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Swan family in Saltford. SEG

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Summer Wombling

Saltford Upcycling Craft Group - June meeting

Be a part of the Bristol Avon WaterBlitz

Saltford playing field, Manor Rd, public info event, 8 June

Don't mess with Saltford's Admiral Kelly!

Annual river clean held in May

Waitrose to support SEG in May, but only with YOUR help

Bristol to Bath Festival of Nature coming to Saltford and Keynsham 18 & 19 June

Calling Saltford's photographers

Saltford Evening Village Walk, Thurs 23 June

Tick advice

Saltford Parish Council elects new Chairman

British public says renewables offer huge economic benefits - and wants more

Publishing Saltford's History Online presentation

Giant Hogweed warning

Railway habitat project making great strides

You can find lots more news further down the page or on our theme pages.


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SEG's Newsletter page carries past and recently published news stories; click here to see: Newsletters >>


Summer Wombling

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Lily showing litter is not wanted in Saltford, especially by the river.

Saltford Wombles will be taking their customary break from organised litter-picks during the summer but SEG members wishing to sort out a litter problem near where they live or regularly walk can borrow litter pickers, gloves, high viz jackets and bin bags from Julie Sampson. You can contact Julie by email to: juliebsampson@gmail.com or tel: 01225--874603 or 07807--671--267.

If you're wishing to encourage your children to take a more active pride in Saltford and do something for the local community, why not organise a family litter pick and see how much litter you can collect in an hour or two?

May 2016

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Saltford Upcycling Craft Group - June meeting

We are still making arrangements for June's Saltford Upcycling Craft Group meeting so please take a look at SEG's news page in a week or so to get confirmation of the date. It is possible we may have to change the date to the 3rd Friday (17th) when we will be continuing with the crochet theme and making flowers, a great way to use up odds and ends of wool.

If you would like to find out more about us you are welcome to phone Frances on 07789--528834 or come along on the day 7-9pm, Signs of Saltford, 559 Bath Road, (works entrance) and enjoy a free, friendly craft session. Frances and Tina look forward to seeing you.

May 2016

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Be a part of the Bristol Avon WaterBlitz

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Whether you are a school, community group, business, organisation or member of the public, you can take part in the Bristol Avon WaterBlitz to help capture a snapshot of the condition of the water environment. The aim is to collect 500 water samples across the Bristol Avon Catchment.

Just visit www.wessexwater.co.uk/waterblitz to sign up and find out more. Once you have registered you will be contacted about receiving your free water testing kit.

May 2016

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Saltford playing field, Manor Rd, public info event, 8 June

As many will be aware, Saltford Primary School is planning to replace the temporary classroom buildings with a new permanent classroom block. The new classrooms will be built on a small area of the school field and will thereby reduce the recreational and sports provision currently enjoyed by the school.

To mitigate for this loss it is proposed by B&NES Council that the school will have exclusive access to an area of the adjoining public playing field during school time for sports and outside recreation. The area available to the school will be enclosed to prevent dog access and a formal football pitch set out.

This enhanced sports provision will be available to the community when not used by the school. In addition and in conjunction with the Council's Open Spaces team the field will be landscaped and provision made for picnics and informal play as well as improvements for dog walkers that use this popular area.

A schematic of the plan for the field will be available to view at the school on Wednesday 8th June at 6pm. Both school staff and Council officers will be available to answer any questions.

May 2016

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Don't mess with Saltford's Admiral Kelly!

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The bust of Admiral Benedictus Marwood Kelly (photographed at Mount Kelly)

During May our Chairman visited Mount Kelly (formerly Kelly College) in Tavistock to photograph the portrait of Admiral Benedictus Kelly hanging high up on the wall of the school library, at Kelly Church (Devon) to photograph Admiral Kelly's grave and commemorative window, and then called next door on Kelly House where he met the current (31st) Squire of Kelly House, Warin Kelly.

