Youngsters support Greening Campaign to make Milford greener
A VILLAGE-WIDE bid to be more environmentally friendly will be launched at a public meeting in Milford next week.
The scheme, which is part of the national Greening Campaign, is asking residents to make three green pledges for a year in a bid to reduce emissions and cut costs.
The initiative is led by Milford Parish Council, which became one of the first in the district to declare a climate emergency in 2019.
As well as campaigning for electric car charging points, the parish council has also led community litter picks and asked local businesses to look at ways of reducing single-use plastics.
Cllr Ken Cameron said: “The first phase of the campaign seeks to bring together the village to pull together to make small changes to their behaviour which collectively are significant.
“Everyone can help to make a difference.”
Pledges include replacing lightbulbs with LEDs, washing laundry at 30 degrees, turning down the thermostat by one degree and washing up using a bowl.
Children from Milford Primary School have been making their own climate pledges following a competition to design a promotional poster for the launch event, which was judged by New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne.
Hampshire county councillor Fran Carpenter will award the prizes at the public meeting on Wednesday 1st December at 7pm at Milford Community Centre when there will also be a climate presentation from Victoria Waller.
In neighbouring Everton a new community orchard is set to be planted at 10.30am this Saturday at the recreation ground in Frys Lane in a bid to boost biodiversity.
Led by Hordle Parish Council and part-funded by grants from Cllr Carpenter and Cllr Alvin Reid, the project will see 11 fruit trees planted including varieties of apple, pear, damson, quince and medlar.
The orchard has space for more trees to be planted over the coming years and will also feature wildflower areas in the spring and summer to support pollinating insects.
To find out more about the Milford Greening Campaign visit www.milfordonseaparishcouncil.gov.uk