Active travel simply means making journeys in physically active ways - like walking, wheeling (using a wheelchair or mobility aid), cycling, or scootering. Active travel improves our health, creates a safer and more pleasant environment as local traffic is reduced, and helps the climate crisis by reducing Carbon emissions.
Greener Brockenhurst aims to encourage active travel in and around our village as the natural choice for short journeys. We are currently collaborating with the following 3 local initiatives addressing this issue:
Friends of Brockenhurst with their Intra Brockenhurst Safe and Pleasant Walking /Cycling Routes initiative
Lymington Transition Cycle Group who are doing brilliant work on trying to establish safe cycle routes between towns and villages in the south of the forest.
The National Park Authority Cycle Working Group who are working to increase the number of permitted off road cycle tracks with the Verderers, alongside trying to devise ways of discouraging people from cycling where they should not.
In addition, we are in dialogue with the Parish Council over the loss of the cycle racks outside of Tesco.
As mentioned above, the Lymington Transition Cycling Route group is pushing for a safe cycling network that links up the Forest’s main towns and villages. Please use the QR code below to fill out their survey on what routes would be most useful to you. The responses will be analysed and submitted to Hampshire County Council. The more people who respond, the greater the impact.
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We have been working towards five objectives to achieve the Plastic Free Communities award:
Working with the local council
Encouraging local businesses to reduce single use plastic
Signing up community groups, schools and organisations
Holding events and actions
Setting up a steering group to drive the movement
The effectiveness of the campaign is based on mobilising the whole community, working across sectors – local government, independent businesses, community groups, schools and more – to address failing systems.
Please come and join us! There is much to do!
Picture shows one of our Litter Picks around the area.
The Plastic Free Communities Manifesto
We live in a plastic world. It’s an extraordinarily useful, versatile, cheap material. And it’s everywhere.
And it’s a growth industry, with one in every ten barrels of oil now used to create new plastic.
But together, we can make sure we kick our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and change the system that produces it.
We can make sure we don’t choke our streets, parks and playgrounds with it. Because if it’s on our street today, then it’s in our rivers tomorrow, and our beaches and oceans forever.
We can make sure each of us understands that we can change this, whoever we are and wherever we live.
But we can only do all of this together. That’s why we created Plastic Free Communities.
It’s a community network across the UK that’s tackling single-use plastic from the beach, all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it.
We’re on a journey to unite communities in the fight against single-use plastics, wherever we find them.
It starts here and it starts with us. And if you’re still reading this, that means you too.
So join us and let’s free where we live from single-use, one plastic bottle at a time.