Roadside Verges & Biodiversity within Bradford-on-Avon and surrounding villages

Wiltshire Council has a statutory duty to consider biodiversity conservation in all its activities. Only 2% of wildflower meadows which existed nationally in 1930’s now remain! Roadside verge management can increase the wildflower areas. The main way to do this is to reduce the number of cuts to once a year between mid July and the end of September with the removal of the cuttings in areas where grass does not need to be kept short for sightline management for road safety.

Trees

My grandson bought a crab apple tree with his Christmas money – just imagine how long this will last him! It will sequester carbon, help with soil drainage attract pollinators and provide food, as well as being a beautiful living thing to admire.

Sir William Worsley is the government’s first ever ‘tree champion’. His main task is to ensure that 12 million trees are planted in England during this Parliament.

Organics

For a difference in flavour try organic, its all down to the soil they are grown in or on. Carrots are especially good. Organic producers and those based on similar principles in BOA: Avonleigh, Hartley Farm, Woolley Grange.

Two years to make a deal for nature

UN’s biodiversity chief warns that if we don’t we could be the first species to document our own extinction.

Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Director of the UN convention on Biological Diversity says pressure needs to be put on governments to set ambitious global targets by 2020 to protect …

Bio-diversity group news

Nest box workshop 25th November

Bradford-on-Avon: Sites are being sought for the nest boxes, species must be known to be present in an area. Species boxes are barn owl, tawny owl, sparrowhawk and kestrel.
The next workshop to make nest boxes …

Sustainable Food & Drink Group (SFADG) Update – August 2018

1. BoA Thursday morning market: Jonathan Francis of Avonleigh Orchards will be selling his own biodynamically produced fruit and veg (local, environmentally-friendly produce at its best) through August at our wonderful local market, whilst Alice Boden of Mayfield Organics takes a well-deserved summer break. Alice will be back on 6th September, selling produce from other … Read more

Biodiversity Group News – August 2018

Next meeting 8th August 6pm at The Swan Future events: 8th September: Interactive Science Day at The Mead, Trowbridge. 3 hands on practical activities will be undertaken by CFB. Volunteers needed (11am – 3pm) 20th August: Workday at Bearfield Cutting back the growth around the orchard, planting seeds etc. Volunteers needed (10am-12noon) Swifts A count … Read more