Motcombe Treasure Trail Helps Kids Understand Climate Crisis

Mandy Mason arranged the popular advent calendar trail around Motcombe last Christmas. Mandy has since joined the Motcombe Parish Council.

From Monday, village kids will be encouraged to grab a treasure trail map from the shop. Entrants can win prizes by following the trail and answering questions about the climate emergency.

Cllr Mandy Mason

Mandy says youngsters play an important role in encouraging adults to become more environmentally aware. “If the children get on board, they encourage their parents,” Mandy says.

Listen to our interview and learn more about the prize challenge, which starts on Monday 5th April.



The ‘Shaftesbury Loop’ – Our Town’s Safer Cycling Circuit Has Opened

Shaftesbury’s new ‘ring road’ for cyclists and walkers has opened.

The ‘Shaftesbury Loop’ is the first stage in a project to connect our community with a safer, sustainable travel circuit which avoids busier roads.

Yesterday, over 170 waymarking signs were placed by volunteers and Shaftesbury Town Council staff. Listen to our interview to learn more about the project from mayor Andy Hollingshead, council officer Brie Logan and Planet Shaftesbury volunteers, John Nelson and Christina Strickland.

Shaftesbury mayor Andy Hollingshead

The circular route links Royal Chase roundabout, Hawkesdene Lane, St James’ St, Breach Lane, Enmore Green, Tout Hill, Bell Street, Wincombe Lane, The Maltings and Salisbury Road.

As you’ll hear, there are plans to improve cyclists’ experience on a hilly part of the route and link neighbouring villages.



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