Five ways in which CPRE Bedfordshire works on climate change




The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England has a local branch in Bedfordshire that feels it important to combat climate change.

 

Hedgerows

CPRE Bedfordshire campaigns for the protection of hedgerows that suck carbon out of the air and store it in their trunks, roots and in the soil underground. In 2020 they joined Pertenhall & Swineshead Parish Council and a local action group in their successful effort to stop a local farmer from destroying around 800 metres of field hedgerow in Swineshead.

Supporting local climate action groups

The CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards celebrate and promote local action groups working on climate change, zero waste, tree planting and other carbon mitigation projects. The 2021 awards projects included The Ampthill Buzz which is managed by the Ampthill Climate Change Group who aim to turn selected close-mown turfed areas within the town into wildflower havens, Re-Phil’s Zero Waste shop and a new community woodland in the Forest of Marston Vale.

Local Food

CPRE champions local food networks as a way of reducing the carbon footprint of what we eat and celebrates local producers through the Living Countryside Awards. In 2021 the Made in Bedfordshire category winners were Riverside Dairy for their artisan ice-creams.

The countryside next door

CPRE helps people to find walks and green spaces on their doorstep, cutting down on car use. From showcasing the greener side of towns like Bedford to places that shine a light on local and national history.

To find out more, visit CPRE Bedfordshire.




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