Storrington Conservation Society: Newsletter 101
There is something satisfying about picking up litter as our work party did on 2nd April. While wondering why people spread the stuff, (e.g. cans, bottles, packets, paper, face masks, dog poo bags), it shows our great neighbourhood is worth caring for. A benefit is that some the rubbish can be recycled.
Even more satisfying was the planting of trees and shrubs as we did at Dyke Farm, part of the rewilding project there. It demonstrates concern for the wider world in the long term, trust that future generations will enjoy the beauty we will not live to see. It puts back something beyond price, restoring what has been destroyed in our time. The earlier grubbing up of hedges was done with the best of intentions to allow economies in the production of our food. Only recently has it been realised this has caused loss of diversity on a huge scale, wildlife of many species, small mammals, birds, bats, butterflies and most disturbing essential pollinating insects have vanished in many places. When was the last time your car windscreen was splattered with flies? Shrubs and trees also contribute to absorbing CO2 and the production of vital Oxygen.
As this is being written there is conflict around the world. We cannot escape the daily scenes on TV News. It is tragic for those involved, worrying for the future, as the production and use of armaments contribute to greenhouse gasses which are not measured, so not included in global figures. The plumes of smoke from Ukraine tell the sorry story when nations should be co-operating to reduce emissions.
We next meet on 7th May at 10.00am at the Library Car Park. The aim is to clear the banks and the stream for the benefit the Duck Race, a popular event for our community. As usual, a coffee break and time to chat is included. Join us if you can.
For information about this and our other activities, or on becoming a member, (no subscription is required, donations welcome) please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website www.storringtonconservation.org.uk.