25 Burbage people needed!

I’m looking for another 25 Burbage residents to work with me to make Freestyle Burbage more successful in 2017.

The aim of Freestyle Burbage is “to celebrate our community and our creative spirit“. We organise events, activities and groups all over the parish of Burbage.

Many people have contributed to our events but we need more people to play an active part, to think of ideas, to get sponsorship, to publicise events, to run events, to start groups and take on long-term projects like book exchange boxes and toy libraries.

I have taken on much of the work for what we have done so far but I will not be putting as much time into it after this year, so if we don’t get more people actively involved I don’t think Freestyle Burbage will continue.

Bug hunting in Burbage
Bug hunting in Burbage
Yarnbomb at St Catherine's Church Burbage
Yarnbomb at St Catherine’s Church Burbage

The events/projects we have organised this year have been:

  • Guerrilla poetry posters
  • Burbage Village litter pick
  • Love Burbage yarnbombing
  • Dawn Chorus Walk
  • Burbage Book Exchange free library
  • Spring plant swap
  • Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening
  • Jitty Bug Walk (twice)

And planned for the rest of this year…

  • Summer toy library
  • Twilight/bat walk in August
  • Autumn plant swap in October

Next year I would like to do even more, but I need more people like you to help. As well as our regular events I would like to run a series of activities on the theme of “Summer of Love 50” to “reaffirm the power of love, hope and optimism”. Some initial ideas are:

  • ‘Flowers in the Rain’ plant tubs in early spring
  • ‘Penny Lane’ jitty treasure hunt
  • ‘Strawberry Fields’ summer picnic
  • In the Sky with Diamonds’ kite workshop and festival
  • ‘Blackberry Way’ forage walk
  • ‘Morning Dew’ cobweb walk in autumn

We don’t have a committee or formal meetings, we just get on and make stuff happen in Burbage. If you’re interested in this or you have other ideas, and you want to be a part of the Freestyle Burbage project, please email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk

Wildlife champions needed for the Blooming Burbage project

I would like to connect with other Burbage people who are interested in wildlife-friendly gardening and/or who want to help make Burbage a haven for wildlife.

As well as turning my own garden into a pesticide-free wildlife-friendly zone I have persuaded Burbage Parish Council to join the Hedgehog Awareness Scheme and to try leaving un-mown strips in some parks, and they have promised that they don’t use any neonicotinoids on their land.

I have also asked the Environment Agency to survey Sketchley Brook to see what can be done to reverse the silting up and accumulation of debris and bankside growth, and I hope we can organise a clear up party.

Some suggestions of other things we can do are:

  • manage some or all of our own gardens as wildlife-friendly areas
  • tell our friends and neighbours what we are doing
  • put pictures and stories about our gardens on social media
  • write to local papers about the need to protect wildlife
  • write/email/tweet to Burbage Parish Council to praise them for their positive actions
  • write/email/tweet to Burbage Parish Council to complain about their negative actions (like obsessive edge-to-edge mowing in parks, destruction of hedgerows, and weedkiller spraying, all in the name of ‘neatness’)
  • use the parish council’s ‘suggestions box’ to suggest improvements
  • write/email/tweet to Royal Mail to complain about the rubber bands their posties drop (because they kill and injure hedgehogs and other wildlife)
  • go out and pick up litter, especially harmful stuff like rubber bands, hair bands, four-pack plastic loops, bottles, ring pulls and cans
  • ask the candidates for the Burbage Parish Council election in July what they will do to protect our wildlife and its habitats

If you are a wildlife champion and you want to be part of the initiative which makes Burbage the leading parish in Leicestershire for biodiversity please email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk 🙂

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