This was a highly productive fact-finding tour, revealing further fascinating information about Admiral Kelly. If you visit our history project page dedicated to Admiral Kelly you will find as you peruse the page:-

  • an account of how he went ashore from HMS Pheasant at Dutch Accra (Ghana) in 1820, demanded the release of captive slaves and, when this was refused, returned to his ship which then proceeded to bombard the town. The bombardment continued for two hours until a message was sent agreeing that the slaves (totalling 50) would be handed over. This raises the known tally of slaves he rescued to over 350 and shows that he was not someone slave traders should mess with(!);
  • a new and imposing photograph of Admiral Kelly, taken in the 1850s (our oldest photograph of a Saltford resident). The close resemblance to his portrait painted 20 years earlier in Florence is easy to see whilst his top hat is great to see and was doubtless worn around Saltford;
  • photographs of his grave (the churchyard was so overgrown it was difficult to find - the grass was cleared away from the plaque for the photo!) and of the commemorative stained glass window he funded and that that was moved in 1900 from the front to the rear of the church;
  • Kelly's links with Brunel as steam replaced sail for sea travel. As one of its first Directors Kelly helped establish the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company for transporting Her Majesty's mail. Brunel's SS Great Western built at Bristol in 1838 was the first ship to cross the Atlantic by steam power, directly led to the creation of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, and Brunel's SS Great Western was subsequently purchased by that company;
  • an unexpected link (for art lovers) between Admiral Kelly and JMW Turner's famous and stunning 1838 painting of "The Fighting HMS Temeraire". HMS Temeraire fought magnificently in the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar and saved the stricken HMS Victory from certain destruction; our Admiral Kelly at age 19 served on HMS Temeraire as a Midshipman the year before. In 2005 Turner's evocative oil painting was voted the nation's greatest painting in a poll organised by BBC Radio 4's Today programme. We have a photograph of the painting on Admiral Kelly's page; and
  • an 1878 drawing of the hugely impressive Kelly College and its surroundings by the architect Chas F Hansom.

There are also other new aspects to Admiral Kelly's life published in his feature page during May. This continues to grow into a significant tribute to our humanitarian hero as we continue our research into his life as a philanthropist here in Saltford and his remarkable life before then.

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Admiral Kelly's grave,
Parish Church of St Mary, Kelly, Devon PL16 0HH.

You can visit Admiral Kelly's page in our History Project via this link: Admiral Kelly.

May 2016

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Annual river clean held in May

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The annual 'river clean' gets underway in The Shallows

A big 'thank you' from SEG and our Wombles to the canoe and kayaking clubs including Canoe Avon, Avon Outdoor Activity Club and the Cheeky Friday Paddle Club who got together to clean our river on Sunday 15th May.

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One of our young Wombles, Lily, helping to clear the riverbank during the river clean

The annual 'river clean' has now become an annual event and this activity to clear the litter and other debris that accumulates shows that many of our river users really do care about the environment here in Saltford.

May 2016

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Waitrose to support SEG in May, but only with YOUR help

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At short notice, due to the withdrawal of another good cause, Waitrose in Keynsham has generously included Saltford Environment Group in their Community Matters support scheme halfway through May. With only half a month to collect green tokens this means we need maximum support from members and others shopping at Waitrose during May.

One of the three token donation boxes by the exit door bears our name until the end of May so you now know where to place your token when you shop there during the month. If the checkout staff forget to issue you with a token just ask for yours.

Each month 1,000 is donated by Waitrose to be shared across 3 good causes and the money is split by the number of tokens donated by shoppers.

Members are reminded that SEG's Executive Committee has an inclusive policy of not charging you an annual subscription for all the voluntary unpaid work we do on Saltford's behalf so this is an important opportunity to help boost our funds and keep us afloat so that the expenses we incur can be covered.

Please support SEG if you can during May when you shop in Waitrose and in anticipation of that support, thank you!

Text on our token collection box in Waitrose:-

Saltford Environment Group is a voluntary organisation that engages with all age groups in seeking a better future for the community.

