Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Help our birds to thrive in Whitton - put up a bird box

Bird boxes will be springing up across the borough over the next few weeks thanks to a donation from Richmond Council’s street cleansing contractor.
 As part of National Bird Box Week (14-21 February), Continental Landscape has donated £100 towards the purchase and installation of House Sparrow Boxes. The boxes will be installed on council-owned buildings. National Bird Box Week takes place each year and aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, a member of a local wildlife group, or you belong to a bird club and could organise a work party, National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden. Richmond Council would like to challenge residents and local businesses to also do their bit by putting up similar boxes in their gardens or on their properties.
 Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.
 “Bird boxes can be easily made or are inexpensive to buy.  But the rewards for both the environment and indeed families and nature lovers alike are much more.” Niko Mardushaj, from ContinentalLandscapes, said:
 “Continental Landscapes are always looking for ways in which we can support wildlife, and National Nest Box Week is the perfect opportunity to make a contribution and raise awareness of the need to provide habitats for our native birds, especially in urban environments. We are pleased to continue our strong relationship with London Borough of Richmond and help the Council to enhance the biodiversity of the borough by donating these bird boxes.” If you are putting up a bird box, or if you already have one, let us know by contacting: hello@swlen.org.uk

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Make sure you’re registered to vote in time for the local elections this May

On Thursday 3 May residents in Richmond upon Thames will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at a local level.
 
Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include housing, education, transport, planning, parks, leisure, social care and waste management.
 
In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote in local elections is fast approaching. Therefore, Richmond Council is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.
 
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 17 April. Anyone can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.
 
Mark Maidment, Electoral Registration Officer for Richmond Council, said:
 
“Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Richmond upon Thames But if you’re not registered by 17 April, you won’t be able to vote.”
 
Adrian Green, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for London, said:
 
“If you have turned 18, or if you have moved home recently, it’s particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election.” 
 
If you were eligible to vote in last year’s general election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by giving the Council a call on 020 8891 7775.