Woking LA21 talks pollinators and pilot projects

02 November 2017

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Following a busy year of ground-breaking activity and exciting new projects, wildlife enthusiasts are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Woking Borough’s environmental group, Woking Local Action 21 (LA21). The event will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017, 7pm at the WWF Living Planet Centre.

Throughout the evening, the group’s achievements over the past 12 months will be unearthed. Topics covered will include the installation of new community vegetable growing plots by LA21’s ‘Incredible Edible’ project, as well as updates on wild flower seed sowing, invasive species clearance and habitat improvements by the Woking Biodiversity Partnership.

Guest speaker Andrew Halstead, local entomologist, will present on bees and other pollinators. His talk will cover the various insects that are important as pollinators and provide handy tips for creating a floral feast in your garden that will attract these crucial critters and help them thrive.

James Simpson, from environmental consultancy ADAS, has been instrumental in realising the habitat improvements of the Great Crested Newt Pilot Project at Westfield Common, working in partnership with Woking Borough Council and Natural England. His talk will reflect on the progress so far, and outline the next phase of works, explaining how the pilot project will bring real benefit for Great Crested News, in this innovative new approach to their conservation.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Sustainability, said: “Our Borough has a lot going on under the surface! Woking LA21 is a superb long-standing community initiative, which brings together a very dedicated group of people who volunteer to safeguard Woking’s environment, with the support of Woking Borough Council. I would encourage local residents to attend this free event to hear about a very successful year to date.”

Jenny Barrett, Chairman of LA21, said: “LA21 works not just to keep Woking looking green, but to help us all to live and work more sustainably. The work we undertake is not just of great benefit to the environment, it is also a chance for members of the community to socialise and get outside to enjoy our natural world.

“We’re excited to be hearing from two great speakers, and about sharing our achievements so far this year. We hope that the evening will attract fresh faces who share the same passion for our environment.”

At the event, there will be the opportunity to find out more about how to get involved in one of a wide range of projects as a volunteer.

All are welcome to attend the free event. For further information or to reserve your place, please contact Woking Borough Council’s Green Infrastructure Manager, Tracey Haskins, on 01483 743888 or via email green@woking.gov.uk