Dengie Earth Matters is a new environmental initiative, which is open to anyone.
It’s grass roots, but supported by the local authorities, including Maldon District Council, Solar Together, Essex Forest Initiative and commercial organisations to encourage people to consider green alternatives and to take small and affordable action to improve the environment.
The Dengie Peninsular is a large geographical area, so it has been divided into sectors for ease of managing meetings, information sharing, etc. The groupings are:
On the agenda is:
26 January 2023 at Bradwell Village Hall from 7.00 – 9.00pm (free entry).
A public meeting for the North Sector to introduce Solar Together – an Essex County Council project – that reduces the price of solar panels using bulk buying based on demand from Essex residents, business owners and other premises, such as Village Halls, Sports Pavilions and other community buildings.
The event will include information desks (manned or take away leaflets) on diverse green issues and stalls for people to browse and/or buy.
Our aims include:
- Running awareness campaign of steps, underpinned by facts and statistics, about insulation and draught exclusion, rainwater harvesting, alternative domestic products and transport and planting trees, shrubs and plants to improve our ecosystems.
- Recruiting people across the Dengie to volunteer for various tasks to develop a rolling programme of projects that address Dengie specific issues, such as installing electric vehicle charging points in community car parks, planting shrubs and trees in public and domestic spaces and:
- Researching the cost, benefits and drawbacks of installing bio-digestion plants to manage human and animal waste. The benefits are that bio-digesters take sewerage, slurry and plant matter and turn it into electricity (via methane gas driving turbines), fertiliser and water, which relieve the pressure on old and failing sewers and pumping stations.
- Opening and operating a Big Green Shed, which is upcycling and refurbishing household items by community members to be sold to cover costs and for donating to charities and individuals in need (a cross between the Man Shed idea and the Repair Shop), if premises can be found.
- Suggesting new projects.