Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, supports City Council’s new Plymouth-based programme, Green Minds. This focuses on rewilding the city, giving a voice to nature and connecting with children, young people and residents. Green Minds will show through nature-based activities, how nature-based solutions can be utilised to combat the environmental degeneration we are currently experiencing, while supporting jobs and our local economy.
This follows Luke’s virtual roundtable session on bees and nature-led recovery. This was the biggest Lunch with Luke to date, with almost thirty people from the Plymouth environmental, bee and insect community taking part.
Green Minds are launching the programme with free activities over 12th – 20th October. Many amazing initiatives are featured, including exciting new Plymouth based eco businesses; plans to reintroduce beavers back into the city; and the Rebel Botanists who are using chalk to label plants on the street, encouraging people to engage with and appreciate nature!
‘Plymouth is already doing a great job with our bee and nature related initiatives. We are already one of the greenest cities in the country in terms of tree capacity, we have a great local council that is bee friendly, pushing initiatives like rewilding areas and letting grass grow to help pollinators, and we have many fantastic local groups and social enterprises that help the economy while also improving our green spaces. However, there is still a long way to go. I am proud of what we have done to make Plymouth Britain’s ocean city, and I would love to be able to do the same for nature recovery.
In the recent nature-focused Lunch with Luke, we spoke about the importance of increased education for children, students and the wider community, encouraging a greater appreciation of the value of nature. Green Minds and their virtual launch events are a great fantastic way to do exactly this and will help us understand what we can do at an individual level, while supporting green jobs and building back Plymouth’s economy.’
Check out the attached flyer to see how to get involved.