Our Environment Group
11th February 2018
As our plans for 2018 get underway there will be many opportunities to become involved. Two, unrelated, things to start with, firstly litter and secondly growing wildflowers from seed.
On litter we’re planning to recruit a team of village litter-pickers. We can provide green sacks, gloves, litter pickers and high-viz jackets. All you need to do is take responsibility for an agreed patch of the village, or surrounding countryside, along the public paths within the parish, go out and once a week or so, pick up litter: bag it and bin it! Simple, but we need to start now whilst the grass is short!
Our aim is for Addingham to be a plastic litter free zone by the end of the year. It’s not only the oceans that suffer from plastic pollution!
On growing wildflowers from seed, we are planning to introduce, or re-introduce, a very attractive wildflower called Betony (Stachys officinalis) to some of our wildflower plots in the village. However, it is not an easy plant to grow simply by sowing seed directly into the soil. A better way is to sow the wildflower seed in pots and then plant the seedlings out, as plug plants, once they have become established.