Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help people adapt to the local effects of climate change and live more sustainably.
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CLS in Dorset March 2016
CLS Dorset Team News
Sadly we’ll say goodbye this month to Pete West (Renewables) who will ‘retire’ while taking up a more active role with Dorset Community Energy; and Zoe Smith (Project Assistant) - we’re afraid the e-news will look less professional in future. We wish them well and thank them for their dedication!
Lyme Youth to turn Bedbug the Musical Sustainable
Lyme Youth Theatre, finalists in our BIG Ideas Challenge, are making their upcoming musical Bedbug as sustainable as possible.  
Bedbug will be at the Marine Theatre in Lyme 9th-12th March. More about the show and how to book tickets 
Amazing News for Ecoschools
Eight schools in the CLS Eco-Schools network have applied for their Green Flag awards! It is impossible to sum up everything these schools have done over the past 2 years, but here's a snapshot.
On 22nd March, we are holding Eco-Schools Celebration Day to mark the achievements of all involved.
Square Meal Debate Update
The Square Meal Debate has opened conversation with the Dorset Health and Wellbing Board. 
Securing a Square Meal for Dorset moved a step closer recently as Cllr. Rebecca Knox calls for all members of the Health and Wellbeing Board to prepare a statement on how their organisations procure food supplies.More
Many businesses can save: 5-10% on bills with minimal spend, 20% with improved energy management, and 25% with investment recouped within 2 years; and many householders can save up to £400 on bills.

@Work@Home promises to save staff and businesses thousands of pounds!
Book an appointment now
Transition Streets
Transition Streets helps friends or neighbours with an audit of household and lifestyle choices, saving money and cutting carbon.  It also prompts you to discuss some of the big issues – like why is there so much packaging!
Get involved or let us know how you are getting on-
Transition Town Dorchester (TTD) update
TTD has made an important start on moving the farm to its new site – the Duchy organised a ‘tree spade’ for us, which spent a day and a half moving 50 apple trees to various locations around the farm area.
To join us on the farm, contact: -
Community Woodland Network: Little Giant Wood Update
Read this interesting progress report for the Community Woodland at Little Giant Wood, Stoke Abbott.
Upcoming events include wildlife days, dawn chorus walks, moths, trees and more. Contact Matthew Bowditch or 07970016736 for details.
Looking Back at CLS Dorset

Beekeeping at the TTD Community Farm

This case study shows how new skills have been acquired and how a new product has been added to the local economy, promoting local food.  

Look at other examples of how CLS Dorset has helped local groups
March's Top Tips
1.    Go Fairtrade at Easter
Easter is all about celebrating new life, so make sure you buy fairly traded chocolate. Look out for the fair-trade logo. More about Fairtrade
2.    Light evenings are coming – so get on your bike. 
Walking and cycling for short journeys is a great way to get fit, it’s also good for your pocket and the planet.  Regular cyclists have the fitness of someone 10 years younger.  
3.    Slash your water use.
Most household water is used in the bathroom, whether or not you are on a meter it makes sense to use less, as purifying and pumping water to your home uses lots of energy, so:
•    Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth
•    Take short er showers
•    Flush if you must!
More water saving tips
Dorset Best Village Competition 2016
The search has begun for Dorset’s Best Village with the launch of the 2016 competition. The competition has been organised by Dorset Community Action (DCA) for the past 29 years. Entry details are being sent to the county’s villages inviting them to enter either through the parish council, village hall committee or other active community group. 
More information and entry details can be found here.
Community Enterprise: The Edventure Model 
Join a 3-day workshop at Monkton Wyld Court with Edventure who will share their tools and models, which are designed to inspire, train and support diverse, unemployed young adults (18-35) to create sustainable livelihoods locally and to help build a more resilient, sustainable and fair community.
Discounts available for local people via
More details and booking.
Waitrose Community Matters
Transition Town Dorchester are one of three Groups in the Community Matters voting stations in Waitrose Dorchester this month. Get voting!
Report Feb 2016: A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care
A recent study was published by Natural England which reviews the benefits and outcomes of approaches to green care for mental ill-health. The study shows that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. The report A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care suggests making greater use of ‘green care’ to help people suffering from mental ill-health. 
Regular dates for your diary

Also view the Sustainable Dorset calendar of events

Prime Coppice 
Working Woodlanders Volunteer Groups. Check website for dates and times.

Transition Town Bridport Green Drinks
Third Thursday of month, 8pm
The Tiger, Barrack Street, Bridport

Transition Town Dorchester Green Drinks
First Thursday of month at 8pm,
Vivo Lounge, Brewery Square, Dorchester

Workdays at Railway Orchard
Usually on the first Saturday of the month 11am-3pm

Workdays at the Dorchester Community Farm 
Usually every second Saturday as well as the third and fourth Sunday in the month, 10am-3pm
Community Business Fund
Power to Change have announced that they will begin accepting applications for their £10 million Community Business Fund on 26 April 2016. They will be awarding grants between £50,000- £300,000 to support and develop community businesses in England. Full criteria will be published on 5 April. More
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