Since loss of nest sites is one of the primary reasons for this decline, it is vitally important to protect existing nest sites and to provide nest boxes to compensate for those often lost in the course of building renovations. Working together with Salisbury and Wilton Swifts, nest sites in the village have been identified and boxes installed, including those
at the Primary School and St Laurence’s church. Monitoring is continuing this year, and it will be helpful to have any input from observations
around the village.
To share any sightings locally go to Downton Green Group’s Facebook page.
The mini-recycling centre was being well used = up until lock-down hit. Unfortunately it is still closed, and will remain so until we are able to move recycled items on. Watch this space for updates! And in the meantime, if you are able to store your recycling at home, please continue to do so. We will get up and running again.
Several consignments of plastic milk bottle tops had already been delivered to Riding for the Disabled in Wilton. Also two loads of flower pots had been delivered to Stewarts' Garden centre for recycling - they are happy to take pots coded with '5' or '6'. A large number of bras have been recycled to support 'Against Breast Cancer'. 1 kg or print cartridges have been posted off to support the British Heart Foundation. Empty toothpaste tubes and old toothbrushes have been taken to 'New Forest Live at Home'. We were also able to accept CLEAN and DRY pet food pouches to be taken to a Terracycle drop off point.
What's your carbon footprint?
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!
Waste Free February
Did you give it a go?
Over the last two years efforts have been underway in the village to help combat the alarming decline in the number of these remarkable birds. It is inspiring to see swifts, which never leave the air other than to nest, returning from their long flight from Africa to the place where they raised young the previous year. Their dramatic flight and very audible screaming are one of the delights of spring and early summer.
Make Wiltshire's Green Pledge
Wiltshire Council are asking you to make changes and play your part in making big changes to the environment. The Wiltshire Green Pledge is a simple online tool to encourage people to commit to doing what they can to be as environmentally friendly as possible. You can pledge whatever you want from leaving the car at home more often to using reusable cups - there's plenty of simple changes you can make. More information from Wiltshire's website.
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. 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.
Do you have any spare bottles?
There are several people who would like to recycle their plastic rubbish this way, but do not have the bottles in which to do it. If you do have any suitable bottles (1 litre and 2 litre drinks bottles are useful - particularly those wider mouthed bottles) you could drop them off at the recycling shed (behind the Baptist Church) and we will see that they are re-distributed.
Register and drop off completed eco-bricks
Similarly those who have completed eco-bricks can leave registered bricks in the shed, from where they will be sent on to be used in construction projects. Information on how to register your finished bricks is on the eco-bricks website.
Keep an eye out for details of further events....we may well organise another workshop. Do let us know if you would be interested!
Make Downton Plastic Free
The Green Group and the Parish Council are working together to minimise the use of plastic across our community. A steering group has been set up to look at five different areas where we can make a difference. Although this is currently on 'hold' the Green Group are keen to get things moving again when circumstances permit. For more information, look at our Plastic Free Page.
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.
Lover Repair Cafe
The cafe has re-opened in a limited way, and on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10 - 12 you can drop off items for repair in Redlynch and their experts will have a go at the repairs. They are now offering to ensure that small / medium domestic appliances are dismantled and recycled properly - click here for more info.
Thanks to everyone who was using the facility - we've been making a difference, however small. The centre relies on volunteers to take away and re-distribute what has been collected - and on everyone to keep things need, tidy and manageable! We are always happy to hear from anyone who would like to suggest anything else we could do - or to volunteer to help out with moving items on, once they've been collected. Or if there's anything that you know that people throw away, but you could find a use for.......?
Mini Recycling Centre update
The swifts are back!