Environmental Group

The Minster Environmental Group (MEG) monitors Minster activities with the aim of improving and reducing the church’s environmental impact.

Eco Church
The Minster currently holds the Eco-Congregation Award. This independently-assessed award is designed to affirm good practice in environmental stewardship and helps churches witness to the importance of caring for God’s creation. This has been superseded by the Eco Church award. The Minster is in the process of assessing and applying for this new award.
MEG monitors and advises the church on energy usage as reducing carbon emissions is an on-going process.

Recent MEG Events

Eco Award Presentation
Eco Church Award:
As part of the Wimborne Green Festival, Wimborne Minster received the Eco Church Bronze Award at the Parish Eucharist service on Sunday 4th November. It was presented on behalf of Eco Church by David Morgan, who works with the organisation behind the awards – A Rocha UK.
The award is achieved by completing an online survey covering five different areas of church life and churches are encouraged to change their practices to show they are caring for God’s earth. It might mean using different cleaning products, or changing to a 'green' energy supplier, or working locally or globally to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. The congregation was encouraged by David Morgan to work now towards a silver award.

Wimborne Green Festival - a celebration of our ‘Eco-activity’ Events were held in Wimborne aimed at helping us to celebrate all that is happening in and around our town to lessen the damage we are causing to the environment. It started with a showing of the film 'The True Cost' about the clothing and fashion industry. The impact of just making one t-shirt or a pair of jeans on people and the environment is huge.

 Saturday saw ‘Green Bites” inside the Minster. Several organisations joined the Minster team including Wimborne War on Waste, Friends of the Earth and Dorset Wildlife Trust. There was a series of talks interleaved with musical interludes. The talks covered environmental actions we could take, including alternatives to using disposable and plastic items, recycling, our food and economics. Music was provided by St Michael’s School African Drummers, the Quayside Cloggies Band and a duet by Minster Accord. ‘Wonky’ trees were seen leaving the church. Donations from the trees and from coffee and cake will be split between Wimborne Food Bank and Hilfield Friary.
On Saturday evening Muir Miller, of Peel Energy, gave a talk on low carbon energy, with information about how it has evolved from fossil fuels and where the future will take us with renewable solutions. There was also a delicious LOAF (Local, organic, animal friendly, fair-trade) supper.

Saturday Morning talk

 The picture above is visitors listening to one of the Talks in the Minster on Saturday morning. Seated in the open space, following removal of some of the pews, at the back of the Minster underneath a canopy of butterflies which were made by pupils of Allenbourn Middle School.

 Wild about Bees – a talk on the life of the honey bee and what we can do to help all bees.
RSPB big bird count – MEG and God’s Acre team took part in the RSPB bird count. Highlight sightings were a buzzard and a wren. Also a wood mouse we nicknamed Cuthbert.
Field MouseGod's Acre Volunteers
Waste not want not
- a series of talks on 'How to reduce your use of plastic and to recycle more while helping good causes'. There has been a lot in the media recently about our use of plastic and the amount of waste we produce. Speakers from &Keep, Wimborne War on waste, Ideas2action and Dorset scrapstore.
Earth Hour – Did you join us and turn off your power for an hour.
https://www.earthhour.org
Candle

 

Seeds for Harvest – As in previous years MEG distributed seeds to encourage the congregation to produce homegrown flowers, fruit and veg for the Harvest Festival.

Upcoming MEG Events

 A diary of events that have significance for our world in environmental terms.

Winning with waste
Since we launched Wimborne Win on WasteTM in January, following a successful pilot in October, we have collected 99 bags of ‘rubbish’ that has gone to help 15 good causes. We are averaging 45 people donating at each session. The collections join with those from the other Win on WasteTM groups in the area and are then sent to the relevant charities. We will be in Wimborne Library on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30 till 12. The Library will accept donations from when they open on Saturday if you cannot make the time. The list of what we will be collecting in June is below and we w

ould love more people to join us donating. Come and have a chat to us if you are not sure about what we can take. Let’s all make a difference!
Wimborne Win on WasteTM
- Sue Burt and Mike Lunt with the collection form May 5th

Green Time Line

A diary of events that have significance for our world in environmental terms.

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