This priniciple is about protecting and restoring land for the benefit of people and wildlife.

For example: habitat protection / creation, responsible sourcing of materials, global protection of ecosystems, biodiversity audits / surveys, reforestation, carbon sequestration, anything else we thing is important

One Planet Goals for land and nature:

  • A positive contribution to local biodiversity and wildlife corridors
  • Maximise carbon sequestration in the soil and biomass
  • Maximise synergies between agriculture, forestry, biodiversity and carbon storage
  • Enhance 'ecosystem services' such as clean water and air
  • Engage people in recognising the value of nature, including its value to human health

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What is Bruton doing already?

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  • Meeting notes from 9 September 2019

    Here's a brief summary of what we talked about:

    Issues
    Reconnecting people with nature
    Involving children
    Re-learning about nature as adults
    Learning about wildlife gains and losses
    Pollinators
    Leaving areas to be wild (natural regeneration)
    Leaving areas to die back naturally (providing shelter & food for wildlife over winter)
    Badger cull (is it happening around here? - Police costs incurred for the badger cull in Avon and Somerset during 2018 amounted to £446,642.11. In 2017 it was £582,154 and in 2016 it totalled £700,303.36.)
    Peat-free compost
    Pesticides
    Ecocide (Note: Stroud has just become the first Earth Protector Town)
    Tree planting, saplings and seeds
    Avoid trapping insects

    Possible actions
    Tree planting on town council land
    Tree guardians
    Tree seed collecting (23 Sept to 23 Oct) - add to BrueCREW walk on 5 October. Meet at 10am at stepping stones, Saturday 5 October)
    Licensed hemp field (used for fabric, rope, food..., uses less water and inputs than cotton )
    Involve Urquhurt and Hunt (landscape architects, ecological restoration, Selwood Forest project)
    Involve Mill on the Brue
    Pollinator awareness initiatives - fancy dress, walk (https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-and-wild-places/saving-spec... and https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/conservation-biodiversity/wildlife/p...)
    Extending the flowering season for pollinators (If you want to see how great ivy is for wildlife, walk down Tolbury Lane from St Catherine's Hill. The ivy on the wall on the right is teeming with insects on the flowers.)
    Celebrating and reconnecting with nature
    Information / notices about specific plants and weeds (e.g. host plants for butterflies https://butterfly-conservation.org/how-you-can-help/get-involved/ga...)
    Quarterly A5 leaflet with what to do in the garden now, advice, suggestions for presents (plants / trees)
    Promote peat-free (apart from Moorland Gold which uses peat reclaimed from reservoir filters)
    Nature crafts: bramble baskets, willow activities
    Capture stories about Bruton's nature (Beeches of Bruton)
    Documenting nature (photo stories)
    Visit exhibition at Bristol museum (blindfolds around species that have gone extinct https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/museum-shrouds-...)
    Wildlife gardening talk
    Scything not mowing or strimming
    Open gardens trail featuring wildlife gardens and food growing
    Organic seeds and bulbs
    Pesticide-free town status (PAN UK - https://www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free/)

    Next steps
    Explore tree planting options
    Article about sapling and tree seed collecting and sowing in October Dove
    Explore Pesticide-free town status
    Discuss possible projects at OPB monthly meeting.

    There'll be other opportunities to suggest ideas and develop projects.
    Save bees and pollinators | The Wildlife Trusts
    We have pollinators to thank for every third mouthful we eat. Not only do they pollinate our food crops, but they’re also vital for the survival of o…
  • Possible outcomes for Bruton:
    Positive biodiversity trends
    Soil quality is conserved and improved, and managed for optimum carbon sequestration
    Showcase sustainable agriculture and landscape scale biodiversity
    Citizens are given opportunities to have positive experiences of nature & appreciation of nature and its value to human health
    More birds, bees and beavers; Re-wilding programme
  • Notes from 8 April 2019 workshop:
    CHALLENGES
    Legislation
    Natural farming techniques
    Intensive farming
    Pesticides, insecticides, synthetic fertilisers, fungicides peddle death

    WHAT'S HAPPENING IN BRUTON NOW?
    BrueCREW
    Somerset Wildlife [Trust]
    Eco development - CUBIS [green roofs]
    42 Acres rewilding project
    Bruton Trust Fishponds
    Duck pond clearing
    Some organic producers
    Organic shop

    FUTURE ACTIONS TOWARDS PRINCIPLE
    Biodigester
    Community compost
    Recycling
    Grow biodynamic
    Bee / insect corridors
    Bruton education / internet
    Wormery
    Re-wilding
    Community garden
    Tree planting
    Organic gardening education
    Education notice board
    More hedges
    Tree planting on parish land & private land
    Plant wildflower seeds
    Hanging baskets for wildflowers
    Coffee grounds initiative
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