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Priston Action Group for the Environment

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Our aspirations:
We all appreciate our lovely surroundings but are aware of our negative impact on the environment. We are keen to do what we can to reduce our impact and believe that we can make a difference by working together as a community to:
  •  reduce waste
  • save energy and other resources
Strength through numbers:  we do NOT want to be just a debating group; we want to make things happen.
  • If you want to save money and join our bulk oil-buying group then contact Vicky Pai by email.
  • We organise regular litter-picking/ditch-clearing sessions around the village - if you want to help, contact us or just consult the Calendar for dates and turn up.
  • We have worked with the Parish Council to set up recycling bins for crisp packets and biscuit/cake/cracker wrappers.

Contact us:
via  Penny Rogers on tel: 01761 470589 or

Have a look at our practical ideas for action !
Check our lists of Priston birds and plants - email us if you have any to add!NEW

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September 2019
An apple scratter and press are available to anyone in the village. Please contact Peter Brookes by email or on 470589 if you would like to use them for juice, cider or wine.

May 2019

Recycling update
(see March 2019 item below)

Please keep putting your crisp packets (but not peanut or hoola hoop packets!) in the bin in Priston village hall car park, even during works to the hall.

I've just sent off the first sackful to be recycled as part of the Walkers terracycle scheme. The bin for biscuit and cake wrappers isn't working so well. It's being used for all sorts of things, including sweet and chocolate wrappers, but very few biscuit and cake wrappers. They may be the same material but the scheme will not accept them.

I think villagers just eat a helluva lot more crisps and sweets than shop-bought biscuits and cakes! So we'll remove this bin. If you want to recycle biscuit and cake wrappers you can take them to the bin at Sainsbury's at Green Park Station.

April 2019

Gardening for Wildlife - there is no Planet B

At the annual parish meeting on 12 April 2019, Owain Jones and Kate Rigby, both specialists in environmental humanities, introduced us to one of the interlinked environmental crises facing the Earth, the current mass extinction of wildlife.

Dave Watson, specialist in ecology restoration, offered four tips to encourage wildlife in the garden:
  • Be untidy in the garden
  • Don’t use the popular slug pellets which contain metaldehyde.
  • Create a pond.
  • Plant to create food sources for birds and insects throughout the year.
For full details see here.

March 2019

Recycling wrappers

Thanks to everyone who gave the thumbs up to doing some plastic packaging recycling. We have put 2 bins in the village hall car park for:
  • Crisp packets – any brand/supermarket ownbrands (but not popcorn, pretzel or meat snack bags or crisp tubes).
  • Biscuits, cakes and cracker wrappers – any brand/supermarket ownbrands (flexible plastic packaging, not cardboard packaging or plastic trays recycled by BANES).
For more info about what can be recycled in this scheme see the notice board on the village hall or the links above.
We'll send the wrappers and bags on to be recycled. If this is successful, we may expand scheme - might need some help!

January 2018

Big Garden Bird Watch

It's that time of year again. Enjoy an hour some time during 27, 28 and 29 January watching the birds in your garden. The RSPB website has all the info on identifying birds and how to record them for the survey. It's all very simple.

If you don't see any birds, it's still worth sending in the result. And if you don't want to do it in your garden, you can go to a park. By the way, the survey is now also asking for information about other animals that you see.

January 2017

Big Garden Bird Watch


Just a reminder that the RSPB is coordinating the big garden bird watch of 28-30 January. This website gives you all the details of how to take part, including charts to identify birds, and how to submit results. It only takes an hour - you can do it any time over the weekend.

PS Don't forget to leave out fresh water for the birds in your garden, as well as food!

September 2016

Apple time

There seems to be a bumper crop of apples this year. If you would like to turn yours into delicious apple juice, you can do so with John Marsden’s apple crusher and press which Peter and I have set up in our garden. Give us a ring/email to arrange a time (470589, pennyjrogers@outlook.com).

Once again, John Wybrow has kindly said that villagers can pick apples from the orchard at the front of his house. The grass is long, but don’t let that stop you – there are all sorts of varieties there.

Tree planting
The nation-wide group of Conservation Volunteers has over 1,250 FREE community tree packs for distribution to community groups. All the tree varieties are native UK species and are available in packs of 50, ready for delivery from November.

