People from Marnhull and the surrounding area have been talking about ways of protecting and improving our local environment, partly in response to Dorset Council’s declaration of a climate and ecological emergency.
Our group now has a name – Marnhull Green TEAMS – and we are particularly grateful to the children of St Mary’s School Eco Club for the ‘TEAMS’ part. As well as being an acronym for ‘Taking the Environment Around Marnhull Seriously’, it describes the way we’ve begun working – in small teams, each with an interest in a particular green project.
Two public events are already planned. The first will be on Renewable Energy at Home, and will comprise expert presentations and group discussions of subjects ranging from LEDs & insulation to PV panels & heat pumps, and from batteries & electric cars to a possible coordinated solar power installation project. The meeting is scheduled for the Village Hall on Monday 30 March, starting at 7-30 pm. (Please keep an eye out for any change to these details made necessary by the hall redevelopment work; and note the start time, which is earlier than advertised last month.) If you have an interest in any aspect of renewable energy, please come along and join in!
The second public event planned is titled For a Greener Marnhull – trees, hedges, meadows & more. This is scheduled for the Village Hall on Tuesday 21 April, starting at 7-30 pm, and will again include talks from experts and group discussion. Images of Marnhull from 60 years ago (see, for example, www.francisfrith.com/marnhull) show that we have lost many fine trees, particularly elms, and often from disease. There is considerable interest in the village in making good some of this loss, for the benefit of future generations. Hedges, verges and existing or potential meadows are of great environmental interest too. If supported by local people, we hope to carry out an audit of what we have now and, in consultation with landowners, produce and implement a planting and maintenance plan for the future. What is it they say? ‘From little acorns…’?
We are working on other projects too. We intend to produce a local guide to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling, and we are supporting an initiative to develop community allotments. Contact us if you’d like to know more about either.
We also support the Dorset Green Living Project, set up by Sustainable Dorset with funding from the Community National Lottery Fund. This exciting sustainability and community green living project offers local people the tools and information they need to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their impact on the planet. The aim is for groups in any part of Dorset to take collective practical steps towards lower carbon living. Everybody taking part is provided with a free guidebook packed full of proven solutions for a greener lifestyle. For more information please contact Rachel, the project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for more information on Marnhull Green TEAMS’ own projects, keep an eye on this webpage or visit our Facebook page; or email email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you. Let’s make Marnhull even greener!