Register now to clean National Landscapes and help tackle ocean litter

The Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley team, with help from the local authorities in these areas, are encouraging people to register for the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean and it’s new Source to Sea Litter Quest taking place from the 18 – 25th  September.

The scale of the litter problem in the AONBs since lockdown restrictions have eased has increased enormously. We all need to take action to clean up our beautiful beaches, countryside, villages, and towns to keep these National Landscapes special for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

Individuals are being encouraged to register for the Great British Beach Clean and adopt a 100m stretch of beach and organise their own beach clean and litter survey, with smaller groups of friends, family or ‘bubbles’, in line with Government guidance. Councillor David Wood, Chair of the Coast and Heaths AONB Joint Advisory Committee  said ‘ this is a great opportunity for families and small groups of people to get out and help clean our beaches and estuaries of all the litter that has accumulated over the year. It really does make a difference!’

For those people unable to head to the coast this year a new Source to Sea Litter Quest is being promoted where you try to spot (and pick up!) common beach litter items in your local area. 80% of the litter on beaches around the UK has travelled there from our towns, parks, and rivers. By taking part in the Source to Sea Litter Quest you can remove these potential polluters and see why it’s important to keep our inland spaces clear, for the sake of our oceans. Councillor Nigel Chapman, Chair of the Dedham Vale AONB Joint Advisory Committee said ‘ I am delighted about the new Source to Sea Litter Quest and hope that local people along the River Stour take part not only to clean up litter from their local area but also to stop it reaching the sea!’

The litter survey data helps show a national and international picture of the most common forms of litter which the Marine Conservation Society uses to call for policy change to tackle ocean pollution at its source such as the 5p single-use carrier bag charge, the ban on plastic coffee stirrers and straws and the commitment to a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland. This year, it’s asking volunteers to record how much personal protective equipment they find, including gloves and masks. This will show how prolific it has become and the danger it poses to the marine environment and wildlife.

During last year’s Great British Beach Clean weekend, 386 volunteers in Suffolk collected over 9582 litter items. It would be wonderful if more people signed up this year to remove litter not just from our beaches but from inland spaces. Just think what an incredible difference that would make to our two National Landscapes in Suffolk and Essex.

To register for either the Great British Beach Clean or Source to Sea Litter Quest visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean  Or for guidance ring the Beachwatch team on 01989 566017, or email beachwatch@mcsuk.org

The AONB team can loan out litter picking and survey equipment to volunteers on a first come first served basis. Contact Emma Black on 01394 445225, or email emma.black@suffolk.gov.uk

Volunteers can also contact their local authority to get advice on the provision of litter picking equipment and litter collection:

East Suffolk- ESN.info@ncsgrp.co.uk

Foxburrow Farm Events in August 2020

Wild Tots: Water play and pond dipping
Wednesday 12th August, 10.30am-12noon
For 18month-5 year olds and their carer
£5.50 Booking essential

Family afternoon: The Big Insect Hunt
Thursday 13 August 1-3pm
Mini beast hunt, crafts and trails in your family group
Child £4.50, Adults £2.50. Booking essential.

Family Pond dipping
Pond dipping, crafts and trails in your family group
Friday 14 August 10.30-12noon and 1.30-3pm
Tuesday 18th August 10.30-12noon
Tuesday 25th August 10.30am – 12noon
Child £4.50, Adults £2.50. Booking essential.

Wild Tots: Teddy Bears Picnic
Wednesday 19th August, 10.30am-12noon
For 18month-5 year olds and their carer
£5.50 Booking essential

Family afternoon: Wild in the wood
Camp fire snack, woodland exploration and natural art.
Thursday 20 August 1.30-3.30pm
Child £4.50, Adults £2.50. Booking essential.

Wild Tots: Woodland Folk
Wednesday 26 th August, 10.30am-12noon
For 18month-5 year olds and their carer
£5.50 Booking essential

Location:  Foxburrow Farm, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Melton near Woodbridge IP12 1NA

Further details and how to book: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/

Telephone: 01394 380113

Suffolk’s Roadside Nature Reserves Project

Suffolk has been protecting rare and unusual plants and fungi through the Roadside Nature Reserve (RNR) Project since the 1970s. We have a network of volunteer wardens who do a brilliant job at helping to manage the RNRs and conserve the species on them.

We want to recognise the importance of our wardens and thank them for all they do! So we are hosting an event for them and anyone else interested in the project. Find out more and book your place.

We are looking for more volunteer wardens to help manage our verges. If you would like to get involved, or would like to find out more about the project, please email RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk. You can also find out more information at our RNR website.