Defending the Green Belt from unsuitable development, Saltford Wombles litter picks, supporting Saltford's Fairtrade status, habitat restoration, campaigning to re-open Saltford railway station, researching and publishing Saltford's history, and providing environmental advice and guidance is what we do. Further information at www.saltfordenvironmentgroup.org.uk.

May 2016

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Bristol to Bath Festival of Nature coming to Saltford and Keynsham 18 & 19 June

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The Festival of Nature from 11th to 25th June is organised by the Bristol Natural History Consortium and will be the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world. It will be two weeks of free events along the river Avon for wildlife lovers of all ages.

The festival will include on Sat 18th and Sun 19th June a chance to have a guided tour of the Saltford Sewage Works and learn how waste water is treated so it can be safely released into the River Avon.

Keynsham Memorial Park is also playing host to the Festival of Nature on Sun 19th June (1-4pm) where you can visit nature themed stalls and activities in the Festival marquee, listen to 'Wind in the Willows' performances from the bandstand and join in with nature themed workshops around the park.

Further details about the festival can be found at www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/.

May 2016

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Calling Saltford's photographers

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We're fishing for photographs...

Much of what SEG does is to promote what's great about Saltford and the natural environment here. We want members and others visiting our website to be inspired not just by what we as a community-based organisation do, but what makes Saltford such an amazing place to be.

So, if you're into photography, live in or visit Saltford, and would like to contribute spectacular or interesting photographs you have taken of Saltford and its surrounding countryside for us to use, contact our Chairman and website editor, Phil Harding.

We are particularly willing to assist young photographers by helping and encouraging them to develop their interest in photography and in Saltford's natural environment.

May 2016

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Saltford Evening Village Walk, Thurs 23 June

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Starting point: The Shallows car park

The annual village walk on the beautiful footpaths around the village will take place on Thursday 23rd June starting at 7.00 pm from The Shallows car park. The walk will be led by Brian Cooper and will last approximately 2 - 3 hours.

Everyone is welcome, no need to book, but please wear suitable footwear, and put all dogs on leads.

May 2016

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Tick advice

Whilst out and about enjoying Saltford's wildlife it is important to be aware of ticks, the bloodsucking, disease-carrying arachnids, that are on the rise in the UK due to milder winters. Residents and visitors to Saltford will need to be careful when walking in long grass or wooded areas where deer may have been present. Ticks may even appear in your garden as has already happened to one resident in Saltford this spring.

Tick bites can go unnoticed although with most people they itch within hours of the tick biting and the tick can remain feeding on your blood for several days before dropping off. The longer the tick is in place, the higher the risk of it passing on Lyme disease, a very dangerous bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks.

The advice from the NHS is that if you do find a tick on your or your child's skin, remove it by gently gripping it as close to the skin as possible, preferably using fine-toothed tweezers, and pull steadily away from the skin (don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin).

Never use a lit cigarette end, a match head or essential oils to force the tick out. It is important to be aware that using incorrect methods (twisting the tick, using chemicals or a lit cigarette) may cause the tick to spasm and vomit back into your skin and bloodstream, greatly increasing the risk of infection.

We provide further advice on this topic including the advice from the NHS on signs to look out for concerning Lyme Disease if you have been bitten by a tick on our wildlife page.

May 2016

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Saltford Parish Council elects new Chairman

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Chris Warren, Chairman of Saltford Parish Council for 2016/17

At its monthly meeting on 3rd May, the first anniversary meeting since the Parish Council took office after the Parish Council elections in May 2015, Councillor Chris Warren was unanimously elected to serve as Chairman of Saltford Parish Council for 2016/17.

Chris Warren, who many SEG members will know as leader of our Saltford station campaign, replaced Councillor Duncan Hounsell who had decided to stand down from holding the position. The Parish Council thanked Duncan Hounsell for all his work and guidance in steering the new Parish Council through its first year. At the meeting Councillor Phil Harding was unanimously re-elected as Vice Chairman of the Council for a second year.

