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Parish Environmental Action Group

The Parish Environmental Action Group (PEAG) met for the first time on Saturday 14th January 2023. Councillor Barker was joined by residents of Longhedge and Old Sarum. It would be great to have more wards/villages of the parish represented. All residents of the parish are welcome to join us.

Published: March 20, 2023

Themes we hope will become the focus of the group:

  • Encouraging things that have a positive impact on the environment or biodiversity:  active travel (modes of travel that involve a level of activity),  litter-picking,  use of allotments and community gardens

  • Discouraging things that have a negative impact on the environment or biodiversity:  Unnecessary light pollution,  fly-tipping

  • Concerns about the water management features (swales) in Longhedge.

The group recognised some positive aspects from which the Parish already benefits, which include:

  • Local rights of way

  • The open spaces we have like Castle Hill Country Park

  • Chalk streams like the River Bourne

  • The water meadows at Laverstock

  • Existing biodiversity including wildflowers and wildlife

  • The trees we have and are in the process of planting

  • Archeology (which brings interest to the area and restricts development)

  • Milford Area Preservation Group, the two existing litter womble groups and Wild about Laverstock

  • The work of Wiltshire Wildlife, PlantLife, The Devenish Bradshaw Trust, Wessex Rivers Trust and the River Bourne Community Farm

The group will also be the umbrella group for our  Volunteer Footpath Wardens



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