The new Leader of Maidstone Borough Council champions World Environment Day on Saturday 5 June.
This year’s environment day calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems, to help bring back plants and animals from the brink of extinction.
Cllr David Burton, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council is a passionate environmentalist and beekeeper, he said:
“We are determined that the protection of the environment will be at the heart of everything we do at Maidstone Borough Council. Everyone can help play a part in preserving this planet which we all rely on for survival. Just a small action like growing trees, rewilding our gardens or cleaning up rubbish alongside rivers and coasts all make a difference.
“I have been keeping bees in Maidstone for more than 40 years and appreciate the essential contribution they make to our lives as pollinators of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. Through our Maidstone Borough in Bloom competition, we hope to encourage more people to think about the bees and wildlife in our surroundings, why not give it a try?”
Here are some suggestions to help make a difference this World Environment Day:
- Action for your environment starts at home, explore the Maidstone Borough in Bloom competition to showcase green-fingered talents and win prizes. The Council is proud to be supporting categories for best sustainable pollinator friendly garden projects which could be pots on a balcony or a wildlife friendly garden or community project, find out more at: https://maidstone.gov.uk/home/other-services/parks-and-play-areas/primary-areas/parks/tier-3-primary-areas/maidstone-borough-in-bloom
- Get involved and find out more about conservation volunteering with Medway Valley Countryside Partnership and Volunteer River Warden tasks https://medwayvalley.org/ regular action days on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Immerse yourself in learning more about the environment; start young with Nature Tots Forest School sessions or advance your knowledge about sustainable living, species and habitats with the Kent Wildlife Trust at their headquarters at Tyland Barn Sandling or find out more about volunteering and learning new skills: https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering
- Keen on birds then explore opportunities with Maidstone RSPB Group: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/maidstone/
- If you are interested in living more sustainably and growing your own produce on an allotment contact your local Parish Council or Maidstone Allotments Management Committee: http://maidstoneallotments.co.uk/ although you may have to wait a while to get a plot as interest is high!
- Kick start your environmental career looking after MBC parks and open spaces as a Grounds Maintenance Apprentice. The successful candidate will develop skills and learning with a Level 2 workplace Diploma in Horticulture (Parks/Gardens & Open Spaces). The Council will be working with Hadlow College to deliver and support this programme
For more information https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/