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THE RHYTHM OF LIFE
Last spring the Kintbury Charity Plant and Cake Sale team donated
£500 to the North Wessex Downs National Landscape (formerly North
Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.)
Please give us a hand – Oak Trees in Inkpen
NWDNL at Denford asked for this money to be put towards
promoting their ‘Dark Skies’ initiative to help increase
awareness within the community of the importance of
darkness to the natural Circadian Rhythm and, conversely,
the negative affects light pollution can have on the
Many of us are aware that increased levels of artificial
light drown out the stars and severely disrupts the
feeding and breeding cycles of insects, bats, birds and
animals. It can also have a negative impact on human
health. Almost 15% of the sky in the North Wessex downland
area is as dark as anywhere in the UK. On a beautiful
moonless night there are as many as 3000 stars visible
from places like Combe Gibbet or Wilton Windmill.
Kintbury in partnership with neighbouring Inkpen, during
2024 we’d like to encourage people of all ages to embrace
the night. If you are an environmentalist, astronomer,
teacher or otherwise interested in joining us to discuss
different ways we might do this, please get in touch. Kate
Adams Tee (Kintbury): email@example.com. David Thomas
(Inkpen): firstname.lastname@example.org For more information
about the NWDNL dark skies visit:
We need your
help to measure oak trees. Measuring tree
girths helps us to evaluate changes that have taken place in
Inkpen and enable future researchers to evaluate the effect of
on tree growth and distribution. This is work
of real value, be part of it. Go to inkpenhistory.uk
to find out more
Pop-In-Cafe - Feb 1st and 15th
The next Pop In Café mornings are February 1st and 15th, followed
by March 7th and 21st at the Inkpen playing field pavilion. All
are welcome at whatever age. Visitors from outside Inkpen are
requested to donate towards the cost of refreshments but all are
The café is a good place to meet with friends or make new friends,
discuss problems or just pass the time of day. The heating is on,
plenty of parking, a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with
cake and biscuits. What’s not to like? Make a date in your diary.
If you’re on your own, please do give it a try.
Going for a walk
If you want a breath of fresh air and some exercise, check out
the Inkpen walks
but keep your distance from others, that's at least 6 feet apart
in old money. If you feel that you should wear a face mask when
outdoors, then checkout the design given on the News
On the news page
this month there are a number of updates
including from the Inkpen Primary School and pre-school, from
the Playing field trust and Village Hall, and there's this
months Police Report .
Climate change issues.
England's hedgerows would stretch almost ten times
around the Earth if lined up end to end. That's according to a
new map - the most comprehensive to date - of these historic
features of the landscape.
Ecologists hope the data will lead to better protections for the
much-loved lines of trees and shrubs that provide food and
shelter for wildlife, and store large amounts of carbon. Laser
scanning from the air reveals a total of 390,000 km of hedges.
The South West boasts the most hedgerows, led by Cornwall.
Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire are the counties with the
- excluding big urban areas.
We are depending on renewables to help us get to net-zero carbon
emissions. If you'd like to see what contribution renewables are
making on a daily basis, have a look here