Green Fortnight 2018

Bridport Green
Fortnight 2018

Programme of Events

This year our theme will be Plastics, focussing on the wasted resources, land fill, reducing fossil fuels and the pollution of air and sea. Local food generally has less plastic packaging.

Where can you buy plastic-free goods in Bridport?

Fruits of the Earth, and the coming Waste Not Want Not shop specialise in sustainable packaging or bring-you-own-container goods. Here is a directory of local shops which sell plastic free goods (not including WNWN which has yet to open). Click on the links:

Programme of Events

14 Apr 3 pm

Page to Screen showing of Soylent Green, followed by a discussion led by Raja Jarrah..More...


14 Apr 7.30pm

Green Fortnight Launch night
Matilda Manley of Litter Free Dorset and
Martin Maudsley, story teller,
and pitches from local groups. More ...

Bridport Town Hall


Refreshments provided

16 Apr 2-3pm (SOLD OUT)
24 Apr 11-12am (SOLD OUT)

Visit to Broomhills Waste Recycling Centre. What happens to the plastics we recycle? More....


17 April 10-12

(2 Tickets available)

What happens to plastic cotton-wool buds and other flushed items? Visit a sewage farm in Dorchester. More...

FREE. Book at TIC or from Eventbrite

17 Apr 8.00pm

Green Quiz. Come as a team or just turn up and make new friends! Raffle with fabulous prizes.

Ropemakers. FREE

18 Apr 7.30pm

Going Green – a Matter of Belief. A discussion of the relationship between faith and environmental issues, More...

United Church, East St FREE

19 Apr 7.30pm

‘ There’s a lot of rubbish talked about Plastic’:
Julia Hailes, author of Green Consumer guide and blogger, looks at whether we can or should go plastic-free. More...

Bridport Town Hall. *

22 Apr 10.30am-12.30pm

Family Beach Clean. Come with walking shoes and gloves, all equipment provided.. Part of the Great Dorset Beach Clean. More...

West Bay: steps down to West Beach

22 Apr 7.30pm

‘A Plastic Ocean’. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. This film looks at what this is doing to our wildlife, and offers solutions. More...

Bridport Town Hall. *

25 Apr 9.30am

Market day with stalls from Transition Town Bridport, Friends of the Earth, Wessex Water and Dorset Waste Partnership. Muslin shopping bags from Turn Lyme Green on sale. More...

BuckyDoo Square

27 Apr 7.30pm

Matt Harvey and Friends: An evening of stories, poems and laughs, More...

Bridport Town Hall. *

29 Apr 7.30pm

A Plastic Ocean - another chance to see this inspiring and urgent film. Apologies to those who came last Sunday, we think we've got the gremlins licked! Free if you paid last week.More...

Bridport WI hall,
DT6 3JQ. *

*Tickets £5 (or 5 NETs) on the door, or £4.50 in advance from the Tourist Information Centre or online.

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What Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says about our Green Fortnight

Hugh Fearnley -Whittingstall has campaigned against waste, non-recyclable coffee cups, by-catch, and the loss of biodiversity through our carelessness.

“ A truckload of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute, much of it packaging, and it poses a threat to everything from the smallest plankton to the biggest whale. It breaks down into microplastics, which like a billion tiny sponges collect any toxic chemicals they encounter, concentrating these as they pass up through the food chain to big, predator species – including most of the fish we eat.

"I fully support Transition Town Bridport’s campaign to use less plastic. We must reduce the plastic in our packaging and get away from single-use straws, plastic cutlery and non-recyclable coffee mugs – and not wait another 25 years to do it. Saying that is one thing but it’s action that’s needed. So I wish the Bridport Green Fortnight in April great success".

HFW February 2018

Reducing Plastic Use

Are you concerned about the plastic in your life?

Here are some suggestions of how to reduce your usage, from Joe Burlington and Elspeth Waldie - What to do about Plastic., or these from

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Launch Night

14 April 7.30 pm
Bridport Town Hall
FREE, retiring collection

Launch evening programme:
Matilda Manley (Dorset Litter free) (~20 mins)
Martin Maudsley - Green stories (~20 mins)


Updates from local groups (4 mins each )
Launch Plastic free directory Bridport – Sarah West (TTB)
Zero Waste Group – Alex Green
Waste not want not – Lydia Wilson
Chamber of Commerce Mark Dicker- Plastic bag-free town
Bridport Town Council - The Bridport Bottle - Kelvin Clayton
West Dorset Friends of the Earth – FoE Plastic Campaign– Scott Morrison
Marine Life – Rachel Davies
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There's a Lot of Rubbish talked about Plastic

Thursday 19 Apr 7.30
Bridport Town Hall
£4.50 in advance from Bridport Tourist Information Centre (TIC) or online,
or £5 or 5 NETs on the door - less if you can't afford it. Free to under 18s.

