Take Action

There are so many ways you can take action at a local level, and in your day-to-day life. So we’ve outlined some of these here. Click one of the headings to find out more about the ways you can reduce your impact on the environment and positively affect climate change.

Young People
Residents
Local Businesses
Transport

Cycling
Walking
Bus
Train
Car sharing

SENS has produced 2 leaflets with information about how to take action to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity. These contain simple hints and tips for Staveley households to make a difference at a local level.

SENS distributed the Action for Nature leaflet to all households in the summer 2020. Please feel free to download them here:

Staveley Environment Group – ACTION FOR NATURE

Staveley Environment Group – CLIMATE AWARE


Young People

There can be no greater legacy than giving young people the tools they need to save our planet.”
Sir David Attenborough

Below are a selection of ideas and resources for how Staveley’s young people can take action and make a difference:

  • Our Planet is a groundbreaking, four-year collaboration between Netflix, Silverback Films and WWF. It explores the rich natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain, and reveals the key issues that urgently threaten their existence. It has produced a range of amazing resources showing what we can do to protect our plant including:   Our Planet school resources
  • Support Staveley School’s work (and their Eco Council) as part of the Eco-Schools Awards – a national initiative with Seven Steps being the most important aspect of the Eco-Schools programme, schools also work on topics to help give the programme even more structure; marine, biodiversity, energy, litter, global citizenship, healthy living, school grounds, transport, waste and water.

Residents

Below are a selection of ideas, sources of inspiration and resources for how Staveley residents can take action and make a difference:

Our Planet is a groundbreaking, four-year collaboration between Netflix, Silverback Films and WWF. It explores the rich natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain, and reveals the key issues that urgently threaten their existence. It has produced a range of amazing resources showing what we can do to protect our planet. READ MORE HERE

To start off with – last year Zero Waste Kendal produced a great document for Cumbria Tourism with some useful, easy-to-action, hints and tips for how individuals and businesses can take steps to reduce waste at home/work. Download and read it here

Take a look at what they are doing in Leeds to make a difference at a local level – lots of inspiring action around surveys, discussions, pledges etc. :LEEDS CLIMATE CONVERSATION Wouldn’t it be great if we could do the same in Staveley?! Inspired? Want to do your bit? Come to our discussion sessions (see EVENTS page) and get involved.

Rising to the Climate Emergency

Hot on the heels of the climate emergency action summit in Carlisle hosted by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) comes the latest report from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – ‘Rising to the Climate Emergency’. The report offers practical actions and solutions for collective action at county and local levels on climate emergency declarations and responses. The report is available here online for free as a pdf, or in print, for purchase direct from CAT.

For other great resources from CAT, check out CAT’s People Plate and Planet report and Zero Carbon Britain – a report that spells out how a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.


Local Businesses

To start off with – last year Zero Waste Kendal produced a great document for Cumbria Tourism with some useful hints and tips for how businesses, and individuals can take steps to reduce waste at home/work. Download and read it here.

Rising to the Climate Emergency

Hot on the heels of the climate emergency action summit in Carlisle hosted by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) comes the latest report from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – ‘Rising to the Climate Emergency’. The report – referred to widely during a keynote presentation at the summit from CAT’s Paul Allen – offers practical actions and solutions for collective action at county and local levels on climate emergency declarations and responses. The report is available here online for free as a pdf, or in print, for purchase direct from CAT.

For other great resources from CAT, check out CAT’s People Plate and Planet report and Zero Carbon Britain – a report that spells out how a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.


Transport

Find out more information about different sustainable transport options:
Cycling
Walking
Bus
Train
Car sharing

Cycling

Cycling is the best way of getting around. Whether you want to improve your fitness and health, help the environment, save yourself money or have some fun with family and friends, choosing to cycle can solve many problems at once!

Cycling for your health

Health professionals now recommend at least 30mins of moderate exercise 5 days a week. Cycling to work, school, to the shops or for leisure is one of the easiest ways to incorporate regular exercise into your life.

Cycling in Staveley

Travelling to Windermere or Kendal from Staveley takes about 30mins cycling.
You can take your bike on the Oxenholme – Windermere train.
You can hire bikes from Country Lanes at Windermere train station and Wheelbase in Staveley.

Cycling Groups

Why not get out and about on your bike with other enthusiasts? Kendal Cycle Club runs a wide range of events, rides and other social activities for all types of cycling and abilities. Lakes Gravel Gang offer an opportunity to go off-road with like-minded women of all ages, often riding from the Mill Yard.

Did You Know?

Regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level equal to that of a person ten years younger.

Health professionals recommend we all need about 30 minutes activity a day to keep healthy – about 5 miles of cycling.

Walking

Walking for Health

There’s no doubt about it, walking is considered the best form of exercise. An easy way to get exercise every day is to walk to work, school, the shops or go for a stroll during your lunch break. If work is too far from home to walk, why not park further away and walk the remaining distance?

Walking helps you to control your weight, reduce stress, improve your heart health, strengthen your bones or simply enjoy the social benefits.

Suggested Walks

Download walks from Lakes Line stations.

Walking the Way to Health are not now organising led walks but there are excellent Walk Packs available free for interested people to keep and use for self guiding at your own risk. Walk Packs are available from Cumbria County Council, Doctors Surgeries in Kendal and the Tourist Information Centre or can be downloaded from the lakes leisure website and the Active Cumbria website. For more details visit the website.

Did You Know?

Health professionals recommend walking 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles).
Walking a mile uses the same number of calories as running a mile.
Nearly a quarter of all our trips are one mile or less – a walkable distance for most of us.

