The Green ‘Un

A newsletter about the challenges of global warming Just before the Christmas break, the UN’s COP28 climate summit was concluded in Dubai. Many climate activists think such summits are broken. They say the delegates who attend them just talk and talk, while the earth slides towards a deadly environmental tipping point. They argue that of…

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Community Litterpick

A big thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday 2nd December 2023.  We had over 20 local community members, including two children, helping to gather bags of rubbish from across Boston Spa. Special thanks to Boston Spa Angling Club who helped to litter pick along the riverside path and who keep the riverside…

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Have your say, about a better future

Save the date! Saturday 11th November, noon start for 2 hours only in Wetherby Town Hall. 4 inspiring speakers from other local communities are coming to talk to our community here in Wetherby and surrounding villages, about how they have helped solve challenges with regard community energy, waste & reuse, transport and community gardens. Energy…

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Party in the Park – Boston Spa, goes eco-friendly again

In collaboration with Boston Spa Parish Council, this summer’s Party in the Park, Big Festival celebrations in Stables Lane had a more sustainable theme. Local businesses took up the challenge again this year after last summer’s success, to reduce their reliance on avoidable, oil based plastic packaging, using instead plant-based alternatives (which have a lower…

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Rewilding an Urban Garden

Rewilding an Urban Garden We’ve been reading Isabella Tree’s The Book of Wilding (ISBN-10 : 1526659298 published by Bloomsbury Publishing (11 May 2023)) which is very inspiring. One aspect of the book shows how it is possible to transform a conventional urban garden into a garden which is truly welcoming for wildlife.  Below is mostly…

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Wetherby and Boston Spa schools champion the environment.

Over the past few months, our local school children have been busier than usual. As well as their normal curricular activities they’ve been learning about protecting our local environment, reducing waste, reusing and recycling and encouraging more active travel. Delivered by Penny Stables and volunteers from the Boston Spa, Wetherby and Villages Community Green Group,…

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Become Carbon Literate

It can be a prickly subject! Do you wish to get your facts straight about the latest climate science? You may not know where to start and what to tackle first to have the biggest impact on reducing carbon? You might want to speak with more clarity and confidence on the subject with friends and family? Do…

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ENERGY SAVING FAIR – Getting through the energy crisis.

Click Here for simple, quick energy saving adjustments for your home. Click Here to understand retrofit & insulation Click Here to read about Solar PV & Batteries Click Here to read about heat pumps Wetherby Town Hall. Saturday 28th January 2023. Free Entry. Drop in from 10am til 2pm. Many people are struggling to cope…

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Coping with the Energy Crisis

Saturday 24th September, Wetherby Town Hall, 10am to 3pm. Everyone welcome. Energy costs have increased dramatically in recent months. There will be a further steep rise in October and a forecast that energy prices will surge again in early 2023. With petrol and diesel prices at record levels, inflation at its highest for many years…

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Wow, we did it! The start of our Plastic Free Community journey

Thank you to all the stalls who switched to plant-based packaging (made from sustainable, renewable resources) for the Boston Spa Festival, Party in the Park. Along with food waste, it’ll be turned into compost locally. Read more here about ‘closing the loop’ on our waste. Thank you to everyone else for engaging with the idea…

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