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NEWS

BIODIVERSITY  NET  GAIN  (BNG)

BNG is an approach to development that makes sure habitats for wildlife are left in a measurably better state than before the development.

 

Developers must deliver a BNG of 10% more or better than before.

 

The requirement applies as follows:

 

  1. From 12th February for major developments.

  2. From 2nd April for small developments.

  3. From late November for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

 

BNG must be achieved through the planning process and in the following order:

 

  1. Creating it fully or partially on site within the development.

  2. Creating it fully or partially off site at another location.

  3. Creating it by buying statutory biodiversity credits from the Government, as a last resort.

 

Habitats created or enhanced must be maintained for a minimum of 30 years.

 

Further details can be found on ‘Understanding biodiversity net gain’, published by DEFRA, February 2024. Available from Gov. UK and DEFRA.

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Here is some of our activity from 30 years ago, at Hazelwood Farm, Silverdale, repairing drystone walls, which are valuable habitats for many small creatures!

At Thurnham Church some of us are now preparing to extend the main wildflower area of the meadow where we started working six years ago.

Preparation

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This year we are 40 years old!

Look at our Achievements page (under About heading) to see what we've been up to for so long! 

With environmental concerns currently the way they are, both in the UK and in the wider world, our work is needed more than ever on those often-unloved pieces of urban and urban fringe greenspace that are located close to where people live, work and enjoy recreation time.  

Planting tree

We planted the tree above on Torrisholme Barrow in the early days.  It would have started off as the one on the left, needing a sturdy wirenetted cage to ward off cattle.

THE  TREE  COUNCIL

NATIONAL  TREE  WEEK

25 November - 3 December 2023

Grow a tree in 23!

National Tree Week was extra special as it marked the 50th anniversary of the famous ‘Plant a Tree in 73’ campaign – from which National Tree Week (and The Tree Council) was born!

Read more  (Including about the Sycamore Gap Tree, in 'Latest News and Views'}

The majority of our planting was the hedgerow with trees at White Lund Farm in Morecambe.

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After the Tree Council's National Hedgerow Week in May we did our maintenance day on the newly planted hedge at White Lund Farm.

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PLANTING  TUBS  AT  BARE  LANE  STATION  ARE  LOOKING  FOR  SPONSORS

As Northern Station Adopters at Bare Lane, Lancaster & District Conservation Volunteers are looking for interested local people and businesses to sponsor planting tubs. The sponsorship is renewed annually and covers plants through the year, soil, compost, feed etc, together with a small plaque to commemorate your sponsorship.  It also includes the cost of maintaining the planters themselves with appropriate treatment throughout the year.  Our volunteers will do all the necessary work on the planters and look after them on a regular basis.  The annual cost for interested people is £40 in the first year (including plaque) and then £35.  For businesses, the cost is £80 in the first year (including plaque) and then £75.

If you would like to sponsor a planting tub, contact Liz on 01524 412938 or via email on e.a.alexander@btinternet.com to discuss it further and help brighten up the local station.

NATIONAL  TREE  WEEK 

26 November - 4 December 2022

GROUP  CONNECTS  TWO  HEDGEROWS  AT  WHITE  LUND  FARM,  TO  PROVIDE  A  BETTER  FUNCTIONING  WILDLIFE  CORRIDOR  

 

 

 

As National Tree Week 2022 got underway, the Lancaster & District Conservation Volunteers began planting work to connect two hedgerows at White Lund Farm in Morecambe and improve access in and around the farm for wildlife. After stripping back the vegetation, over 350 hawthorn hedging plants were planted, together with a few variations (such as dogwood, dog rose and hazel), and a few hedgerow trees (such as oak, rowan, field maple and alder) that will also provide future shade for stock on the farm. It was good to work in conjunction with the farm staff at White Lund to ensure that the few trees will be adequately protected from the cattle as they grow. 

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 National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Each year, the country’s conservation sector,   volunteer groups and tree-lovers come together to plant thousands of trees to mark the start of the annual tree   planting season.

 in 2022 the focus was on Hidden Connections vital to tree life - roots, soil and fungi.  

 Read about the Orchards for Schools Programme.  See www.treecouncil.org.uk 

We did our bit at White Lund Farm over the first weekend.

Money hand-over

Thank you to Bolton-le-Sands WI

Yvonne Bell, President of Bolton-le-Sands WI, came to one of our task days at the station and Sylvia Cooper, a WI member, handed over a cheque from them.

Our sincere 'thank-you' goes to BLS WI for such generosity and support for our community work.  The money will be used to enhance our tool collection.

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Lancaster & District Conservation Volunteers assist Bolton-le-Sands WI 

 

The field maple was planted as part of the Queen's Green Canopy across the UK, to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee 2022 and to help to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

  OUR  TORRISHOLME  BARROW  HEDGE  WAS  INCLUDED  ON  THE  QUEEN'S  GREEN  CANOPY  MAP  ACROSS  THE  UK!!

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Maggie and Pete planting the hedge

Community Volunteers Boost Biodiversity and Nature at Stations...

While our work at Bare Lane Station continues to steadily improve local biodiversity and nature, similar groups working with the Greater Anglia Train Operating Company are to be rewarded with an official recognition from Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The Greater Anglia Wildlife Friendly Stations Accreditation Scheme recognises the range of habitats found at local stations, from planted borders of shrubs and flowers, through areas of grassland, becoming increasingly 'wilder' until quite dense scrub and trees are reached.  Such areas are managed by local station adopters.

From 'Branchline News', 7 August 2021

Station Adopters, August 2021

DONATION

Covid produced a very challenging time for us all, not least for volunteer conservation groups such as our own. We tried every safe and secure way we could to maintain our programme of management work at our sites across the district. In this light, we were absolutely delighted to have received a substantial donation from Julian and Janice, who are friends of Liz, and who wished to support our conservation work. This donation was especially appreciated when we were fundraising towards replacing our old strimmer, after such dependable service for around 20 years! Thank you to Julian and Janice.

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A booklet for useful stay-at-home reading:

'Healthy Hedgerows on your land’

produced by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species

(www.ptes.org/hedgerows)

It talks about more joined up hedgerows to act as wildlife corridors; the benefits of hedgerows for farms, wildlife and the environment; planting up gaps in hedgerows; giving hedgerow trees the space to grow on, and managing hedgerows well and at the right time of year.

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Carbon+ Million Trees Planting Project

For information on this Lancaster City Council project and any planting days,

email sgray@lancaster.gov.uk or telephone 01524 582217.

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