If you are a Wiltshire-based eco-friendly small business, community group or organisation then the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust urges you to click on www.wiltshireworldchangers.org, add your name to the Wiltshire Green Map, and flag up your whereabouts so that people will be able to find you.
This web-based map run by the World Changers Project at the Trust aims to act like a hub, providing details and information about green businesses and activities across Wiltshire and Swindon.
“Never mind all the bad news out there at the moment – take a look at all the entries already on the map made by people who are working to make the world a better place,” says Jacky Thomas, the World Changers Coordinator.
With its current 300 entries the Green Map, launched in 2006, is a useful tool already, but maps don’t write themselves. “For it to be a truly comprehensive one-stop shop for all things green in Wiltshire we need people to fill out a simple form on the website and let us, and everybody else, know you’re out there. It could bring you a real surge in customers or members,” says Jacky.
The details that are submitted will be checked by an administrator to ensure they are accurate and up to date.
Sandie Brooks, a member of the Cottage Co-operative Café in Bradford on Avon recently put its details on the map and said it only took a couple of minutes to do. “I think it’s an easy and free way to promote the café and its aims and objectives which are to provide a friendly sociable service yet still run a sustainable business.”
She adds: “To many people, being green means taking only one action such as composting kitchen waste, or walking instead of using the car. The beauty of this map is that it shows you the range of things you can think about adding into your daily life that will help the environment.”
If you want to find out about eco-friendly activities in your area all you have to do is open the map and enter a place name or postcode. Farms shops, scrapstores, craft places, nature reserves, sustainable food and Fairtrade cafes, car share clubs, alternative energy groups – the list it offers is a long one.
The World Changers website is funded by local authorities in Wiltshire and Swindon and has been designed by Big Barn, a not-for-profit organisation that helps promote local food initiatives across the country.
Wiltshire World Changers supports the linking and sharing of information between the many eco-friendly groups and businesses across the county, bringing them under one umbrella campaign.