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Exciting developments in June ...and July

In the recent sunshine, it’s been lovely to spend time outdoors enjoying nature. In Kingscote, the Matara Centre is a beautiful place to visit – and many Wotton Area CAN volunteers recently enjoyed a sunny afternoon there, caring for the trees that were planted last season. Although we won’t be planting more trees until the autumn, the Land Use Group has been busy working on proposals for tree planting on Knapp Road field in Wotton and a tree nursery in the adjacent allotment site. 

Reflecting on what we’ve learned over recent months, there are many ideas about how to promote a low carbon recovery following the coronavirus pandemic, from the BBC Rethink programmes, to the Build Back Better campaign, and some practical initiatives with the UK launch of the Race to Zero in June. Wotton Area CAN (and other local climate action groups) recently took part in a discussion about local projects that can contribute to building back better across Stroud District (more details are in the Transition Stroud newsletter).

Looking ahead to July, it’s the international month of action on single use plastic, so do contact our Single Use Plastics Group if you’d like to get more involved. 

Finally, we’re looking forward to meeting again with all our supporters at a Zoom meeting on Thursday 23rd July from 8 – 9 pm and we hope you’ll be able to make it. 
Please do get in touch if you’ve got any community climate action ideas to share or suggestions for future talks. 

Stay connected and stay well,
Wotton Area CAN team

Tree planting and our first virtual public meeting

Join our public meeting on Zoom:
8-9pm, 23rd July 2020

We are delighted to say that we will be holding a public meeting on Zoom from 8-9pm on 23rd July to discuss local tree planting and how to reduce your single use plastic. The event is completely free to attend.

Just visit to reserve your space and we will will send you the Zoom details. 

Saplings at Matara

We are very pleased to report back on the fantastic response we've had for volunteers to help care for the saplings at Matara. Four groups of us went up there on 20th June to acquaint ourselves with the area and weed and mulch around the trees.

The good news is that the vast majority of the saplings have survived and are thriving We are enormously grateful to Geoffrey, Matara's founder, for providing the land to plant on, and Liam the gardener for keeping them going during lock-down.

Also to Ian Pullen of Tree Management Glos. for the donation of mulch and Matt Adams for transporting it all up there for us. During the coming summer and Autumn months we will be visiting to water and continue to care for them. We welcome any further offers of help (email and will put you on our reserve list.
Knapp Road allotment plots

We're really pleased to have taken on stewardship of two allotment plots (22A and 23A) at Knapp Road, Wotton. Our team have undertaken a habitat survey of the plots to ensure we're not disrupting anything in need of protection.

Our ultimate goal for these plots is to create a tree nursery and provide a source of local provenance trees and shrubs to use in any planting schemes that are carried out in the local area. 

If you'd like to help prep the plots this autumn, please do get in touch with Bel at
Will you join the 'Plastic Free July' challenge?
Reducing plastics - and taking the Plastic Free July challenge

The time is almost upon us and we've been busy thinking about our own plastic reducing tips to share with you. Every day we will post a plastic saving tip on Facebook and Instagram. Over the weekend of 25th and 26th July, we invite you to virtually join us with your own Plastic Free Picnic and share your photos with us and your friends. Visit the Plastic Free July website for more ideas and tips.

A variety of loose dry goods, fresh milk, house cleaning products and shampoo and conditioner refills are available from a selection of local shops including Wotton Farm Shop, Leaf and Ground in Dursley, Shiny Goodness in Nailsworth and the Loose refill shop in Stroud. 

25th-26th July is our plastic free picnic weekend!

Whilst we can't build on the success of last year's plastic free picnic at Coombe lakes, we would love you to join us in a giant, virtual plastic free picnic.

All you need to do is hold a plastic free picnic outdoors if you can, or if not, how about one inside your home - if weather, or shielding restricts you? Put a rug down on the floor and picnic! We'd love to share in your experiences, so please share a picture with us on our Facebook page.
Plastic saving recipes for your picnic

We've added some recipes here that you might want to try for your plastic free picnic. We'd love to hear your plastic saving recipes and tips too - just email or use our Facebook page to get in touch.
Easy flatbread recipe

Simple and tasty, these flatbreads can be used for wrapping food or scooping it up, so you don’t need knives or forks on your picnic.

Easy homemade flatbreads »
Creamy, zesty Coleslaw recipe

Homemade coleslaw can be made quickly, is much cheaper and tastes so much better than the shop-bought version.

Creamy, zesty Coleslaw recipe »


Wildflowers in bloom outside Wotton Swimming Pool

A big thank you to all volunteers who helped clear ground and plant wildflower turf outside Wotton Pool this January. The plants are now in full bloom, looking beautiful and providing a great source of food and shelter for insects. 

Our thanks to Wotton Swimming Pool and Earthmark Garden design for their support and to Wotton Town Council for funding the project.

Many local businesses have re-opened with social distancing measures in place.

Some local businesses have now re-opened and many are continuing to operate online, however they need our continued support now more than ever. You can find a list of shops in the Wotton Area selling groceries, meals, home and garden items on the WAMA website:

Wotton Area Mutual Aid support continues

Wotton Area Mutual Aid are continuing to coordinate volunteers and local initiatives to help the coronavirus response. Do check out their website and share information with anyone who may need extra help at this time.  

If you know someone who needs their support but doesn't have access to the internet, they can get in touch on 07545 042794.

Latest updates from Transition Stroud

We’re part of the Stroud District Forum of Climate Action Networks – which is co-ordinated by Transition Stroud. Their June newsletter contains lots more ideas and links.

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