The Local Groups forums has been set up so that people can connect to others in their locality if they wish. Think of using this space like an email exchange. Simply click on the local group of interest, type in a topic and your message, it’s as straightforward as that. Fruitful collaborations may come out of this in time, who knows? Could be sharing wildflower seed, contractor information, sites opening for Open Meadows to inspire others; the possibilities are numerous. If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to just say hi and let people know about your project, or a project you are involved in.
You can adjust your settings to be automatically notified when a post is made in a particular forum, (rather than either remembering to check in, or wait for the automatic weekly digest of new forum posts). If you want to know when anything is posted in the group that’s of particular interest, simply scroll to the very bottom of that forum's page, and click the "subscribe to forum" button: