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Did you see Risby village on Countryfile this weekend?




Anyone watching Countryfile last night would have noticed Risby village featured for its wildlife project.

The project, set up by villager Sophie Flux and Risby parish council, has been bringing the community together to encourage greater biodiversity, and protect wildlife, plants and trees.

It successfully secured locality budget funding earlier this year from Cllr Glossop, who represents Risby on West Suffolk Council.

Residents in the village have been rewilding the communal spaces as well as their own gardens.	Photo: John Smith.
Residents in the village have been rewilding the communal spaces as well as their own gardens. Photo: John Smith.

At the time she said: “Not only is this a fantastic initiative designed to bring people of all ages together, it is also improving and protecting the natural habitat.

"Our own Environmental and Climate Change task force made its first set of recommendations to the Cabinet recently, among them looking at green spaces and biodiversity.

"The Council already has a responsibility for six parks and nearly 200 other open green spaces across West Suffolk.

The project was set up by villager Sophie Flux and Risby parish council.
The project was set up by villager Sophie Flux and Risby parish council.

"Anything that we can do to encourage people to get out, to volunteer, make new friends, to plant seeds and bulbs and to look after a local green area can only be a good thing.

"It shows people taking pride in their local area, it creates new homes for birds, insects and other wildlife, and a healthier environment for us all to enjoy."

West Suffolk Council declared a climate change emergency last year and they have looked at what they can do to improve the environment and their role within tackling climate change - this project is one example of that.

Sophie Flux said the support for the project had been great and the funding went towards a number of activity days.

The catchment area the Wild East project is asking for people to pledge 20 per cent of any land they own.
The catchment area the Wild East project is asking for people to pledge 20 per cent of any land they own.

Also featured on the show was the ambitious Wild East project, headed by three friends Hugh Somerleyton, Ollie Birkbeck and Argus Hardy.

The project's main ambition involves asking people to pledge 20 per cent of the land they own, whether that be a garden, estate or farmland, in the hopes of reintroducing and allowing wildlife to flourish in East Anglia.

Hugh said: "Yes big estates have got the space to lead the way in large-scale rewilding, but actually it's about everyone.

The project aims to give 250,000 hectares back to nature.
The project aims to give 250,000 hectares back to nature.

"So, you know nature reserves, which are wonderful and it's great that nature's clung on there, but every time it tries to leave, as in spread out, it can't because the farming systems all around it don't support it."

Hugh Somerleyton is a well-known restaurateur and hotel owner who grew up in Somerleyton Hall, Lowestoft .