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Here are the latest upcoming events, news items, recent newsletters and blog posts from ChalCAN

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Greener Together at Gloucestershire Libraries
 
Gloucestershire Libraries have a climate change initiative called Greener Together with collections of new books arriving in all the libraries.  You can look up a topic or the name of a specific book on the Spydus Gloucestershire Library catalogue and reserve it to be picked up from any library…and all for free. Or just come in to browse and pick up a book from the Greener Together selection. To join the library you will need proof of address and then you can borrow up to 20 books. Nailsworth alone, have loads of  newly arrived, climate change related books 
 

 

St Mary of the Angels, Brownshill

Work began on improving the churchyard last year with some fifteen volunteers from the Brownshill community clearing the site.  Lizards, slow-worms and toads were found.  To improve the biodiversity of this lovely site further funding was obtained from the Countryside Charity (formerly known as the Campaign to Protect Rural England) for 32 native shrubs and trees, and these have now been planted with the help of local volunteers.

New year, new resolutions for 2022

The start of a new year is a good time to make resolutions about what we can do to live more sustainably. Check out the suggestions here

 

Chalford Walks

We are organising a series of Community Walks to explore the beauty of our area in all seasons.  These are family friendly, not overly strenuous (around two-three miles/one and a half to two hours); dogs are welcome on leads. The route will be decided just prior to each walk according to the weather. Walks start from Chalford Sports and Social Club at 10am, and at the end walkers can buy a hot drink and cake at the CSSC.  Do put the dates in your diary: February 12th, March 19th. Contact Penny or check our website for more information.

Also check out the amazing set of walks around Chalford at https://chalcan.org.uk/walking-2

Give your feedback to GCC on buses

 
The ‘Bus Back Better’ strategy produced last March is an excellent document promising new electric buses, fast and frequent express services, bus priority schemes, integrated ticketing etc. Each County Council, as the responsible devolved authority, was asked for a plan to deliver the goodies. Gloucestershire County Council has just done so – read about it at: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/BSIP. They recognise that we need a well-ventilated, comfortable, frequent, reliable bus service running on all the important routes in the county. .. however there is a LARGE funding gap – the total amount budgeted for ‘Bus Back Better’ across the whole country (£3bn) is only one third of what the councils think they will need (Confederation of Passenger Transport: 25 Nov 2021)… compared with the road programme which get gets £4bn every year. So how do we get buses to run reliably and make roads safe to scoot, walk and cycle? We won’t hit our climate targets.
The GCC survey closes on 30 January, 2022 and is available here https://haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk.engagementhq.com/….

The Thomas Keble GCSE Citizenship pupils’ campaign to prevent food poverty(PDF)

 

20 is Plenty – 20 mph Speed Campaign

ChalCAN is joining forces with the national ’20 is Plenty’ campaign in Gloucestershire. If you’d like to see speed limited on our roads please lend your support.

You could email Parish Councillors and your GCC representative Chloe Turner to ask them to support 20mph limits. 

In the new year ChalCAN will be mounting a 20 is plenty campaign in Chalford

Solar PV Scheme

ChalCAN is currently negotiating a ‘bulk installation’ deal with FIRST4SOLAR, with a reduced installation rate for local households. If anyone wants to be included please get in touch (richarddean@myself.com).

 

Climate Change and Trees

Here is a video by ChalCAN’s Dr Grace O’Donovan discussing trees and climate change and an initiative to plant more trees in the area. 

 

Hedgehog Street (PDF)

Help make YOUR street a Hedgehog Street! Hedgehogs are vulnerable to extinction. Please read the PDF above and help in any way you can. You can also link up with your neighbours to make a Hedgehog Highway. More informationfrom www.hedgehogstreet.org

 Air Source Heat Pumps 

Following our information evening on Air Source Heat Pumps we’ve produced a summary about ASHP’s Heat-Pump-Article (PDF) and another outlining local housholds that have installations ChalCAN Case Studies (PDF). Contact us if you’d like more information or to visit a working example.

67 Bus Service 

67 bus timetables available from the Parish Centre or here (PDF)

 

Biodiversity Trail 

A circular wildlife trail 10 km long through Chalford Parish. Maps and info here….or pick up a leaflet from the Parish Centre or village shop.