May 2016

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British public says renewables offer huge economic benefits - and wants more

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There are jobs, money and survival in renewable
energy. Our only safe future is sun power

Dave Hampton

New official Government statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that the British public believes that renewable energy provides tangible economic benefits - and they want clean energy projects built in their area.

The Public Attitudes Tracking from DECC shows that 70% of people see clear economic benefits to the UK from renewable energy. The survey also showed that 56% would be happy with a large-scale project in their local area.

Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive of renewable energy trade association RenewableUK, said: "It's great that the British public sees how renewable energy is helping to grow the UK economy. Renewables are delivering investment and jobs throughout our country".

These surveys of public attitudes are carried out annually (since 2012). Support for renewable energy has been consistently high since 2012 at around 75-80%. This pattern has continued in 2016 with 81% expressing support for the use of renewables with support lowest amongst those aged 65+ (74%).

Opposition to renewables was very low at 4%, with only 2% strongly opposed.

For 2016 an additional question was asked about people's opinion on three statements about renewable energy. Nearly eight in ten agreed that renewable energy developments should provide direct benefits to the communities in which they are located (77%), whilst seven in ten (70%) agreed that renewable industries and developments provide economic benefits to the UK.

Just over half said they would be happy to have a large scale renewable development in their own area (56%).

The DECC Public Attitudes Tracking survey (wave 17) can be found at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/public-attitudes-tracking-survey-wave-17.

May 2016

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Publishing Saltford's History Online presentation

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The Crown Inn, 1789

Chairman of Saltford Environment Group, Phil Harding, gave an illustrated talk on "Publishing Saltford's History Online" to the "Friends of Saltford Library" group on Friday 6th May. Phil took the group through SEG's popular history project, revealing hitherto unknown but fascinating aspects of Saltford's illustrious past.

If your local group would like a similar talk, contact Phil.

May 2016

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Giant Hogweed warning

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Giant Hogweed - early season prior to the production of flowers (top photo)
& (below) the bristles that can severely burn you if they puncture your skin

With the arrival of the spring growing season, the highly toxic and invasive alien Giant Hogweed is growing again in the same two areas of Saltford where it has appeared since at least 2014. This is where SEG has discovered and reported it for treatment each year - along the side of the railway cycle path towards Bitton and by the riverbank in The Shallows.

As we are discovering, it can take several years to finally eradicate the plant. The objective is to kill it each time it re-appears before it maims or blinds anyone who touches it and before it produces and spreads seed.

SEG has taken rapid action and had a site meeting with the Team Leader for Parks and Trees at B&NES (on 29th April) - the plant will be injected with an appropriate poison by B&NES staff wearing protective clothing.

We have pictures and information about this plant on our wildlife page including how to report its discovery. However, we wish to remind you that if you see it growing elsewhere in Saltford please also let SEG know (inform our Chairman) so that we can monitor it each year and, for your own safety, DO NOT TOUCH or attempt to remove it yourself.

When removed this plant is so dangerous that under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) it is classified as controlled waste. Anyone working amongst Giant Hogweed should wear protective clothing that covers the whole body including gloves, hood and face visor.

As before we do not publicly announce or highlight the precise location of this plant to avoid the risk of older children using it as a play weapon without realising that the sap from this plant can permanently blind or cause severe skin burns and scarring. If you have a need to know where it is, contact our Chairman by email and supply your telephone number.

May 2016

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Railway habitat project making great strides

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Crosswort growing on the railway habitat restoration project area.

Our project to regenerate the habitat beside a stretch of the cycle path, along the old LMS railway line, has made a great start this spring. The plan is to recreate a habitat similar to that in the 1960s when railway gangers used to maintain the embankment slopes. At that time there were very long lengths of rough grassland, rich in herbs, wild flowers and the insects associated with them.

Having cleared a section of trees a couple of years ago there are now splendid views to the west over the river. Sunlight now reaches the bank allowing grasses to flourish. Already some flowering plants are returning; there is a large area of ground ivy and several patches of crosswort (which isn't found any where else on Saltford).

