Welcome to Waldringfield

Waldringfield is a popular location for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers as well as those looking to improve their health and well-being by either living or spending leisure time in this special location where they can experience the natural environment provided by the River Deben, its beaches and salt marshes as well as the surrounding countryside within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This includes water sports of all kinds, nature watching of rare migrating birds to resident seals and where we can enjoy the spectacular scenery that we now understand is threatened by climate change.


Greener Waldringfield is a voluntary non political group whose aim is to raise awareness of the special environment that we enjoy in Waldringfield and encourage sustainable behaviours that will ensure it is still here for future generations to enjoy.

We are looking for ways to improve the impact we have on our climate and the natural world to help sustain our beautiful planet into the future. We have currently ten pilot groups (see below) and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join and help us make Waldringfield a wildlife and environmentally friendly village.

Greener Waldringfield Constitution     Contact us: info@greenerwaldringfield.org

Next Meeting

A Greyer Waldringfield - Next Meeting


Thursday 9th December 2021.

Venue: Dormers, Cliff Road, Waldringfield

Time: 7:30 pm
Food waste

Food Waste - how you can make a difference to Climate Change


Food waste is responsible for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but one of the unusual outcomes of the pandemic lockdown was that domestic food waste declined in the UK dramatically with 30% less leftovers! Unfortunately waste levels are on the increase again as people go out more and have less time to cook. Have a look at the interesting article linked below, but if you don't have time to read (TL:DR)...

  • Fridge temperature below 5 degrees - food lasts longer (and don’t crowd the items)

  • Plastic helps keep food fresh - but reusable Tupperware or glass do as well

  • Smaller portion so reduce plate waste - and use smaller plates so it doesn’t look less!

  • Love your leftovers, label them and use them soon - soup will absorb almost anything

  • Shop local - less lost in processing and packaging - but the supermarkets are trying!


Five ways to cut down on food waste – and why it matters
COP 26

Waldringfield Climate Action March


A photo of the Waldringfield residents, and their bicycles, who joined Transition Woodbridge and others for a peaceful march on the Global Day of Climate Action, Saturday 6 November 2021.

And below a link to Ian Kay's take on COP 26 and how the UK and others are actually progressing.

COP26 The targets and progress to date
COP 26

COP 26 PODCAST


The link to the first of 5 podcasts on COP26 is below. It looks at the need for local engagement and focused assistance from climate finance to help communities to adapt to regenerative projects that impact them negatively. Here is the link which also gives info on how to access podcasts for those who are new to them.


COP 26 podcasts

And follow this link for everything you need to know about the UN Climate summit - COP26

COP 26 - All you need to know
Proposed Nuclear Power Generating Station - Sizewell C

Does the UK need Sizewell C?
(The arguments - October 2021)


This is the most significant environmental issue in Suffolk at the moment, and for the forseable future. This page will look at all aspects of the debate, with the aim of providing you with all the unbiased relevant facts to enable you to make your judgement as to whether you support or are against the project. This article is a 'work in progress' with the goal of presenting the facts from recognised sources e.g. the UK TIMES Model (a UK whole energy system optimisation model developed by University College London and The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) See Modelling 2050 link below. We will not provide opinions, but simply the facts relating to the other EPR projects, Taishan China, Hinkley C, Flamanville EPR in Normandy and Olkiluoto in Finland.

Why we need it:

1: Power Requirements 2050

Clearly estimates for electricity demand, whole life costs, costs of competing renewables, impact on biodiversity and other data critical to the debate need to be provided, and acknowledged reputable sources will only be used and referenced. Important numbers and estimates will be given with calculations shown for clarity. For example it is estimated that the demand for electricity in 2050 in the UK will be twice that currently, to accommodate the switch to electric cars, electricity for heat pumps, increased economic growth etc. See the UK TIMES Model (UKTM) below. The current total UK power output is around 30GW (see the Gridwatch link below). This equates to an annual energy consumption this year of:

Total UK enery consumption 2021 = 30x 24 x 365 / 1000 = 263 TW hrs

The Electricity System Analysis below models low carbon generating options based on two demand estimates for 2050 of:

575 TWh and 672 TWh.

Modelling 2050: Electricity System Analysis.(pdf)


Current live UK electricity demand and generating station output by type.

2: ENERGY STORAGE for wind and Solar power


If we leave the debate about how much carbon is released into the atmosphere by the thousands of tons of concrete needed for Sizewell C, (Note the 49,000-tonne foundation for Hinkley unit 2 required a continuous pour of 8,991 cubic metres of concrete, 37 cubic metres – 0.4 per cent – more than the amount used to lay the base of the first reactor, Unit 1, last summer.) and its impact on the evvironment, it will generate green energy in service albeit with a long term risk associated with the waste nuclear material. Similarly the production of Solar pannels and wind turbine assets also release carbon into the atmosphere.

A major problem with solar and wind, however, is its availability, which Sizewell addresses by being able to produce large amounts of green energy (7% of the UK needs) initially. There are however a number of promising long duration storage technologies.

New Energy storage technologies

Sizewell C Issue 1: EPR problems

  • Funding: The proposal by a consortium of Électricité de France (EDF) Energy and China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Group, (80% and 20%), is to construct two European Pressurised Water Reactors (EPR) to provide 3.2-gigawatt of power, around 7% of the UK total requirement at commencement of service in 2035. Note: Following the introduction of a new bill by the energy secretary on Tuesday (26th October 2021) it is likely that CGN's funding an involvement will be replaced by a levy on electricity supply customers.