Foxburrow Farm Events in March and April 2020

Saturday 21 March, 2-4pm
Family Forest Schools. Den building , fires woodland crafts and activities.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 18 months +. Cost: £4 Child £2 Adult.
Booking essential

Tuesday 7 April. 2 -4pm. Family event
‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. Easter egg hunt, spring crafts and trails.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Adult £2, child £4.
Booking essential

Thursday 9 April. 10am – 2pm. ‘A rainforest adventure’
Build shelters, cook outdoors and save the wild animals.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
For unaccompanied 6-11 year olds. Cost £7.
Booking essential

Tuesday 14 April. 2 -4pm. Family event
‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. Easter egg hunt, spring crafts and trails.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Adult £2, child £4.
Booking essential

Friday 17 April, 10am-2pm.  ‘Pond explorers’
Pond dip, search for frogs and discover their curious habits.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
For unaccompanied 6-11 year olds. Cost £7.
Booking essential

Saturday 18 April, 10am-12noon
Young Wardens, Practical conservation & naturalist skills.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 11-16 year olds. Cost: £3
Booking essential

Saturday 18 April, 2-4pm
Family Forest Schools. Den building , fires woodland crafts and activities.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 18 months+. Cost: £4 Child £2 Adult.

Wednesdays, 22 April to 20 May. 10.30am-12noon
Weekly Wild Tots. Forest Schools activities and Wild Play for 1 – 4 year olds and their carers, led by experienced practitioners.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: Accompanied 1 – 4 yrs.
Cost: £5/session if booking week by week or half term block booking @ £4/session
Booking essential

Tuesday 28 April. 10.00am-2.00pm
‘Go wild in the week’. Activities for home educated children, 6-11 years.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Cost £7.
Booking essential

For more information or to book visit the SWT website or Tel 01473 890089

Community Scattered Orchards

Transition Woodbridge is still on the look out for any appropriate sites for more community orchards. If you know of any locations that you think would benefit from blossom in spring and free fruit in autumn please get in touch.

An orchard is a long-term asset to Woodbridge and Melton. With good annual maintenance an orchard lasts for decades. In the longer term, it forms part of a larger network of community-run orchards and biodiverse spaces across Woodbridge and Melton that produce food. Each open space offers a different experience or opportunity to learn new skills. With various food-focused events throughout the year such as Apple Day, outdoor plays or picnics, pruning and preserving courses, the orchard forms a new focal point where residents can come together. We will soon be planting 12 fruit trees in Hall Farm Road and St Andrew’s Place.

Can you help with watering? One of the biggest problems is watering during the summer months so if you would like to help please get in touch.

Find out more and how to get involved at the Community Orchards website.

Discover more about Transition Woodbridge.

Woodbridge Climate Summit – 15th-16th February

Woodbridge Town Council has declared a climate emergency in recognition of the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. We know that the time for talking is over, and we must take action if we are to prevent the worst effects of climate change, and ensure climate justice. This crisis is too urgent to wait for governments and others to get round to doing something about it. But we can’t do it on our own – it is time to come together to take practical steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions and support wildlife.

Woodbridge Climate Summit takes place over a two-day weekend on 15 and 16 February, at the Woodbridge Community Hall. It is open to the all and admission is free.

Saturday – 2pm-5.30pm – a focus on ‘green veining’ the town, linking up all the town’s open green spaces to encourage insect, bird and vegetation corridors through which they can spread. The first session will look at Town Council owned spaces, highlighting the ‘wilding’ of Elmhurst Park by turning it into more of a natural habitat with meadowland and replanting with perennial flowers that will help promote biodiversity and support other wildlife. The session will include YOUR SUGGESTIONS for areas around Woodbridge to include in the wider town plan. The second session will be provided by Transition Woodbridge, who will be launching their Local Wildlife Corridors programme, which will help residents to turn their back gardens into nature reserves, which together will bolster and multiply the green corridors across the town.

Sunday – 11am – 5.30pm – addressing the key elements of the climate emergency, detailing the projects planned by the town council for the next three years. Speakers include scientists, artists, farmers, and experts in transport, energy and biodiversity.

This is just the starting point for Woodbridge, but we hope that you will join us to help us make a difference where we live.

Book your free ticket at www.woodbridgeclimatesummit.org

Greenprint Forum Events

Martlesham Megabash

What is a megabash, you ask?  It is a community event designed to get people actively involved in practical wildlife conservation & looking after the land on their doorstep! 1st Megabash takes place on Martlesham Common Saturday 25th January 10:00-15:30. Help with scrub clearance, dead hedging, felling sycamore and path work.Tea and coffee available plus jacket potatoes cooked over a bonfire. All tools and training provided. Please wear stout footwear and appropriate clothing.

10.00AM – 3.30PM
Meet at Community Hall Car Park off Felixstowe Road

For more information visit the Parish Council’s website

Tree Warden volunteer opportunity

Martlesham Parish Council are looking for a Volunteer Tree Warden. To find out more about this exciting volunteer role, see the Parish Council’s website  To apply, contact the contact the Parish Clerk by 31st January.

