Who? This is Turn Lyme Green’s first seed swap -It’s National Seed Swap Day
What? Bring seeds to share with other gardeners and find ones you would love to plant
Where? The Driftwood Café, The Baptist Church, at the top of Broad Street, Lyme Regis
Is the event free? Yes! You can come in for free.
I don’t have seeds to swap, can I still join in? Absolutely! YES!
Everyone has to start somewhere, and we want to get everyone growing
Are the seeds free? Yes! We want as many people as possible to grow food and to get into gardening generally. Money should be no barrier to doing so.
Seed swaps have arisen to help maintain heritage varieties that might otherwise become unavailable. The aim is to distribute these open-pollinated seeds freely to local gardeners to preserve local and regional varieties and to encourage growers to save seed from them and return with them to the seed swap in the following year.
Any questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing some festive cheer – including a picture of our plastic free Christmas tree at the local festival. Also news of the team monitoring pollution in our River Lim and an outline of TLG projects in 2022. Follow this link to read all news
Follow this link to latest news – including updates on water pollution in our River Lim and the start of a citizen science scheme for testing the water in the coming year.
Turn Lyme Green is hosting a series of 3 films during October, November and December on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Curated by Suzy Gallina, the films explore the tragedy of how our soil is being depleted and the need to preserve seeds.
THURSDAY 14 OCTOBER ‘The Need To Grow’ follows pioneers of cutting edge technology as they fight to localise sustainable food systems and regenerate Earth’s dying soils. Run time:1 hr 36 min
Location Driftwood Cafe, Baptist Church, top of Broad Street
Time Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start. Refreshments available.
Future dates: 11 November – ‘Seed – The Untold Story’
9 December – ‘In Our Hands – Seeding Change’
Warning signs have now been posted by the river to stop people from wading. TLG has put freedom of information questions to SouthWest Water and is writing to both the town and county councils. Also links have been made with a local Rivers Trust to explore how we can undertake our own testing and efforts to find solutions. Please contact us if you want to become part of the ‘citizen science’ testing team. email@example.com Information in our September newsletter.
Plastic Free Axminster is holding a Christmas Eco Fair on Saturday 27th November in the morning at The Guildhall in Axminster. The organisers are looking for crafters who may be interested in having a table (£10). Hand made silver jewellery, maybe hand-crafted bags – the sort of items that may tempt people to buy presents for Christmas! Please contact @plasticfreeaxminster or Plastic Free Axminster Facebook page
Dorset Greener Homes – Owners of over 40 homes across Dorset will showcase how to live with a lower carbon footprint: – some new builds, a few retrofits, and a lot of enthusiasm among the hosts (and visitors we hope). In some cases the low carbon lifestyles are as important as the buildings. An event organised by Dorset Climate Action Network
Three Turn Lyme Green supporters are taking part on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th September. Visit the web site to book the time of your visit. The homes are Shutters, Colway Lane and Anglers in nearby Tytherleigh.
A week of special events to get everyone thinking about climate change leading up the COP26
West Dorset Friends of the Earth have organised many events starting on Saturday 18th September – talks, plays, workshops. All details can be found on their web site.
MARINE THEATRE Lyme Regis from 2pm Free event
Turn Lyme Green will have a stand at this event highlighting the damage caused by water pollution and the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) to limit the deluge of single use plastic bottles.
Overlooking the sea, this day of eclectic events celebrating the ocean will feature performances and family activities alongside talks from world-leading scientists and local people, brought to life in a famous marine community. Tik-tok shanty sensation The Longest Johns will stage a unique concert. The event includes activities for all the family including the Story Boat Project, a miniature maritime museum, and an arts and crafts workshop.
This annual event is on Sunday, 23rd May. 10-11.30am This year you will need to sign up in advance to follow covid advice. Contact Krys Lavery on firstname.lastname@example.org Have fun and show your love for our beaches.
We welcome Laura Noel, our new chair, and give huge thanks to Jo Smith Oliver who has been chair for 4 years. To read more, link to our May newsletter
Features steps to keep our beaches clean. Read all about it.
Want to learn more about air source heat pumps? Ground source pumps? And how about grants available for wall and roof insulation to make your home more energy efficient and save money too? These articles and others in our March newsletter.
