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  • Enviro22Family | My Site

    Click HERE for ENVIROFAIR Home Page Click HERE for full list of contributors Family Fun Lots of activities…. Playing, making and learning! Get mucky making Seed Bombs Get building… Bird Feeders Bird Boxes Bee Houses! Join in making & painting Plant Pots! Discover how bees make honey! Growing Minds – fun play through nature! Meet and learn all about Owls – watch them fly too! 1pm – 3pm

  • GBGW | My Site

    24th September to 4th October The Big Planting Saturday, 24th September, The Williams Hall, 10am – 4pm Come along and join SEG volunteers planting native British bulbs at The Spinney, the Village Hall and along Willey Road. These will provide food for the early pollinators in the spring and add a touch of colour to brighten up our village for everyone to enjoy! (Refreshments and lunch will be provided). ‘Ways to Save on your Energy Bills’ Wednesday, 28th September, The Williams Hall 1.30pm-2.30pm The Centre for Sustainable Energy will give a talk on how you can make your home even more energy efficient. Hear about the grants available and the ‘Low Cost, No Cost’ actions you can take to reduce energy use and cut your bills. Get independent advice on suppliers, tariffs, billing, meters, payment plans and debt. The Big Swap Saturday, 1st October, The Williams Hall, 10am – 4pm Come along with any items you no longer use or need and would like to swap for something new to you! Clothes, toys, furniture, tools etc. Book a table or just come along on the day. A fun way to meet up with neighbours and share! Refreshments available. Email: envirostoke@yahoo.com Website: www.envirostoke.org

  • SpeciesID | My Site

    Community Wildlife Mapping Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6HA Saturday 1st July, 10.30 am - 12 noon Even before the dust settles on Envirofair, we are thinking about our next event which is the Bio-Blitz/Learning to use Seek and iNaturalist apps. This is being run in conjunction with Somerset Wildlife Trust and Bryony has kindly organised the advertising from her side. The object of this event is to use how to properly use Seek and iNaturalist and to upload species data. We will be joined by Bryony, and also Leon de Bell of the Somerset Environmental Records Centre, with expert Val Graham, who is Chair of the Somerset Botany Group, and Sarah Shuttleworth from N Curry - also a botanist and moth expert. This event will start and end at the Stoke St Gregory village hall where we will learn all about two smart-phone apps called ‘Seek’ and ‘iNaturalist' . We will then head out on a nature walk and see how many species of plants (and maybe a few bugs and beasties) we can find, record them using the apps to contribute to our local community wildlife map and national data. Citizen Science in action! Adults and young people (14+) are welcome to join expert botanist Val learning the basics of plant identification and recording skills. Younger families are invited to join Bryony (claiming not to be an expert botanist!) for a child-friendly recording session. Advanced b ooking is not essential but would be much appreciated so that we have an idea of numbers. ​ It would be useful if people planning to come along could download the two apps to their phones or tablets - see below Please book HERE (yes, it's still free!) This event is a partnership between Stoke-St-Gregory Environ ment group, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Somerset Botany Group and Somerset Environmental Records Centre. iNaturalist is the platform recommended by Somerset Wildlife Trust for recording wildlife data. It can be accessed either through a computer or via an app on a smartphone. Several SEG members have started using it with varying success rates. Like any similar app, it needs fine tuning and a reasonable amount of use to become accurate. Once you have set up an iNaturalist account you can join a project such as the ‘Big Count’ or the ‘Great Somerset Wildlife Count’ project. More details on the SWT site HERE where you can download the app, and the accompanying ‘SEEK’ app which does the actual recording. There are also three videos to help you on your way. If you want to experiment, or have some specific wildlife aspect in mind, there are alternatives: iRecord is another system which matches species sightings with GPS coordinates, descriptions and other information, which is then made available to National Recording Schemes. Their app is available HERE If you are into trees, the Woodland Trust has produced a useful app. In just a few steps you can identify native and common non-native trees in the UK whatever the season using leaves, bark, twigs, buds, flowers or fruit. The app is available HERE If for example you are interested in grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs, cockroaches and stick-insects, you might need something more specialised. The Biological Records Centre has produced a list of available ID apps. Click HERE Do let us know how you get on - envirostoke@yahoo.com

