Take a look at Bude Climate Partnership's seven partners.
Established more than 25 years ago, this environmental charity’s goal is to protect and restore water environments throughout the Westcountry while educating people about these essential natural resources. So far, its work has engaged more than 2,000 partners and improved some 80 catchments. River catchments are an incredible tool to combat climate change due to their ability to trap atmospheric carbon.
Westcountry Rivers Trust’s project with Bude Climate Change is mapping the Bude Community Network area to examine its natural assets and identify key areas to sequester carbon, reduce flooding and provide drought resilience. Take a look at the work so far with the link below.
This recently formed charity began life as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to cleaning beaches. Founded by Bude-resident surfer Martin Dorey, in 2013 it launched an online campaign to encourage beachgoers to pick up litter for just two minutes every time they visited the beach. This was the #2minutebeachclean.
The campaign has spread around the world, clocking up more than 150,000 Instagram posts alone showing people picking up litter for two minutes at a time. It has led to 900 beach-cleaning, litter-picking and street-cleaning stations being placed on beaches, high streets and in parks around the UK and Ireland. The 2 Minute Foundation recently started a Beach School, developed a litter-tracking app, and created a network of Guardian Angels along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall to engage local communities.
Protecting Bude’s greatest assets – our sea, beaches and coastline – Bude Cleaner Seas Project tackles pollution issues that impact water quality for swimmers, surfers and all of us. The project works across four initiatives: marine pollution, environmental pollution, climate change and the economy and health of our community.
BCS works with all stakeholders, businesses, householders, farmers' organisations and at governmental level. Its main aim is to empower the community to ensure our beaches and bathing water are as clean as they can possibly be.
Bude Coastal Community Team is a voluntary organisation that aims to make the local community a better place in which to live and work by encouraging links between local councils, businesses, voluntary organisations and community-minded people. Formed in 2015 as BEAM, it was restructured three years’ later to facilitate closer collaboration with both the town and county councils. Projects that BCCT is currently involved with include Bude and Stratton Social Action Fund, Bude Business Voice, Bude Town Team and of course, Bude Climate Partnership.
Repair Café Bude was set up in February 2019 to repair broken items for free whilst sharing skills. Open at the Neetside Centre in Bude every last weekend of the month (Covid permitting), this initiative fixes everything from bicycles to radios, zips to sewing machines. It is run entirely by volunteers who have many different areas of expertise. Visitors get to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake whilst waiting for their repairs and learning valuable make-do-and-mend skills. The philosophy behind Repair Café Bude is to salvage items that would otherwise end up in landfill and in the process to help people save money.
With a shared vision to make zero-waste shopping accessible, in April 2019 eight like-minded local women brought the Refill shopping concept to Bude after raising funds through the community. Their ethos of minimising unnecessary plastic, reducing food waste and providing a commercial platform for local suppliers demonstrates how simple choices can reduce our environmental impact. Less packaging waste, reduced food waste, fewer resources used in production and fewer road miles – all achieved by making a few swaps, and by customers bringing their own jars and bags. Initially staffed by volunteers, the shop was established enough after six months to offer work to local people at the national living wage.
Connect Bude was established in 2016 to campaign to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Rail Network via Okehampton. Due to Dr Beeching’s massive line closures, Bude Railway Station was operational for only 68 years until it closed in 1966. Connect Bude is also working towards preserving the original trackbed of the former railway and supporting links to the reopening rail service from Okehampton to Exeter and beyond. Returning the trainline to Bude would be a huge boost to Bude’s community.