Friday, August 05, 2022


A new community-related project launched in Brigg on Wednesday evening (August 4).
Ancholme Valley Actions for Climate Change is keen to involve local people and is now welcoming their comments and suggestions.
The project is being supported by the National Lottery Community Fund's Together for our Planet initiative.
"Climate change means that the Ancholme Valley is facing threats from rising sea levels and heavier rainfall causing flooding," the project says.
"This will impact people's homes and livelihoods unless we take action."
The project "aims to help your local community respond to the threat of climate change."
One way being suggested is to adapt "by creating a landscape that is more resilient to climate change."
Opportunities outlined by the project include:
  • Creating woodland, hedgerows and grasslands to capture carbon.
  • Re-wetting areas to make more space for water and increase biodiversity.
  • Re-thinking farming methods to find more suitable alternatives.
At a personal level, local people can help by reducing household waste, re-using items and increasing recycling.
They can also "make a pledge to take climate action" and contribute their own thoughts and ideas.
Becoming involved and finding out more about the project can be achieved by:
Visiting the website page
Following @WilderAncholme on Facebook
Following @WAncholme on Twitter.
Arrangements are being made for copies of a free leaflet explaining more about this project to be made available through Brigg Heritage Centre, located in the Angel building.
The date of the launch event in the first floor function room at the Buttercross was arranged some time ago - before the onset of the heatwave.
However, as the event got under way a temperature of 28C (82F) was mentioned to those who had booked places and taken their seats at 6.30pm.
Wednesday's session also featured a review of the Wilder Ancholme Project, launched at the Buttercross in 2020 - just prior to the pandemic emergency.
It created "a firm base on which to build the future vision for climate resilence in the Ancholme Valley."
The project, over 2½ years, produced 25 educational videos, and saw more than 700 interested people following its Facebook page.
Brigg Blog will have much more to say about the Wilder Ancholme Project in a future post.
Interesting details about the history of the river valley were revealed by Professor Ian Rotherham, who was also at the launch of this project in Brigg during 2020.
He's pictured above during Wednesday night's event in the Buttercross, which we photographed before the start under a cloudless sky as the sun shone down.