  • EnvirofairRecycle | My Site

    Recycle Your Smart Tech Is your old computer still working, but you now have an upgrade? Stop before you throw the old one out! With a few quick repairs your old machine could make someone else’s life a bit easier. Not all old computers and electronics are disassembled. Machines that are in working condition may be donated to low-income families, underfunded organisations, or schools. This gives adults and children across the world access to the technology they need, but might not have been able to afford. Did you know that over 40 million tons of electronic waste are discarded every year? Because of this astounding number, recycling old computers and other electronics is more important than ever. Materials in old computers can be used again, and working machines can be donated to schools and charities. Computers and other electronics contain hazardous materials, like carcinogens, lead, and mercury. If an old computer is dumped in landfill, these nasty substances can leach into the atmosphere and waterways. Polluting can be harmful to plants, animals, and humans, too. When recycling old computers, the computers are disassembled. Many of the parts can be broken down into raw materials to be used again in new electronics. This means reducing the need to mine finite resources. The metals removed from an old computer’s circuit board, for example, can be used again in a new computer’s circuit board – so nothing goes to waste. If you’re looking to buy a new computer, it’s worth checking out any trade-in deals available at computer retailers. Some are willing to give a discount to those who bring in their old device. Natural resources are not unlimited. We need to reuse resources we already have. When using recycled materials, less resources, energy, and money is needed to manufacture new products. So what’s happening at this year’s ENVIROFAIR? Somerset Waste Partnership’s Fixy initiative will be there and will happy to receive any smart tech equipment you are willing to donate. They will accept donations of unwanted laptops, tablets, mobile phones, digital cameras and other smart devices. All data will be securely wiped before items are passed back into the community. If it’s working or repairable it will help bridge the digital divide between t he rich and the not so rich. If you can’t get to the ENVIROFAIR ? You can donate your smart tech at one of DonateIT’s collection points across Somerset and other parts of the South West. One such is Langport Library, Whatley, Langport TA10 9RA. Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 10am - 4pm. Sat 10am to 4pm More details at https://donateit.co.uk

  • Glut | My Site

    Glut Recipes Autumn - Apples, Beans, Courgettes, Damsons, E?, F?, G? . . . This one originated in Diana Silk's kitchen. It came to us via Sally Morrice and then Karen Gormley . Sticking with courgettes, amongst other things, here is Sarah Evans' recipe for chutney. "The main ingredients of most chutneys are malt vinegar, soft brown sugar, raisins or sultanas and add whatever you have a glut of - courgettes, runner beans, beetroot, apples, pears, green tomatoes, etc. Guess other quantities as it starts to cook. " In fact you need to guess all the quantities, and guess how long it takes. If you would like a little help try this courgette chutney recipe HERE Susan Crabbe used a Gordon Ramsey recipe for Gazpacho - see HERE "This is what I made yesterday with my cucumber and tomato glut. Although, looking at the weather today, I would have been better off making hot tomato soup!" Dave Evans has a few more suggestions for using up the courgette glut. Seared Courgettes: Heat a griddle pan until very hot (maybe open all the windows first). Cut the courgettes into 5mm slices and lay on a large plate. Brush the tops of the slices with oil then put them oil side down on the griddle. Let them smoke until they are charred. Brush tops with oil and turn over. Cook until second side is charred. Season, and eat hot, or cool for a salad. Pan Fried Courgettes: Cut the courgettes into 5mm slices and lay on a large plate. Dust the topes with flour and wait for the flour to get absorbed by the veg liquid. Turn the slices over and dust again. Repeat until a crust has formed on the slices then fry in shallow fat on a medium heat. Alternatively, bake in a single layer in a moderate oven (around 180 degC). Grated Courgette: Grate the courgettes and freeze in boxes or bags. Use in winter soups and stews. Courgette Fritters: Grate the courgettes into a large bowl. Add any seasoning - salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, mint, etc. Add some plain flour and keep adding small amounts and stirring as the courgettes give up their juice, until you have the right consistency. Fry in shallow heat over moderate heat. [This works best if you use gram (chickpea) flour as it binds the mixture better.] The fritters are improved if you add some grated carrot or beetroot. Let's have some more recipes! What are we going to do with all those runner beans? envirostoke@yahoo.com

