Second Tree Walk Map Reveals Shaftesbury’s Hidden Curiosities

Shaftesbury Tree Group published its second self-guided tree walk map and leaflet on Thursday. It suggests a tree-spotting trail around the foot of our town’s green slopes.

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Choosing To Open In Shaftesbury Was ‘Best Decision’ Says Expanding Eco-Retailer

Eco-entrepreneur Lucy Barfoot is doubling the size of Shaftesbury’s zero waste shop, Coconut and Cotton, today. Lucy tells Alfred that her locally popular store has also become a hit with tourists and Instagram fans. And she reveals the product Shaftesbury can’t get enough of.

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Neighbourhood Plan’s Climate Change Policies To Encourage A Vibrant And More Self-Contained Shaftesbury

In the first of a series of articles, Alfred looks at how the Neighbourhood Plan, the new development blueprint, could shape Shaftesbury’s future.

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Shaftesbury Council Calls Climate Emergency And Backs Plastic-Free Movement

Shaftesbury Town Council has declared a climate emergency and backed plans for Shaftesbury to pursue ‘plastic-free status’.

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Shaftesbury Stories Are At The Heart Of Bee Campaigner’s New Book

25,000 people follow Brigit Strawbridge’s Twitter posts about the environment and, in particular, bees. Now the Shaftesbury-based campaigner is getting ready to launch her first book and it’s set to put our town in the spotlight. Read More

Shaftesbury Pupils Want To Win Funding For A Peace Garden

Pupils at Shaftesbury Abbey Primary School hope to create a peace garden, if they are awarded cash from Shaftesbury Town Council’s environmental challenge.

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Shaftesbury Climate Protest Reveals Extent Of Extinct Species

A giant pink dodo and a New Orleans-style funeral procession were used to warn Shaftesbury that climate change could wipe out entire species. Alfred’s Keri Jones watched Saturday’s Extinction Rebellion procession and ‘die in’ on Gold Hill.

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Dozens Of Protestors To ‘Play Dead’ In Shaftesbury On Saturday

Climate change protestors will stage a ‘mass funeral’ on Gold Hill on Saturday. Natalie Carr from Shaftesbury’s Extinction Rebellion group told Alfred’s Keri Jones what her group is planning and why.

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How A New Group Is Trying To Save Shaftesbury’s Swifts

Shaftesbury’s swift colonies have probably been here since Saxon times. Modern construction means there are fewer gaps and spaces where the birds can nest. Now, a new Shaftesbury-based project hopes to secure the future of swifts in our town.

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‘Forest School’ Style Nature Workshops Planned For Shaftesbury Schoolchildren

Three parents, who are passionate about wildlife and the environment, hope to launch an outdoor learning experience for Shaftesbury-area youngsters.

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