A new group established in Swanage as part of the town’s ongoing efforts to reduce single use plastics to help the marine environment.
As part of the ‘Love our Beach’ project we have been working with Swanage Town Council and various community groups and businesses and are excited to be part of this new group working together in Swanage.
The steering group meet regularly to work on projects and share ideas and we held their first Open Meeting which was well attended on the 9th July. Notes from this meeting can be viewed HERE.
We are a steering group made up of Swanage town councilors, Swanage Chamber of Trade and Commerce, business representatives, members of the community and Litter Free Coast and Sea. Our mission is to positively support the community in reducing its waste, with an emphasis on plastic. We will work together to find solutions to issues and challenges around waste and its management.
We would like to provide a central point of information for the community on this matter and provide a means of sharing good tips and connecting people. We are a positive group looking to the future and how we can all live more sustainably in our community.
The next meeting will be held in late January. We will soon be publishing details of the next 3 meetings and we plan to do them monthly and cover the themes of renewable energy, household insulation and energy efficiency, gardening for biodiversity and food and farming with guest expert speakers.
We have held 4 well attended open meetings so far since July, covering the topics of waste and trees. Notes from our most recent meeting in November can be found here
Swanage has been awarded the Plastic Free Town award and became the 4th Town in Dorset to get the status.
Carnival time in Swanage on the 28 July, saw Litter Free Coast & Sea in the parade with a ‘walking float’ along with members of Sustainable Swanage and their families. Sarah Spurling commented, “We had a great time on our ‘Love our Beach’ walking procession today in Swanage carnival with Litter Free Purbeck, Swanage Information Centre and Swanage Town Council. Lovely crowd and great atmosphere, perfect for celebrating our coastline…let’s keep it beautiful!” The message was simple ‘Take only Memories, Leave only footprints’ and ‘Have a lovely litter Free Carnival’
Love Swanage Environment Day
Saturday 12th October 11am-4pm
All Saints Church, Ulwell, Swanage.
Organised by Litter Free Coast & Sea in partnership with Sustainable Swanage, we’ll build on the success of last year’s inaugural event and will once again be hosting events, stands and a pop-up ‘Eco Market’. Focusing around learning to live an eco-friendlier, ‘Plastic Free’ lifestyle, with tips on recycling and sourcing local, organic and plastic free products.
Going Green is Good for Business Meeting
Tuesday 12th November 7-9pm at the Cellar Bar, Swanage
A meeting to share experiences and knowledge on what businesses can do to reduce impact on the environment and be sustainable. Showcases from businesses who have reduced their single use plastic, are currently recycling, discussions on issues around packaging and also a talk from Low Carbon Trust on renewable energy scheme that benefits businesses.
Trees in Swanage
There’s always room for more trees. From small gardens to large parks, from children’s playgrounds to urban streets, there’s barely a space in the country that wouldn’t benefit from a new tree” so say the Tree Council and we have to agree!
We are very excited that we are able to launch our tree planting campaign at the environment day on the 12th October, with this beautiful native crab apple tree, chosen by the hosts All Saints Church. Native trees are preferable as they support more of our native wildlife.
Our target is 1,500 new trees for Swanage, one to represent every child in the town! Every tree counts. Watch this space – get in touch to be involved or support in any way.
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