On Saturday November 2nd from 10 -12 we are holding a REPAIR CAFÉ in the Hub on Church St. There will be experts on hand to do sewing, general household, bicycle and tool repairs. Bring in those items that need a little TLC rather than putting them into landfill! Come and see what a Repair … Read more
For the report of the walk to Hartley Farm on 5th October, read here.
3rd – 21st October: Botanical Art Exhibition at Queen’s Square, Bath BRSLI
21st October: Biodiversity group meeting 6.15pm at The Swan
27th October: Making bird boxes at Avonsleigh 9-12 noon
30th November: Tree planting with the Woodland Trust at Avoncliff Wood.
State of Nature reports that wildlife in the UK is in decline. Some populations have declined by 60% since 1970. Designated sites for ‘priority species’ has shrunk by 27%.
On Friday, Sept 20 over 300 people from Bradford on Avon and surrounding area joined over 4 million others from 185 countries to draw attention to the climate emergency and demand action. Internationally it was the biggest climate mobilisation in history. In Bradford on Avon children gathered at the gates of Christchurch, Fitzmaurice and St … Read more
Nikki Jones, Chair of Avon Needs Trees, like many of us, is concerned about climate change and is keen to take action to mitigate its impact. Nikki believes that the simplest way forward is plant more trees. Trees and, even more importantly, the soil beneath are key to the sequestration of carbon dioxide and the alleviation of flooding downstream.
The Carbon Footprint of food is not a measure of sustainability and is liable to mislead both personal food choices and public policy. ‘Confounding Factors in discussions about what we should eat’ Read more
Click here for our handout ‘Food for Thought’
IPPC RECOGNISES POSITIVE ROLE OF LIVESTOCK FARMING
The NFU has criticised media headlines of the recent IPPC report in “12 things we learned from the IPCC climate land report” Read more here
” WILD HARVEST. Ancient meadows restored with roadside hay cuttings” – restoring local species of wildflowers to fields. (The Guardian on 24 Aug). This sounds a great idea for returning locally specific species to farmland.
CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL – SUSTAINABLE KITCHEN GARDEN (from Lizzie Munday)
Volunteers have recently transformed an overgrown area in the Christ Church Primary School grounds to create a sustainable kitchen garden
The IPCC REPORT: Climate Change and Land is available. For extracts and comment – see here
CFBoA KEY MESSAGES on Sustainable Food and Drink have now been agreed by the Coordinating Committee.
“FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK”: Hartley Farm (Shop) Saturday 5th October.
With Sue Coppard delighted to have confirmation that all beef and lamb sold at Hartley Farm is grass-fed and that pork, chicken and eggs are all from free-range production, we are very happy that the Bowles family will take us on a tour of the farm
Success at the BOOM Awards
At the Soil Association’s BOOM (Best of Organic Markets) Awards Brown Cow Organics, where we had a really interesting and enjoyable farm walk on 11th May, has come top in both the Yoghurts and Chilled Desserts subcategory and the Charcuterie and Processed Meats subcategory for their beef burgers from their Guernsey dairy beef herd. Nigel Gerdes was clearly of a mind with the judges when said that he could vouch that the yoghurt (we each received a large pot as a gift after the farm walk) was the best that he had ever tasted. Congratulations to Judith and Clive!
Seasonal Fruit and Veg
More and more lovely fruit and veg coming in to season from our local growers at the moment.