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.
PRUNING WORKSHOPS for APPLE TREES – Sunday, February 18th and 25th
It’s that time of year again and Phil Gamble, our local tree specialist, is kindly hosting two workshops showing everyone how to prune fruit trees. The apple trees planted by Turn Lyme Green in Anning Road and Slopes Farm are growing well and will be used as examples.
On Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th February, both workshops will start at 10am at the entrance to Slopes Farm at the bottom of Colway Lane.
Please contact Jo Smith Oliver (07525 005430) if you would like to attend a workshop or need any further information.
Tuesday March 13th 7.30pm Baptist Church, Driftwood Café, top of Broad Street.
Going Green is Good for Business
Turn Lyme Green will host an open discussion to share the practicalities, and business benefits, of ‘going green’, including the awards and rewards available to those who succeed. Contributions from business owners who have already progressed along this path. Open to all business people and leaders of other organisations interested in helping the environment as well as benefiting their own purposes.
We will publicise the date of the Great Dorset Beach Clean here in Lyme Regis in March.
And, as always, we will keep up the campaign to clear up plastic from our beaches and will update you on the latest in neighbouring transition towns.
RE-FILL SCHEME update
More Lyme Regis businesses are joining the Re-Fill scheme which has received so much national publicity recently. “Refill is a free tap water initiative designed to reduce plastic pollution and promote healthy hydration by making refilling a water bottle easy, social and rewarding! Hats off to the 17 businesses taking part in Lyme Regis .. as others join we will let you know. If anyone wishes to join, just contact Litter Free Coast and Sea who co-ordinate locations in Dorset. There is also an app which can show ReFill locations near where you are.
Penny Black Café Cornish Bakery
Aroma Coffee House Galley Café
The Good Food Store Roly’s Fudge Pantry
Mulberry Manor Bell Cliff Restaurant
Frank & Beans Gelateria Tierra Kitchen
Alexandra Hotel Red Panda
Old Bonded Store Tearoom The Nags Head
Lyme’s Fish Bar Costa
NEW – RECYLING CONTAINER AT HOLMBUSH CARPARK for coffee cups and beverage cartons
And for other beverage cartons widely used to package milk, fruit juice and an increasingly wide range of food products, including soup, chopped tomatoes and pulses.
Dorset Waste Partnership has placed a new container in Holmbush Carpark, alongside one for textiles and one for aluminium foil. Curb side recycling is not available at the moment for coffee cups or food and drink cartons but by taking them to Holmbush, we can do our bit for recycling and make a dent in the huge number of paper coffee cups with plastic lining that need to be recycled separately from paper collections .
Take away coffee cups can also be taken to Costa where they are stored and taken regularly to Costa’s own recycling centre for cups. You can take in cups from other cafes/shops are well as any purchased from Costa.
Helping Lyme Regis become Plastic Bag Free – a short film
With the welcome renewal of publicity to deal with plastic pollution, we thought you would like to be reminded that, 10 years ago, Biggerhouse Film and Video Production worked with the children at St Michael’s Primary School to make this award winning animated film. How true it is today – 10 years later.
Bottle Deposit Scheme
You may also be interested in the campaign of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). If you haven’t signed their petition to bring back bottle deposits, then follow the link below in their message. The scheme works in Germany. Why not here? As they say, “plastic pollution is the ‘new sewage’.
Whilst we welcome the Prime Minister’s pledge to deliver plastic free coastlines, 25 years is not a fast enough time frame to tackle the immediate plastic pollution crisis or stop the torrent of plastics choking our oceans. At current rates, over the next 25 years we estimate a further 300 million tonnes of plastic pollution will enter the oceans.
The government must now act swiftly to introduce even more ambitious legislation to drive manufacturers away from their love affair with single-use plastics, starting with a UK-wide deposit return system.
A UK-wide deposit refund system is within reach and a proven way to reduce society’s plastic footprint that is trampling our beaches.
For a full update please see: https://www.sas.org.uk/news/sas-urges-faster-action-plastic-pollution/
Thanks for your support,
Surfers Against Sewage
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.
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:
THE GREAT NURDLE HUNT – Charmouth beach, Saturday 17th February
Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used to make most of our plastic products. It is estimated that 53 billion nurdles escape into the UK environment each year! Due to their tiny size, nurdles are eaten by marine wildlife so move up the food chain and also act as sponges in the sea, attracting pollutants.
What can you do to help? Pick up nurdles! The more we collect, the fewer end up in the sea. Always make sure you wear gloves when handling nurdles as they contain toxins. Nurdles have been spotted on Lyme’s Church Beach. Head that way and take a bag and some gloves to help get rid of them.
Litter Free Coast & Sea
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.