Somerset CAN in October

We hope you all enjoyed Great Big Green Week and celebrated Somerset’s community action to combat the climate and ecological emergency.

We  trust that you have seen and like our NEW MAP that we launched to go with Great Big Green Week’s nationwide action. If your community group or organisation is not showing up on there, please get in touch ASAP at somersetcan@gmail.com

Don’t forget that the energy prices go up again this weekend.  So, if you haven’t already, it’s a really good idea to take a meter reading and submit it BEFORE the price change so that the energy you have used prior to that doesn’t get charged at the new rate.  

In true Somerset CAN style, our Network is keeping up the climate action momentum and has a whole raft of events for you for October. But first a little news from The Somerset Local Nature Partnership.

The Somerset Local Nature Partnership has begun working to deliver a Tree Strategy for Somerset. 

The Strategy will focus on existing woodland and trees across the County both urban and rural and how these can be protected, enhanced and expanded across Somerset. It is important that trees are looked at holistically as part of the Somerset landscape and not just the defining feature in every location. As part of the strategies development we want to hear from everyone with an interest in Somerset’s Treescapes, what you would like and how a Tree Strategy would be of use to you. If you are interested, please fill in this short survey, it should take no more than 5 minutes and explores what your vision is for Trees in Somerset.  

A Strategy for Somerset’s Trees (google.com)

 

Please feel free to share with anyone you think may want to contribute, there’s also a QR code  

Carhampton Climate Group held a successful community litter pick on 10th August, despite it being a particularly hot day. We were pleased to see that some areas were much cleaner than last year, for example, around the recreation ground where the youth club has been helping regularly to pick up litter. But there is still a problem along the main roads with people throwing litter out of their cars.

CLIMATE ACTION DIARY FOR OCTOBER 2022

One Planet Bruton
TREE WALK
Saturday 1st October, 10.30AM
Meet at the stepping stones in Bruton

We will be collecting tree seeds and sowing them.  For more information and to book please email info@oneplanetbruton.org

Sustainable Yeovil
YEOVIL CATCH THE BUS DAY
Saturday 1st October, 9AM – 12PM
The Borough Yeovil

Climate Action Taunton
CLIMATE ACTION POP UP STALL
Saturday 1st October 10-3pm.
Fore Street, Taunton (near the cobbled roundabout)

Supporting local actions to tackle climate change and to protect and enhance the environment. All local green groups are welcome to use the space to promote and and to engage with people interested in taking action.
Email: tauntoncec@gmail.com

Transition Town Wellington
GREEN FILM NIGHT

Saturday 1st October 7-9.30pm.
Alan Rogers Centre, Wellington School

Film: This Good Earth will be preceded by two short films also about food and sustainability:

Flying Over Fox’s Field by Jem McCluskey, Reflexeye Films

Eat up! Better living, less waste by Dan Edelstyn, Rapid Transition Alliance

This Good Earth is film-maker Robert Golden’s passionate warning about the dangers lurking in the way food is produced and processed in the modern world. Golden, who lives in Dorset, spent two years filming in the South West and interviewing dozens of farmers, smallholders, food growers, scientists and ecologists about the future of food in this country.

Described as “beautifully shot, hard-hitting and very compelling”, the film is a wake-up call for an urgent and radically different approach to food, farming and the soil in the modern world.

“As a tool to engage people and communities in thinking about food and farming in their local area, This Good Earth is a powerful and fascinating overview that covers a lot of ground in a short time.” – Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town Movement

We are delighted that the director Robert Golden will be at the Wellington Film Festival screening to talk with the audience about the issues raised in the film. The discussion will be chaired by Helen Gillingham from Transition Town Wellington.

Book your tickets here  www.wellingtonfilmfestival.org.uk 

And to see the trailer  https://this-good-earth.com/

Transition Town Wellington
APPLE JUICING PROJECT
Various October dates and locations

The apple juicing project 2022 is underway. We have juiced some apples at the Greenhouse, Brendon Orchards Coop juicing facility in Wiveliscombe. At this time of year, they run community juicing sessions on Thursday evenings.  With the help of a lot of other volunteers, we filled 28 bottles in half an hour, some of which will arrive at the Blue Pantry on Saturday. Many thanks to the Brendon Coop team, Milly, Summer and Josiane for making it so enjoyable.

