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Woman, 95, starts green revolution in New Buckenham




A 95-year-old woman has started a green revolution in her village after writing her thoughts about climate change in the parish’s monthly magazine.

Violet Highton wrote about her worries on the subject in the New Buckenham Parish News in June and July this year, which started to get people thinking.

She said: “I was becoming increasingly concerned about climate change. It was the fact that people seemed not to realise what was happening and were doing nothing about it – that was what made me write the pieces.”

Violet Highton with villagers Annie Dalton, Amanda Hartley and Michele Marsh. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Violet Highton with villagers Annie Dalton, Amanda Hartley and Michele Marsh. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The articles prompted some villagers to form the New Buckenham Climate Action Now! group, which is looking into how the village can help fight climate change.

On Saturday, November 9, the group, with the help of Violet, planted an oak tree on the village green as its first symbolic contribution to saving the planet – one tree at a time.

Violet said: “We had a lot more people attend than we expected, which is great and shows that people want to do something to fight this.”

Children at the tree planting ceremony which was followed by a parade through the village.
Children at the tree planting ceremony which was followed by a parade through the village.

The group plans to plant more trees in the village and continues to research more ways in which the village can become greener.

Violet herself is looking to have an air source heat pump installed in her home and feels the overall problem is not a quick fix, but, by changing our daily lives, we could go a long way to help.

She said: “My message is that we all desperately need to do something, whether it is saving water, car sharing or swapping from fossil fuel usage to better alternatives, but individuals can do extraordinary things.

“Some may say one person is just one person, but a million singular people can have a real effect on climate change.

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“I will not be around to see what happens in the end, but it will be my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will see the results of this; that is why I am worried about it and I hope more villages and people will change things for the better.”


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