Downton green group

September 2015

Articles in Downton Publications

From this Autumn, we will have a regular column in the InDownton newsletter entitled 'Green Matters'.  This will consist of several short 'Green' items that relate to living in Downton.  Similar articles will also be included in the Downton Parish magazine when, on occasion,these will cover just one topic (eg September 2015 on the new Salisbury Transition City initiative).  See Articles Section for the full text.

June 2015

Salisbury Transition

Salisbury Transition City is now established.  Its website is

It is being launched on Saturday 27th June at an event in The Guildhall,  Market Place, Salisbury, from 1.30 till 5.30pm – Stalls, Speakers, Film, Refreshments and more.  Downton Green Group will be there so you can learn more about what we do.

Added 14 December 2018

Salisbury Café Scientifique

Tuesday 8 January, 7.30 pm at Salisbury Rugby Club

'Not so Fantastic Plastic'

Prof Andrea Russell, University of Southampton, School of Chemistry

Tackling Air Pollution in Salisbury

Thursday 24 January 2019, City Hall, 7pm

Public debate hosted by The Salisbury Area Board

Added 19 July 2017

Salisbury Bee Trail Launch end July

This is part of the Salisbury Bee City project.  Organisers of the Bee Trail state ...

'Think of the 'Baron's Trail but with less Baron and more Bee!  You are going to be looking for 12 bee signs all around the City.'

The Trail is created by The Secret Garden Salisbury Society and sponsored by local businesses. Art work by Bluntwood and Blue Flame Digital.  For full details, including where to obtain maps and information on bees, go to

Added 10 January 2017

Salisbury Transition City
Their next event is to be held on 3rd June 2017 - see Events nearer the time

Added 9 November 2016

Paris Climate Change Conference update

The Paris Agreement came into force on November 4th 2016.  For the first time all nations have come together in a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.  Many countries have now ratified the agreement.  You can check progress by going to

To find out more about the Paris Agreement and the way ahead go to the official UN Website

Village Waste Bins

Following lobbying by the Green Group, these are now in place: one outside the Coop and one near the Pharmacy.  Each has two compartments, one for recyclables and one for general waste. It is hoped they will encourage local recycling.

Added 12 September 2016

Downton Green Group working together with the Parish Council
In the context of the Neighbourhood Plan, and in response to a request from the Parish Council, Downton Green Group prepared a report on both its past activities and suggested future initiatives. Presented to the Amenities Committee in July, proposed initiatives were largely endorsed by the Committee on behalf of the Council. These included the holding of quarterly ‘repair, re-use and recycle’ open sessions, undertaking litter picking twice yearly and supporting the proposed foot/cycle bridge over the Avon, south of the Borough, project to encourage walking/reduce car use. The Council is to take responsibility for working with the Allotments Association to maximise their use; consider environmental issues in all planning applications presented to the Council and investigate the feasibility of solar energy in future building projects.  The Green Group will provide information on planting to benefit wildlife, increasing car sharing and coordinating neighbourhood garden maintenance. All in all, a very positive example of working together for the good of the local community.  See link to read the full report from DGG to the Parish Council.

Added Monday 11 July 2016:

What happens to the products collected for recycling?

In Feb 2016, the Downton Green Group visited Wiltshire Council's Materials Recovery Facility (run on their behalf by Hills) at Lower Compton.  To see what we learnt from our visit (with photos) go to:

Added Wednesday 6 April 2016

Food Waste

Worldwide it is estimated that about one-third of food is wasted either at source, in production, by retailers or by consumers. The National Geographic magazine, March 2016, has a very interesting article on the subject.  To find out the top 25 products that are wasted according to Tescos go to