It’s been a busy few weeks for a re vitalised LA21 group!
Jenny Griffiths chaired a discussion on January 30th on moving forward plans for a local food directory for the Woking area called WoLF – Woking on Local Foods! Jenny has done a huge amount of research and plans are there to launch an interactive website. Contact Jenny Griffiths if you can help us research food outlets, farms and eateries that produce, cook or sell local edibles!
Over the weekend, 1-3rd February, Charles Barber, Alison Daykin, Frances Halstead and David Askew spent many hours honing a Biodiversity Action proposal for Woking, mapping out owl sightings, contemplating the best places for owl boxes, studying best mowing practices for wildlife meadows, putting the judges together for a Woking Wildlife Garden competition in the summer and lots more ideas, to involve Surrey Wildlife Trust as well.
On Tuesday February 4th, about 16 of us went on an organised tour of the new WWF building, care of LA21 and were impressed by its welcoming bright uncluttered appearance. We then held a meeting to check that the group were au fait with our biodiversity plans for “Operation Owl” and an extension of Woking in Bloom to include a Wildflower Garden section (judged by Frances Halstead from SWT).
On Wednesday 5th, 5 of us met up with Woking council staff who are concerned with biodiversity, verge maintenance and planning regimes. It was a very fruitful meeting and LA21 were given approval to proceed with their plans. The next initiative is to look for suitable sites for owl boxes on the most appropriate land so they can be in place for this year!
That evening we held a brief steering group meeting to update on these projects and we updated the Food directory. We now have Woking Beer Festival organisers on our side!