  • The only operational EPR reactor in Taishan China, has experienced delays and recently a significant problem with a gas leak in the reactor. EPR problems

  • Construction of the EDF EPR in Flamville France will be 10 years behind schedule and five times the budget if it provides commercial production next year. As a result France has yet to make a decision on whether to use the EPR design.

  • The construction of the Sizewell C reactors are dependent on the progress of the similar delayed EPR station Hinckley C in Somerset.

Courses

Hedge Laying Course
(Saturday 5th February 2022)


Would you like to learn the 2000 year old skill of preserving and maintaining hedgerows for wildlife, prevention of soil erosion, water run off and snow drifts as well as carbon sequestration? This day long subsidised course is for villagers who would like to join our annual winter hedge restoration project. The cost is £10 thanks to a generous grant from East Suffolk’s Nature First grant scheme. I’m ideally seeking participants who wish to commit to at least 1 day of volunteer hedge laying per year, once trained. There are just 8 places on the course, so don’t delay in booking.

All tools will be provided, but participants will be required to bring their own safety clothing: Leather gauntlet gloves, safety boots/sturdy boots, and safety glasses if desired. If participants wish to bring their own tools they may, and the course tutor Alison Huxley will safety check them before use. Tools used include: loppers, billhooks, bowsaws, axes, mells.


To book and see further details click here or contact us at info@greenerwaldringfield.org
Waldringfield Climate Action Support

Waldringfield Carbon Footprint Survey September 2021



With the UK energy sector in crisis, now is the time to look at your electricity and oil usage. We don't have gas in the village, which is one less worry, but wholesale energy price have risen from 12p to 93p per therm in the space of 15 months and this will cause a large increase in your energy bills. There are also serious concerns about the UK reserves and supplies of energy this week as 1.5 Million UK consumers discovered that their energy companies had collapsed. So now is a good time to think about making your house more energy efficient and this survey costs nothing and can help you. See the section below for the Survey Advice Sheets.

On September 13th a flier was delivered to all households giving details of this important survey and how it will be carried out. The actual survey starts on 27th Sept with visits by Groundwork volunteers who will call at your house and, if you agree, conduct a short (5 minute) survey to help you and us understand some of the changes we can make to reduce Waldringfield’s carbon footprint.

Our questionnaire will give you ideas of things that you might be able to do to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bills! The aim of the survey is also to gain a better understanding of the greenhouse gas emissions from the homes in Waldringfield and how we can work to reduce them.


Survey Detail here or to speak to one of your Greener Waldringfield volunteer neighbours contact us at info@greenerwaldringfield.org
Survey Advice sheets
Martlesham Climate Action - Martlesham Parish Council

Martlesham Climate Summit


Full marks to Martlesham Climate Action Group for hosting an excellent day of talks and stalls with home made refreshments at the Runway cafe. A number of excellent talks were given by local residents on the details and science behind their green energy installations and some of the local solar energy suppliers involved in the Solar Together for Suffolk County Council were present with information stalls.

Rob Dunger and Catherine McMillan from Katy's Garden gave an inspiring and practical talk on garden re-wilding, and Tracey Goddard from the Woodbridge ECO Refill Shop talked about the range of environmentally friendly products available for your reusable containers, and the amazing number of plastic bottles she has saved from the landfill!

Local residents were also on hand to give details of their electric cars and the parish council tree wardens, Jane Hall and John Burges, manned an excellent stall covering their work and the variety of native trees in the village.

Photograph of the Earth taken by the Voyager 1 (launch date 1977 - NASA) on February 14, 1990

Why bother doing any of this?

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994



Our Pilot Groups for the Climate Emergency

Knowledge Group

The Knowledge group comprises local experts who understand the different aspects of the climate emergency and how it affects our community. A range of books for loan is also available covering a wide range of environmental topics.

Website Group

The group has developed this website in line with our low carbon sustainable aims. The server is a Raspberry pi Zero, which consumes less than 2 watts and is located in the village. It will soon be powered entirely by a small solar panel and battery!

Energy Group

A number of homes in the village have either installed solar panels or heat pumps and have experience of the benefits and issues. This group's aims are to provide alternative sustainable energy expertise and advice to the community.

Transport and EV Group

The focus for the group is green travel and information on electric vehicles is provided here. The group aims to promote local footpaths and routes suitable for cyclists and ensure the safety of these road users.

Biodiversity Group

The loss of habitat has been the main cause of the reduction in numbers of virtually all species of indiginous birds, mamals and insects over tha last 30 years. This group's focus is on rewilding and establishing wildlife corridors in the village.

Phonebox Group

An iconic phonebox in the village was threatened with scrapping. Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund have awarded a substantial grant for its rescue to become a community and visitor facility.

Community Food Composting and Waste

A study conducted in 2011 found that the total global food waste to be around one-third of all food produced. The group is researching and promoting sustainable food production and composting.

Information Networking Group

This outreach group comprises GW members of local and other groups further afield, e.g. Martlesham Climate Action group and Transition Woodbridge who are responsible for ensuring our work fits with the wider climate action initiatives.

Church / Faith Groups

The Church of England owns over 100,000 acres of land and is in a unique position to help nature. Many churchyards have been transformed to become havens for wildlife. The group is secular and welcomes all.

Repair Cafe


Next repair cafe - everyone welcome

Date TBA!

Waldringfield Village Hall


Please get in touch to get involved!


All new members very welcome at:

Next meeting:

Venue Dormers,
Cliff Road,
Waldringfield
Date 9th December 2021 7:30 pm