, chairman of the Partnership, said “The Summers Day out by Train campaign has enabled people to refresh their memories or introduced them for the first time to the wonderfully varied and interesting historic and beautiful places to visit by train in the Blackmore Vale”. (Blackmore Vale Magazine. August)
Transition Town Bridport (a Dorset CAN member) will take a supporting role in an Awards For All lottery grant for a joint project with Bridport Town Council as part of its Climate Action Plan. This outreach campaign is due to start in the autumn, together with hired experts in the field of energy efficiency, to identify fuel wastage and fuel poverty and where the housing stock can be improved in terms of energy efficiency. (Transition town Bridport News, 19 July 2021)
The first active project of the recently formed multi-sector Beaminster ECO Network is the Big Green Day, to be held in Beaminster on Saturday 18 September, as part of the national Great Big Green Week 18 to 26 September.
The aim of this event is to involve the people of Beaminster in the campaign to create a greener and more resilient town and to offer practical ideas on how they can reduce living costs, cut waste, reduce their carbon footprint, encourage wildlife in their gardens, enjoy local food, plant trees and make their homes more energy-efficient. The Day will include :
This event is mainly focused on the population of Beaminster, but all will be welcome.
Dorset Wildlife Trust has secured National Nature Reserve status for its nature reserves at Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common. The two adjoining areas are known for their remarkable natural habitats and wide range of species. The combined NNR, encompassing 309 hectares of grassland, woodland and scrub habitat, includes two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and recognises these as nationally and internationally important landscapes.
Kingcombe Meadows were bought by the Wildlife Trust in 1987, having previously been a working farm managed solely using traditional techniques. The meadows are still run as an organic farm, grazed by sheep and cattle and managed without artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. So, the farm teems with wildlife – dormice in the hedgerows, linnets and yellowhammers singing in the trees, unimproved grassland peppered with wildflowers such is bee orchid, lady’s mantle, pepper saxifrage, and devil’s bit scabious.
Powerstock Common has long been managed by the Wildlife Trust, starting in 1964 by agreement with the Forestry Commission. Over the decades, the Trust has removed large plantations of mixed conifers, returning these areas to grassland and wood pasture. This has increased the biodiversity and provided a range of habitats, with ‘edges’ where woodland, scrub and scattered trees meet the open grassland. This is particularly important for foraging bats, while a network of ponds within the grassland and scrub supports amphibians, with toads, frogs and all three species of native newt breeding on site.
Designation as a National Nature Reserve will bring recognition and the increased likelihood of research within the reserve in order to advance understanding of particular species, habitats and natural processes. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the Kingcombe Centre, and there is free public access on foot and horseback to Powerstock Common.
Read more (Dorset Wildlife Trust)
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