Recycling Talk by Sharon Lockhart from FCC 31st January

Hosted by Transition Woodbridge at Woodbridge Salvation Army at 18:30-20:30. https://transitionwoodbridge.org.uk/event/recycling-talk-by-sharon-lockhart/

 

Solitary Bees – The Forgotten Bees. An illustrated talk by Hawk Honey.

6th February 11:00 at Waldringfield Village Hall, courtesy of Waldringfield Wildlife Group.

 

The 2020 Suffolk Naturalists Society Conference “On the Verge of Success”

To be held at Wherstead Park on Sat Feb 29th 2020. For more info / to book tickets visit: http://www.sns.org.uk/pages/conference.shtml

 

AONB Grants now open for bids

The various grants from and administered by both Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONBs are now open for applications. Deadlines for applications vary but are all in mid March 2020, for grant spend April 2020 to March 2021.

Full details of the funds, their geographical range and their priorities, plus applications forms, are available on these webpages:

http://www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/grants-and-funding/sustainable-development-fund/

http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/grants-and-funding/

 

Ecosurety Exploration Fund

Aimed at projects that measurably reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment through innovation or research. Find out more by visiting:  https://www.ecosurety.com/impact/exploration-fund/ .

Closing date for bids is 10th March 2020

Foxburrow Farm Events in February

Saturday 1st February 10am-12noon

Weekend Wildlife Club

Location: Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1NA

Age: 6-11 year olds

Cost: £3. Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

 

Wednesday 5th and 12th February 10.30am – 12noon

Wild Tots: Forest School activities and wild play for under 5’s and their carers led by Forest School practitioners, younger siblings welcome.

Cost £5/child. Available to book as a block from 26th February – 1st April for a reduced rate.

Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org  or Tel 01473 890089

 

Saturday 15th February 10am-12pm

Young Wardens, Practical conservation skills

Location: Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1NA

Age: 11-16 year olds

Cost: £3.  Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

 

Saturday 15th February 2-4pm

Family Forest School; den building, fires, woodland crafts and activities.

Location: Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1NA

Age: Families 18 months+

Cost: £4 child, £2 adult. Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

 

Tuesday 18th February 10.30am-12.30pm

Tracks and trails family morning

Hunt for tracks and trails around the farm looking for clues as to who lives here.

Location: Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1NA

Age: Families 3+ year olds

Cost: £4 child, £2 adult. Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

 

Wednesday 19th February 1-3pm

Bird box and feeder making, quizzes and tips to help your feathery friends.

Location: Foxburrow Farm

Age: Families 3+ year olds

Cost £10 per nest box. Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

 

Friday 21st February 10am-2pm

Activity Day, The hunted and hunting

Tracks and trails, skulls and owl pellet dissection

Location: Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1NA

Age: 6-11 year olds

Cost: £7. Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

 

Tuesday 25th February 10am-2pm

Activity day for home educated children

Location: Foxburrow Farm, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge. IP12 1NA

Age: 6-11 year olds

Cost: £7 child. Booking essential: www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org or Tel 01473 890089

Greenprint Forum – a 20:20 Vision on Climate Change – 3rd February 2020

A 20:20 Vision on Climate Change
We need a better future for the environment, and at this public forum we will seek out sustainable actions
Hosted by the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum and East Suffolk Council Environment Task Group

Monday 3rd February 2020
6pm to 9pm, registration starts at 5.30pm
Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft NR33 0EQ

Guest speakers to include:
Cllr James Mallinder—Cabinet Member for the Environment, East Suffolk Council
Tom Bryant—TFB Consulting
Ian Rowlands—Incredible Oceans

At this event we will be asking:
What is your vision? What are the challenges? What are the solutions? How can we balance development and the need to care for our environment?

There will also be stallholders and Veg & Vegan refreshments (with gluten-free option) – no single-use plastic

Join our conversation to help sow the seeds of positive changes towards better, more sustainable ways of living whilst adapting to the impacts of climate change

This event is being organised on behalf of the East Suffolk Greenprint Forum and is open to anyone with an interest in this crucial issue.

The climate emergency brings many challenges that we will need to adapt to but also presents us with an opportunity to take a holistic look at the way we do things and consider positive changes to help us all live healthier, happier, more sustainable lives.

Booking is essential to assist us in planning the event effectively. In the interests of sustainability, please consider car-sharing. A limited number of spaces will be available in a shuttle vehicle travelling to and from Melton for those unable to car-share with others.

To book your place, please call or email:
greenissues@eastsuffolk.gov.uk
01394 444747

If you would like to have a stall to promote the activities of your community or organisation that support positive action on the environment please call or email.