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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Friends of the Byes


A great community project working to enhance biodiveristy in Sidmouth's largest green space:
Friends of The Byes / Sidmouth BEE Project | Facebook




Friends of The Byes / Sidmouth BEE Project

Community Organization
Friends Of The Byes / The Byes Environmental Education Project. A group have set out on an exciting project to improve the Byes area in Sidmouth, Devon, bringing biodiversity, an educational platform for learning and improved usage to this parkland.

After months of getting together finance from the Lottery and support from the District Council, National Trust, SVA and others, the Friends of the Byes was formally launched last September:


FOTB Launch event 15th September 2012

  

Anne Swithinbank offered to help launch the Friends of the Byes group on Saturday and is pictured with one of the new information boards with group chairman Michael Horsnell, Ed Rhodes and landscape architect Aileen Shackell.


Photo by Simon Horn - Sidmouth Herald
 — at The Byes.

FOTB Launch event 15th September 2012 | Facebook
TV gardener to open Byes project - News - Sidmouth Herald

Some great photos from over the last months:


Photo: Peacock caterpillers

Some great collaboration with schools:


Today as part of the Green Week organised by Sidmouth Primary school Friends of the Byes volunteers delivered 535 small tree saplings and a 1L pot to every Primary schoolchild in Sidmouth. They will be taking the tree saplings home to nurtu...See More

Photo: Today as part of the Green Week organised by Sidmouth Primary school Friends of the Byes volunteers delivered 535 small tree saplings and a 1L pot to every Primary schoolchild in Sidmouth. They will be taking the tree saplings home to nurture and look after them until National Tree Week in November 2013. They will then be invited to plant them out in the Byes or keep to plant out in a place of their choice.
Each of the 20 classes also received an apple tree and a large pot to look after and nurture, to plant out in November 2013

Leaflet for each child:

NAME:…………………………………………………………………. is a tree guardian for 2013 

I am a young tree sapling please nurture and look after me, to help me grow up into a strong mature tree.

Please look after me by keeping my roots in good compost or soil.
Please keep my roots moist, but not too wet and keep me in a small amount of sun.
Please keep a photo diary, by taking a photo, measurement and any notes at the 1st of each month.

Facts about Trees: 
Trees soak up Carbon Dioxide which is a greenhouse gas and give out Oxygen which humans need to survive.
Since the dawn of agriculture, humanity has cut down half of the Earths forests. We are now realising the importance of replanting these forests and worldwide reforestation projects are flourishing.
Trees are very important for food, building material, fuel, medicine, wildlife habitat and amenity value, 

In November 2013 you will be invited to plant me in the Byes or plant in a place of your choice.

The trees have been sponsored by Friends of the Byes. For further information please email FOTByes@gmail.com or phone 01395 577383

And some great projects. The Friends of the Byes was responsible for getting the Community Orchard going:  Futures Forum: Sidmouth Community Orchard


Photo: “We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

Aldo Leopold

Sidmouth Friends of the Byes planting a community orchard in The Byes Early 2012

“We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold
Sidmouth Friends of the Byes planting a community orchard in The Byes Early 2012
See more photos and reports at Futures Forum: Sidmouth Food Group 

The Friends of the Byes (originally named the BEE Project) was also instrumental in setting up the wild flower meadow in the Byes: Futures Forum: Sid Meadow in June 2103... and July 2012

Check out a wealth of information and keep posted at 
Friends of The Byes / Sidmouth BEE Project | Facebook
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