News & Events

May 2022

As part of our actions aimed at reducing marine plastic and litter on our beaches artist Claire Nuttall was commissioned to paint some messages and bright colours on the drains on shroe road. This is aimed at raising awareness that these gullies are for rain water run off only and lead directly onto the beach.

Any rubbish that goes down here will end up on our beach with the rain. Cigarette butts are the most common item of litter and sadly the volunteers from Swanage Beach Buddies and Town Council staff pick up hundreds of them a day. They are made or plastic and pollute the marine environment. Please keep Swanage beautiful and bin your butt!

March 2022

The last event was in March 2022 which was attended by over 40 people, with 6 presentations and discussions.  There is a follow up event planned for 19th October 2022.  This will be focusing on the dual benefits of reducing energy uses, costs and associated emissions.

Launched on 25th April 2022, the pantry can be found every term time Monday at Herston Village Hall community café and pop up stalls at the Co-op. Since it started in over 250kg of food has been saved from being thrown away.

March 2022

All local primary schools have signed up for this years Big Walk and Wheel which aims to get children active and avoiding the car for all or part of their journey to school. See link (Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2022 ).

March 2021

We are really pleased to be able to tell you more about this exciting project! Sustainable Swanage is working with IDDEA Energy Systems to enable residents in Swanage and surrounding villages to find out more about the Solar Streets scheme, which provides affordable residential solar panel installations.

The scheme was launched at a Zoom event on Wednesday 17th March at 7.00pm where there was a presentation on Solar Streets followed by Q&A. See the recording on this website HTTPS://SOLARSTREETS.CO.UK/SWANAGE

Read our article on the project HERE

Town Mayor Mike Bonfield has this to say about the scheme:

“Since Swanage Town Council declared a climate crisis in 2019 it has been working with Sustainable Swanage and other environmental groups to reduce carbon emissions.
Solar Streets is a great way for local residents to learn more about the installation of solar panels and I would encourage everyone to investigate this opportunity to increase the use of clean energy in our community.”

January 2021

10 fruit trees are planned to be planted and 4 mini meadow areas created on Prospect Green to give back to nature and enhance a centrally located and currently underused public greenspace. Conveniently located next to the Greengage community garden this site can be enjoyed by the public and fruit harvested for the community. Volunteers will help to maintain the trees and meadows and carry out surveys, with the Town Council continuing with regular mowing of the short sections.

With special thanks to Simon and colleagues at Holme for Gardens, for providing inspiration, advice and for supplying the trees at a reduced price for this community project.

December 2020

Dorset Council planted 20 young oak trees along the northern verge of the High Street on the way into Swanage at the end of November.

The Sustainable Swanage group worked with Dorset Council on developing this project and have raised funds to pay towards the planting of ten trees while the other ten are being provided under Dorset Council’s policy of replacing previously felled trees.

Members of the public generously donated to sponsor the project and we have been overwhelmed with support, thank you to everyone who contributed and got in touch. We are looking to develop more projects next year. We had hoped that volunteers would be able to help with the planting but unfortunately covid-19 restrictions at the time prevented this.

See full press release HERE

Spring 2020

Last year we launched a campaign to promote the planting of trees in suitable sites throughout the town to help improve biodiversity, mitigate climate change and boost wellbeing. We set a target to help plant 1500 trees in the town, approximately one for every child who lives here. The campaign was launched at our environment day on the 12th October, with this beautiful native crab apple tree, chosen by the hosts All Saints Church. This was quickly followed by 5 others in schools and private gardens and we began discussions with groups and schools who all wanted to green up their space and the local area. By March 2020 over 1600 new trees had been planted across 3 local schools, Victoria Avenue, a local farm, and private gardens!

This would not have been achieved without working together with the different local groups and was a team effort: Trees for Dorset, Purbeck National Trust, Swanage School, St Marys Primary, Swanage Primary and the volunteers from our newly formed sub-group, Greening Swanage.

Well done to all involved. We are all still busy ensuring the trees are watered as necessary in this warm dry spring of their first year, and planning new projects for next year! What will be our target for next year?..

August 2019

In May 2019 Swanage Town Council decided to ditch all avoidable single use plastic across its operations and support the town in reducing its single use plastic. The new steering group was formed and after several months of bringing together the fantastic work already being done in the town to reduce single use plastic and promoting the issue more widely we became an official Plastic Free Town in July 2019. For full press release see…

Saturday 12th October 2019  11am-4pm
All Saints Church, Ulwell, Swanage.

Organised by Litter Free Coast & Sea in partnership with Sustainable Swanage, building on the success of 2018’s inaugural event we once again hosted events, stands and a pop-up ‘Eco Market’. The event focused on learning to live an eco-friendlier, ‘Plastic Free’ lifestyle, with tips on recycling and sourcing local, organic and plastic free products.