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Go Wild at the Moot
A wonderful afternoon, with lots to do, lots to explore - and musical accompaniment to add to the relaxing vibe. We were very lucky with the weather - at least until 3 o'clock, when the heavens opened! We have been very pleased at how much people seemed to have enjoyed the event - and how much we all learnt about the abundance of wildlife and nature that is there to be enjoyed for free. Our thanks to everyone who helped make the day such a success.
New nest box is up!
We have purchased an RSPB nest box to add to the primary school's garden. This will hopefully encourage either blue tits or great tits to nest at school in the Pond Garden. The children also have plans to relocate a robin nest box in the Adventure Garden. It's great that our local children are taking the initiative here and getting on with wildlife friendly gardening! Have a look at their web-site's eco page to find out more about what they're up to. Here's hoping that the nest box makes a safe home for a family of birds next year.
The Green Group ran a stall outside the Co-op in September to support the world-wide climate change emergency action week. There was a chance to find out about how different foods impact on the environment, as well as some free samples of food stuffs with a relatively low carbon footprint. More information is available our Articles tab, which includes a link to the BBC's interactive web-page - lots of food for thought!
Another successful event was held in March, with over 200 people coming to the Memorial Hall to collect / swap local surplus seeds or to buy just the quantity of seeds required, ready for the coming season. There was a selection of fruit, vegetable and flower plants available too - and displays about wildlife-friendly gardening. A tool sharpening service was available as well - everything to help Downton's gardeners get off to a good start this year. There was also advice available for anyone considering keeping chickens.
The event was also supported by the Horticultural Society, the Allotments Society and Downton Millennium Green. Downton Primary School brought a long a display of some of the work they have been doing to keep up their eco-friendly credentials.
In September, we ran a workshop at the library, and were pleased that so many people came. We worked together to pack clean and dry waste plastic into reused plastic bottles to make ‘eco-bricks’ - and so keep plastic waste out of land-fill.
Cycle path to Salisbury
Parish Councillor, Jane Brentor, is concerned about the poor condition of the cycle path to Salisbury (that is the pavement on the A338) which discourages cyclists from using it. A letter has been sent to Wiltshire Council, asking them to carry out a risk assessment, and a reply is awaited.
If you have seen, or been involved in, a cycle accident or near accident on this stretch of road in the past 5 years, please contact Jane on 510504 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Following the InDownton item she has already had a good number of responses from people concerned about the safety of the path, which should strengthen the case for change.
Downton Guides and Rangers are also on board with the project, and gave up one of their meetings to make the bricks. Some eco-bricks have already been sent to a recycling garden project in Christchurch, and it is hoped to use others as part of ‘Downton in Bloom’ gardening projects.
Information on how to register your finished bricks is on the eco-bricks website.