"Everyone has gone bonkers about plastic - suggesting the most crazy solutions to the problem of our wasteful society. Even the government are at it, with the idea, for example, of 'plastic-free' aisles in supermarkets. Plastics can be the best environmental option - in some cases better than glass or even paper. Come for a talk and discussion to find out what makes sense - and what doesn't."

Julia Hailes is a sustainability pioneer with over 30 years in the green sector. She’s a campaigner, writer, speaker and consultant and has written or co-written, nine environmental books, including The Green Consumer Guide, which sold over 1 million copies worldwide. And, she's passionate about reducing waste. She has sat on the boards of the Packaging Standards Authority, Waste Watch and Keep Britain Tidy - and has advised many companies on packaging issues, including Marks & Spencer and Procter & Gamble. In 2011, she co-founded E for Good, an organisation campaigning on E-waste (electrical and electronic waste) and in 2017 she chaired a panel discussion, with Jeremy Irons and others, at the Royal Geographic Society, focusing on how our society can reduce plastic waste. Julia's currently working with CHASE Africa promoting family planning particularly in conservation areas. Her work in Africa over several decades has led to a huge concern over the growing waste problem in developing countries, where there are numerous places with no waste management facilities, at all. In 1992, Julia received a UN Global 500 Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievement. She has three grown up sons and lives in Dorset.

Follow her Blog here.

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A Plastic Ocean

Sunday 29 April 7.30
Bridport WI hall , DT6 3JQ

Sun 22 Apr 7.30
Bridport Town Hall

£5 or 5 NETs on the door - less if you can't afford it. Free to under 18s or if you already paid.

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.
Follow this link for more details

The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Plastic is a valuable resource and plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that resource.
No water, no life. No blue, no green.
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Broomhills Recycling Centre, West Bay Fields, DT6 5LB
16 April at 2.00 pm and 24 April at 11.00 am

A 'behind the scenes' visit to our recycling centre. What happens to our stuff? How much of it can be used? Where does it go next? Free tours for up to 20 people.

Louds Mill Sewage Works, St. George's Road, Dorchester DP1 1PE
17 April 10.00-12.00

What happens to plastic materials that get flushed down the loo? How do they deal with cotton wool buds, fatbergs and other unwanted stuff? This two hour visit will give an insight into the workings of a sewage farm.

We encourage sensible shoes and weather appropriate clothing.In addition, any cuts or grazes should be covered with a waterproof dressing. We we will be in touch nearer the time to coordinate sharing lifts.

Book to visit the Broomhills Waste Management Centre, or the Louds Mill Sewage works in Dorchester, by clicking on this Eventbrite link. or through the Tourist Information Centre (TIC).Back to Top
Beach Clean

West Bay, by the steps on West Beach
Sunday 22 April 10.30-12.30

This is organised as part of the Great Dorset Beach Clean. We will supply gloves and picker-uppers (sorry), and bags. There are a couple of safety aspects which we will cover in a short briefing. For further details of the work of Litter free Dorset follow this link, or join their Facebook page.


Going Green – a Matter of Belief

18th April 7.30 to 9pm
Bridport United Church, East Street

The evening will include the following short talks as well as a variety of book reviews and opportunity for questions and discussion. Tea and coffee will be available.
  • Do people of faith care about the environment? - Gill Bumphrey
  • A Creation Parable - Peter Clarke
  • One Holy Circle: 100 years of community and compost - members of The Othona Community
  • Facing bad news! Having faith in good news! - Joe Burlington
  • Hopeful faith in action - Gill Bumphrey

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Matt Harvey and Friends
An evening of stories, poetry and laughter

Friday 27 April 7.30
Bridport Town Hall
£4.50 in advance from Bridport TIC or online ,
or £5 or 5 NETs on the door - less if you can't afford it.
Free to under 18s

If you missed Matt on his last visit to Bridport, you will have no idea of his off-the-wall wistful humour. You can get a flavour of his style from several youtubes, such as this one.

With him will be Bridport's poet Ged Duncan, Tracey and Simon West from Lyme Regis Magic Oxygen books. Kelvin Clayton will be introducing the evening.

Can telling Stories be effective in changing the narrative? Absolutely! Back to Top

We've got to tackle this problem before our oceans, our environment and our entire food chain is poisoned.

For more information on the Plastics inside us, follow this link. Another article on microplastics can be found here.
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