The Glow Worm Hunt was a great success with 35 local rsidents spotting 20 glow worms. Read our full report here.
We have hedgehogs in Silchester! Several have been spotted recently. For details on how you can encourage these charming creatures into your garden to deal with your slugs see Silchester Wildlife.
With the increase in energy prices, we have updated our Home Energy Page with more details on grants and loans available to help you cut your energy bills and reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
Over the past year, we have been working with Silchester School to cut their emissions from energy use and to save money. They have brought in consultants to look at how behaviour change could cut their bills, surveyed the insulation in all the roofs across the school. They are getting quotes to improve some of the roof insulation as soon as funding is available. In June, we applied for a grant from Salix Finance to complete a detailed decarbonisation plan for the school, and we are awaiting the outcome of that application.
Please recycle anything you can in the Ali Recycling scheme at the Pavilion on a Friday, or at the Village Market. Everything you leave raises money for the Playground and the Village Hall. We can no longer collect pet food packaging, crisp packets or coffee pods (except Lavazza ECO pods). Soft plastics (plastic bags, pet food pouches, crisp packets etc) can now mostly be recycled at Sainsburys in Tadley. The collection point is by the windows behind the tills. You can however continue to recycle your coffee pods yourself through the Podback Scheme. For full details of what can be recycled through Ali Recycling including details of four NEW schemes and for a copy of the A-Z of local recycling facilities, see Reduce and Reuse
Basingstoke and Deane have just launched their Climate Change Toolkit full of useful advice on things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.
We now have an Aluminium Foil collection point at the Village Hall. Clean Aluminium foil only, please. See Reduce and Reuse for the location of the recycling bins at the Village Hall.
Sustainable Silchester is all about encouraging and supporting Silchester residents to take practical actions to live more sustainably and improve bio-diversity. We are joining people and communities across the world in taking positive action and being part of the solution. Together we can make a difference.
Meetings are open to all local residents, or people who work in or around Silchester. The aims are to lead positive action and to enjoy meeting each other. Our next meeting will be in mid September. All are welcome.
…for infomation about local activities where you can get involved, local recycling and re-use services, and local services. Also information about the Common and local flora and fauna, ideas for seasonal recipes and much more. If you think of anything else that we should add, please let us know.