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Some of you have asked about setting up an Environmental Group with a view to arranging activities such as beach cleans, litter picking, or tree planting. This is an excellent idea but would need someone with the knowledge, skills and time to step forward as Convenor. Anyone who has ever been involved with these types of activities will know that they may require specialist knowledge of risk assessments and of health and safety – not to mention complications with insurance – so are not to be undertaken lightly.
It is also important that u3a be seen as part of, not separate from, the local community and there are already some well-established environmental activities in the Minehead area which u3a members could take part in as individuals:
- Plastic Free Communities in West Somerset/Surfers Against Sewage regularly arrange beach cleans and Minehead Wombles hold regular litter picks. Both groups promote these on social media.
- Somerset Wildlife Trust and Exmoor National Park arrange a variety of activities in the area, of which details can be found on their websites or on social media.
Some among you may be interested in participating in these events but may not be confident enough to join in on your own. It’s possible that even if a group cannot be set up there could be an informal network where individuals can keep in touch and arrange to meet up for these activities. This could be done either via our own Facebook page or by email.