Greenwood

Transforming Meanwood into Greenwood!



Can you help us turn Meanwood into Greenwood?


We are an enthusiastic group of local people who want to help transform Meanwood into a green, sustainable, healthy place to live. It’s time we addressed our contribution to the climate crisis - and we need your help. Thinking Global: As part of the 2030 Vision for Meanwood, our BIG aim is for Meanwood to become an environmentally sustainable neighbourhood with people-friendly streets and clean air, low energy homes, and eco-friendly businesses, so that everyone can enjoy a healthy life.


Acting Local:


We believe everyone can help in SMALL ways to protect our beautiful planet (see tips for individuals below).


Equally, we believe Meanwood’s businesses and organizations have a key role to play, both making their own operations environmentally friendly, and enabling individuals to lead more sustainable lives. That’s why we’ve launched a Greenwood pledge for businesses, please see the pledge on the website.

Small changes individuals can make to help Greenwood become a reality:


Transport


  • Make fewer journeys by car and drive slower. Try not to use a car for journeys of less than a mile (20-minute walk).
  • Change your car less frequently and consider electric or hybrid cars. Consider car-free days
  • Walk more, use the bus and train, try cycling
  • Reduce the number of flights you take in a year, ideally to zero


Buildings /Homes


  • Reduce electricity and gas usage – turn down your thermostat by 1 degree
  • Insulate your loft, floors, walls, doors, and windows
  • Sign up with a renewable energy supplier
  • Consider solar panels
  • Conserve water - take shorter showers, install a half flush on your loo
  • Wash clothes less, on a shorter cycle, and at 30 degrees C


Garden


  • Rewild your garden, wildflower seeds for pollinating insects
  • Install rainwater butts
  • Build a wildlife pond
  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables, and share produce with neighbours
  • Compost all garden and organic waste


Food consumption


  • Consume at least 50% less meat and dairy
  • Consider going vegetarian or vegan
  • Grow some of your own food
  • Reduce food waste, use up leftovers


General consumption


  • Buy fewer clothes or buy second hand, and repurpose older ones
  • Buy fewer new things – refuse, repair, recycle, renew
  • Ditch single-use plastic. Repurpose plastic
  • Look for Eco-friendly alternatives - bamboo, shampoo bars.
  • Join or start a shared Library of Things
  • Donate to and use charity shops



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Every month we are going to set the people of Meanwood a green challenge- for example:


Meat Free Monday, Walk-in Wednesday, Freeze-it Friday, Share-it Saturday and we’ll encourage you to tell us how you get on.


Greenwood business pledge


Organisations and businesses have a crucial role to play transforming Meanwood into Greenwood. Sign the pledge and we’ll send you a Greenwood Mark to display in your window, and you could even become Greenwood’s business of the month!


Upcoming events


  • Meanwood Valley Partnership AGM Tuesday 27th July, join us to find out more about Greenwood and much more click here for more info
  • August Event – come and join us with an outdoors child-focused, everyone can get involved, super-fun set of activities for you, your friends and family - watch this space to find out more!

There are some local people already doing amazing things to help the planet:


http://www.zerowasteleeds.org.uk – offer all sorts of recycling advice


http://www.tandemleeds.com – offer cleaning product refills


http://www.mvuf.org.uk – fixing and selling second-hand bikes


http://www.leedsuniformexchange.org.uk – re-using second-hand school uniforms.


https://www.lemonbalm.org.uk


https://www.facebook.com/BuynowtLS6


www.trashnothing.com


https://www.lemonbalm.org.uk/ - ready steady grow and gardening for wellbeing


https://interact.uk.net/ylpmeanwood/ - your local pantry in Meanwood


https://www.facebook.com/groups/725275438229627 - local Meanwood plant swap group


https://www.facebook.com/groups/858567591150989 - campaign for plastic-free takeaways in Meanwood


https://www.facebook.com/groups/131861078705515 - litter-free Meanwood


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2007182396093415 - C.R.A.P LS6


Facebook


Litter Free Meanwood

Meanwood Plastic-free takeaways


Let us know any more Local Heroes doing great green things in Meanwood and we can add a link here to find out more.

Get involved!


To find out about how to get involved in transforming Meanwood into Greenwood email meanwoodvp@hotmail.com or visit www.lovemeanwood.org.uk to read the full vision.

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Love Meanwood is grateful to the following for their generous funding of our project:

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