Sunday, May 8, 2022

Seed Library now open at Pot & Page Café, Ledbury.

Sustainable Ledbury is very pleased to announce that the SEED LIBRARY is now open!


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Come and pay a visit to the Seed Library at Pot & Page- in partnership with Sustainable Ledbury
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All seeds are FREE to take home, so discover the joy of growing your own today!
If you have any excess seeds, you can also donate them to the library, so the cycle can continue ♻️


If you want help or advice, there is useful free advice available from Garden Organic here


Visit the Seed Library at Pot & Page to find out more!
Pot & Page, 8 New St, Ledbury




Thursday, May 5, 2022

Poetry Competition for school children as part of Ledbury Poetry Festival.

 

Sustainable Ledbury and Pot & Page Café are holding a poetry competition for school children as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. The theme is ‘Looking After our World’.

Poems must be no longer than a maximum of 30 lines, on the theme ‘Looking after our World’, and may be in any format.

Entries must be all the children’s own work and must be submitted with a completed application form via email to sustainableledbury@gmail.com or handed in to Pot & Page Café, New Street, Ledbury.

The categories are as follows:

Reception/Year 1/ 2; Year 3/4; Year 5/6, Year 7/8; Year9/10; Year 11/12

The closing date for entries is Friday 10th June 2022 and winners will be notified no later than Friday 24th June. The prize giving ceremony will be held in Pot & Page Café on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd July.

There will be a First Prize of a £10 book token, Runner Up of a £7 book token and up to 2 highly commended, in each category. All will also receive a certificate.

Sustainable Ledbury would like to print the winners’ poems and the entry form asks for permission from the parent or guardian to do this. Full names will not be used in any publication, only the first name and initial letter of the family name. The application form must be signed by a parent or guardian indicating agreement to this.

There will be 3 judges but they will not be able to provide feedback to the children on their poems.

For any questions or queries, contact Sustainable Ledbury on sustainableledbury@gmail.com

With thanks to Pot & Page Café for their sponsorship.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Town Trail working party; April 26th

At the end of April, at Ledbury Town Council's request, we did some more work along the stretch of the Trail that goes by the Recreation Ground. The 'chipper' team from Balfour Beatty joined us so that the brash could be chipped rather than us creating 'dead hedges'.



Sadly we found quite a lot of rubble. This kind of fly tipping slows down our work but we were very thankful that the Balfour Beatty team could both deal with the brash and remove the rubble.



Clearing away some of the ivy lets a lot more light into the area. We hope this helps you enjoy the area through the summer.




After Monday 9th May we will have a 3 week break before the next session on 23rd May. It was hard to schedule fortnightly sessions around bank holidays and everyone's other commitments!
As always, if you'd like to join us, do contact us via email on sustainableledbury@gmail.com for more details. You can also find us on our website sustainableledbury.co.uk

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Waste Reduction project update

Sustainable Ledbury is delighted to have taken on the responsibility to manage this project. A group of our supporters signed up for the training which took place in early 2022. From now on they will be  attending local events to raise awareness and give advice on how to reduce our waste. This will include information on reducing food waste (and saving money!), recycling, and composting.  

Some of our supporters had been involved in the waste reduction Master Composters and Love Food Hate Waste campaigns, run jointly by Herefordshire Council, Worcestershire Council and Garden Organic. Sadly, Herefordshire pulled out of this some years ago. It was therefore a natural step to consult with Garden Organic to see if we could set up something on a smaller scale for Ledbury.

Ledbury Town Council supported this idea and commissioned Garden Organic to train some volunteers in a range of things that can be done to reduce waste.

We now have a group of trained, enthusiastic volunteer Waste Reduction advisors, who will be out and about at various local events in 2022. 


Our first stall will be at the Ledbury Community Day on the 4th June 2022.


If you have an interest in reducing, reusing, recycling and composting, and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others, we would love more volunteers, and the online training is still available.

If you would like to know more about volunteering for this campaign, please contact Sarah Blenkinsop by email at sustainableledbury@gmail.com or, alternatively, you can send your details in a sealed envelope addressed to Sustainable Ledbury to the Ledbury Town Council office on Church Street.


