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Uttoxeter Together

We will be hosting a stand at the Uttoxeter Together day organised by Uttoxeter Cares.

Join us and try your hand at our Litter Pick for Prizes game, and hear more about our Litterbugs Plastic project.

The event also has family friendly entertainment, and is a fun day to raise awareness of the charities and community groups that support Uttoxeter – all are welcome, and it’s free to attend.

Litterbugs awarded £10k grant funding

The Globe Foundation are delighted to announce the award of £10,000 to The Litterbugs Project, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme. Being awarded National Lottery funding is a huge achievement and will really help the project to better serve its community.

The project aims to turn plastic litter and waste into viable upcycled products for community benefit. The grant will help the project to engage with local residents and community groups to better understand the local issues around littering and how to make sure the project makes a significant difference to the local area and its environment.

This funding brings the project ever closer to its £25,000 target, which has also been bolstered by gratefully received contributions by the local community and Uttoxeter Lions Club. The project is keen to raise its target by the end of the summer to enable the opening of The Litterbug Project workshop in early October 2018. The workshop will not only craft the litter into new products, but will also act as a community eco-hub to educate and share knowledge around bettering our habits when it comes to plastic waste.

The Litterbugs Project is hosting a fundraising event at Bear Coffee later next month on 20th July, to raise further awareness of the project, providing an opportunity for people to share their thoughts and ideas with Globe volunteers. The event is free to attend and will host live music from The Delta Echoes as well as a raffle and silent auction.

All of the money raised will not only help towards establishing the workshop but continue to support the litter picking efforts of the community volunteers, who give their time to help keep our streets clean and free from litter.

The next litter picking events will be held on the 29 Jul, 26 Aug and 23 Sep, for more information on any of the events mentioned, or to volunteer, please visit our events page. 

The Great Uttoxeter Plastic Pick Up

A cohort of Uttoxeter volunteers took to the streets to litter pick, as part of the Daily Mail’s Great Plastic Pick Up.

On Sunday 13th May, 36 volunteers, of all ages, turned out to help pick up the harmful litter that pollutes our town. The group took to the residential and communal areas of Uttoxeter to help shift a variety of plastic litter. Adorning the streets were a plethora of plastic bottles, cans, glass bottles, plastic straws and a large amount of other waste, including over 500 cigarette butts which were collected.  In total, there were 27 bags of litter cleared from the streets – 9 bags of which were recyclable.

The volunteers were made up of mainly families as well as a team from the local Waitrose store, and our Deputy Mayor Councillor Zdzislaw Krupski, who is currently spearheading a campaign to make Uttoxeter the first plastic free town in Staffordshire.

Kate Copeland, event organiser said “We were absolutely thrilled with the turn out and the enthusiasm of the group. Everyone was so passionate about keeping our town clear of litter and were asking us to make it a regular event, which we have! Dates for the next litter picks will be announced shortly. I’m so very proud of our town and our community.“

The event was part of a national campaign run by the Daily Mail, who is stepping up its war on plastic, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy. The local pick up was coordinated by Uttoxeter community group, The Globe Foundation, who hope it will raise awareness of the amount of litter that pollutes our town and the great efforts (and cost) taken to clear it.

Globe is currently fundraising for a related project called Litterbug Plastics, the project will collect plastic litter from the town and remould into new reusable items (such as bowls, cups, chairs) to be used for community benefit. They will be hosting a fundraising evening of live music and cocktails at Bear Coffee on Friday 20th July to support their crowdfunding. For more information on this project or the event please visit crowdfunder.co.uk/staffordshire-litterbug-plastics

If you would like to join the growing army of litter heroes, please register your interest at one of our events via globefoundation.org.uk/events

The Great Uttoxeter Plastic Pick Up

Ten years ago, the Daily Mail launched a campaign to end the scourge of plastic bags clogging the oceans. Today, there has been a staggering 85 per cent reduction in the number of bags used in Britain, plus the manufacture of microbeads is banned, supermarkets are vowing to eliminate single-use packaging and plastic bottle cash-back schemes are being considered across the UK.

Now, the Mail’s stepping up its war on plastic with The Great Plastic Pick Up, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, to encourage communities to come together from May 11 to 13 to clear rubbish from our streets…. and it’s coming to Uttoxeter!

