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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 🙂

Find us on Twitter: @BloomingBurbij
And on Facebook: Blooming Burbage Wildlife Friendly Gardening

Burbage Yarnbomb Project

IMG_20150922_175026We have made a start on the Burbage Yarnbomb Project with a small display in Featherston Drive.

In 2016 we plan to have displays of knitted and crocheted displays all over Burbage throughout the year, and you are invited to take part. If you can’t knit or crochet there will be “have a go” days for beginners 🙂

We would like to hear from individuals or groups in Burbage who would like to take part, and from owners of shops, businesses or public spaces who would like to host a display.

If you can knit or crochet a small item we would love to add it to our ‘yarnbomb pole’ so please get busy with your needles now!

To find out more about this project please email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk

New groups in Burbage

Now winter is creeping up on us it’s a good time to think about new groups and activities in Burbage.

fbpic01Freestyle Burbage aims to “celebrate our community and our creative spirit” so we try to encourage events and activities which are free (if possible), happen in the parish of Burbage (not just in the village), involve as many local people as possible, and are a bit different from anything already happening. We like to focus on people actually getting involved and doing things, without a lot of bureaucracy, committees etc, and not being passive audiences.

So, what are people interested in? Most groups can start small in people’s homes without too much organisation, and move to a bigger venue if necessary when they get bigger. Some ideas might be…

* marbles
* conkers
* Frisbee/dog Frisbee
* rounders
* street football
* walking football
* Parkour/freerunning
* geocaching
* scrabble
* knitting/crochet
* sewing
* book club
* writing
* storytelling
* play reading/acting
* debating
* philosophy

If you are interested in any of these, or anything else, please add a comment below or email mike@freestyleburbage.org.uk

Burbage Free Gardeners

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We are a friendly informal group who meet in each other’s gardens from April to September

Whether you’ve got a window box, patio, small garden or big garden, let’s get together to talk about our gardens and swap ideas and help.

Join us on Sunday 19 April from 10 to 12 in Mike’s garden at 8 Featherston Drive.

Everybody welcome!