A NEW group formed in Nailsworth is helping play its part in tackling the challenge of climate change at a local level.

Nailsworth Climate Action Town (NCAT) has already had a small but positive impact by getting a new bicycle stand installed at Morrison’s supermarket.

The community group is hoping the bike racks will improve accessibility for cyclists and encourage more people in the town to use a bike over their cars.

A second initiative by the group has seen a new small-scale wind turbine installed at its treasurer Matt Partridge's house.

Mr Partridge said: "Climate change is a big issue and one that affects every part of our lives.

“As a group, we'd like to see positive changes and would welcome new members to help support our plans, involving projects large and small, in all areas including energy, food and transport.

“One plan is to help bring community-owned solar to the area - perhaps on the roofs of local schools and businesses."

NCAT are now looking for people with a passion for tackling climate change to join up and get involved.

“If you're interested in climate change and want to learn more or support NCAT, please come along to our next meeting on Friday 13 January,” added Mr Partridge This will be held in the Mortimer Rooms in Nailsworth from 7-9pm.

An NCAT-sponsored talk and discussion on ‘Better Buildings: A sustainable future for our community?’ is also being held at The Arkell Centre in Forest Green on Friday 20 January from 7-9pm.

The talk will be given by Sarah Ratcliffe, programme director of the Better Buildings Partnership.