Thursday, April 7, 2022

Cherry Blossom and Alkanet on the Town Trail

Taken a while to get round to doing this post, but on 4th April we started working at the station end of the Town Trail. The cherry blossom was looking great and some Green alkanet was in flower (blue flowers in one of the photos). The roots of this plant supplied the red dye which Egyptian women used on their hair and nails. It's not certain when it was introduced to Britain or why.





We've taken a bit of a break for Easter but will be back next Monday - 25th - doing some work along the stretch through the Recreation Ground. The 'chipper team' from Balfour Beatty will be with us to chip all the brash so that we can leave the area looking good for the music fest for the Jubilee.


As always, if you'd like to join us, do get in touch via our email sustainableledbury@gmail.com

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Town Trail - Raspberries and Roman salads

Our latest session on the Town Trail was on Mon 21st March. We finally got down as far as the Woodleigh Road bridge - just! We now need to change location as we're into the nesting season and there's a lot of wild life in this section. It felt like a real achievement to get this far and our work has let so much light into the area. We're looking forward to seeing what plants grow through now they've got some light.













The plant finds this time included raspberries! We cleared the ground around them so who knows if they'll bear fruit later in the year. We also spotted ground elder. Did you know that the Romans brought this plant over to use as a salad vegetable? They probably didn't realise how invasive it would be if you get it in your garden!

Our next session is on Monday 4th April. We'll be up where the Trail starts, near the station, where we'll be clearing ivy off some of the ground - to encourage more wildflowers.
The group is growing and new members are always welcome. If you're interested, contact us on sustainableledbury@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Town Trail - Woodleigh Road, wild flowers.

We were back working last Monday (7.3.22) down near Woodleigh Road. The robins joined us again but were definitely camera shy this time and I didn't manage to get their photo.


We're starting to see more wild flowers coming through though. There were Celandine, Lords and Ladies (sometimes known as Cuckoo Pint) and even some Cyclamen. Did you know that the roots of Lords and Ladies were gathered for their high starch content. In Elizabethan times this was used for stiffening the high, pleated, linen ruffs that were fashionable at the time.








We'll be back for one more session in this area of the Trail on Monday 21st March. Then we'll be into the nesting season and will move to the top end of the Trail, near the station. We can clear ivy off the ground along that stretch without disturbing the nesting process.

If you would like to come and help, do get in touch.
sustainableledbury@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Town Trail - Robins join in the work!

There were just a small group of us working on the Town Trail on Monday 7th Feb. We 'liberated' some hazel that was almost smothered with ivy.




We are now seeing wildflowers coming through where we've cleared the ground, which is really encouraging. The birds seem to like what we're doing too and a couple of robins came to inspect our work. One of them was camera shy!




As we work down the trail below Woodleigh Road, we know we will have to take extra care. There are hedgehogs, slow worms, frogs and newts in the area. As well as making room for more wildflowers, we want to make sure that the wildlife already there is given the best chance to thrive.



Our next session is on Monday morning 21st February. If you'd like to join us, do get in touch.
sustainableledbury@gmail.com

Friday, January 28, 2022

Town Trail - Signs of Spring, and litter.

We had another good session on the Town Trail on Monday (24th Jan) and have cleared another section. 



We collected 3 bags of litter and an old tyre and left the area looking more cared for. 


We were very disappointed to learn that more litter had been dropped in the area during the week but we'll be back.

The good news is that there are already signs of wildflowers starting to appear - celandine and wood avens. The photos show 'before' and 'after' our work.



 I nearly forgot the 'after' ones. When I went back to the area some 10 minutes later, it was good to see ground feeding birds, including robins and blackbirds, foraging on the disturbed soil.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Town Trail - Brambles and Ivy

We had our first session of 2022 on Monday (10th) continuing to tackle the brambles and ivy. We're back working from Bye Street/Bridge Street towards Woodleigh Road.









Our next session is on Monday 24th Jan. Do contact us on sustainableledbury@gmail.com if you'd like to join us.