Would you like to see a community-led electric car club in Lyme Regis? Or even an electric bike sharing scheme? The club would have electric cars available to book from as little as half an hour for an all-inclusive price from locations around the area. The e-bike scheme would have bikes that could be rented and returned also from locations across the area. Because they are electrically assisted, the e-bikes a great alternative to the car for shorter trips and mean you can tackle hills without breaking a sweat! Together, they would help tackle our town’s congestion, parking and pollution problems, whilst providing affordable access to zero emission vehicles for all. Interested?
To help us gauge interest in Co Cars coming to Lyme Regis, please take a couple of minutes to complete our short survey http://bit.ly/LymeRegisEV which will be live until 6th April.
If you would like further information on Co Cars or Co Bikes, visit www.co-cars.co.uk and www.co-bikes.co.uk.
Our latest newsletter is out! It features e-bikes and updates on our Food Bank and Lyme Community Volunteers, ready to help during this lockdown. Also how to use our local Freecycle groups and a callout for interest in a car share scheme.
It’s your last chance this month to comment on the county proposals for its Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan. The deadline is Wednesday 20th January.
One important comment is to press the council to bring forward their target date to 2030 to be in line with our local council and also the vast majority of others. Turn Lyme Green will be submitting comments. Please take a moment to send in yours. Online, you can use the consultation form. Tell them what you think! It’s important to tell them you care and want them to get going on their action plans. Here is a shorter, snappier version of the survey which can easily be accessed using a smartphone:
Making small changes and swaps to some of our much-loved Christmas traditions is easy and can also be fun and creative. Here are some top tips for keeping it plastic free!
The UK uses roughly around 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year, with 108 million rolls of wrapping paper nearly all of it can’t be recycled and ends up in the bin. It is often laminated with plastic, foil and other materials that are not paper and it often is contaminated with plastic sticky tape. So, what can you do?
- Keep wrapping paper and gift bags or boxes from gifts that you receive and re-use them when giving your own gifts the following year.
- A great alternative is to use brown paper to wrap presents – this can be decorated with your own artwork, or messages, or tied up with string or re-use ribbons, or fastened with paper tape instead of plastic sticky tapes.
- Many cards and gift-wraps contain glitters or other decorative materials that can escape into the environment and are not biodegradable, and find their way into our soils, river and seas. These are best avoided. If you really love glitter, there are biodegradable glitters available so you can still get creative!
- Home-made crackers help to avoid the packaging, small plastic toys and games that are commonly found in shop-bought equivalents. This allows you to get creative with small gifts, jokes and home-made or re-used hats. You can even go one step further and make them personalised.
- If you are still feeling creative, then maybe have a go at making your own decorations – knit stars, make pom-pom baubles from old wool or fabric strips or try paper snowflakes (cutting patterns on our website and Facebook page) all with the added bonus of being lots of fun to make with the kids!
Avoiding single use plastic is the best solution, but if you find that no matter how hard you have tried, you end up with a piece of unwanted plastic or plastic packaging, it is still possible to re-use or recycle most plastic items. Wash them, re-use them, find a new use for them or if that’s not possible, recycle them responsibly. Enjoy!
Alison Johnson for Plastic Free Lyme Regis
And here is a wonderful pattern to make your own 6 pointed paper snowflakes.
We desperately need some good news and here it is! Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds have finally been banned. This came into effect on 1st October 2020 and is a brilliant step towards reducing the use of single use plastics. There is a host of alternatives, such as bamboo and metal that can be bought easily online or local shops that promote environmentally friendly products.
Dorset Council has published its draft Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan and wants to hear from individuals and organisations. We would like to encourage everyone to give their views using the online form and you can find the full document on the county web site. It is broken down into sections, including renewable energy, buildings, food and drink, transport, waste and water. The closing date is 20th January 2021. Turn Lyme Green will be sending a response to the proposals.
There are other ways you can find out more and voice your opinions. Dorset Climate Action Network (Dorset CAN) has recently been formed as an umbrella organisation for a host of environment groups in the county. Its first task is gathering views on the county consultation. TLG will be sharing its views with them.
Also Peoples Assemblies are being organised in November. They are holding 4 assemblies to get as many people as possible to attend: Sat 21st, Mon 23rd, Wed 25th and Thurs 26th. Detail from the Dorset Action web site. They write, “The consultation is our chance to tell the Council what we think of the action plan.”.
Our November newsletter is now out. A variety of topics, featuring ‘How and Why to Reduce Period Plastic’… and including ‘Stop Discharging Raw Sewage into our Seas and Rivers’, car share opportunity and films to watch.