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  • Writer's pictureRowena Mynott

Community Engagement: The Vital Role of Community Conservation Efforts in Kingsbridge


Image: Toad Hall Cottages.


The breathtaking landscapes of Kingsbridge are nestled amongst the South Devon National Landscape (formerly AONB). With its rich biodiversity and unique ecosystems, Kingsbridge offers a haven for wildlife and residents alike. Whilst we have many environmental organisations and government bodies responsible for protection of this environment, the local community itself plays a pivotal role in safeguarding this natural treasure for future generations.


Let's explore the invaluable role of community engagement in conservation efforts in Kingsbridge, and look at some ways in which individuals can contribute to the preservation of this beautiful area.


Raising Awareness

One of the first ways in which the community can help in conservation efforts is by raising awareness. By educating about the value of the natural world and the importance of preserving it, we create a collective sense of responsibility. Workshops, seminars, and community events can serve as platforms for sharing knowledge about local flora and fauna, as well as the potential threats they face.


Building a Sense of Ownership

When individuals feel a sense of ownership over their environment, they are more likely to take an active role in its preservation. Community involvement in conservation projects fosters a sense of pride and attachment, instilling a belief that the well-being of Kingsbridge is a shared responsibility. This collective ownership promotes long-term commitment to conservation efforts.


Volunteering

Volunteering is really important in conservation efforts. From tree planting initiatives to habitat restoration projects and plastic clean up efforts, community members can directly contribute to the bettering of their environment. By participating in hands-on activities, individuals not only witness the impact of their efforts but also forge deeper connections with the natural world.


Advocacy and Political Engagement

The collective voice of the community holds power in local decision-making processes. By actively participating in advocacy campaigns and engaging with policymakers, residents can influence conservation policies and initiatives. Through their unified efforts, they can ensure that the interests of the environment are represented effectively.


Providing a Culture of Sustainability

Conservation goes hand-in-hand with sustainable practices. By promoting eco-friendly behaviors within the community, such as waste reduction, energy conservation, and responsible water usage, residents contribute to a culture that prioritises the long-term health of the environment.


Encouraging Environmental Education

Education is a powerful tool for change. By supporting educational programs focused on environmental issues, the community equips future generations with the knowledge and skills needed to become stewards of Kingsbridge. These programs can be integrated into local schools, community centers, and even through online platforms.


Image: Baz Richardson


In Kingsbridge, the role of the community in conservation efforts is nothing short of essential. Through awareness-building, hands-on participation, advocacy, and sustainable practices, residents contribute significantly to the preservation of this natural wonder. By fostering a sense of ownership and passing on environmental knowledge to future generations, the community ensures that Kingsbridge remains a thriving, biodiverse haven for years to come.


There are many local groups to get involved with. Here are just a few:


Kingsbridge Climate Action Group: We have some fantastic volunteering opportunities. Please have a look at our website for further information. Kingsbridge Climate Action is a community-focussed group tackling the climate and nature emergency in positive and engaging ways.



Sustainable South Hams: Through meaningful partnerships and networks we're looking to create a brighter future for people and nature on our whole community. We do this best by connecting, supporting and inspiring each other. ‍


Wild About Kingsbridge: We are currently focused on enhancing green corridors and creating perennial pollinator patches.


South Hams Tree Wardens: We protect mature trees in Parish Conservation Areas and trees with Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) on them.


Devon Wildlife Trust: Wilder Communities advice; Wilder Communities Award; Wildlife Gardening Award





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