Turn Lyme Green promotes sustainable living in Lyme Regis. Set up in 2007, we engage the community in environmental issues. We meet regularly, plan campaigns and events, and have fun. Collaboration with other environmental groups in west Dorset and beyond is an important part of keeping everyone informed and up to date. TLG acts local, thinks global.
All About Bees – Friday 12th January
We are having a joint meeting with the U3A by bee expert Brigit Strawbridge which will be at the Woodmead Halls on FRIDAY 12th January at 10.45 for 11.00 am start. There will be coffee beforehand from 10am.
Brigit is a fascinating, uplifting and experienced speaker, you cannot fail to be transfixed by her work and photography. She says in her blog that she talks about “the differences between Honeybees, Bumblebees and Solitary bees; the problems they all face (focussing on habitat loss and neonicotinoid pesticides) and what we can do to help them.”
There is no charge for paid up Turn Lyme Green members; otherwise a donation of £2 is suggested.
The New Year
Plans for the new year include more of a campaign against plastic, closer liaisons with Transition Town Bridport and more important connections with each other. Look out for the 2018 tree pruning workshops led by Phil Gamble and do come and join us at our monthly meetings to find new ways forward for a cleaner and greener future. We are keen for new ideas, new projects, new beginnings…
Transition Town, Bridport
Sustainable Dorset Newsletter
You can read Sustainable Dorset’s newsletter by clicking this link.
Baptist Church achieves Silver Eco Church award
Many of you will remember the inspiring talk Izzy Woodman gave last year and will want to congratulate her and the congregation for their Silver award.
The Lyme Regis Gateway Card
The Gateway Card is a local discount scheme available to Lyme Regis residents. It provides residents with discounts, concessions and special offers from local businesses. The scheme helps to support the local economy, and provides benefits to local residents who support the town all-year-round.
Fill ‘er up! (your water bottle, that is)
A nice cold drink of water is wonderful on a day out, so it’s easy to see why sales of bottled water are booming. However, there’s a growing trend in Dorset to use one of the 60+ Refill Stations around the county and get fresh, cold water for free! All you need is your favourite re-usable water bottle and the Refill Britain App (download it here for free: iPhone users here; Android users here) to find your nearest station. You can even earn points as you go, which earn lovely rewards from the Refill Britain team.
Participants in Lyme Regis are:
Alexandra Hotel, Galley Café, Good Food Store, Penny Black, Cornish Bakery, Bell Cliff Restaurant, Aroma Café, Tierra Kitchen.
Global Ecological Footprint
2nd August 2017 was Earth Overshoot Day, when we have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.
You can calculate your own personal ecological footprint here:
Charlotte Wild, from Litter Free Coast & Sea, gave a presentation on the various campaigns led by this group, including beach cleans in Dorset and Re-Fill Dorset, the re-filling water bottle scheme which a number of Lyme Regis businesses have signed up to. Check the website to learn more about how we all can help.
Update on the Hawkchurch Gas Plant
Join Anti-Fracking Lyme Regis
Over 100 people joined Frack Free Lyme Regis on 31 January to show the strength of feeling against fracking and to support the demonstrations being held nationwide on that day. After processing along the sea front, everyone gathered at The Pilot Boat to listen to a number of speakers and collect lots of information. You can read more about Frack Free Lyme Regis and general information by visiting the Facebook page. To learn about future plans and meetings, please contact Tracey and Simon West on 07817 156391. All offers of help and support are very welcome.
Eco Open Homes in Lyme Regis and Uplyme
This popular event took place on 11th September. Two local homes were open. This was part of Open Eco Homes weekend, including Bridport and surrounding areas, featuring a variety homes were open – some off grid, some new builds, one straw bale extension, a few retrofits, and a lot of enthusiasm among the hosts. Low carbon lifestyles are as important as the buildings.
This event was a collaboration between Turn Lyme Green, Transition Town Bridport, Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset, and Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.
Terry Sweeney writes….. “Whilst our slipping cliffs are great for producing fossils, they haven’t been good news for our coast path in west Dorset. Several sections between Lyme Regis and Seaton in particular have collapsed and been diverted way inland for years.
But Natural England have just used recent legislation to plan new paths around these breaks, and are asking us for our views. The proposals run to many pages and maps, and can be read online or in libraries and Town Halls. So anyone who loves walking our coast, or has a business which attracts visitors who like to walk, should write to them welcoming these new paths.
Even if you can’t read the detail, do write to Natural England and let them know you look forward to having a Coast Path back, and this time forever. Write now! End of August deadline!”
The address is …Natural England , Coastal Access Delivery Team, Temple Quay House, 2, The Square, Bristol BS1 6DG.
Restoring Gardens at Belmont House
Groundwork South is continuing its work to bring the secret garden at Belmont house, Lyme Regis back to life and to its former glory, work which will continue until next March 2016. They are looking for more volunteers to work with their trained horticulturalist, Helen Staveley, who has joined the team.
They write….“We also want you to help us plan and develop the space into a green haven. We are looking to set up a ‘friends of’ group, who can take ownership of managing the site and putting it to use as a community asset. If you are interested in being involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 07943210092”
Community Energy Projects
Plastic Bag Campaign Continues
A team of TLG supporters has put new energy into the campaign. They have met with the Lyme Traders Organisation and visited all shops in the town to find out what kinds of bags they are giving to customers.
To see our award-winning animation film, shown recently at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, click here.