Objective is now to link up formal open space with green lung areas and making information accessible. This initiative to be underpinned by Environmental/Green Lung Policy.

 

Further to meetings held with Susie Jenkins, please see e-mail below:-

 

“For the attention of Brightlingsea Town Council,

 

I am a local resident with a keen interest in British native wildlife conservation and a family history in Brightlingsea.

 

I have been running workshops at the Free music festival and Winterfest in the town for many years and also long standing pottery classes. Three years ago I combined my workshop know how and lifelong passion for wildlife in 3 nature linked community art projects.  The arts council, the heritage lottery fund and ‘Tesco bags of help’ all supported my grant bids so since 2016 I have been working alongside two other Brightlingsea people in Wrabness, RSPB Flatford wildlife gardens and this year in the Wildlife Trust’s Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Dulwich.

This has given me three years of solid project co-ordination experience between big name wildlife organisations such as RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and community groups from small scale locally run enterprises to well known groups like Mind, Royal Assoc. for Deaf People, and County Council run organisations like schools, youth clubs and the Community Rail Partnership which I hope might be useful to you.

 

It has also given me a certain level of understanding of practical ways to improve nature conservation.

 

The news and reports about the fast paced loss of our natural world can be over whelming but whilst the decline is evident here, Brightlingsea has managed to hold on to some very rich habitats.  Much of the land has been either minimally farmed, farmed under the environmental stewardship scheme, or was quarried and left to regenerate.  Combine this with the designated Colne Estuary encircling more than half of the parish this puts us in the position of being almost an island hosting unusually high natural assets.

 

Brightlingsea is well known as an unspoilt seaside town. I would like to propose that we try to protect our natural capital by mapping what is there and making a policy to protect and build on our solid foundations as a nature rich, rural, seaside town with plenty of potential for increasing biodiversity and sustainable nature tourism.

There is government legislation in place to combat the decline (Biodiversity 2020 & the environment bill is being drafted) but to reverse the current losses to our native British wildlife it makes sense to work on a local level.  I am happy to volunteer time to BTC to document local ideas because I believe that only town and parish councils really know their local area well enough to work with land owners, schools, churches and local people to restore and link up potentially nature rich back gardens, footpaths, hedgerows, verges and lanes with ancient or designated areas.

 

We already have a head start here in Brightlingsea.

 

Look forward to hearing from you.”

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