Nextdoor Nature, who are launching four new projects, bring together a diverse range of people to act for nature, enabling a sense of local pride and helping wildlife thrive.

Speaking on behalf of Nextdoor Nature, Somer Valley Community Organiser Rhea Warner, said: “We were thrilled to receive so many project ideas and it was very difficult to choose the four projects, but the decision was made by considering which project ideas could have the biggest impact on improving wildlife in the long term, whilst involving a wide range of the community.

“After careful consideration, the four communities we will be working with are: Somer Valley Bath College in Radstock, Manor Copse playpark in Writhlington, The Hive in Peasedown St John and The Red Lion in Paulton (involving lots of other community groups).

“What next? We have already begun working with these communities to bring their ideas to life. The first step is listening carefully and making sure all voices are heard. We will be door-knocking, flyering, and holding community meetings to make sure everyone feels listened to and feels able to get involved if they would like to.”

A few dates for your diaries are Saturday, 3rd February at 10:45-1pm, The Hive in Peasedown St John Community Centre AGM and open morning. Rhea will have a stall to share about how Nextdoor Nature are designing a new garden to support wildlife and local people to use the space more. She wants to hear your ideas, so come along to learn more and have a chat about what you would like to see happen!

Saturday, 9th March at 10 am- The Red Lion pub in Paulton: A morning to help clear the future community garden. The rubble needs removing as well as some weeding. More information to come.

Sunday, 14th April 2-4 pm - Writhlington Spring Clean. An event organised by the Writhlington Action Group with a chance to clean up the neighbourhood and meet new people, details to come.

Rhea added: “Sometimes you feel as though you’re fighting on your own, but to hear from other people about their groups is encouraging.”

Thank you to everyone who attended Monday’s meeting in Paulton. Being in a room together, telling your dreams for Paulton, making plans, setting dates.

The quote above, from yesterday, perfectly describes what getting together in a room can do to help us feel like change is possible.

You will be hearing from us as more meetings and events are planned. In the meantime email Rhea if you have any questions or ideas: [email protected]