However, the sunlight enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and flowering plants is also enabling nettles and brambles to grow strongly, which could smother the target species. This is where volunteers come in. So far this spring we have been out several times, using a brush cutter to trim a large area at the top of the bank and hand pulling unwanted plants from around the ground ivy and crosswort patches.

We are looking for more volunteers to help cut back the vigorous growth of nettles and brambles. Our next session will be on Saturday 21st May at 4pm. If you would like to join us please contact the project coordinator Odette McCarthy via our Chairman.

April 2016

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Green Belt Latest:
Parish & Town Councils discuss Joint Spatial Plan

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JSP map showing Bristol's "projected" Housing Market Area (in yellow)

B&NES Council held its second Joint Spatial Plan Working Group meeting on Saturday 23rd April for Parish and Town Councils in the Keynsham, Saltford and Chew Valley area of B&NES. Saltford Parish Councillors Adrian Betts and Phil Harding attended the meeting. For background information on the Joint Spatial Plan and its implications for housing numbers see below.

The purpose of the meeting was to give representatives from Parish and Town Councils the opportunity to discuss and identify constraints and issues and then look at aspirations and opportunities.

The conclusion reached by the Parish and Town Councillors present was that after brownfield site development had been completed and if there remained a genuine need for additional new housing in the Bristol Housing Market Area, then the Joint Spatial Plan should look at a new settlement (e.g. in South Gloucestershire) properly designed with sustainable development principles - i.e. a "Garden City/Town". Furthermore, there was a need for Bristol to show that it was doing everything it could do to solve its own housing issues.

The timing and content of the 350+ objections submitted against the proposed 250 houses on the Green Belt at Keynsham East during April (see earlier story) was fortuitous as B&NES can be in no doubt of the very real concerns and depth of feeling against further unsuitable and unsustainable development in this area.

The Joint Spatial Plan meeting on 23rd April was separate from discussions that unitary councils in the West of England (e.g. B&NES) are having with developers.

The draft Joint Spatial Plan should emerge by the end of May or in early June; the Working Group will meet again then to provide initial feedback on the early draft. It is then we will know if developers have been successful in persuading B&NES to identify Green Belt land for housing development with the attendant risk that speculative planning applications from developers will follow.

The current Joint Spatial Plan timetable, as we previously reported, is:

  • June 2016
    Draft Plan
  • June 2016 - Spring 2017
    Consultation
  • Spring 2017
    Pre-submission Plan
  • Summer 2017
    Submission to HM Government
  • Summer/Autumn 2017
    Examination by Government Inspector
  • Winter 2017
    Report by Government Inspector
  • Early 2018
    Adoption

Background

A huge volume of work and lobbying went into agreeing the housing plans in the B&NES Core Strategy adopted in July 2014. The Core Strategy set out the plans to cover housing needs in B&NES from 2014-2029 and did not identify Saltford's Green Belt for development.

However, a new plan is now being drawn up to replace the housing plans in the B&NES Core Strategy. This is the West of England Joint Spatial Plan covering the 20-year period 2016-2036. Once again the community shall need to make the case to keep the Green Belt safe from inappropriate development.

The Joint Spatial Plan is likely to seek an additional 29,000 new homes over and above existing plans by 2036 across the whole of the West of England, i.e. Bristol, N Somerset, B&NES and S Gloucs.

SEG publishes on our Green Belt page the evidence we submit and other relevant information about the Joint Spatial Plan and its potential impact on the Green Belt whilst we will update our home page (News) with the latest Joint Spatial Plan news affecting Saltford.

April 2016

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20th Century Saltford (and photographs wanted)

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Reproduced by kind permission of Historic England

Above is an aerial photograph taken in the late 1960s of Saltford viewed from the north-east side of the village. St Mary's church is on the right where a small field can be seen between the churchyard and High Street cottages and the closed LMS railway is bottom left (this became the Sustrans cycleway). A much larger version of this photograph can be viewed in our Online Museum.

