Our Actions and Projects
We want everyone to find a place to take action where they feel at home....
Take part in our Summer Eco Challenge
There’s something for everyone in our ‘Summer 2021 Eco Challenge’, with activities for kids and families, and a green ‘pub quiz’ for the adults.
Download your copy below, and let us know how you get on!
Our cities, towns and gardens have huge potential to bring back the insects, birds, plants and wildlife we have lost…
The FACE network is always on the lookout for places to plant trees, sow meadows, dig ponds or simply leave nature alone to do its thing. Get in touch if you have a space or a project in mind, we can help get more hands on deck.
Our latest project is creating a wildlife garden from an unloved green that families would avoid due to the amount of dog mess left there.
It has large sunny banks we are turning into wildflower meadows, and with the help of local residents, we have planted hedgerows and fruit trees to provide more habitat for birds, bats and insects.
More children play there now too, so owners have started cleaning up after their dogs.
Come and lend a hand (keep an eye on our events page) or drop by and see if you can spot any wildlife making its home there. It’s on the corner of Snow Hill & Bennett’s Lane in Bath.
Habitat loss is one reason for the steep decline in insects and wildlife. Another is the use of weed killers and pesticides.
Until this year, the streets in and around Bath were sprayed annually with glyphosate weed killer – a known carcinogen which harms plants, pollinators, wildlife, and people.
FACE delivered a petition to Bath & North East Somerset Council to stop this spraying, and in July 2021, the use of glyphosate on our streets was banned.
The challenge now is to change our ideas about how towns, cities and gardens should look. They can become living, buzzing habitats if we forget the sterile and destructive tidiness we’ve become used to.
We can help by starting conversations with friends, family, work colleagues or school staff, as well as in supermarkets and garden centres like Tesco or Homebase that sell glyphosate, slug pellets and other harmful products.
Watch this space for our next actions, or get in touch with your ideas…
Let’s make our voices heard to bring about genuine action, fast.
Getting your head around local democracy can seem daunting, but there are so many simple and effective ways to influence and support decision makers. From tweeting your MP, to having coffee with a councillor, organising a protest or speaking at Metro Mayor meetings, we can all use the skills we have to make change happen.
The FACE network is here to share knowledge, ideas and contacts to get more people to have a say, so please get in touch.
We work closely with our local councillors and Council officers here in Bath & North East Somerset, and we’re in regular contact with our MP Wera Hobhouse. You can find contact details for your local councillors here: www.writetothem.com
Our new Metro Mayor, Dan Norris, is in charge of transport, housing and trade in the West of England. We’ll be holding his feet to the fire over the coming months to make sure he takes decisive action on climate and nature – the more people who can help, the better.
From planting trees to installing solar panels, starting walk-to-school buses, or ditching plastics, schools are amazing places for climate action.
Alongside our sister organisation the Schools Climate Network, we want every school in Bath & North East Somerset to put climate and nature centre stage, through both education and emissions reductions.
But teachers are exceptionally busy people, and we can’t expect the children to shoulder all the hard work. Schools need the support of families and the community to make changes happen. This is where the FACE Network comes in….
Our action groups in schools bring together parents, families, school staff and local residents, to help do the leg work to get their local school on the path to zero carbon, and provide learning opportunities for children along the way.
FACE can help you set up a group in your local school. We can organise welcome meetings and get you off the ground in a way that suits you.
If you already have an action group in your school, we would love for you to be part of our network. We can keep you in the loop with the latest news and campaigns, point you in the direction of support and resources, and most importantly bring people together to push for change.
Our sister organisation, the Schools Climate Network, was set up with the aim of empowering all schools in Bath & North East Somerset and surrounding areas to declare a climate and ecological emergency, make climate education a priority, and take action to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Like the sound of what we do?
Then join us, and start scaling up your actions!
…to keep in the loop about local campaigns, news, events and recommendations.