By Philippa Purchase:
In 2020, as the UK came out of the first lockdown, Transition Bude decided to conduct a public survey about the future of Bude. The aim of the survey was to understand whether people’s priorities had changed due to the Covid pandemic and whether they wanted a more sustainable and climate-friendly future.
Overwhelmingly this was the case and one message came through strongly – the desire to buy more products that are grown or produced locally and, by doing so, support our whole community to build back better from the Covid pandemic.
In response to this, Transition Bude has designed a local shopping event called Bude Loves Local. We’re asking people to look out for our Bude Loves Local stickers in shops and online so they will know that they are buying products, produce and services which have their roots in local materials or made by local people.
We all know that buying local stuff makes good sense for our community and for our local economy. Eating local produce can also improve our health, reduce our use of plastic and help limit our fossil fuel emissions.
So we’re asking Bude residents to make a post-pandemic resolution and spend a bit more each week buying from our local shops and buying our lovely, local products. There will also be a competition running with lots of great, local prizes on offer.
The Bude Loves Local fortnight runs from 10th-24th July 2021.
On Saturday 10th July and Saturday 17th July look out for our stalls near the Triangle and in the Bude Artisan Market to pick up a leaflet about the event and the competition entry form.
Details of all the retailers and makers taking part can be found on our website www.budeloveslocal.org and we will be showcasing the shops, makers and products available on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/budeloveslocal)
You can also see all our retailers and makers on this map.
Transition Bude is a grass-roots community group which is investigating practical ways in which Bude and the surrounding parishes can become more resilient in the face of natural and man-made crises.
The Bude Loves Local project is being led by Jackie Diffey and supported by Transition Bude members Philippa Purchase, Dan Haylock, Alison Judge, Mark James, Deb Rosser, Claire Garrett and Wendy Watson.