Bishop’s Castle ‘Fight the Plastic’

A big thanks is due to the ‘Mid-Counties Co-op’ who have just awarded us £2,000 to help us set-up a ‘pop-up’ stall at the Farmers’ Market to sell plastic-free alternative products, and to carry-out beach and rivers cleans, plus produce information packs for businesses and schools.
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What’s happening in 2019?

Plastic Free Community (PFC) bid: consists of 5 Obectives:-
1. Town Council: passed a motion to support the bid and to ensure all council premises are free of Single Use Plastics (SUPs).
2. Businesses: So far, 4 businesses are SUP-free and 7 others are more or less SUP free. Others are working on it.
3. Allies: 19 community organisations have committed to be SUP-free. Others are in process or in discussion.
4. Events: To date, 23, various, events or actions have been organised by FTP. More to follow.
5: Steering Group: Consists of 6-12 active members. Have held 13 meetings since April 2018). We intend to send off evidence/reports in July 19 to the Plastic Free Communities team of Surfers Against Sewage and hope for approval, as we have done a tremendous amount of work on this campaign and think we have met all their objectives. As far as we know, we are the first town in Shropshire to bid for PFC status. We hope to hear if we are successful within a couple of weeks, which would then mean we can display the logo/plaque on town information boards, websites, approach roads, etc.

  Grants: Apart from grants from Lightfoot Enterprises (£100), 2 from the Local Joint Committee (£253 in total), Bishop’s Castle Community Partnership (£50) and our Crowdfunder bid (over £600), we have recently received a grant from the Midcounties Coop Community Fund of £2000 which will be used to deliver the activities below:-.

Plastic Free Stall: At the Bishops Castle Farmers Market in the Town Hall, on the 20th July, and each month, we shall be running a stall, selling plastic-free alternatives to many common household items, as well as displaying other items as examples and providing advice and guidance on avoiding single-use plastics in general. We are working in conjunction, on a sale-or-return basis, with a Montgomery pop-up, plastic-free business – Shed 38 – run by Katrina Collins, who is assisting us in setting up the Bishop’s Castle project. See Cc’d below, for those organising it.

  Beach and river cleans and schools/businesses: We continue to plan more beach and river cleans, as well as continuing to work with local businesses, schools and community groups to help them move towards a more plastic-free way of running their activities.                   e-mail: