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Save Symondshyde and good news for the Ver

Environment Matters - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 8:23am
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Symondshyde Plan

(Photo: Save Symondshyde)

We’ve heard a lot about local woodlands recently – about Heartwood winning a wildlife award, about the imminent arrival of oak processionary moth and about lots of events to help you enjoy these beautiful areas which we are so lucky to have access to. But we should never take our local woods for granted, as is highlighted by a new threat to Symondshyde.

John Gardener from the action group Save Symondshyde explained how there were plans to build 1,130 hew houses nestled right between the 3 areas of woodland that make up Symondshyde Wood.

You can read on their website about where the houses will be, their concerns about this, their concerns about the planning process that has led to the proposals and what you can do to help them. There is also a Save Symondshyde Facebook page.

(Photo: Pete’s Walks)

Talking of local beauty spots, there’s some good news for the River Ver at last.

Jane Gardener of the Ver Valley Society explained that whilst pumping had stopped from the Bow Bridge pumping station it continued from other pumping stations which take water from the aquifers that feed the Ver. Some of these are scheduled for closure in the next few years. Jane explained that it would be a while before any benefit was seen in the Ver and that it was still critically important that we all kept our water use as low as possible.

See what the Ver Valley Society are doing to help the river  on their website.

Dragonfly (c) Ray Holden

(Photo: HMWT)

Here’s a quick round up of events that you may be interested in in the forthcoming week…

Sunday 10.30-12.30 you can join a HMWT hunt for dragonflies and damsel flies on Hertford Heath. Meet on the Green on Roundings Road SG1 7PW

Next Monday evening 7.15-9.30pm the Countryside management service are organising a bat walk around Cottonmill starting from Cottonmill Lane opposite the Nunnery Ruins. It’ll be a 1.5 mile moderate walk and with good weather and good luck you should see bats and other local wildlife. Bat detectors will be provided. Book your place by emailing info@sopwell.org.uk of phoning 01727 865061

Don’t forget to sign up for the planning charrette at which we all get the chance to shape the redevelopment of the centre of St.Albans. You’ll remember I spoke to the enthusiastic Vanessa Gregory of Look St.Albans back at the end of July and she encouraged everyone to get along and contribute. You can listen to that on the blog rvenvironmentmatters.wordpress.com.

The charette consists of 3 sessions starting 7pm on Friday 9th September and you can book your place on http://www.lookstalbans.org/CCOS

 
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The caterpillars are coming…

Environment Matters - Sun, 21/08/2016 - 10:29am
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Oak processionary moth caterpilars wrapped around a twig

Helen Jones from the Woodland Trusts Observatree programme explained how oak processionary moth caterpillars cause severe skin irritation and rashes and have now been found as close as Watford. You can find out everything you need to know about them on the Forestry Commission Website. Note that you should never, ever go anywhere hear the caterpillars but should report them on the Forestry Commission Tree Alert Website.

Sirococcus tsugae

Helen went on to explain that the Woodland Trust had just launched a new Tree Disease Tool Kit which she hoped will help everyone spot important tree diseases in their locality. Round here in St.Albans we are being asked to look out for Oriental Chestnut Gall Wasp which is found on Sweet Chestnuts and Sirococcus Shoot Blight which is found on Atlantic Cedar. The online toolkit gives you everything you need to know about the disease plus a link to report anything suspicious.

Listen in at 7pm Wednesday next week to find out why Symondshyde is in danger.

 


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Confidence and your child - 12th May 2016

The Parents' Show - Wed, 17/08/2016 - 1:56pm
Do children and teens struggle with confidence issues and resilience more than we did as children? Is the world more complicated than it was and do we need to understand and support our children better when it comes to self esteem and confidence? We will be speaking to local mum Tara Hawes about her experience of raising two girls and how she perceives the issues of confidence and self-esteem today. Caroline Walker, Founder of Confident Teens will be joining us to tell us about how she is helping teen grow in confidence and improve self-esteem. We will also speak to Lucy Atherton from Standing Tall an organisation that uses a unique combination of stage skills, psychology, music and personal interaction to encourage self development in a fun and involving way in children and teens. Finally we will speak to Kellie Ahl from Relax Kids, she will be talking about she boosts confidence and self-esteem in children.
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Pulses to the rescue: the versatile superfoods

Environment Matters - Tue, 09/08/2016 - 1:06pm
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Logo from the International Year of the Pulse

In the second part of our look at why the UN is making such a fuss about pulses we hear from University of Hertfordshire nutrition and diet expert Dr.Angela Madden about the many health benefits of eating more pulses and Becky Alexander, the Local Foodie, about some delicious ideas to get you started.

Do you have any tasty pulse recipes? Share them! Tweet @RV_environment or email environmentonrv@gmail.com

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Pulses to the rescue: a key to sustainable food

Environment Matters - Tue, 09/08/2016 - 12:57pm
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Logo from the International Year of the Pulse

If your knowledge of pulses begins and ends somewhere around a can of baked beans you’ll be surprised that the UN has made 2016 the International Year of Pulses.

In the first of 2 shows in which we investigate what pulses have to offer we hear from Rothamsted experts Professor Penny Hirsch and Dr Ian Shield about how pulses are great for the soil and provide a low water, low carbon source of protein.

Do get in touch with your comments and ideas at environmentonrv@gmail.com or tweet @RV_environment


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Take part in a new St.Albans

Environment Matters - Tue, 09/08/2016 - 12:46pm
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This week we heard from Vanessa Gregory of Look! St.Albans about how you can take part in the planning of a new city centre for St.Albans. The planning event will be intense but exciting and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve played a part in the future of our city. Take a look at the Look! St.Albans website for more information and to book your place at the planning event.


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