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Newsletter March 2022

See what is going on at the moment in Green Wedmore- we have been busy!

Wedmore Community Mapping – Somerset Environmental Records Centre (SERC)
Let’s record our nature data so we can show our natural environment bouncing back in Wedmore.
Green Wedmore, collaborating with SERC, has launched the Wedmore Community Mapping scheme so everyone with a smart phone can learn and record all the amazing plants and animals we have in the parish.

More information is on the SERC website here; http://www.somerc.com/community-wildlife-mapping/ . To take part you just need to register for iNaturalist on your computer here;  uk.inaturalist.org/  before downloading the iNaturalist and Seek apps on your phone (more info on those phone apps can be found here www.somerc.com/help-tell-us-what-you-see/).
 
Freecycle
Freecycle in April was another big success with many unwanted things being given a second life. Watch out for another in the early autumn
 
Wedmore Solar 1000
The recent scrapping of VAT on solar energy projects has created a rush of enquiries and requests for surveys. A big shout out to the guys at Sunlit Solar/Rogers Electricians for all they do for our community for their hard work as they do their best to meet the new demand
 
The Big Tidy Up
Watch out for the next Tidy Up in the late Autumn once the roadside growth has died down. With fresh impetus from Blackford, many new helpers from Wedmore and re-equipped by a donation of litter pickers from Thatchers Cider, we are well set to help keep the roads and lanes around the village clean and cared for
 
Repair Café
There is a new hand on the tiller so watch out for the return of the Repair Café – probably on the last Saturday in November. If you are handy at mending things, please contact Green Wedmore and lend us a hand as we try to give fresh life to worn and damaged items
 
Wild for Wildlife in Wedmore
Have you ‘marked’ your garden yet? Help us make Wedmore as wildlife and carbon friendly as possible ……. garden by garden.

‘Top Tip’ – make sure that there is a way through from your garden to your neighbour’s garden so that hedgehogs can range and thrive
Email dahopkins@aol.com for the form
 
Somerset Food Trail 2022
Put the 15th to 24th July in your diaries. There will be 15 in the Wedmore cluster and other clusters all over the county allowing us to celebrate local, decently produced food and drink. Watch out for the maps, leaflets, and on-line info in the months to come and for the blue signs that will lead to you to the venues
 
Worthington Woods Food Forest
Go down soon and have a look as the Food Forest oozes with the summer sights and sounds of nature. Two outdoor meeting areas, bird boxes, bat boxes, hedgehog boxes and bee/bug hotels nestled in amongst the fruit trees and fruit bushes. This previously unloved and derelict land is turning into a real village asset.
 
The First School
Green Wedmore are working with the school’s Green Council to help arrange class-by-class visits to Worthington Woods Food Forest, debates and assemblies.
 
A village Community Supported Agriculture Scheme
The gleam in Green Wedmore’s eye is for a village community agriculture scheme to bring food production as close to home as possible. On June 11th join us to look at similar farms elsewhere in the county
Contact David Hopkins …. dahopkins@aol.com
 
E-Charging Points
There are now around 50 home E chargers around the village with more being added all the time. The next step is public chargers, and the Parish Council are looking at viable options at the village car park and at the playing fields car park. A commercial company is also looking at other sites
 
Wells Cathedral Sustainability Fair 27th October
Green Wedmore have been asked to take a stall at this event to demonstrate what can be done throughout the county village by village
 
Wilder Churches
The diocese and Somerset Wildlife Trust have combined forces to make churchyards more wildlife friendly. Watch out for how we can help
 
Parish Council
The Parish Council do a great deal to support Green Wedmore and our local environment. Can you play a part by becoming a parish councilor and help maintain this momentum?
 
 
Green Wedmore Meetings
On the last Monday of every month at St Mary’s at 7.30pm ….. or at Worthington Woods Food Forest if the weather is good!

 Come along to see how you can help