2019 – Year of Green Action

On 31 January 2019, Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, launched the ‘Year of Green Action’. This is a year-long drive to get us all involved in projects which help us to connect with, protect and enhance our natural world – be that in our  gardens, schools, parks, farms, workplaces, as volunteers, workers, or consumers.

Defra’s  Year of Green Action toolkit


How can you get involved?

Connect
Improving our understanding of the state of the environment, the benefits a healthy environment can bring, and the effect of our actions on the natural world.

Individuals

• Take part in citizen science projects to measure local wildlife populations
Explore Devon’s local greenspaces and coastal environments
• Spend more time experiencing and learning about Devon’s natural environment 
• Learn to identify non-native species and report sightings

Organisations / Businesses

• Support youth action
• Increase greenery in workplaces
• Take steps to inform your workforce of the value nature provides, including mental health

Protect
Help us to reduce our impact on the environment through greener decision-making.

Individuals

• Use energy and material resources
more efficiently
Make fewer journeys by car and utilise public transport
• Use peat-free compost
Support plastic free waste campaigns
Understand what can and can’t be recycled

Organisations / Businesses

• Examine your supply chain to reduce environmental impact
• Minimise the use of pesticides
• Increase the number of electric fleet vehicles
• Install water refill points

Enhance
Inspiring us to actively improve our local environment.

Individuals

Garden for wildlife, plant trees and pollinator-friendly flowers
• Take part in environmental volunteering activities such as litter picks and beach cleans
Welcome birds into your garden – put up a bird or bat box
Create a wildlife pond –even small bodies of water will attract frogs, newts and dragonflies

Organisations / Businesses

• Support green infrastructure by installing green walls and roofs
• Encourage corporate volunteering days or funding of community environmental projects


Devon’s Year of Green Action – Collaborative Themes

Natural Devon partners are collaborating around a monthly theme – see below.  We will be promoting ideas, events, facts and activities all of which are aimed at helping us to help nature – in particular to develop a healthy Nature Recovery Network across the countyInformation and links below will be developed through the year and promoted largely by social media.  Do get in touch if you have any ideas.  Share what you are doing on social media using #iwill4nature #yearofgreenaction and copying in @devon_lnp for retweets.

February         Marine
5th Feb Devon Maritime Forum Conference

March              Outdoor Learning
8th – Devon OL Conference

April                Recycle Devon  
22nd – World Earth Day
6 – 21 – Discover National Parks Fortnight

May                 Naturally Healthy & Invasives  
16-18th –  County Show
23rd – National Outdoor Learning Day – can we get all Devon schools involved?
16-22 – Mental Health Week
15 – 21 – Dementia Awareness Week
13 – 17  – National Invasives Week

June                Farming and Forestry
5th –  World Environment Day 
9th –  Open Farm Sunday
19-21 – Royal Forestry Society Conference, Dartington 
30 Days Wild

July                 Get Devon Buzzing   
Devon Communities Conference – Nature Recovery – date to be agreed
East Devon Heathweek

August            Marine Month 
28 July – 12 August – National Marine ‘Week’

September      Landscapes
AONB Outstanding Week

October           Development

November       Priority Habitats