What's happening in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire? Whether it's local ecology, nature and wildlife issues or wider environmental matters such as sustainability and climate change - if it's going on, we want to tell you about it.
Earth Day 2015
Wednesday 22nd April, Global
Zero Carbon Britain, Stroud
Sunday 26th April 2015 - 7.00pm
BRISTOL 2015 - EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL
Throughout 2015, the eyes of the world will be on Bristol as the European Green Capital – the first UK city to win this prestigious award.
There will be events, workshops, courses and talks throughout the year.
Make a difference
WATCHING OVER OUR RIVERS
We are BART, the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust. We are working to protect and improve the Bristol Avon and its tributaries and we need your help.
If you want to find out more about the role and how you can make a difference simply get in touch with Ian Mock for a chat on 07411 488084 or email him through the BART website.
THE NATURE OF IT
USING THE OUTDOORS FOR THERAPEUTIC AND EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT
FREE WILD SEED KIT
FREE GROW WILD SEED KIT FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Turn gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly flower patches and bring colour and surprise to your streets.
Register today to receive wild flower seeds native to your country for you to share with people in your formal and informal group/s, including activity clubs, societies, work places, schools and neighbourhoods.
There are 120,000 free kits up for grabs and all you need to do to register on behalf of your group/s is fill in Grow Wild’s simple two-minute form at www.growwilduk.com/register-seed-kit
What’s inside the kits?
THE BIG TREE PLANT
COMMUNITY-LED TREE PLANTING PROJECT
Through the Big Tree Plant, run by Defra and The Forestry Commission, The Conservation Volunteers are joining with community groups to establish community-led tree planting projects in areas that would benefit most - for example those with little greenery or tree cover.
Between Oct 2012 and March 2015, they are aiming to plant 150,000 trees across England. If your group has an idea for planting trees on an area of land used by your local community we should be able to help.
The trees must be planted in streets or in green places that are open to all to visit, or where local people will benefit from them. Whoever owns the land must give permission and support to the project, and there must be a plan to care for the trees after they are planted. The scheme does not fund the planting of hedgerows, but can include the planting of individual trees in hedges that will grow on to maturity.
ENHANCE YOUR GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE
There are many practical ways to enhance your garden for wildlife, from feeding birds to building ponds. Just a few simple steps can make a real difference.
Wild About Gardens is a partnership between the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts. It's a practical guide to what you can do to make your garden more friendly to wildlife with work broken down into jobs that can take just a few hours to weekend projects. There's also advice about year round ways to help and a guide to what you could be doing this month.