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  • November 2009

    Posted on November 16th, 2009 andy No comments

    Welcome to Buck the Trend’s latest e-bulletin

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    (1) Green Communities Programme & Next BTT Forum

    (2) Devon Climate Action Network

    (3) Education Group

    (4) Cycle Path Campaign

    (5) DARE Water Power Transformation Trail*

    (6) Sustainable Firewood*

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    (1) GREEN COMMUNITIES PROGRAMME & NEXT BTT FORUM

    As we announced in the last e-bulletin, Buckfastleigh (via Buck the Trend) has been selected to take part in the Energy Savings Trust’s Green Communities programme. Check out the Press Release on the website http://www.buckthetrend.info/press-releases/buckfastleigh-wins-green-communities-project/.

    The next forum will be held at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 25th November at 7:30pm to launch the partnership and plan the future. Come along to hear what this means for Buckfastleigh and to contribute your ideas.

    See http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe for more info on the Green Communities programme.

    (2) DEVON CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK

    BTT is now a member of the Devon Climate Action Network (or Devon CAN for short). Devon CAN plans to help groups that are interested in sustainability, transition and low carbon usage by:

    1. facilitating the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources;

    2. helping the groups promote each others work;

    3. helping coordinate joint campaigns to reach the Devon population in a more effective manner, and;

    4. offering a coordinated lobbying of local government.

    We will be using the Devon CAN website ( http://devonclimateactionnetwork.ning.com ) to promote our activities. In order to raise our profile, it would be helpful if as many of you as possible could sign up to this site and join the BTT group.

    DevonCAN are holding an open networking event for everyone interested. This will be held on Sat 21st November, 10am-3pm at The Belmont Centre, Western Way Exeter, EX1 2DB. Event is free but donations welcome. Light lunch will be served. Please contact admin.devoncan@googlemail.com if you want to attend.

    (3) EDUCATION GROUP

    Please come along to the first meeting of the education group if you are in any way connected or interested in education – we will be looking at ways of building the community by sharing expertise and knowledge, saving valuable skills and passing them on, increasing awareness and understanding of issues related to climate change, energy use and other environmental issues.

    Some of the projects proposed are:

    -‘Pass-it-all-on’ skill sharing network/skills register

    -Energy awareness course (for adults)

    -Working with Buckfastleigh primary school to achieve ‘eco-school’ status (and cut energy/carbon use by 30%, so they can spend more money on education!)

    The meeting will be held on either Tue 1st Dec or Wed 2nd Dec. Contact Andy at info@buckthetrend.info if you are interested.

    (4) CYCLE PATH CAMPAIGN

    Good news for those of us campaigning for the extension of the cycle path from Totnes all the way to Buckfastleigh – Devon County Council seem to have given the green light to at very least evaluate the scheme in their newly launched new plan to spend £25 million to boost cycling in South Devon over the next two years. Here is a link to their Press Release: http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/councildemocracy/deliveringservices/directorates_and_departments/chief_executive_s/communication/news_service/press-releases/press-release.htm?id=2310

    On questioning by BTT, a spokesperson replied:

    The link will indeed be considered for development in the context of delivering cycling infrastructure across the County in the next period. At this stage we shall have to consider it seriously as there is support for it. It is not possible yet to confirm exactly when it might be possible to find the capacity to start the feasibility studies but this will emerge in the next few months.

    None of this is a confirmation that anything will actually happen, but it’s a positive sign that all the campaigning was not in vain.

    (5) DARE WATER POWER TRANSFORMATION TRAIL *

    DARE (Devon Association for Renewable Energy) are having a tour of hydropower sites on Dartmoor on Fri 4th December, open to all who are interested. Cost £5 for representatives of community groups, £10 for individuals & £20 for Business representatives.

    Contact Paul Baker at DARE on 01837 89200 or email mail@devondare.org See http://www.devondare.org/ for more information

    (6) SUSTAINABLE FIREWOOD *

    Robert White has informed BTT that he is producing sustainably managed firewood in woods near Buckfastleigh. He has previously organised a tour of the woodland for South Brent and now supplies the South Brent ‘Firewood Collective’.

    Contact Robert on rfdwhite@tiscali.co.uk and/or raise this at the next forum if you are interested in doing something collectively.

    * CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSED BY BUCK THE TREND BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS OF THE

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