LED STREET LIGHTING
Surrey County Council has a
programme to swap street lights for energy-efficient LEDs. You can find out more
information here. West and East Horsley are on the schedule to be
converted early next year.
WEST HORSLEY BLUE HEARTS
It has been estimated there are
nearly half a million kilometres of rural road verge in the UK. With over
97% of ancient wild flower meadows destroyed since the 1930s road verges are a
vital refuge for many bees, butterflies, birds, bats and insects. Inspired
by the work being carried out in Bookham (and beyond), we are approaching
Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council to ask if some of our
verges could be left so we can see what comes into flower. We will be identifying suitable verges such
as those along the A246, and will install ‘blue hearts’ to show which verges
should be left uncut. We will also be working with West Horsley WI to look at wildflower planting in suitable places around the village.
For details on how the Blue Hearts Campaign can help to increase biodiversity in grass verges click here.
And if you want to read more, why not read the ‘Plantlife’ Good Verge Guide.
Watch this Space: During Spring 2022 we will be providing information on how to create your own 'Bug Hotel'.
If you would like to get involved in any of these Climate Change Task Group Projects please email the Task Group Lead, Cllr Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teracycle offers free recycling
programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world. As
part of the free recycling programmes, members of the public can set up a
public drop-off location (a recycling bin in an accessible space) in their
community, in order to collect even more waste! Residents will be able to use
interactive maps to find these locations and drop off their specific TerraCycle
waste. We are looking into working with
a local company to support this and provide a terra cycling point centrally
within the village. Start saving your takeaway coffee cups!
HOMES FOR HEDGEHOGS
Each season we will be featuring a 'top tip' for increasing biodiversity opportunities in your garden. We are looking to involve our Youth Council with this so that we capture the 'hearts and minds' of our younger potential environmentalists. For the Autumn we are focusing on building a home in your garden that is suitable for Hedgehogs. A wealth of advice is available on the Surrey Wildlife Trust website - see links below.
Surrey Wildlife Trust - how to build a hedgehog home.
If you are lucky enough to spot a hedgehog in your garden, you can record it here:
This link takes you to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and how they are working to gain support for ensuring hedgehogs are recognised under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 by moving them from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5. There is also a wealth of information about hedgehogs!