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Biodiversity News: March 2021

The Biodiversity Working Group was set up in late 2020, pulling together their action plan and have made a good start on increasing biodiversity in the town.
The mowing contract in St Andrews Gardens has been varied to leave certain areas to grow wild to enhance habitats for wildlife and insects in the area. More information on this variation will be available after the first mow in late March.
Some of you will have seen trees being planted at the top of Holloway Hill. 15 native trees were planted in March, with a further 15-20 due to be planted in the Autumn. Children from Holy Redeemer School were involved in the planting of these trees, and it is hoped that when some form of ‘normality’ resumes, the Biodiversity Working Group will work closely with the Youth Council to encourage Biodiversity to be included in their learning.

Climate Emergency News: March 2021

The Climate Emergency Working Group, which was set up in 2020, have been working hard even through the pandemic on achieving their actions to reduce climate change.
The group have been working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy alongside the University of Exeter, who have produced a ‘Carbon Footprint Tool.’ The tool is still in the investigation stages. Watch this space for more news on Pershore’s Carbon Footprint.
In 2020 the Cemetery Chapels energy was moved to a ‘green energy’ supplier, with the Library following closely behind in March 2021. It is hoped the Town Hall can also be moved in July when the contract ends.
The group have been looking into the feasibility of installing Solar PVs on all Town Council owned property. In September 2020 an ‘off grid’ Solar PV panel was installed on the new Cemetery toilet block, and investigations surrounding the installation of Solar PV panels on the Town Hall and Library are ongoing.
The Climate Emergency Working Group would encourage residents to take part in a Car Free Day on 22nd September 2021. It is hoped that this will encourage individuals to think about the impact their movements have on the environment.

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