Picking dates are as follows;

Rewe farm new orchard                Sunday 2nd Oct 2pm  (10 trees)
SLNR orchard                                 Tuesday 4th Oct 2pm (10 trees)
Rewe farm old orchard                  Saturday 15th Oct 2pm  (5 trees)
Prep fruit(washing) Wellington     Monday 17th Oct 2pm
Prep fruit(washing) Rewe              Wednesday 19th Oct 2pm

All of the picking & prep dates could be altered if we get a bad weather forecast. That’ll be decided by the individuals volunteering for that session.

The main TTW juicing day at the Greenhouse has been booked for Tuesday 25th October. We do it in two shifts, the morning starting at 9am and the afternoon starting at 1pm-5pm

Please contact community.ttw@gmail.com if you’d like to come help, putting “apple juice project” in the subject header.

Tranistion Town Wellington
COMMUNITY GARDENING
Various October dates and locations

Everyone is welcome to come to the sessions, no need to book and no prior experience needed. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Generally speaking, it’s always useful to wear suitable shoes- wellies or walking boots are great, and to wear gardening gloves. Please try to walk or cycle, and if you have to drive, please park a bit further away to avoid complaints from nearby residents.

For directions use this link http://ttw.org.uk/directions Any extra sessions or changes due to weather will be communicated via the website, the other email group, Facebook or the gardener’s WhatsApp group. If you don’t receive our email reminder “what’s on in the next 10 days” emails or would like to join the WhatsApp group, just ask by emailing community.ttw@gmail.com

Thursday 6th 10am Fox’s Field
Thursday 13th 10am Burrough Way (scything)
Saturday 15th 10am Fox’s Field
Wednesday 19th 10am Fox’s Field
Tuesday 25th 10am Longacre 
Friday 28th 10am Fox’s Field

Transition Town Wellington
SUSTAINABLE FOOD/ WILDLIFE GROUP MEETING
Wednesday 5th October, 7.30PM-9PM.   
Online 

Everyone is welcome to join us and add items to the agenda. To see last month’s meeting notes visit Monthly meeting – minutes — Transition Town Wellington

We decided to alternate between zoom and in person meetings, so this month it’s on zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting just click on this link….

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89349806124?pwd=SUdEazlJeFBDK2R4NEtlK0prZXhodz09

Meeting ID: 893 4980 6124
Passcode: 460476

Compton Bishop and Cross Climate Action Group
MEETING
Wednesday 5th October, 6.30PM – 9PM
Cross Memorial Hall, Old Coach Road,Cross, BS26 2EH.

Transition Town Wellington
ARTS & CRAFTS GROUP
Thursday 6th October, 7PM-9.30PM. 
Wellington Community Centre, White Hart Lane, TA21 8HN

7PM – 7.30PM General Mtg. (You’re welcome to just come to this if you want).
7.30PM up to 9.30PM Lino Cutting Workshop with Lindy Roy:

We will use 1 piece of lino (square/rectangular) to make single one colour image of your own design depicting nature in some way. I will bring images to inspire/copy, but do bring your own ideas/images if you prefer.

Costs: £5 for workshop. 50p for any beverages/biscuits consumed:)

Please get in touch with Lindy to book a place. (Priority to A&C members)

Text 07805099408 or lindy@yogamala.co.uk or A&C WA group.

FWAG
Water Management on Your Farm
October 2022, Date and Farm Venue TBC

Please express your interest by calling 07494012596
or emailing alison.mitchell@fwagsw.org.uk

Yeovil Cycling for Women.
Monday 10th October.  

Ride for confident cyclists, to Barwick, Stoford, Bradford Abbas, Yeovil.  See our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085083499052

Mendip Hills AONB Service & NFU
NATURAL CAPITAL & NET ZERO: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MY FARM
Wednesday October 12th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Online
FREE 
The NFU’s Net Zero ambitions, covering productivity, efficiency and renewables, and sequestration; talk by the NFU’s Lydia Dahlin

An introduction to Natural Capital: what it means, what you might already have on your farm, and how you can manage your assets to make the most of them; talk by the NFU’s Lydia Dahlin.

