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Martinstown has planted 70 trees!

The 70 trees have been planted as part of the Queens Green Canopy. This is to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee - 70 years of the Queen’s reign. https://queensgreencanopy.org/

The planting is a line of native broadleaf trees along the verge of the bridleway at Grove Hill bottom. It is organised by Green Martinstown. Trees reduce climate change by absorbing CO2, so you can enjoy watching the trees flourish as well as help the planet!

See 'What We Are Doing' page for more information and some pictures!

 

Green Martinstown is an initiative from residents for residents

Green Martinstown Group Aims and Guidelines 

Here are some simple guidelines to help us achieve our aims in a peaceful and respectful manner.

• Our aim is to help Martinstown become more sustainable - leading to carbon neutrality; recognising that this will take however long it takes

• Green Martinstown is non-political 

• We are a non-confrontational group, every voice should be heard and respected 

• We welcome all Martinstown residents to join in and support our aims 

• We recognise human activity is contributing to major climate change but we do not apportion blame or point the finger at anyone – rather, we are and have all been party to taking from 'nature' (as if nature is different from ourselves) with little thought to the consequences. Re-assessing our relationship to nature is crucial to genuine sustainability 

• We do not focus on the threats of climate change, more on the benefits of taking action

If you have any relevant news, articles or links to share please email them to:  [email protected] and we can add them to the website. Scroll down to enjoy a few recent articles by Martinstown residents. 

Enjoy our site and we are always adding new content.

If you have any queries about Green Martinstown, please email us at: [email protected]

Deborah and Andy Daw, Linda Scotts, David Milner, Jo Lacy Smith, Colin Tracy

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Martinstown has planted 70 trees!

The 70 trees have been planted as part of the Queens Green Canopy. This is to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee - 70 years of the Queen’s reign. https://queensgreencanopy.org/

The planting is a line of native broadleaf trees along the verge of the bridleway at Grove Hill bottom. It is organised by Green Martinstown. Trees reduce climate change by absorbing CO2, so you can enjoy watching the trees flourish as well as help the planet!

See 'What We Are Doing' page for more information and some pictures!

 

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Have you spotted the Canary?

What is it about, you might be asking yourself?

Apart from being a decorative adornment to a village tree, this canary is taking flight to encourage us to live as sustainably as possible and minimise our carbon footprint. Just as the canaries in the mines warned the miners of toxic gases, the Canary Craftivist is reminding us of the climate emergency.

This November the U.K. is hosting the UN Climate Conference, COP26, in Glasgow, where governments will strengthen their contributions to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Let’s encourage our MP and our government to be leaders in research and development to reach zero carbon emissions before 2050.

In early September I will be sending a gift of another canary, made from my stash of recycled and repurposed fabric, with a letter to our MP, Chris Loder, as a gentle prompt to be bold and commit to work faster to reach zero emissions so our planet can flourish for all.

Please join me.

If you would like to know more about this campaign please visit

https://craftivist-collective.com/

where you will find lots of ideas and links to inspiring information. Thank you, Annie Salmon

Ashton Hayes in Cheshire is a village just a little bigger than Martinstown with a population of just over 1000 (Martinstown has approximately 850) In January 2006 they decided to try to make their village the first carbon neutral village in England.

Among many other benefits, they now have an array of community owned solar panels supplying the village with electricity, a pool of electric cars for villagers to use and much much more. Here is a link to their website, a mine of useful information. http://www.goingcarbonneutral.co.uk/

 

Dorset Climate Action Network

Across Dorset there are many different groups working towards a better world and there is a new umbrella organisation, the Dorset Climate Action Network, to bring us all together and be a central hub of information, expertise and wisdom. Their strapline is 'Stronger Together!' What more need we say?    https://www.dorsetcan.org/

Wiltshire Climate Alliance who have similar aims.  https://www.wiltshireclimatealliance.org.uk/topicgroups

or Somerset Climate Action Network    https://www.somersetcan.org.uk

 

Community sharing

It is likely that many households have a variety of useful items stored away in lofts, cupboards, sheds, or garages that although extremely useful are only used very occasionally.


Inspired by the Green Martinstown agenda I was wondering if there is a way to make use of these valuable resources on a loan to use basis. No doubt this is already happening to some extent but I wonder if it could be extended.


The benefits are numerous. Money could be saved by not purchasing items that are available to loan, thus reducing carbon footprints, avoiding landfill waste, saving on resources used in manufacturing products, and promoting community co operation.


Social media could be used to both request the use of and to offer items for loan, as could advertisements in the post office and using your social network in the community. You might not be aware of the Dorchester and South Dorset Local Exchange Trading Scheme. An existing group established to allow people to exchange services and items without using money. http://www.dorchester-lets.co.uk/

“Something to lend, something to borrow.
Something to help a brighter tomorrow”
Richard Evans.

LIGHT POLLUTION

Are we in danger of spoiling our village?

Having moved to Martinstown from a city in recent years, one of the things I valued most about living here was the darkness at night. Needing to take a torch with me when going out in winter was a novelty.

But it has become noticeable how many more lights have been installed around the village lately; bright security ones, garden flood and solar lights, many of which stay on all night.

This is a pity for a number of reasons, and members of Green Martinstown feel it is a cause for concern.

The impact on wildlife

Light pollution poses a serious threat in particular to nocturnal wildlife, having negative effects on plant and animal physiology,

altering behaviour patterns and changing predator-prey relations.

Consider the threat to creatures such as hedgehogs, moths, frogs and toads, owls and bats, to name just a few.

The loss of our dark sky

Being able to see thousands of stars and the Milky Way galaxy in our night sky is such a privilege, lost to many living in towns and cities. The natural night sky is our common and universal heritage

and future generations need to experience it. Here in Martinstown we should not allow artifical light to wash out our starry nights.

Glare from nighttime lighting can also be a safety hazard.

The waste of energy

Over-illumination, even with energy efficient bulbs, is a waste of money and increases our carbon footprint.

The good news is that light pollution can be reduced fairly easily by shielding lights properly or directing them down, only using the minimum amount of light necessary, and fitting motion sensors or timers.

We call upon you, our friends and neighbours in the village, to consider whether your lighting is really necessary and if you could reduce the impact of it on the neighbourhood in some way. Please do make sure no lights are unnecessarily left on all night.

Let's reclaim the night for ourselves, for nature and for the planet.

Katie Wilkinson

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