We are welcoming volunteers to help us litter pick in Uttoxeter on the 13th May, you can make a difference by sparing just a few hours to collect plastic, cans and general litter.

We will be meeting at 10am at the Bramshall Park Car Park, where equipment will be provided. All are welcome.

#PlasticPickUp

You could be a school, a Uttoxeter resident, a local business team, everyone is welcome to join in!

The route will be announced shortly but mainly footpaths around the town and particular hotspots for waste.

The meeting and finish point will be at the Bramshall Park (Bramshall Road Entrance).

Approximately two-three hours.

Yes, but all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Equipment will be provided including litter pickers, bags and bag hoops.

Wrap up warm, all activity is outside (come rain or shine), hi-vis vests will be provided.

Please register below by completing the form.

REGISTER

Uttoxeter gets a spring clean from local Litter Heroes

Uttoxeter volunteers gave up their time to litter pick the streets and footpaths of the town.  The Uttoxeter Spring Clean took place on Saturday 10 March and helped to remove 14 bags of harmful litter and a discarded TV! There are serious litter issues around Uttoxeter public footpaths and cut-through alleyways throughout the town. To […]

Uttoxeter Spring Clean

Uttoxeter Spring Clean

EVENT DETAILS

**RESCHEDULED DUE TO BAD WEATHER – EVENT NOW TAKING ON SATURDAY 10 MARCH**

Non degradable plastics are hurting the beautiful town of Uttoxeter. There are serious litter issues around the public footpaths throughout the town.

Two hours of litter picking will make light work of collecting all the damaging and unsightly waste. Once collected – we will then sort and recycle all items ensuring correct and environmentally friendly disposal.

This event is part of a national initiative,The Great British Spring Clean, a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

The initiative aims to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.

#LitterHeroes #GBSClean

You could be a school, a Uttoxeter resident, a local business team, everyone is welcome to join in!

The route will be announced shortly but mainly footpaths around the town and particular hotspots for waste.

The meeting and finish point will be at the Bramshall Park (Bramshall Road Entrance).

Approximately two hours.

Yes, but all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Equipment will be provided including litter pickers, bags and bag hoops.

Wrap up warm, all activity is outside (come rain or shine), hi-vis vests will be provided.

Please register below by completing the form.

REGISTER

Calling all Litter Heroes for the Uttoxeter Spring Clean

Uttoxeter volunteers will soon be out on mass to help clear up the streets of the town.  The Uttoxeter Spring Clean is set to take place on Saturday 10 March and will help to remove harmful litter that pollutes our town.  There are serious litter issues around Uttoxeter public footpaths and cut-through alleyways throughout the town. […]

Uttoxeter community garden – have your say

As you may already be aware, we are looking to establish a new community garden for Uttoxeter, to encourage all different kinds of people of all ages to come together. Community gardener volunteers will be able to learn new skills, from making a raised bed to the techniques of permaculture and we will be running a series of on-site workshops and craft course.

We will also use the site to support other local green initiatives through seed swaps, shared equipment and collaborative efforts.

We aim to be regenerate a small piece of land that currently suffers from flooding, with support from our volunteer teams and community members. Turning the site into a havens for plants and wildlife, as well as for local residents to enjoy.

We are at the early planning stages of this project and would like to hear from all those interested in taking part (or you might just have some good ideas to share) – to provide us with your feedback, please complete this very short survey.

As we are a not for profit organisation, we can only run this project on the kind donations of others. We are actively fundraising for the community garden, should you, your employer or organisation be able to make a donation, please visit our donations page.

Pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health

It is well known that air pollution is dangerous to humans. But in a recent environmental performance report, air pollution was found to be the leading environmental threat to public health.

THE AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM

Air pollution is an invisible killer. The World Health Organization estimates that seven million premature deaths each year can be linked to air pollution; 7,500 to 52,000 people die in the United States alone every single year because of exposure to small particles within power plant emissions. In fact, according to the new 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to public health.

This report is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. It ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories, all of which center around environmental health and ecosystem vitality. At the top of the list is Switzerland, followed by France, Denmark, Malta, and Sweden. At the bottom of the list is India, Bangladesh, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nepal.

The United Kingdom placed 6th in this list, scoring well with regards to sanitation and air quality but very poorly in deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

The EPI shows that air pollution is the top leading threat to public health. Its purpose isn’t to scare the public; it has the potential to truly impact policy.