The launch of a grant funding stream from the Mendip Hills AONB Service to access time from a specialist advisor to support you through the farm carbon audit process.

Public Goods: what they are and why they are important for future funding streams and agricultural subsidies; guest speaker from James Stephens from Carter Jonas land agents

Farming in Protected Landscapes: an overview of the programme and how to apply, celebrating the work already achieved on farms across the area and outlining the support available to farmers to manage their Natural Capital assets and deliver Public Goods alongside food production; talk by Megan Godley from the Mendip Hills AONB Service

Special Guest speaker Nick Green, farm director for Alvis Bros. ltd at Lye Cross, will be giving a talk during the evening about his experiences of Farm Carbon auditing – not one to be missed!

The event will be compéred by Andy Wear, Chair of the Farming in Protected Landscapes’ Local Assessment Panel and local shepherd who will be sharing his own experiences throughout the evening.

There will be time after each talk to ask questions of the speakers after each talk, plus a formal Q&A panel at the end. There will also be a chance to ask questions more informally on an individual basis once refreshments have been served.

The event is free to attend, doors open at 530pm, and talks will start at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided after the talks finish, around 8pm. Car parking is available at the village hall for a limited number of cars, please be courteous to local residents if you park elsewhere in the village. Book online via Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natural-capital-net-zero-what-it-means-for-my-farm-tickets-402390559997
by telephone on 01761 462338, or on the day.

This event is one of a series of free workshops on sustainable land management organised in partnership by the Mendip Hills AONB Service, FWAG SouthWest, Mendip District Council, Somerset Wildlife Trust, the National Farmers Union, and Selwood Forest Facilitation Group. Please see here for the full programme: somersetwildlife.org/slm-workshops

The Mendip Hills AONB Service’s work on this programme of workshops is supported by funding from Defra’s Farming in Protected Landscapes programme.

TWiG
Somerset Wildlife Trust Fundraiser  
At The PigPen, Over Stratton 
Friday 21st October, 6.30PM

A special ‘Friday Feast’ autumn fundraising event.

The PigPen is a unique, eco-friendly gathering space in the heart of South Somerset orchard country. It is known for it’s ‘Friday Feasts’ which take place in the beautiful garden of Kath and Trevor Jones at their home in Over Stratton.  

This Autumn they are once again teaming up with Somerset Wildlife Trust to host a fundraising evening event. It follows on from the success of the Summer open garden fundraiser, which raised £600.  

The Autumn event will promote winter gardening for wildlife, served alongside a hearty-homemade feast. The Wildlife Trust will also be previewing their Autumn auction of beautiful works of art donated by local artists. There will be a special raffle of quality items from local artists and food producers. 

Kath said: “After a walk around the PigPen garden at dusk, to illustrate that a scruffy winter garden is a haven for wildlife, there will be a brief talk on seasonal wildlife gardening. Amongst fairy lights and fires guests will then enjoy a hearty-homemade supper using as much local and organic produce as possible all followed by music and merriment.” 

This special event has limited numbers and is likely to book up quickly. Ticket price includes a home-made two course meal, a talk and information about wildlife gardening, and one free raffle ticket. Advance booking essential via kath@thepigpen.net or 07798 500916. 

For more information visit http://www.thepigpen.net 

Sustainable Yeovil
VOLUNTEER SESSION
Saturday 22 October, 10AM-12PM,
Westfield Community Garden, Stiby Road, Yeovil.

Somerset Community Food
Saturday 22nd October, 10AM-3PM
Elim Connect Centre, Wells.
Sustaining Food  

A free event for those involved with community food and growing projects. We will have practical workshops and discussion as well as a market place for local food projects and supporting organisations. The day will also include a fabulous prepare and share seasonal communal lunch with plenty of time for informal networking and discussion.

