Mini Recycling Centre update
The mini-recycling centre is being well used in its first few weeks. A wheelie bin load of plastic milk bottle tops has already been delivered to Riding for the Disabled in Wilton (We had to change the charity for logistical reasons!) Also a large consignment of flower pots has been delivered to Stewarts' Garden centre for recycling - they are happy to take pots coded with '5' or '6'. We are planning to accept pet food pouches in the near future as these can be taken to a Terracycle drop off point.
Last summer's evening guided 'Swift' walk, when Daniel Kronenberg of SAWS (Salisbury and Wilton Swifts - an outreach project of the Salisbury Secret Garden and also supported by RSPB South Wilts) identified some possible nesting sites for these amazing birds, and this summer the boxes have gone up. One box has a sound system attached which will emit swift calls for a period both in the mornings and in the afternoons. We don’t expect them to be occupied immediately - indeed, it may take some considerable time - but the opportunity is there. More boxes have been installed at St Laurence Church.
Daniel led another ‘walk and talk’ in the village on 12th July and the group were pleased to report sighting swifts busy and active around St Laurence Church.
Mini Recycling Centre further update
There is now a collection basket for CLEAN pet food pouches. This week 1kg of print cartridges is being sent off to be recycled and earn some money for the British Heart Foundation. We are also aiming to empty the toothpaste tubes etc. as this basket is nearly full, and the proceeds will go to the New Forest Live at Home charity. And we have more bottle tops to go to Wilton Riding for the Disabled. Thanks to everyone who's using the faciity - we're making a difference, however small.
Members of the Green Group are currently planning an 'eco-brick' workshop. This will provide information on how to convert discarded plastic bottles and other non-recyclable plastic into building materials, and it isn't difficult to do. The bottles can then be collected together and used for construction projects. The Primary School are already on board and are busily making eco-bricks to provide some outdoor play structures. If you want to find out more about eco-bricks visit the eco-bricks website.
Mini Recycling Centre now open
The Green Group has set up a new mini-recycling centre in the village, where you can dispose of a variety of items, knowing that they will be reused or recycled in an environmentally friendly way. Some of the items collected will also raise funds for charity. The plan is to build on what is already collected in the village, by becoming a central point for donations - but also adding in some new ideas. The centre will rely on volunteers to take away and re-distribute what has been collected - and on everyone to keep things need, tidy and manageable!
Lover Repair Cafe
A new initiative up at Lover. The cafe is open Wednesday mornings from 10 - 12 and will have a go at repairing items that might otherwise be thrown out. Check out the article in the Summer issue of inDownton to find out more.
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.
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.
Swifts in Downton: another chance for a guided walk
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.......?