Members of the Green Group are currently investigating how to make 'eco-bricks'. This is a way of converting 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. Perhaps it's something that we could get together and do locally? Watch this space for further news.
More information from the eco-bricks website.
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.
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.
Swift boxes in place!
Following on from 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, the boxes are starting to go 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 will be installed at St Laurence church as soon as they are available.