“As the world community pursues new sustainable development goals, policymakers need to know who is leading and who is lagging on energy and environmental challenges,” said Daniel C. Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University, in a press release. “The 2018 EPI confirms that success with regard to sustainable development requires both economic progress that generates the resources to invest in environmental infrastructure, and careful management of industrialisation and urbanisation that can lead to pollution … that threatens both public health and ecosystems.”

CHANGING THE ENVIRONMENT

The 2018 EPI gives an overview of where countries stand in terms of pollution and environmental sustainability. However, it can also reveal trends both within individual countries and on a global scale. The countries which have ranked the lowest are lacking support for a number of sustainability issues, air pollution being among the most dire.

 

These large-scale studies and reports do a number of things. Besides influencing policy and evaluating the needs and lacking qualities of sustainability efforts, they can also show when efforts have worked. For instance, one recent study showed improvements in air pollution between 1990 and 2012 in the United States. The decline shown was so drastic that it was estimated to have prevented about 180,000 deaths.

While the latest EPI report shows how, on a global scale, air pollution needs to be addressed on a much more serious scale, it can also support efforts to make that change.

Air pollution has been linked directly to early brain development. It can cause severe and frightening health effects in humans and, as the world’s population continues to increase, develop and build, it is likely to only get worse if more drastic efforts are not taken. Perhaps this and other reports will give governments the tools to better protect their citizens against this dangerous reality.

Join the nation in discovering the birds in your garden

  • Spending an hour watching the birds in your garden this weekend will help provide the RSPB with an annual snapshot of the UK’s garden birds as more than half-a-million people take part in Big Garden Birdwatch.
  • Taking part in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey is easy – simply spend an hour counting the birds that visit your garden and submit your results online.
  • Some resident British birds such as greenfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit and long-tailed tit should be showing in good numbers after a positive breeding season and favourable winter weather conditions.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is set to bring more than half-a-million people together this weekend (27, 28 & 29 January) as people uncover the bird life in their garden, helping to create an annual snapshot of how UK birds are doing.

Last year close to half-a-million people across the UK took part, making Big Garden Birdwatch the world’s biggest wildlife survey. More than 8 million birds were spotted visiting our gardens with house sparrow topping the list, along with some other familiar species like robin, blackbird and starling in the top 10.

This year the RSPB is curious to see how these figures will change following a positive year for some of our resident British birds, such as greenfinch, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit and long-tailed tit. Numbers of greenfinches have been impacted by Trichomonosis for the last decade and the disease has been documented in other garden birds, such as chaffinch.

However, the 2017 season appeared to be a good one for these resident birds and that combined with the relatively favourable winter weather conditions has fuelled speculation that it could be a bumper weekend of sightings.

Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “At this time of the year your garden has the potential to be a vital source of food and shelter for the garden birds we all know and love, from the flock of starlings at the feeder to the robin perched on the fence. The Big Garden Birdwatch is all about enjoying the wildlife that comes to you and it’s really as simple as spending an hour looking out the window. You don’t need any special equipment, although a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake might be helpful. At the end of your hour, send us your results to tell us what you saw.”

“This year could be a bumper weekend of sightings for some of our resident British birds. Conditions during the breeding season were much better compared to recent years and our resident birds are likely to have been further helped by relatively kind autumn and winter weather. So keep your eyes peeled for the greenfinches, chaffinches and various tit species.”

With results from gardens from all corners of the UK, the RSPB is able to use the valuable data to build up a snapshot of the birds that are reliant on the food, water and shelter that can be found in our outdoor spaces at this time of the year. When combined with 38 years of data from previous Birdwatches, it allows the RSPB to monitor trends and understand which birds are struggling and are in need of our help.

The RSPB is also asking about the other wildlife seen in our gardens over the last year, such as badger, fox, grey squirrel, red squirrel, muntjac deer, roe deer, frog and toad, to help build an overall picture of how important gardens are in giving nature a home.

To take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018, simply spend an hour over the weekend watching the birds in your garden, outdoor space or local park. Once you have recorded the birds that make a visit, whether it’s a starling, sparrow or skylark, submit your results online at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

Big Schools Birdwatch has been taking place in schools across the UK since the first week of January. Running until 23 February, it is a chance for children to put down their books and get outside to experience and learn about the nature that lives in their local community. To take part visit www.rspb.org.uk/schoolsbirdwatch