Boxted Biodiversity & Sustainability Working Group


Boxted Parish Council Seeks Volunteers for Biodiversity & Sustainability Working Group 

Do you have a keen interest in preserving and improving the health and quality of the countryside and local environment of Boxted and its surrounds?  If so then Boxted Parish Council (BPC) would like to hear from you.  BPC have been made aware of the great efforts being made by other local parish and borough councils, implementing schemes to improve their local surroundings and contribute to the enrichment of environmental biodiversity, sustainability and general improvement of character and pride in local public spaces and natural land.   

As a small village set on the edge of the Dedham Vale AONB we are very fortunate to have such wonderful countryside on our doorstep.  We still, however, face the same threats of environmental degradation and reduction in biodiversity which threatens all of the UK.  This is not just climate change in the conventional sense, although evidently that is a concern, but this is part of a wider ecological crisis with the loss of habitat of native species of flora and fauna that are vital to the ways of life to which we have become accustomed.      

BPC are seeking expressions of interest from local volunteers to form a working group to explore ideas and schemes that could be implemented in Boxted to improve local Biodiversity and Sustainability.   An example of one initiative from a local council is the Wivenhoe Wildflower Verges Scheme (https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19178381.wildflowers-encouraged-grow-wivenhoe/).  Such a scheme, if deemed viable and justified could be a great start to improving local biodiversity, but the working group would aim to plan for a long-term series of targets.  Examples might include: Community organised composting schemes to encourage home growing of vegetables and fruits and reduction of needless landfill usage, organising classes or  presentations to educate and encourage people to grow sustainable and diverse gardens and vegetable plots, investigating the viability of allotments in or near Boxted and encouraging the consumption of local produce from local small businesses.  There really are many things that could be explored, but we need the ideas, expertise and especially the hard work of locals with a keen interest or experience in such matters.   

If any of the above interests you then please fill in the contact form below including a bit explaining your interest, ideas, and what level of participation you are willing to give?    

At this stage, all input is valuable.   Even if you do not have the time to commit to being a member of the group, we would still welcome your ideas to put before the group.    No commitment is required at this stage, we are simply collecting expressions of interest and everyone who emails in will be kept up to date with progress as we establish the group. 

Thank you in advance for your responses,  Jonathan Hunt.