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Turn Lyme Green – January newsletter picks

  • by JW


There are some great things happening just over the border.

Here are some picks from the latest newsletter from Turn Lyme Green:

Flight Free Pledge

Many thanks to Fiona Wood for her inspiring talk to a packed Driftwood Cafe on how to get around without flying. Do look up the Flight Free website where they have top tips and an opportunity to pledge to reduce your flying. And for detailed advice on getting almost anywhere by train visit the Man in Seat 61. Thanks to Jake Causley and David Tompkinson for the photos.


The River Lim Action group went exploring to the source of the Lim in December and were delighted to find crystal clear water bubbling out of the ground and in the stewardship of caring landowners. Identifying landowners who influence the river and building good relations with them is vital to the campaign to clean up the River.
The group is pleased to have secured funding from Lyme Regis Town Council for a river corridor survey by an ecologist, more testing kits and to boost our communications. This adds to work we’re already doing on water quality monitoring and keeping pressure on those who have the power to make things better.

If you’d like to join the River Lim Action group and receive their mailings direct you can sign up here. That way you’ll get more detailed information about the campaign.


River Café and Free Tree Giveaway on Saturday, January 28th, hosted by Chardstock Eco Group. The event is in Chardstock Community Hall, EX13 7BJ. It’s a pop-in event so come when you wish and leave when you want between 10am – 12.30pm. Parking is available.

Speedwatch Training for Volunteers

Are you concerned about the speed of cars on some of our local roads? Community Speedwatch Training is available for volunteers on Monday January 30 from 1030an to 12pm. It’s in the Community Cafe, The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS. Supported by Dorset Community Speedwatch, Lyme 2030 Vision and Dorset Road Safe Partnership.
To express an interest please email Belinda Bawden

Home Energy Workshop

Saturday February 4 1030am to 1230pm, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. Find out how to reduce your energy bills this winter. Meet the local Energy Champions and Turn Lyme Green’s creators of stylish draught excluders. Supported by Lyme’s 2030 Vision, Energy Champions and the Centre for Sustainable Energy.


Our next TLG talk starts at 7pm on Tuesday February 21st. It’s from Graham Willett who will talk about the Common Ground Project, which creates community land trusts that take land out of private ownership and drives its use towards diversity, regenerative practice and common good. There are two projects going ahead in East Devon, near to Lyme. All our talks are free and refreshments are provided. Donations are always welcome.


Suzy Gallina writes: Our Turn Lyme Green seed savers are working hard behind the scenes to sort, bag and label our 2022 seed harvest, ready for our 2023 Seed Swap. Whether you are growing on a windowsill, in pots or in a garden our aim is to distribute open-pollinated seeds freely to local gardeners to preserve local and regional varieties. We want as many people as possible to grow food and to get into gardening generally, and money should be no barrier to doing so. The seed swap is free, and you don’t have to bring seeds to swap! We’re hoping to encourage growers to save seed and return with them to the seed swap the following year.


Join us for a talk on the River Itchen – an iconic chalk river in Hampshire – at 7pm on Tuesday March 28. Source to Sea explores the journey of the Itchen and the pressures on it. Graham Roberts, retired freshwater ecologist from Lyme and now a key member of the River Lim Action group, was inspired by the Itchen to work for 40 years in the wetland environment. Please put the date in your diary – more details to follow.

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Turn Lyme Green Newsletter – January 2023

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