  • Walks | My Site

    BACK to Footpaths & Footways BACK to Projects BACK to Stoke Environment Home Page STOKE FOOTPATH GROUP has put together 8 Circular Walks of varying lengths all starting in the square where there is parking, and also refreshments and toilets when the shop or the pub is open. These walks can easily be changed in length by cutting out bits or combining a part of one with another. ​ If you would like to know more about the FOOTPATH GROUP , and maybe get involved , see the bottom of this page. ​ Just Click on the Walk Numbers ​ Walk 1 Huntham - Windmill - Sedgemoor - Huntham 3.7kms 2.3mls Walk 2 West Sedgemoor - Woodhill - Dark Lane 8kms 5mls Walk 3 Collickshire - Curload Hill - Playing Fields 2.7kms 1.7mls Walk 4 North and South of Huntham Lane 3.3kms 2mls Walk 5 West Sedgemoor and Curry Moor Ridge 7.5kms 4.7mls Walk 6 Above and along the River Tone 7.2kms 4.5mls Walk 7 River Tone - Windmill Hill - Willows and Wetlands Centre 3.1kms or 4.1kms 1.9mls or 2.5mls Walk 8 Dark Lane - Woodhill - East Deane Way - Main Drain - Pincombe Drove 5.7kms 3.5mls Walk 8a Extension of Walk 8 to Stathe & North Drove ​ If you are up for trying some new walks, have a look at our 'Beta Walks' page HERE and give us some feedback Since the summer of 2021 individuals and small groups have been out and about cutting back and trimming around stiles and along some of our footpaths. This is being done with the agreement of the landowners concerned. The footpath group was formed in the summer of 2021 as an offshoot of the Stoke Environment Group. The aim is to encourage people to walk round and across fields and vary their walks to get to know the lovely countryside that surrounds the village. Footbridge from Dunfield Space to Walk Initially, the members of the group cleared stiles, bridges and gates of brambles and nettles to make them easier to navigate. Subsequently, following various trials, the group has put together directions and maps for eight local walks of various lengths - all starting in the village square. This helps people who are new to the village (and those who have never found the footpaths) and has helped ensure that people stick to the rights of way. Some of these were shown at the 2021 Envirofair with a lot of interest from those attending. These are now available below as downloadable and printable pdf files, and some printed copies are available in the cafe (jar for donations towards printing costs) . More will follow starting from different places in the village. The group has also replaced missing arrows and ‘re-yellowed’ faded arrows to make them easier to follow. Landowners have generally been co-operative and accepting of our help. The group has regular meetings and ideas for improvements are always forthcoming. The 'Clammer' in Slough Lane If you would like to be involved, please contact: Sarah Evans ssrs@btopenworld.com 07970 856798 or Email envirostoke@yahoo.com ​

  • Resources & Information | My Site

    RESOURCES & INFORMATION BACK to Themes Stoke Environment Group will be: > Working with, and supporting, education and information providers During the 2021 Summer Term, Stoke School have been exploring how best to include environmental issues in their curriculum. The results will become mainstream in September 2021. > Providing nature information around the village > Connecting with young people in our community and respond to their concerns > Constructing a ‘library’ of information on environmental success stories and practical guidance Karen Housego is putting together the first of a series of booklets on handy hints for conservation. The first is about what we can do around the home. If you have any of your own, please do get in touch envirostoke@yahoo.com The first two of a series of articles by local experts are available on the 'Links' page. They are on the subjects of 'Hedges' & 'Soil' Environmental education refers to organized efforts to teach how natural environments function, and particularly, how human beings can manage behaviour and ecosystems to live sustainably

  • Themes | My Site

    THEMES Biodiversity Understanding the challenge Undertaking nature surveys Monitoring endangered species Wildflower planting Developing and implementing solutions to support and increase biodiversity ​ ​ Hedges & Trees Surveys and mapping of species and locations Identifying improvements and planting opportunities Developing and maintaining a positive relationship with landowners Planting new hedges and trees to increase the community’s Carbon Capture and to support species reliant on these habitats Managing communal resources ​​ Mobility & Transport Mapping paths, tracks and permissive routes etc. Improving signage and guides Identifying improvements to access whilst respecting coexisting natural habitats Encouraging responsible use of motor transport Providing improved facilities and encouraging healthy exercise ​​ Resources & Information Hub Working with, and supporting, education and information providers Providing nature information around the village Connect with young people in our community and respond to their concerns Construct a ‘library’ of information on environmental success stories and practical guidance ​ Home Energy & Waste Management Providing guidance on practical measures that lead to a reduction in the use of energy and increase carbon capture Identifying grants and funding to reduce the impact of carbon (and other gas) emissions Identifying and coordinating initiatives that will minimise unnecessary waste and preserve our natural resources Identify and coordinate projects that help people adopt the principle of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink’ We have produced a task list which covers all the possible projects we have identified to date. It is available HERE