Bus

Use the bus and forget about parking and the stress of driving. Relax, read a book or enjoy the view while you travel. You can even go to the pub and enjoy yourself and not have to worry about driving home.

Bus Timetables

For up-to-date bus timetables visit Cumbria County Council.

Journey Planner

To plan your journey and figure out how to get to where you’re going and find out the cost ring Traveline on 0871 200 22 23 or visit any of the following:

Traveline Journey Planner

Stagecoach bus

Coach Travel

To plan your coach journey ring Traveline on 0871 200 22 23 or visit the following websites:



For travel across the UK and beyond – National Express




For international travel – Eurolines



For cheap intercity tickets – Megabus

Ticket Deals


Discount Priced Bus Pass – Plusbus

PLUSBUS is a discount price ‘bus pass’ that you buy with your train ticket.
It gives you unlimited bus travel around town, at the start, the finish,
or both ends of your train journey. Buy PLUSBUS with your train ticket at the
station or by phone in one easy purchase.

Did You Know?

One bus carries the same number of people as 30 cars and uses 10 times LESS space.

Train

Travelling by train is by far the most relaxing and enjoyable way to travel. Whether you want to take your bike and go for a cycle in the Lakes, or pop to Kendal for a beer and not have to worry about driving home, travelling by train is fast, easy and convenient.

Leaflets:

Real Ale by Rail
Walks from Lakes Line stations

Journey Planner

To plan your journey and figure out how to get to where you’re going, find out the cost and book tickets you can ring National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit the following websites:

National Rail Enquiries
The Trainline
Megatrain

Ticket Deals

Discount Priced Bus Pass
PLUSBUS is a discount price ‘bus pass’ that you buy with your train ticket.
It gives you unlimited bus travel around town, at the start, the finish,
or both ends of your train journey. Buy PLUSBUS with your train ticket at the
station or by phone in one easy purchase.

Timetables

First Transpennine Express – for all local train timetables

Did You Know?

It takes just 9 or less mins by train to arrive in Kendal or Windermere from Staveley

Car sharing

Car sharing your journey to work or your weekly shopping trip is a great way to save money and help others to do so too. If you are interested in car sharing, or are happy to offer someone else in the village a lift, why not put a note on the village noticeboard.

Taxis

Kendal
Ace Private Hire 01539 733430
Airport Services 01539 724658
Atlas Taxis 01539 729991
Blue Star Taxis 01539 723670
Castle Taxis 01539 726233
K Cars 01539 731000
Theo’s Taxis Ltd 07747 055674
Windermere
Abacus Taxis 01539 488285
B-Line Taxis 01539 444644
Bowness Taxis 015394 46664
Executive Chauffeured Cars 015394 88885
Lakes Taxis 015394 44055
Pegasus 01539 442806
Windermere Taxis 015394 42355

Rural Wheels

Rural Wheels is a unique transport scheme for people in rural areas. The service provides transport that will collect you from home and take you to your nearest town or the nearest public transport service.

The service can be used for a variety of purposes including:
Shopping
Visiting the hospital
Visiting friends
Visits to the doctor, dentist, optician, etc

Rural Wheels uses a ‘Smartcard’ to pay for travel and a central booking system to plan journeys. Passengers need to apply for the Smartcard before they are able to use the scheme. The Smartcard is used instead of handing over cash to the transport providers and the ‘value’ of the card can be topped up at local post offices, libraries, mobile libraries, and by the driver. Travel under the scheme needs to be booked 48 hours in advance by telephone so as to allow the most cost-effective use of the transport resources available. Users may be asked to share transport.

The Passenger Transport Development Officer for Cumbria County Council can provide you with more details of the scheme:

The Passenger Transport Development Officer
Community Transport
Lonsdale Building
The Courts
Carlisle
CA3 8NA
01228 226721

Community Minibus

Another way in which public transport problems in rural areas can be overcome is through Community Minibus sharing schemes. These schemes enable groups and organisations within the community to have accessible and affordable vehicles, which can be either on a self-drive basis or with a driver supplied.

The sharing scheme is only open to non-profit making groups or organisations and they must be involved in one or more of the following activities:

Social welfare
Education
Religion
Recreation
Other activities to benefit the community

The scheme is not open to groups or organisations of a commercial or profit-making nature, nor is it open to members of the general public acting outside of the criteria above.
If you are part of a local community group that has a transport need, please contact Cumbria Community Transport on 01539 727001 for more information.

Voluntary Car Scheme

The Voluntary Car Scheme is intended for those people who have no other means of transport. Volunteers are available to collect you from your home and take you to your chosen destination. The scheme is mainly used for:

Visiting friends and relatives
Doctors and dentist appointments
Shopping
Making connections with buses or trains
Other social trips

For local journeys please call Community Transport South Lakeland on 01539 742637 who will make every endeavour to meet your request. There is a small mileage charge to cover the volunteer driver’s running costs.

Volunteer drivers are always needed – if you could spare some time to help the people in your community who need transport please call the above number.
There are over 40 Voluntary Car Schemes in Cumbria. If you would like further information please call the Passenger Transport Development Officer at Cumbria County Council on 01228 226721.

Home Shopping

Why bother going to town when you can get your shopping delivered straight to your door? Easy, cheap and convenient. Try the following links to find out more:

Howbarrow Organic Farm – for fruit and veg

Traidcraft – for a wide range of Fairtrade groceries

Tesco – for all your grocery needs

ASDA – for all your grocery needs

Did You Know?

People who regularly car share can save up to £1,000 per year.