Planet Suffolk, which ran until December 2020, became a welcome morning feature across our airwaves every Friday from just before the beginning of lockdown in March 2020 on the Mark Murphy morning Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Suffolk. Mark Murphy’s aim was to inspire people to make a difference in Suffolk whether it be from doing something in the garden for wildlife, to going on a litter pick locally, to prompting people to look at how they live and to consider small lifestyle changes. In launching Planet Suffolk Marks told viewers that “2020 was the year for change” and that “there was enough talk” encouraging people to tune in and do more. Inviting Suffolk Wildlife Trust to join them each week, BBC Radio Suffolk and the Trust have promoted a whole host of achievable projects across the year.
Michael Strand, our Community fundraising Manager, represented Suffolk Wildlife Trust each week, helping people realise the potential that their gardens and green spaces have to help local wildlife and has been giving advice over the radio, with help from Mark. From discussing how to make simple garden ponds from upcycled resources, to encouraging people to create hedgehog homes and highways, to making stag beetle stacks, Michael and Mark have not only discussed these with listeners but has also been actively creating these in their own gardens too, alongside listeners.