Creating a more sustainable community
11 steps your town and county can take to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly without breaking the budget.
Can we achieve a green community?
An ecologically and environmentally friendly space for nature and people to share harmoniously. While that is a grand challenge, we have a few ideas for any town, council, community or county to get a good start in moving towards a green future, to achieve the accolade of being carbon neutral or better.
Our world is in great need, we only need to watch a David Attenborough documentary to know just how bad that need is, or other great documentary series such as Down to Earth with Zac Efron and Darin Olien.
Grab a cuppa, take a seat and hopefully, find some inspiration.
1. Community litter picks, recycling where possible.
2. Open lawn spaces created into meadows
3. Boundary fields created into meadows
4. Secluded spaces/neglected overgrown areas converted into wildlife sanctuaries.
5. Community mulching plan.
6. Tree planting for oxygen, sound and shade
7. Community Nursery for storing and growing plants/trees
- Doesn’t need to be big so can squeeze into suitable area
- Saplings can be grown from cuttings of existing trees, keeping an extremely low cost.
- Requisite materials such as pots and hose pipe can be acquired for free throughout the community through donations.
- An effective irrigation system can be achieved by collecting rain water (we certainly have enough in the UK) and leading it through a leaky hosepipe system.
- The area can be established with minimal materials and built to require little maintenance.
- Volunteers or paid staff to look after the area, again based from the available budget
- Vertically integrate the process of tree planting in the community