For more information and to book your place please follow the link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustaining-food-conference-tickets-412783284917

If you would like to bring a small stall and share information about your project, please contact us soon as space is limited.

We hope it will be an inspiring day in challenging times and an opportunity for food and growing projects to connect, share good ideas and find ways to collaborate and sustain the work they do.

Chard Eco Fayre
Saturday 22nd October, 10AM-3PM at
The Guildhall, 14, Fore St, Chard.

FREE to enter plus a free ticket to a fabulous raffle.
Want to be a stallholder? Here’s a link to the booking form.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7wERwm-Dwh2BhTh6DPn9GHW-H-sbwwNPb8Cf_OEeH–6bww/viewform

Enjoy a fabulous sustainable day for all the family with amazing plant-based food, stalls, talks & films, & help us reforest our planet!

All proceeds go to Devon based international reforestation charity, Word Forest, to plant trees, build schools, facilitate education and support women’s empowerment in rural Kenya, which helps combat climate change.  See WordForest.org for more details.

Langport
REPAIR CAFE
Saturday 28th October, 12.30PM – 2.30PM
All Saints Hall, North Street, Langport TA10 9RQ

Our repairers will attempt anything, powered by homemade cake and enthusiasm.

We are always keen to recruit more repairers to put the cafe on a sustainable footing. We’re looking for people who can repair clothes, computers and bicycles. We would also like to find someone who could visit every few months to sharpen knives and garden tools.

We have just established links with a charity called Donate-IT that takes old computers, tablets, mobile phones, etc… and refurbs them for schools and voluntary organisations. Someone who visits the repair cafe regularly collects on behalf of the charity so we’re happy to act as a drop-off point.
 

West Somerset Community Land Trust
HOUSING CRISIS IN WEST SOMERSET – HOW IT’S AFFECTING YOU AND YOUR COMUNITY  

Saturday 28th October, 7PM – 8.30PM

Minehead Community Hall, Irnham Road, TA24 5DP

West Somerset Community Land Trust will be proposing that a housing emergency is declared in West Somerset at a Special General Meeting. Non members are welcome. A panel of local councillors, residents and a housing specialist will address the meeting and the floor will be open to all.
 
There is ample parking accessed via Alexander Road. For more information please email info@wsclt.com or call 01643 821768

Quantock Eco
Carbon Footprint Workshop
Crowcombe Village Hall
Friday 28th October 6.30pm

Quantock Eco are repeating this highly successful workshop. It will be lead by Co-chairman Ian Myers of the Environment Agency.

We believe that one of the best ways of beating back the Planet’s existential crisis is for each of us to know how our own lifestyle impacts Climate Change. Given the costs of energy, this analysis could also well save us money.

This is your invitation to take part in a workshop which will help you do just that. Please do not miss this opportunity to gain that insight, and share your experience and wisdom with others.

The process is very simple. Please go to the WWF calculator on link WWF Footprint Calculator and complete the questionnaire. It is a very user friendly. When complete please send your score in tonnes by email to quantockeco@btinternet.com no later than Tuesday 25th October.  Your results will remain totally confidential. We will calculate the average, median, and upper and lower range for the community from the combined scores. Only these four data will be presented at the workshop. You will then be able to compare your own score with other similar households, and discuss what steps you might take to improve.

For those of you who have been to our previous workshops and made pledges to improve, this is another opportunity to see whether you have met your objectives, and share your experience with others.

Transition Town Wellington’s Community Garden

September saw the start of mulching the herb bed area with compost and card, which will be planted through in the spring. We will be continuing this is October. We started a new compost bay under the method used by the soil food web (https://www.soilfoodweb.com) and hope to be turning it in October if it gets hot enough! This compost will be used to for the hay bales, and October will see the bales laid out and being “conditioned” ready for sowing seed into to raised vegetable beds for harvest next year and the 2024 groundcover plants. When visiting the field fairly soon you will see the bales will be weighing down a sheet of black silage plastic as a clearance mulch, which will effectively suppress the grass and weeds ready for planting in bare soil in spring 2024. Last year we tried a biodegradable option that unfortunately was set on fire, but also took a lot of effort and didn’t suppress the weeds 100% effectively. The plastic can be reused for at least 30 years and is arson-resistant if we get another drought next year.

