Zero Waste Award
Community Recycler of the Year Award comes to Zero Waste Presteigne and Norton
Mark Davies and Wendy Toomey from the Presteigne and Norton Zero Waste Project have just collected the CYLCH 2011 award on behalf of Cwm Harry for Community Recycler of The Year at Llandudno.
The award was voted for by local residents who backed Wendy, Mark and the rest of the Zero Waste team, who would all like to thank the community for their hard work and extra effort since the beginning of the project and also their kind support.
Cae Poeth news update
Date change for Cae Poeth event
Due to unavoidable circumstances we've had to change the dates of the Autumn skillshare at Cae Poeth Nature Reserve. It's now going to be almost a Winter one, it will run on Fri 18 and Sat 19 Nov 2011. We'll make sure we get a nice fire going to keep us all warm and provide lots of hot drinks!
Education for Sustainable Development
The ESDGC programme developed for use in Welsh schools is now being offered to adult learners in Cardiff. Sheleagh Llewellyn will be teaching Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship at Cardiff University Life Long Learning starting this Monday 6th October at 4-6pm. The module will run for 10 weeks and will provide an introduction to this vitally important topic. The course will also give people ideas for how they can become active as Global Citizens. Stud4nts need to enrol this week so if you are interested please contact Sheleagh Llewellyn on 07921022597.
Glasu Community Resilience Project
Richard Pitts is now Community Resilience Project Officer with Glasu. He will be administering a new fund aimed at supporting innovative projects that enhance or provide basic services through the sustainable use of local resources or reducing the reliance on carbon, including:
Bracken - new advice
Many of us had understood that cutting bracken during the summer was inadvisable in case of spore inhalation as the spores are carcinogenic. Appeals for more information about when it is safe to cut bracken and if this is safe in autumn have brought some new information to light.
Some interesting information just in from Darylle Hardy of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust suggests that bracken spores are not a problem in the UK as was previously supposed. Darylle says “Regarding bracken mentioned in your newsletter, if you are worried about breathing spores, we understand now that bracken doesn't spore in this country and its expansion is only by vegetative growth. It is carcinogenic if you/stock eat it. At the wildlife trust, our volunteers cut bracken all summer.”
See more on bracken control and benefits at: http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/farming/advice/details.aspx?id=204253
This site has a lot of information on bracken control and cautions where wildlife may be affected by its removal. It also draws attention to possible problems of cutting bracken where sheep graze: “high numbers of sheep ticks associated with bracken can increase the likelihood of transmission of Lyme disease”.
There has been local debate about the value of composting a mixture of sheep’s wool and bracken, and the Forestry Commission has done extensive trials with bracken compost from the New Forest. They find it composts well, that the carcinogen present breaks down in the composting process, and that the resulting compost is high in K and works well for nursery potting use. They also commend its use as a mulch. Read more at:
Lyn Dixon's advice is:
Re. the bracken harvesting. It is air-borne spore that is the danger when harvesting bracken later in the year. I harvest a little later, towards the end of September, beginning of October. The bracken is on the turn and as the air humidity is usually pretty high, I think the air stays pretty safe. Wear gloves if pulling to avoid razor-like cuts.
...and here's a tip just in from a farming reader:
Cut fern any time now. I use it for bedding for the cattle in the winter. A good dollop of muck on top and it rots down beautifully.