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Tree planting news and summer updates

Whilst the lockdown has prevented face-to-face events, it's still been a busy time for the Wotton Area CAN team with Plastic Free July, tree care at Matara and planting plans for the autumn all keeping us busy.  

It was great to see so many people at our first public Zoom meeting on 23rd July. Thanks to presenters Tina, Bel and Ian who gave a really interesting overview of the local projects. The online meeting format worked well, so we plan to hold another public Zoom meeting at 8-9pm on Thursday 24th September – further details will be announced on our website, Facebook page and in the September newsletter. 

Stay connected and stay well this August!
Wotton Area CAN team

Surveying the eco value of our local trees

We are really pleased to be working with Ian Turner - Arboriculturalist at First Ecology - on adding to some work he's been doing to survey trees within Wotton and the surrounding area. Using the online tool 'Treezilla', Ian hopes to recruit volunteers to help record trees within the local area and create a map of their eco-benefits to us in terms of the carbon dioxide stored and removed from the atmosphere by them, the run off water avoided and improvements to our air quality.

Treezilla is a fascinating project. It’s the UK's biggest open tree map with more than 1 million tree records. Work started in 2013 as a collaboration between the Open UniversityForest Research and Treeconomics to build a citizen science project aiming to encourage members of the public, local authorities, business, local groups and other organisations to collaborate in mapping, measuring and monitoring trees across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Treezilla’s mission is to improve our understanding of trees and their benefits by helping people and organisations work together on mapping, measuring and monitoring our trees. Ultimately this data will be used by scientists and environmental managers to improve our understanding of trees and help us look after them better. 


If you'd like to get involved in the tree survey in Wotton and the surrounding area, please get in touch with Ian.
Knapp Road tree nursery - help us smother weeds!

We're happy to say we've now recruited a group of volunteers (thank you!) who will be helping us strim and cover the ground on our two plots this autumn. We're still on the hunt for bark chippings, mulch or sheets of reusable black plastic which we could lay down over the area to smother weeds and help us prepare the site with as little soil disturbance as possible. 

If you happen to have any of the above that you'd be happy for us to use, or you'd like to help prep the plots this autumn, please get in touch with Bel.

 

'Plastic Free July' success

At the end of July, we concluded our 'plastics' group's daily Facebook posts inspired by Plastic Free Foundation’s ‘Plastic Free July’ campaign. The organisation began 10 years ago and has rapidly grown into a global movement engaging millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

Our posts have covered a range of subjects right through from growing your own veg to the toilet paper and nappies we choose, and we have successfully reached up to almost 700 hundred people each day.

Thanks to everyone who's engaged with us and made efforts to reduce single use plastic in their lives.
Special thanks to Tina, our Plastic Group's Lead for creating and sharing the daily tips! If you are interested in hearing more or sharing ideas on how to reduce single use plastic please get in touch with our plastics group

Long Street's new liquid refill shop

We’re really pleased to tell you about Wotton’s latest liquid refill shop. The Ark Coffee shop have started selling refills of Traidcraft sanitising hand wash, toilet cleaner and multi-surface sanitiser by volume at very reasonable prices. Bring your own containers for plastic saving refills. They also sell these products in their own pre-filled bottles. In addition the Ark offer a wide range of Traidcraft items such as chocolate, tea and clothing. 
 

Join the Great British September Clean

Looking ahead a little, we’d like to tell you about the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign, entitled the Great British September Clean, from 11th-27th September. Individuals, families and schools are all encouraged to take part and do their bit to help with litter picking. You can find out more and register your interest at https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean.

We’d love to hear about your involvement, so please email us with your litter picking stories and photos, or let us know if you'd be interested in co-ordinating a litter pick in your street. Please observe the very wise Covid 19 safety advice given on the Keep Britain Tidy website.

 

Can you spare us 3 minutes for a survey?

Wotton Area CAN are supporting a small group of volunteers working on an online map of community-based low carbon projects in Stroud District. As a supporter of Wotton Area CAN we’d be really grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill out this short survey. It will help us develop our understanding of which parts of the online tool might benefit people most. Feel free to share the survey with anyone you think might be interested.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DV5T93M

Could you help give our Wildflower meadow a yearly haircut?

The wildflower turf mix has been looking beautiful over the past few months, with a succession of wildflowers and annuals bringing colour to the bank outside Wotton Pool. We plan to give the area a yearly 'haircut' allowing seeds to fall to bare ground and encouraging plants to grow back again next year. 

We will need volunteers to help us with this task at some point in September, If you'd like to get involved and also learn about potential ways to create your own wildflower patch, please email Sam.


Wotton Area Mutual Aid

There has been an amazing community response across the Wotton Area to the Coronavirus crisis – with hundreds of people volunteering to help their neighbours and supporting Wotton Area Mutual Aid. From 1st August, in line with the Government guidelines for those shielding, and with the easing of lockdown, Wotton Area Mutual Aid (WAMA) will be pausing many of its activities. If the situation changes, they will be able to resume services quickly.  

Any requests for help will now need to be made via the WAMA phone number, and the delivery of the free boxes of essential groceries will continue weekly for those who are finding it hard to make ends meet. For more details please see the WAMA website at https://www.wottonareamutualaid.co.uk/


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 July newsletter contains many useful links, including information about StroudCo, a not-for-profit community organisation enabling people in the Stroud valleys to make weekly orders online from a wide range of locally produced food and drink and ethically sourced products, delivered to their door.

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