New scheme helps communities cut carbon emissions and save money
The Somerset Eco-Centre is starting a new project to help people reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

The new initiative launches in the autumn, as people are due to face the growing impact of the cost-of-living crisis.  The scheme will be piloted in selected communities across the county, and the Centre is looking for communities interested in taking part.

Steve Howell, Director of the Eco Centre, a Somerset-based charitable Community Benefit Society, said: “There’s an urgent need to cut carbon emissions, but we know that people who do this will also save money.  We are offering people real help just as they’re facing a big rise in the cost of energy and food.”

The project will help people write their own “Carbon Action Plan”, but at the same time give support for communities to set up larger carbon and money saving projects. These could be anything from renewable energy, to repair and reuse, to food growing, to bulk buying to car share schemes.

Steve added: “To get it started we’ve recruited a new outreach worker, and we’re looking for volunteers and community groups to come forward who would like to help us set up a carbon and money saving project in their area. We’ll be working closely with local groups and people – they know their area best and will be vital to the scheme’s success.”

The scheme will provide individuals and communities with some easy-to-use tools to help them draw up their plans to cut carbon emissions and save money at the same time.  

There’s more information on the website www.ecocentresw.org and if you or your group would like to host the project in your area, Steve would love to hear from you. You can email him on info@ecocentresw.org.
 
The Somerset Eco-Centre is a Somerset based charitable community benefit society. Its aim is to: Combat climate change and improve sustainability by enabling everyone to live and work more sustainably and make sustainable technology and services more accessible.

The Eco-Centre has secured grant funding for an initial fixed term period for innovative new project, CoCAP (Carbon Climate Action Plans), which is funded by the National Lottery and Aviva Community Fund. For more information about the project see the CoCap tab at the top of our website.

As a charitable Community Benefit Society, the Eco-Centre is owned and governed be its members. Anyone who lives or works in the ceremonial county of Somerset  (which includes the districts of North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset), can be a member for just £1 for life, and have a say in the in the Eco-Centre’s plans.

NEW tree tunnel coming to Lufton Nursery 

South Somerset District Council’s Lufton Depot in Yeovil is not only home to our fantastic Environmental Services team, but also our plant nursery! This year, the nursery team have identified an underused tunnel and have taken the decision to adapt and modify this space to facilitate the growth of our own cell-grown tree stock.

The intention is to clear out everything currently in the tunnel and insert some raised beds that will be filled with a mixture of peat-free compost, sand and perlite, enabling the production of more tree stock for SSDC use and adding to our current stock of 1000 trees that will soon be ready to plant across our open spaces.

By growing the trees in-house this way, we are able to not only cut the cost of buying in young trees, but it also gives us the opportunity to grow more unusual and selective native species. This tunnel will also house native wildflower plugs, giving us a space dedicated to producing plant life that will re-wild and improve biodiversity in our open spaces, in line with the SSDC Environment Strategy.

The Somerset Green Directory is LIVE!

As part of the Somerset Retrofit Accelerator project, this directory has been put together to help you find local businesses and services to help you with your eco retrofit project.

You can use this tool to:

  • Search local businesses for your retrofit project including architects, construction companies, insulation and renewable energy installers. There are currently over 90 listings!
  • Learn about energy efficiency and low carbon retrofit through the Retrofit Resources.
  • Find out what some Somerset homeowners have already done to retrofit their homes, along with other news, in the Retrofit Stories.
  • Submit your own listing and join the Somerset Green Directory if you are a business working to improve the energy efficiency of Somerset’s housing stock!

Also on the ever important theme of retrofit, South Somerset District Council are expanding their Thermal Imaging Cameras lending scheme

After the successful trial of the thermal imaging camera attachments for smart phones and tablets last winter SSDC are now working in partnership with the library services to enable the loan of the camera attachments for wider community use across South Somerset. This will allow residents to see where heat is escaping from their properties and make the necessary adjustments to their homes.

The scheme is due to start towards the end of October/start of November and updated details will be added to their website here.

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