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Pollarded willow, Thirsk

Some of the ideas submitted so far. Keep them coming!
Hedgehog highways (like a wide pipe that goes under the road when the council is next resurfacing it) on the A170 Sutton Road and the new A168 spur as lots are getting squished and hedgehogs are now endangered. (Paula)
Baseline and regular event litter picking in and around the river and tributaries - which could also reduce flooding issues. (Paula)
Drone survey of rivers to look for issues or obstructions. (Paula)
Send a team from Thirsk FOE to help with annual beach cleans. (Paula)
Raise the profile of local Freecycle and freegle sites as a place to list things before taking them to the tip. (Paula)
Draw up and post a list of fruit trees for picking, e.g. pear tree on Stockton Road. (Paula)
Litter picking, zero waste workshops with independent businesses in town, advertising bring your own container and refill with locals shops, pushing the council to plant wild flowers (Dorothee)
Conduct local biodiversity and carbon audits. (David)
Install drinking fountain in town centre to cut use of plastic water bottles. (David)
Urge Hambleton DC and local schools to put up 'No engine idling' signs in town centres, school car parks and along roads near schools. (David)
Invite car dealers to demonstrate electric vehicles in town centres and install recharging points.
Designate some land for 'rewilding'. (David)
Have another idea? We'd love to hear from you:

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