  • FPHistory | My Site

    BACK to Mobility & Transport FOOTPATHS - HISTORY BACK to Footpaths & Footways Projects Maps History Legal Contact Many of Stoke’s footpaths originate from Anglo Saxon times, when the manor (then called ‘East Curry’) consisted of hamlets and homesteads such as Huntham, Sharpham, Pinkham, Stathe, Currilode and Woodhill. The connecting paths would be alongside streams, through uncleared woodland or across the commons. As fields were enclosed with hedges or fences, footpaths were incorporated along the boundaries, with stiles or footbridges, to enable workers to access different parts of the farms and for everyone to go about their daily lives. When Slough Lane and Dark Lane were dug out to create gradients that made it possible for a laden hay cart to be horse drawn up to the top of Woodhill, steps were added, such as the ‘Clammer’ in Slough Lane. Some of the old paths remain, though, as the few ‘cross field’ paths we have in the parish. Nowadays our footpaths are mainly used for recreation, although some are still used for journeys to school, shop, pub and churches. Some have been linked with newly created permissive footpaths, to create the East Deane Way and the Parrett Trail. There are also interpretive trails at Coates Willow & Wetlands Centre. The Open Spaces Society is Britain's oldest national conservation body. Much of the Society's work is concerned with the preservation and creation of public paths. Before the introduction of definitive maps of public paths in the early 1950s, the public did not know where paths were, and the Open Spaces Society helped the successful campaign for paths to be shown on Ordnance Survey maps. It advises the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and local authorities are legally required to consult the society whenever there is a proposal to alter the route of a public right of way.

  • Stoke Environment Group

    Towards a socially responsible and sustainable community Actively caring for our environment and the wellbeing of current and future generations Minutes of Last Meeting: HERE Next Meeting: Wednesday 24th April 2024, Royal Oak Cafe New February 2024 2023 Report to AGM HERE New October 2023 Revised Autumn Progr amme HERE New August 2023 Bat Detectives HERE Autumn Glut Recipes HERE New July 2023 Autumn Progr amme HERE A Safer Stoke HERE New June 20 23 Round Robin Number Three HERE 20's Plenty HERE Village Pla n HERE Bio Blitz 1st July HERE New May 20 23 ENVIROFAIR 23 Raffle Prizes HERE ENVIROFAIR 23 Exhibitors HERE Village Walks Update HERE Good News? HERE New April 2023 Recycle your Smart Tech HERE Wild Gardens & No Mow May HERE Plant Table for ENVIRO 23 HERE Round Robin Number Two HERE New - March 2023 iNaturalist - Wildlife Species ID HERE See our Updated Links Page HERE ENVIROFAIR 23 HERE Somerset Food Waste Week HERE New - February 2023 - Task List fo r 2 023 HERE New - December 2022 - Round Robin Number One HERE Our Vision Statement A rural community that is friendly, inclusive and resilient, where people share skills, ideas, knowledge, experience and time. A connected and healthy community, where everyone can get around with minimal carbon emissions. A green community that is rich in wildlife, that encourages biodiversity and cares for all species. An empowered community, where every individual can make a positive difference for the benefit of all. A socially responsible and sustainable community where we actively care for our environment and the wellbeing of current and future generations. Footpath Group: Formed in the spring of 2021 as an offshoot of the Stoke Environment Group, the aim is to encourage people to walk round and across fields and vary their walks to get to know the lovely countryside that surrounds the village. See more HERE VILLAGE WALKS: Eight circular walks around Stoke now available to download HERE ​ ​ Feb 2022: Update to LINKS page with links to ideas and articles that have been featured on our Facebook page If you can sign up to this vision, why not sign up to our mailing list, as a supporter or helper Contact us today: envirostoke@yahoo.com

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    CONTACT US Contact Us Thanks for submitting! Submit Or email us at: ​ envirostoke@yahoo.com

  • Litter | My Site

    LITTER BACK to Projects We've all done it. The tissue that blew away an a windy day. The empty can we didn't notice when we cleared up after the picnic. But hopefully anyone reading this is not a 'litterer'. There have been litter picking days around the village, and a few dedicated individuals have picked away quietly over the years. We are now aiming to get the whole village covered on a regular basis. Apart from 'Keeping Stoke Tidy' , the theory is that the less litter lying around - the less likely people are to drop more. If you can help, please get in touch envirostoke@yahoo.com It doesn't matter how small an area you can deal with, but it would useful to know exactly where. To date (August 2021), people have volunteered to litter pick regularly in the following areas: ​ Woodhill Playing Field Pincombe Drove Pound Drove North Drove Slough Lane Willey Road Huntham Close Huntham Lane Church Close The activity is already making a difference, but areas still looking for volunteers include Meare Green, Griggs Hill, Dark Lane, Polkes Field, Churley, Curload and Windmill. If you can take on any or part of these (or indeed parts of those roads already covered), do please get in touch envirostoke@yahoo.com No, it couldn't happen here? Animals may get trapped or poisoned with litter in their habitats. Cigarette butts are a threat to wildlife and have been found in the stomachs of fish and birds, who have mistaken them for food. Also animals can get trapped in the rubbish and be in serious discomfort. For example, the plastic used to hold beverage cans together can get wrapped around animals' necks and cause them to suffocate as they grow. Other instances where animals could be harmed by litter include broken glass lacerating the paws of dogs, cats, and other small mammals. Lets do what we can to help them.

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