Environment

How to do a Litter Pick or Beach Clean

One way you can help to protect our wildlife is to pick up litter when you see it. 

There are some things you need to do before you pick up rubbish to keep yourself safe.
  1. Never pick up anything that looks nasty or is dangerous
  2. Wear protective gloves, ideally use a litter picker and bring a bag to put rubbish in
  3. Watch out for and don’t touch sharp items like glass, needles or metal – ask a grown-up to collect these for you
  4. BE SAFE NEAR WATER. Always follow local safety signs. Look out for big waves, tides coming in or quicksand/mudflats. Be careful on the beach and near rivers, lakes and canals
  5. Keep an eye on the weather and wear appropriate clothing and sun protection
  6. Put the rubbish in a bin or take it home to recycle/upcycle
 

Your Local Lion Club accepts no responsibility for your safety whilst following these guidelines. All beach cleans and litter picks are carried out at your own risk. These guidelines are recommendations only.
To find out more about how you can get involved in a locally organised cleanup event contact Stuart  stu.allen1@gmail.com   07789 552058

Litter Picks:

February 27th Spital to Harworth 29 bags collected

Watch out for dates to be confirmed for March  Contact: Stuart Allen 07789 552058  stu.allen1@gmail.com

Tree Planting Projects:

Tree planting is good for the environment. It brings communities of people together and it even strengthens people's connections with each other—families and friends united by a goal of giving back, and getting a bit dirty along the way.

Planting a family tree doesn’t just help your child connect with nature, but it’s a great way to help the environment and local wildlife too. And better yet, it’s the perfect excuse for the whole family to get outside and bond without screens.

Planting a family tree doesn’t just help our children to form a stronger connection with nature. It also helps children improve their responsibility and develop a deep sense of achievement as they see the tree growing taller and stronger. 

Above all, planting a family tree will empower your child to realize that, despite the devastation from forest fires, current events, and other scary things that seem out of their control, they can still make a positive difference in the world around them.

It’s also a lovely way to show your child the importance of doing something for others; leaving behind a beautiful tree that provides fruit or shade to your neighbors, new residents, and future generations.  

In fact, psychological research has revealed that children who have this early contact with nature benefit from better mental health.  

Contact: Stuart Allen 07789 552058  stu.allen1@gmail.com

Making a Bug Hotel: 

With the rising interest in the environment, there has been an increase in the availability of  bug hotels. These hotels are a good compromise for the gardener who wants a pristine garden but also wants to do their bit to help creepy crawlies and therefore the biodiversity in the area. The idea is to provide a piece of wood with holes into which an invertebrate can crawl into,

it is better to have a range of diameters of tunnels, this design will allow a range of invertebrates to make use of it with a good chance of survival. As wood is a good insulator and if a few simple rules are considered, a weatherproof shelter can be made.

Making a few of these using different species of trees will also improve the range of invertebrates you can help.  Natural is best don’t paint or make your hotel posh it is not difficult to source suitable dead branches, and make a bug hotel.

1. Find a hardwood tree branch about 10 - 15cm in diameter and cut into a5 -30cm lengths. 

2. Drill 1 hole with each of the drill bit sizes you have up to 15mm. Drill upwards to prevent water running in. 

3. Cut the top of the branch at a slant and cover with an old slate, plastic lid etc 

4. The finished article can be hung up or a simple wooden base can be added.