We have made some interesting additions and changes to our history project's popular Online Museum during April, partly as a result of a visit to the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.

The 20th Century was a time of great change, probably more than at any other time in human history, and Saltford saw many changes too. To make it easier to see and follow how Saltford develped and changed, we have re-structured the 20th Century page of the history project's Online Museum by grouping photographs and images by subject headings (e.g. People, River, Buildings, etc.).

During April we have obtained and published 8 new aerial photographs of Saltford making a total of 13 aerial photographs dating from 1936 to 2000 in the 20th Century page. Most can be enlarged and show just what Saltford was like when open fields preceded many of today's houses and tree cover (including Elm trees) was different than from today.

The Online Museum 20th Century page can be visited from this link. Do check out other pages of our Online Museum too - another addition in April, for example, was an evocative description of Saltford published in 1791(!) when several apple orchards existed between the Turnpike road (A4) and the river.

Photographs Wanted

Do you have any photographs of street parties in Saltford from the 70s (e.g. the 1977 Silver Jubilee), 80s or 90s for the Online Museum? If so we can scan and return them to you - please contact our Chairman Phil Harding.

April 2016

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Give your mower a rest (& wildlife a chance)

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Ever thought about the wildlife benefits of NOT mowing your lawn? The RSPB advice is to give your grass mower a rest as mowing your lawn less, and letting parts of it grow long, saves you time and helps give nature a home. The grasses will set seed, wildflowers will be able to bloom, and the longer stems will create a sheltered microclimate - a mini jungle through which beetles and other small creatures can wander.

You'll see all sorts of insects roving through the long grass, pollinators coming to the flowers in the lawn, and hopefully sparrows and goldfinches coming to feed on the seeds whilst other wild birds will feed and thrive on the insects.

The RSPB advises that you can continue to give the mower a rest into autumn. But cutting it at the end of summer, say at the end of August, also mimics the hay meadows of past decades that made our countryside such a haven for wildlife.

If you are concerned about what the neighbours will think, don't worry as it will still look like you care for your garden if, for example, you create a neatly-edged block of longer grass in the middle of the lawn and continue to mow around it.

Your no-mow area can be any size or shape, however for best results try and make it at least a metre-squared. If you are able to locate your no-mow zone away from flowerbeds it is less likely that it will be invaded by garden plants.

Some further advice from the RSPB:

Create paths that look presentable. The trick is in mowing paths through the longer grass. They can be straight paths in a regular pattern, curving paths, or a mini-maze. Kids will love to run along them. There is extra wildlife incentive for mowing paths - there's evidence that creatures actually like using the short paths to move through the meadow, darting into the longer grass to get food.

Create a spring meadow. Leave your areas of long grass until July, and then mow through until the grass stops growing in late autumn.

and/or:

Create a summer meadow. Mow once in late March or early April and then leave it until September before mowing once or twice in the autumn.

On a warm day in summer, get down at ground level and look closely. See what flowering plants were in your lawn all along but never had the chance to flower, such as daisies, clovers and speedwells.

Remember, it is the less tidy areas of our gardens that allow wildlife to flourish whereas the over-tidy areas are virtually wildlife deserts - especially where non-native flowers, trees and shrubs are grown as these provide little or no food or habitat for insects (both our gardening and wildlife pages advise on the use of native plant species).

April 2016

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350+ objections (incl. SEG's) to 250 new houses on Keynsham East's Green Belt

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On 11th April SEG submitted a formal objection to Development Control at B&NES Council for the the proposed 250 new houses and associated development at Keynsham East (outline planning application 16/00850/OUT).

The deadline for comments was 14th April and over 350 objections including SEG's were received by B&NES. The target decision date is 10th June 2016.

