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1st April 2021
Eynsford Tree of the Year - A Celebration of our Village Trees
Nominate Your Favourite Tree!
You may be aware of the Woodland Trust's annual Tree of the Year contest (https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-of-the-year/) which aims to showcase the UK's favourite trees to help promote their value and need for protection.
We thought it would be fun to do a similar contest for our village trees, after all we are the place where Arbor Day first started in the UK in 1897!
So, do you have favourite tree in the village? Perhaps a tree which you think is a perfect example of that species. Alternatively, is there a tree in the village that makes you smile or brings back happy memories? Or maybe a tree which you think embodies Eynsford village?
If so, then why not nominate it for Eynsford Tree of the Year. To nominate your tree please email email@example.com or drop in a note to the parish office, and tell us;
-which tree you wish to nominate (the tree must be within Eynsford parish)
-a few lines about why you are nominating this tree. -the location of the tree, and the species (if you know it)
-and ideally please include a photo
Nominations need to reach us by June 2021. The winner will be chosen by our Tree Wardens and a representative from our Green Team. The winning tree will be unveiled, rather more Arbor than Oscar-style, the following month. There are no prizes if your chosen tree is picked - it's just for fun. But, the winning tree and it's story, will be featured on our website, social media and in our next newsletter.
The Arbor Day Movement was established in America in 1872 where one day each year is set aside as a festival to plant trees. A similar event was established in England in 1897 in the Kent village of Eynsford.
by Jane Laird for Eynsford's Green Team
9th March 2021
We are pleased to announce a joint initiative between Eynsford Green Team, Eynsford Gardeners' Club and Eynsford in Bloom.
Brighten up your garden, make it more attractive to wildlife, and help to make Eynsford more beautiful for the Eynsford in Bloom competition!
Are you currently choosing bedding plants for your garden hanging baskets and containers? Why not have a go at creating a wildlife-friendly hanging basket.
We have put together some ideas to help you make your hanging baskets more attractive to bees and other pollinators. This includes;
- ideas on lining your planter so that it is more wildlife-friendly and incorporates recycled materials,
- some suggestions for more wildlife-friendly, colourful and scented bedding plants, and,
- ideas to help with manual watering.
Creating this hanging basket makes good use of readily available plant material from gardens, it provides suitable habitats and food for wildlife, the basket looks attractive with the green foliage and it is great fun (it really is!).
Many of these ideas would also be relevant for your pots and other planters.
The Village would look even more beautiful if we could make a display in our front gardens of wildlife-friendly planters. (Although the insects would also like a wildlife-friendly hanging basket in your back garden!). Not only would this be great for wildlife, and create an attractive feature in your garden, but it would also help with our 2021 entry to Eynsford in Bloom.
If you need help sourcing any of the equipment, materials or plants please let us know as we might be able to help!
Please see the attached document for more information. Hanging Basket Tutorial
We would love to see your planted containers and baskets. Post your photos on the Eynsford Parish Council facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
28th January 2021
by Jane Laird on behalf of Eynsford Green Team
Many thanks to all those residents who completed our survey, "How Can Eynsford Be Greener". We carried out the survey to canvass local opinion, to find out what residents would like us to do and help us decide which environmental schemes we should implement.
We received 98 responses (online and paper), which equates to about 12% of households in the parish. This is an encouraging response and 72% of those respondents stated that they felt it was "very important" that Eynsford Parish Council/EGT tries to tackle environmental issues within the parish.
From analysing what we currently recycle as a village we are doing well on glass and clothes. We are looking at ways we can facilitate more recycling within the village. We will contact and lobby Sevenoaks District Council on improving recycling options throughout the whole district.
Ideas and suggestions
We had lots of positive responses to our suggestions. 85% of respondents wanted to see more bee and wildlife planting on parish council land. We are already implementing wildlife planting and are aiming to launch a wildflower pot/hanging basket initiative for everyone to get involved with this spring, details to follow next month.
70% of respondents would like more recycling points in the village for different items and as mentioned above we will work on this.
We were thrilled to hear residents' comments/ideas, and these included the following:
- Recycle bins next to existing rubbish bins for visiting public to recycle litter
- Communal compost bins
- Co-operative for bulk purchase of electricity
- Hydro power from the river
We will review all the suggestions put forward.
Electric cars and charging points
We had an interesting response to the electric car question with 45% of respondents stating that they already own an electric car or within the next 5 years they plan to buy one. Of those that do or plan to have an electric car, 20% would not be able to charge on their own property, therefore many villagers will need access to a public charge point. As there is a developing need for public charge points EGT are reviewing possible locations and investigating the available grants. After 2030 all new cars will have to be electric and EGT will help the village prepare for this.
Whilst not everyone was keen on the idea of a community solar panel field or a wind turbine the Government has committed to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. As part of this commitment, the Government have set up the Rural Community Energy Fund, which is a £10 million programme to support rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects. There are many inspiring projects taking place throughout the country using this fund. These projects not only provide clean energy but also give social and economic benefits to the local community. This is an area we will continue to investigate.
he responses to the survey have given EGT the information and impetus to prepare a 10-year plan of what we aim to achieve. We will publish this plan later in the year. Thank you to all those respondents who offered to help EGT or help with various projects, we will be in touch soon. We will work with village groups where relevant as we appreciate many groups already have eco policies or wish to do more for the environment. Do not forget we regularly post articles on www.eynsfordparishcouncil.org.uk, on the Greener Eynsford page and you can contact us via email, email@example.com.