Sun shines on Green Fair

The Green Fair in Harnham on June 7th got off to a wet start but when the sun came out so did the people. We welcomed nearly 500, many with children who enjoyed all the many hands-on activities available. Over 30 different organisations took part.  The day exceeded expectations.  Here are some of the comments received after the event:

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the Green Fair. I had a great time. You gathered together such an array of different groups, everything from the RSPB to Greenpeace. I saw wildlife, a sparrow hawk, a heron and a vivid blue damselfly.”

 “It was a great and memorable day.  Thanks for asking us to take part, it was rewarding and great fun.  Can’t wait for next year!” RSPB

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Wildlife Detectives in Middle

Street    Meadow – photo Pat Cashman




The COGS team – photo courtesy of Salisbury Journal.





 “The Green Fair day was a resounding success for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Derek Gard the trust’s Volunteer coordinator said’ After a thundery, rainy start the sun came out and shone on this fantastic event. We showed children and parents the teeming wildlife in the Nadder river when we went river dipping. The kids were fascinated by small fish, nymphs, leaches, water snails and a myriad of other creatures, Our waste team spread the word about a sustainable future and encouraged us all to recycle, Our wellbeing team encourage people to engage with nature to improve their health and I with the help of volunteers spread the word about volunteering opportunities with the Trust, It was a hugely worthwhile day, fun, education and the environment all mixed together.”  Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

I thought it was wonderful! The turn out was fab in the afternoon, as I think most folk probably realised the rain was not going to pour! A lovely day, and really well put together I thought! Thanks for having me.”  BeesKnees.

Salisbury City Council Parks Department were delighted to attend the Green Fair. We gave out information on our Community Orchards, allotments and parks and open spaces as well as receiving comments and suggestions on improvements and changes we could make around the city. We received many compliments on our wildflower drifts in the city as well answering questions from the public. We also used this opportunity to meet and talk to a variety of organisations about wildlife and nature in Salisbury.

Photo gallery courtesy of Salisbury Journal.

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 South Wiltshire Agenda 21 wish to thank Salisbury City Council, Salisbury Area Board and Barchester Green Investment for their financial support, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for their huge contribution in planning the event and all the organisations who took part and made it such a memorable day.














Salisbury Green Fair – Saturday June 7th 2014

3591 Green Fair A5 Flyer V4-001Don’t miss the Green Fair on Saturday 7th June 10.30 am – 4.30 pm at Harnham Recreation Ground.  A beautiful location on the River Nadder at the end of the Town Path close to the Old Mill.

Organised by South Wiltshire Agenda 21, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Salisbury Quakers with support from many local organisations.  This will be a day packed with activities for all the family.

Become a wildlife detective in Middle Street Meadow – get up close to minibeasts in the river – learn how we can bring wildlife back to our rivers, gardens and greenspaces.

Join guided walks on the watermeadows and Harnham Slope or give your bike a free MOT and join a cycle ride to Broad Chalke.

Get advice on how to keep ‘Warm and Well’ and reduce energy bills – use your skills to create crafts from natural or recycled materials-learn how to make your garden a haven for wildlife. ‘

Refreshments – Book swop—stalls and Fairtrade goods in the

Church Hall, Lower Street.



Wildlife Detectives- hourly 11. am to 3. pm. – Walk on the Watermeadows.

2.00 pm- group Cycle Ride to Broad Chalke.

2.30 pm- Guided Walk on Harnham Slope

How to get there:

On foot or by bike:  via the Town Path, Cathedral Close or Broken Bridges footpath.

By Bus: Red 5 every 20 minutes from stop [B] Endless Street to Hollows Close.

By Car: Disabled Parking at the Church Hall SP2 8EY other parking is limited.  Park and Ride stops in the city centre are within easy walking distance via Queen Elizabeth Gardens and the Town Path.

Bring your family and tell your friends.



2014 AGM – Update on Salisbury’s Greenspace Partnership

1. Walk 1(a)Roger Dudin from Salisbury’s Greenspace Partnership provided an update on both the  Salisbury Area Greenspace Partnership and the South Wiltshire Agenda 21 Biodiversity Group to the South Wiltshire AGM meeting held on April 3rd 2014.

Roger’s presentation can be downloaded here:

Salisbury Greenspace Partnership Update for AGM 2014  [PDF 4.9MB]

Cotton Bag Project

CCI14102013_0000During the summer term primary school children  were given the opportunity to design and decorate their own cotton bags in order to raise awareness of the impact on the environment of single use plastic bags.  Over 3,000 children took part from 15 schools in Salisbury, Wilton and Laverstock.

The project was initiated by SCRAP and supported by Wiltshire Council Waste team, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and SW Agenda 21.

Participating schools received a fact sheet for teachers and a power point presentation about plastic waste.

The competition for the best design was won by Greentrees Primary school.  Year 4 children received a free waste workshop on October 10th run by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, they used plastic bags to create works of art and made pencil pots out of recycled paper.  The children said they use their cotton bags all the time.

South Wiltshire Green Doors Weekend 18-19 May 2013

Green doors pic croppedThe Green Doors Weekend (18-19 May, 10:00 – 16:00) showcases energy efficient homes throughout South Wiltshire, from Grade II listed cottages to new build eco-homes. This is your chance to meet the energy pioneers, find out about the real costs and benefits and see the results first hand.

Wilton Community Centre will also be open, with information about the homes open, displays, talks, expert advice and details of the Centre’s own energy improvements.

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Event organsised by Wilton Community Land Trust, with support from Wiltshire Council.

Plastic Shores film sent to Wiltshire schools

Poster 2We hope the prodution of a shortened version of Plastic Shores will help to get the message about the environmental damage caused by plastic waste through to Wiltshire’s schools”

Plastic Shores, an environmental documentary from young Wiltshire film producer Ed Scott-Clarke, was shown in Salisbury in January 2013.  The film explains the problems of plastics, particularly small ‘microplastics’, which are now present throughout the world’s oceans and entering the food chain through ingestion by marine animals.

It was felt that the film had the potential to reach a wider audience if there was a shortened version available for use as an education tool in secondary schools.  And thanks to generous sponsorship from Barchester Green Investment, South Wiltshire Agenda 21, Campaign to Protect Rural England South Wiltshire Group, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and private donations this has now been achieved.

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