In its objection SEG commented that the development would have a negative effect on an already over-stretched road transport system at peak times on the A4 between Bristol and Bath and will remove Green Belt open land that has an important purpose of separating the two distinct communities of Keynsham and Saltford. We said that the application also ignored all five purposes of the Green Belt in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

SEG's other points were as follows:-

The very regrettable decision to overrule sustainable development principles and permit Green Belt development at Keynsham in the Core Strategy has happened. The gradual loss of Green Belt land in the B&NES area is slowly creating cumulative negative consequences; transport congestion highlights that fact. It is thus incumbent on B&NES Council to ensure that transport problems are addressed BEFORE the development proceeds and not wait to see how bad things get before it is forced to act.

The transport statement (777 pages) associated with this outline planning application makes no real effort to address the fact that the existing and often extreme transport problems during peak travel periods between Saltford and Keynsham will be made worse by access to the A4 by inhabitants and visitors to and from the new development. One snapshot of traffic flows in April 2013 taken by the consultants KTC Limited at this location is not representative of the many problems faced by weekday commuters at different times of the day, different weekdays and throughout the year.

New housing needs to be located near to jobs to reduce the need for commuter travelling and should not create more problems for existing communities. A new development like this simply creates more overloading of transport systems and reduces air quality arising from higher traffic volumes and congestion (Saltford and Keynsham each have Air Quality Management Areas). It also puts local services under increasing strain, reduces recreational green spaces, the loss of Green Belt depletes natural habitats including wildlife corridors, local tourism/leisure businesses are put at risk, and agricultural land is permanently lost for food production purposes.

We concluded that those impacts underline why it would be extremely difficult to describe the proposed development as sustainable development.

Saltford Parish Council response to planning application

At its Planning Committee meeting on 5th April, Saltford Parish Council agreed the following response to B&NES Council on the outline planning application from Macktaggart and Mickel Homes Ltd (Land Parcel 7200, Bath Road, Keynsham ref 16/00850/OUT) to build 250 new houses in Keynsham (near Wellsway School) between Saltford and Keynsham in the Green Belt:

"Whilst we regret the decision made to develop the Green Belt between Keynsham and Saltford in the Core Strategy as this extends urban sprawl, we are also concerned that the road transport infrastructure between Saltford and Keynsham is already saturated at peak times of the day creating extended delays to journey times and raising levels of air pollution (ref. a section of the A4 in Saltford is an Air Quality Management Zone). Saltford Parish Council would therefore not wish this development to proceed without satisfactory measures to address traffic issues."

The planning application can be found on the B&NES Planning Control website (enter 16/00850/OUT in the search criteria).

April 2016

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Join Britain's biggest bee survey (19 May to 30 Jun)

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Photograph Elizabeth Cooksey

Britain's bees make a huge difference to our lives. We can thank them for our food, garden plants, and crops. But our bees are under threat and they need our help. You can join the Great British Bee Count with a FREE and improved smartphone app. Each bee you identify will help the experts build a better picture of the health of our bees.

Details about how to get involved in the "Great British Bee Count 2016" can be found from this link: https://www.foe.co.uk/page/great-british-bee-count-2016-sign-up.

April 2016

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Older news stories from SEG

'The SEG Newsletter' page carries some of our past and recently published news stories.

Click here to see >>



Contact SEG

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 You can contact Saltford Environment Group by email as follows:-


 All general, membership & urgent (e.g. Press) enquiries
 to our Chairman please.

 HOW TO JOIN SEG: If you live, work or have a particular interest
 in Saltford and wish to join our email membership list please
 send an email to our Chairman. Please include your name,
 address & contact telephone number
in your email application.


 CONTACTS:

 Chairman & Website Editor: Phil Harding phil@philharding.net
 (07814--720--763)

 Secretary & Website Deputy Editor: Debbie Cini
 mail@deborahwilkes.co.uk

 Saltford Station Campaign: Chris Warren cherokee1883@live.com

 Saltford Fairtrade Group: saltfordfairtrade@hotmail.co.uk

 Saltford Wombles: juliebsampson@gmail.com (or tel: 07807--671--267)

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River Avon, Saltford, in spring

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