ZCC update (April-June 2023)


The following report was delivered to the full Parish Council meeting on 25 July, 2023.  It summarises ZCC activities from April to June March 2023… Swift Nest Boxes Bassingbourn has two swift colonies:                    i.      Fortune Way                  ii.      High Street Fortune Way / Church Close has boxes on 10 houses with one more to go up. We believe that […]

Bassingbourn Tree Trail (July 2023)

Introducing the new Bassingbourn Tree Trail – a walk around the village to discover some of our fantastic trees! Suitable for all ages. Why not take a selfie next to your favourite tree, post on your preferred social media platform and let us know by tagging @zerocarboncollective (Facebook/Instagram) or @TheZCC2020 (Twitter)? Click here for map

BCFood – Veggie Boxes and Salad Club

The big news is that Libby’s veggie box scheme will be running again this year. It will start in June/July (as soon as we have enough produce). Libby is growing many of the same types of vegetables as last year but is also trying some new ones like turnips and borlotti beans, as well as […]

Annual Parish Meeting 2023

The following report was delivered to the Annual Parish Meeting on 30 May, 2023.  It summarises ZCC activities from April 2022 to March 2023, looks forward to projects in 2023/24 and provides an update on Q1 progress-to-date…  General It has been a busy year: the Repair Café has established itself as a regular event, we […]

Energy Event on Insulation (March 2023)

The majority of properties in Bassingbourn and Kneesworth were built before 1985 and so almost certainly have levels of insulation that are a long way short of modern building standards. Improving the insulation in these homes can significantly reduce their energy consumption, save money and reduce their carbon footprint. The Energy Event was designed to […]

Say No to A Silent Spring

Snow drops

Sixty years ago, in her seminal book, Rachel Carson invited us to imagine a “Silent Spring”. Carson presented “A Fable for Tomorrow”, one in which spring was greeted with a strange stillness: “The birds, for example – where had they gone?” In the Autumn of 1962 Carson was writing about her concerns for the environment […]

National Nest Box Week : 14th-21st February 2023

National Nest Box Week, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), takes place every year from 14th-21st February. The aim is to encourage people to help birds by putting up nest boxes. Our modern environment has a shortage of natural nest sites. Two nest boxes have been put up in the Churchyard. These boxes […]

Repair Café September 2022

In the Old School Community Centre and yard for the first time, there was a continual stream of people making their way to the Repair Café with items needing mending. It was a lovely atmosphere with cakes and refreshments to keep us going throughout the afternoon. It was also a very successful event, and 79% […]

The Big Plastic Count Result

plastic rubbish

Nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging are estimated to be thrown away by UK households every year, with just 12% likely to be recycled according to the country’s largest ever survey of household plastic waste. The Big Plastic Count campaign underlines the call made by environmental NGOs for the government to set legally binding […]

Art Competition December 2021

To coincide with COP26, we invited parishioners of all ages to submit work in any medium that would encourage people to think about climate change and encourage them to act positively. We received 50 wonderful entries in oil, watercolour, collage, charcoal, acrylic, textile, photography, cartoon and computer design. Half of them were from the under […]