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. In 2021 Greener Waldringfield was co-opted to assist Waldringfield Parish Council with a response to their declared climate emergency.

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

AGM 2023 Agenda and documents

Our Pilot Groups for the Climate Emergency

Knowledge & Resources 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

A home for the iconic redundant phonebox in the village cannot be found - and therefore unfortunately it will be scrapped along with plans to convert it into 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.

River Deben

The river Deben is one of the most beautiful and undeveloped rivers in England. It is home to many birds, fishes and mammals and a popular destination for recreational activities. This group is part of the river water quality monitoring team.

Repair Cafe

Next repair cafe - everyone welcome

Date - See Home page

venue - Waldringfield Village Hall

Please get in touch to get involved!

All new members very welcome

Examined/Audited accounts to 28th Feb 2023

Current financial statement

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