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Welcome to our April update and lockdown tips

We hope you are all keeping well and managing to spend a little time outdoors each day. It would seem many UK residents are making the most of any outside space they have, with RHS reporting a record number of visits to their advice on making compost!

Further afield, we're cautiously optimistic to see cities like Milan vow to create experimental citywide expansion of cycling and walking spaces, both to further protect residents against coronavirus and also help retain the cleaner air they are currently experiencing. 

Due to the current restrictions, we have had to postpone our face-to-face meetings and events until further notice, however Stroud District Action on Plastic are offering a FREE virtual film streaming - the Story of Plastic. Sign up for your FREE Eventbright ticket.

We're delighted to announce the creation of our very own Wotton Area CAN website at The site includes a page of lockdown support and tips, as well as Wotton Area Mutual Aid's list of businesses still operating in our local area:

We have also been using our Facebook page to share book recommendations, short videos, photos and lockdown tips. 

Stay connected and stay well,
Wotton Area CAN team

Wotton Area Mutual Aid Updates

We are very much in support of Wotton Area Mutual Aid group and the work they have been doing during the COVID-19 lockdown. They have been busy matching up people who need some help with neighbours who are willing to give it, within Wotton and the surrounding villages.

To find out more or volunteer

To request help
If you would like to request help for yourself or a relative/friend from your volunteer neighbours (e.g to get urgent supplies, take post or just for a friendly phone-call and to hear someone else's voice), the best way to do that is click on this link:

If you don't have access to the internet, leave a message on 07545 042794.

Wotton Area Mutual Aid (WAMA) Boxes

Anyone in Wotton - and the surrounding villages - who is struggling to make ends meet at this difficult time can request a delivery of a free essential grocery and toiletries box. You just fill out the order form here or call the usual WAMA number - 07545 042794.

Your order will be treated confidentially and your details will only be shared with a small group of WAMA box volunteers. There is no referral process.

You can order at any time, and you will receive your box the following Tuesday or Friday (whichever comes next). Deadlines for ordering at midday the day before.

Local businesses operating during lockdown

A list of local food, drink and grocery businesses who are still working during lockdown (and how to order from them) can be found here
We have a website!

As the saying goes, 'make hay while the sun shines'. Well, thankfully the sun has been shining and we have used lockdown as an opportunity to begin work on a website to record our work to date, share upcoming events and provide tips for reducing our local impact on the environment. 

We've included a page for lockdown support and inspiration, where you'll find everything from a wild garlic pesto recipe to how to make compost!

The website will continue to evolve over the coming weeks and months, so if there is something you'd particularly like to see on it please do get in touch
Lockdown inspiration
Family activities - Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
CAT have put together a collection of family activities, which they are adding to over time. We particularly loved their guidance on how to build a tiny pond
Random acts of Wildness
Over 3600 people have already signed up for The Wildlife Trust's 'Random Acts of Wildness' app. Once signed up, you can download a free pack of goodies that will help inspire your 30 Days Wild. The packs are designed for different ages. Ours contained a brilliant nature-themed Bingo!
WWF's Things to do at home
From YouTube quizzes to a recycled polar bear lantern, WWF have a wonderful list of inspiring things to do at home during lockdown:
Fun activity ideas from Penny Squire
Penny is a talented composer, gardener and environmentalist who uses her music to raise awareness of global warming. She's created a page full of activities for families based on her inspiring videos: 
Book recommendations

A Sting in the Tale, by Dave Goulson

"For anyone watching bumblebees at the moment, this book is a brilliant read. Dave has a witty, dry sense of humour and is an excellent storyteller." - Sam

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, by Christiana Figueres
"Figueres and Rivett-Carnac dare to tell us how our response can create a better, fairer world" - Naomi Klein
Read it for FREE online

Let us know any books you'd recommend.
Latest updates from Transition Stroud

We’re part of the Stroud District Forum of Climate Action Networks – which is co-ordinated by Transition Stroud. They have re-purposed their newsletter to provide a 'Community Resilience fromTransition Stroud' email, which contains a collection of links for support on Coronavirus as well as updating on Transition Stroud events that are postponed or cancelled.

Join a virtual film screening - The Story of Plastic

Wednesday 6th May at 8 pm – Stroud District Action on Plastic is organising a virtual screening of the important new feature length film, The Story of Plastic. Watch the trailer
This will be a FREE event with Eventbrite tickets available here.


All face-to-face events postponed

Our team's top priority at the moment is to keep our supporters safe. In order to do this we have cancelled all face-to-face public meetings and events for the time being. 
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