If anyone can think of somewhere in or near Priston to plant trees, we could get up a group to do the digging. Details are at http://www.tcv.org.uk/community/i-dig-trees/.

April 2016

Penny Rogers has compiled a list of Priston birds and plants, from contributions provided by villagers.
We are lucky to live in a village where we have a chance to see such a diverse range of plants and birds, although many species are at risk.
Please do email us if you have any comments /suggestions regarding the lists.
STOP PRESS - 4 MAY - Butterflies, moths and caterpillars now added!

February 2016 - Bird Boxes

OwainJones and John Arnold have got together to make bird boxes for small garden birds like tits and sparrows. If you would like one for your garden or know of a good place for one, please tell Owain. (There's no charge.)

Conditions for classic small-bird box:
  • 3-5 metres off ground
  • Quiet location
  • North-east to south-east facing
  • Cat safe
  • Not obscured by close vegetation
  • Staging perches nearby are good (e.g. a branch)
  • Not near bird feeders
  • Not too close to another box
January 2016 - Garden Birdwatch

A reminder about the garden birdwatch - on this weekend, 30 and 31 January. Just spend an hour counting birds and record the numbers on the RSPB website. For information on how to take part, including help on identifying birds, go to

Litter picking forays 2016

We shall be litter picking on the following dates:
  • Saturday 6 February
  • Saturday 16 April
  • Saturday 10 September
  • Saturday 5 December

Meet at 10.00am on the Village Green, when we’ll decide where to work. If you have noticed blocked ditches or traffic signs that need clearing we can target them as well as the litter. We’ll just work for an hour and then retreat to the Village Café. (In case of rain, we may decide to do stuff in the following week on a dry day!)

December 2014

On Saturday 13 December we had a successful working party of twelve to clear the runnel along the side of Priston Hill. This is in line with our response to the Parish Council’s request to help keep the ditches along the lanes around Priston clear so that we might prevent flooding. We have agreed to combine this, and keeping road signs visible, with our litter picking forays. Doug, chair of the Parish Council, has stressed that we do only light work. If there are serious blockages, we should notify Christine Hunt, parish clerk, who will contact BANES highways department.

Jul 2014

On leaving Priston, John Marsden has very kindly left the village his fruit crusher and press on long-term loan. It is a well made piece of kit and you can make great apple juice with it very easily. If you would like to use it during the autumn when you have so many apples you don't know what to do with them, just let us know and we'll show you how to use it.

If anyone has any ideas about things we can do for the environment, as individuals or in a group, please email or
phone me and I can pass on details. If you would like to be on the PAGE mailing list, again let me know.
Penny or Peter, tel 470589 or email pennyjrogers@outlook.com

Useful Links!
Other  Groups EnvolveGozeroEcolerne, Green Futures, Bristol Green Pages, Green BathBRLSI, Not Stupid campaignRepRap
Energy: WindBetter Generation, Energy Saving Trust, Eco kettles , Intelliplugs, Low Energy Light Bulbs, Campaign for Dark Skies, North Hoyle Wind Farm , Fusion energy
Green Electricity Green tariffs, Greenelectricity.orgUswitch , Energylinx, Ecotricity
Solar Heating NavitronSolar Home Energy
Global warming: Al Gore, Climate Challenge, Carbon Calculator, Big Green Challenge
Food: Locally-sourced food initiatives, Bath Farmers' Market, Somerset Local Food Direct(see article),Mumfords Vineyard, Avalon VineyardReduce food waste, Guide to Farmers' Markets
Community Agriculture Stroud Community AgricultureCommunity Supported Agriculture, CSA Questionnaire results
Transport: BusTimetableSustrans , Lift sharing: using 2CarShare.com and Freewheelers
Exchange: Bathfreecycle
Ethical shopping: Spirit of Nature, Bath Fair Trade, Plastic bag-free Modbury, The Dangers of Plastic Bags
Social Eco-festival, Conversation cafésVoluntary simplicity
Housing BANES housing extension plans
Recycling: Sofa Project, BANES recycling, Recycling FAQ
Radon Glencoe Radon Consortium, UKRadon website
Transition NetworkNEW Transition Network, Transition Bath, Transition Frome, Transition Peasedown St John