Launch of our Pollinators Project

Kendal Pollinators Project  Launch Event

Come along to Unitarian Chapel School Room on Wednesday 16th November 7pm to 9pm for a buzzing evening and help us get our exciting new project flying. Unitarian Chapel is on Branthwaite Brow (close to Bootleggers). Go through the metal gates and round the right hand side of the chapel to get to the schoolroom.

Getting Kendal buzzing

On 16th November the Kendal Pollinators Project will be launched at the Unitarian Chapel School Rooms. After a year of preparation, discussions and seeking funding, South Lakes Action on Climate Change, Kendal Town Council and South Lakeland District Council are about to start a buzzing new project which will see schools and community groups in Kendal invited to join in with a range of projects which will explain the importance of, and create homes and habitat for pollinating insects.

Objectives

The project aims over 3 years to develop a corridor buzzing with life on the canal tow path through the middle of Kendal. Schools and community groups will be asked to develop plots on the canal tow path which will, in different ways, explain the importance of and encourage pollinating insects. This will form an outdoor public gallery of mini-projects, ideas and experiments all about the importance to us all of our pollinators.

Who is involved?

We are seeking to recruit 5 schools and 2 community groups to work with us on the Kendal Pollinators Project. Each of these will develop their own mini-project, which they will choose depending on their interests and resources. We have funding to support the development of each mini-project. Each mini-project will be supported through the process by the project consultant who will be able to provide friendly guidance, help to develop project ideas, and links to lots of exciting resources.

Where will this happen?

Each of the mini-projects will take place on the canal tow-path through Kendal, but there could also be supporting work happening, for instance, in school grounds. It is important that members of the public can see how each mini-project develops over the course of 3 years.

Science in the community

The core of Kendal Pollinators Project is to engage people in citizen science which develops ideas about how we can improve habitats for pollinating insects in our own communities. Each mini-project will involve a scientific investigation over 3 years. It could be recording how numbers of wildflowers vary in different areas; monitoring insect numbers; investigating how changes to mowing regimes effect pollinators; or how different planting schemes benefit pollinators; exploring methods of managing hay meadows in public areas; or investigating the impacts of placing bee hives or nesting in public areas. Or something else which interests you. Whatever your experiment is, it should be carried out within the framework of the Kendal Pollinators Project, should be carried through for a minimum of 3 years, and it should contribute to a better understanding of how to explain the importance of, and create homes and habitat for pollinating insects.

More info

Kendal Pollinators Project employs a consultant to manage and support the project. To register your interest, or for a chat about the project contact Stuart Lockton by phone on 07967 630956 or e-mail Stuart

 

Membership Secretary wanted

South Lakeland Action on Climate Change towards Transition (SLACCtt)

Wanted – someone special to take on the role of Membership Secretary for a local charity

What do you need to do?

  • The day to day bit – send welcome emails to new members
  • The annual bit – check subs have been received and chase
  • The tecchy bit – make sure our databases are correct and up to date, contribute to our social media
  • The liaison bit – with our Treasurer on membership subs, with our Trustees with ideas and with our members on new developments
  • The really interesting bit – we’re growing, we’re focusing and we’ve new projects in the pipeline. From pollination corridors to pollution measurement, food growing to story suppers we’re expanding our horizons which means creating opportunities to grow our membership.

Who could do it? If you have a passion for protecting the environment and promoting sustainable living, know your way around databases, can balance the day to day with the exciting stuff and keep the Trustees in the loop, this could be your opportunity to contribute.

It’s a voluntary role, working with a committed group of Trustees, members and hundreds of others who are interested enough in what we do to be on our mailing list.

Planter. Help needed

South Lakes Against Climate Change (SLACC), working together with Kendal Town Council, maintain 3 demonstration edible planters, two at Maude’s Meadow, and now at the Leisure Centre. Stuart Lockton maintains the Leisure Centre one with Heron Hill School. Debbie Greenwood has maintained the Maude Street planters but has had to withdraw due to a life changing illness.   We do need others to help us with this project so please contact usIMG_0801

slacc tt Review Group

The Review Group (set up at the AGM)  is meeting during the summer and will be contacting members in September or before with our ideas for how slacc tt moves forward.

SLACC AGM

AGM and Jacobs Join at The Gate,Maude Street, Kendal on Wednesday 20th May 7.15pm.  Please bring a simple dish to share.

SLACC-TT members at Global Divestment Day

Members of South Lakes Action on Climate Change – Towards Transition joined thousands of people across the globe on February 14th, calling on churches, universities, councils and individuals to divest from fossil fuels.

Global Divestment Day marks a turning point for the growing movement working to reduce investments in the fossil fuel industry, when more than a dozen new countries launched campaigns on new targets including South Africa, Japan and France. In the UK already, the Quaker movement is taking steps to divest from fossil fuels, as has University of Glasgow, with many more campaigns currently underway. See www.moveyourmoney.org.uk  and the Fossil Free UK campaign.

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20’s Plenty

20’s plenty campaign, Kendal

20 limits are cheap, quick and easy to implement – even without traffic calming, they still deliver big safety benefits, and increased levels of walking and cycling!

  • 20 limits save lives, especially the lives of children and the elderly. We are campaigning for widespread 20 limits, not just around schools, as 80% of collisions involving children do not happen on the journey to or from school
  • 20 limits reduce pollution by smoothing stop-start traffic – in Germany, 18.6mph (30kph) limits reduced fuel consumption by 12%.       Kendal has serious traffic pollution problems
  • Collision reduction, improved fuel efficiency and reduced insurance premiums in 20mph postcodes reduce motoring costs – good for those currently without a choice not to drive
  • Safer roads encourage walking and cycling, making everyone healthier and happier – 20 limits are good for community life
  • 20 limits help to keep businesses alive with local customers. Small shops are better able to thrive, or at least compete with edge of town multinational retailersFor more information see :       20splentyforus.org.uk 20’s Plenty for Kendal on Twitter @20sPlentyKendal

    OR   contact us at 20splentyforkendal@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.