Take a Climate Walk (PDF)

 

ChalCAN is on Instagram! follow us at @chalford.can

Volunteering Opportunities please click here

Planting trees in St Mary's churchyard
ChalCAN and BisCAN mark Global Day of Action for Climate Justice, November 2021

Upcoming Events

Community Walks

Building on a successful walk in the autumn, ChalCAN are organising a series of walks to explore the beauty of our area in all seasons. These will be family friendly, not overly strenuous (around two-three miles/one and a half to two hours); dogs are welcome on leads. The route will be decided just prior to each walk according to the weather. Walks start from Chalford Sports and Social Club at 10am, and at the end walkers can enjoy a hot drink and cake at the CSSC. It will generally be on the second Saturday of each month, so do put the dates in your diary: February 12th, March 19th

Postponed – new date t.b.c Chalford ‘Connect”- How we can do our bit.  Has COP26 left you with concerns for the future of our planet and community? Are you wondering what we can do to reduce carbon emissions individually and collectively? If so, come and join us at ‘ChalCAN Connect’. This is a gathering for anyone in the area who would like to think more about this issue and what we can do. An opportunity to come together to share ideas about how we can work together in the community to address climate and environmental issues.  A short presentation on carbon emissions in the Parish will be followed by discussions about what we can all do, and what the priorities for ChalCAN should be for the coming year of action.  We’d like to hear from as many people as possible, so please do come along, whether you’d like to participate with your own ideas, or just listen to find out more about the issues

Newsletter Archive

ChalCAN’s recent newsletters

Latest Blog posts

Take a Climate Walk

Do you already have some awareness of climate change but nothing much more?   The ‘Climate Walk’ can show you how the choices you make can have a real impact

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Encouraging Biodiversity in Your Garden

Frequently Asked Questions about Encouraging Biodiversity in Your Garden In a ChalCAN survey, respondents were asked what questions they had about encouraging biodiversity in the garden. Here are the collated

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Did your t-shirt cost the earth?

Did you know that…… The UK sends an average of 300,000 tonnes of clothing to landfill each year. One wash load of polyester clothes can release 700,000 microplastic fibres into

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Our Community and Biodiversity

As individuals it’s easy to feel helpless about the effects of climate change and loss of biodiversity. We can each of us make changes and take steps to help –

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Wildlife friendly allotments

Your allotment is mainly for growing fruit and vegetables, and maybe keeping some chickens; but allotments are also really important for biodiversity. There are lots of things you can do

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Roadside Verges

What is the issue? Any plans to increase and restore biodiversity within our community must include a focus on the way we manage our road verges. Our verges form just

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Green Spaces

There are lots of community owned green spaces scattered over the Parish, all managed by the Parish Council. Some are tucked away, quietly acting as mini wildlife reserves without the

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Trees and Hedgerows

First the good news…About a third of our Parish is currently covered in trees and hedgerows. Many of these trees are on the steep slopes of the Frome Valley and

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Plastic and General Waste

We need to change our habits and consume less, buying wisely. This applies across all areas of shopping from food, to clothes, to electrical appliances. ChalCAN is looking at how

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Upcycling and Repairs

Reuse, recycle, swap…and the impact of fast fashion   Buy less junk and less new ‘stuff’.  Buy things which are designed to be repairable and when you have finished with

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Food

Do you want to learn something shocking?  Meat, egg and dairy production use up 83% of the world’s farmland, are responsible for 58% of the world’s agricultural greenhouse gas emissions,

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Biodiversity Survey

Chalford Parish Council has acknowledged that there is a climate emergency and that we should become carbon neutral by 2030. To do this efficiently and effectively, ways need to be

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Gardens

About a third of our parish is covered over with houses and gardens. If we are going to increase biodiversity, all those hundreds of gardens need to be put to

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Home Energy Saving

Actions to reduce carbon emissions in the home can range from tiny changes in your own behaviour, to installing energy efficient heating systems with smart controls.   Here are some

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Domestic Solar PV

Sunlight can provide a great source of clean, renewable energy, converted into electricity using solar photovoltaic panels on your roof. How much electricity is generated depends on whether there is

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