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Getting around Warwickshire by bus gets cheaper in 2023

Warwickshire residents are encouraged to get around by Bus in 2023 thanks to a new Government-backed scheme to save money on fares. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: Most Warwickshire bus operators have signed up for the scheme aimed at capping the price of a Single ticket. This will help families, commuters and other passengers […]

National praise for borough’s work on food and climate emergency

Latest update from Cheshire West and Chester Council Newsroom: Cheshire West and Chester Council has received national recognition for its work to unlock a food revolution and tackle the climate emergency. The Council has been listed as one of 21 top performing councils out of nearly 200 analysed by Sustain, a national alliance for better […]

More green shoots set to grow across Warwickshire in 2023

It’s great news for the environment as 38 projects (totalling £344,608) are set to receive funding from the second round of Warwickshire County Council’s Green Shoots Community Climate Change Fund. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: Warwickshire County Council is very pleased to announce the fantastic climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will be […]

Electric vehicle charging Task and Finish Group Review 2022

On Thursday 15 December 2022, Warwickshire County Council’s cabinet accepted the findings and recommendations of a Task and Finish Group review of electric vehicle (EV) charging. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: In February 2022, the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) agreed ‘to monitor the rollout of electric charging points’. A member Task & […]

Council awards protected status to more than 100 neighbourhood green spaces

Telford & Wrekin Council has this week awarded Green Guarantee Site status to 107 green spaces across the borough. This status recognises the community and ecological value of these sites and confers protection against any potential future development. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The addition of these new sites means that the […]

Leaner and greener businesses in Shropshire

Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: Over 70 delegates attended an informative event held at AICO in Oswestry on 30 November. The Sustainability in Your Business event, hosted by AICO, and organised by the Business Environment Network (TBEN), was supported by the Federation for Small Business, Oswestry BID and the Marches Growth Hub (Shropshire). The event aimed […]

Have a Merry Sustainable Christmas from Zero Carbon Shropshire!

This is one of the hardest times of year to stick with sustainable living intentions, as it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of consumerism that Christmas can sometimes seem to be. We’ve probably all bought unsuitable presents in desperation on Christmas Eve before! Latest blog post from Zero Carbon Shropshire: by Julie […]

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ for a greener Christmas

Latest update from Cheshire West and Chester Council Newsroom: The Council is urging all Cheshire West and Chester residents to help the environment by choosing to reduce, reuse and recycle their food this Christmas. Global food waste produces more emissions than all commercial flights put together. In the UK, food waste contributes to 5 per […]

Biodiversity COP15: Investing in Warwickshire’s rich biodiversity

Find out more about how Warwickshire County Council is safeguarding and enhancing the County’s rich biodiversity. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: To mark the start of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, Canada (7 – 19 December 2022), Warwickshire County Council is highlighting its commitment to protecting the flora and fauna of the […]

Have yourself a sustainable little Christmas

Warwickshire residents are being encouraged to explore some of the options for a greener and more sustainable Christmas. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: The high temperatures of the summer may feel like a long time ago, but extreme weather events are a side-effect of climate change, and they pose a direct risk to Warwickshire […]

This is the difference you make: meet Ben, Habitat Specialist Ranger for Grasslands

Meet Ben Coleman, a member of Warwickshire County Council’s park ranger team. Latest update from Warwickshire County Council Newsroom: Fairly recently, Ben was promoted to Habitat Specialist Ranger for Grasslands and is now responsible for improving this vital habitat across the Warwickshire Country Parks portfolio. Ben is based at Ryton Pools, a park located between Leamington, […]

G20,000 Acorns in the ground as Warwickshire’s Tree Nursery takes root

Warwickshire is set to get a lot greener as the Warwickshire tree nursery plants its first 20,000 acorns. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: It is great news for the environment and Warwickshire County Council’s tree planting aspirations as the recently approved tree nursery plants its first 20,000 acorns at the centrally located site in […]

Growing a greener Warwickshire – Tree planting season 2022/23

As the 2022/23 tree planting season gets underway, Warwickshire County Council shares its top tips for anyone wanting to plant a tree in the county. Latest update from Warwickshire Council Newsroom: The UK tree planting season runs between the colder months of November and March, when trees are naturally dormant and there is less chance […]

Solarvision Lighting Technologies expands in Warwickshire

A specialist in off-grid lighting in Warwickshire is set to expand in 2023 after receiving support from Warwickshire County Council. Latest update from Warwickshire County Council Newsroom: A specialist in off-grid lighting in Warwickshire is set to expand in 2023 after receiving support from The Warwickshire County Council Local Community and Enterprise Fund, a pillar […]

Help to shape a sustainable future for Warwickshire

Residents, businesses and community groups across Warwickshire are being invited to have their say on Warwickshire County Council’s draft Sustainable Futures Strategy. Latest update from Warwickshire County Council Newsroom: The new draft Sustainable Futures Strategy establishes the direction and priorities of Warwickshire County Council to reduce carbon emissions, support biodiversity and promote economic growth across […]

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Community heat network to harness waste energy

Shropshire could become the first location in the West Midlands to have a district heating system supplying energy to businesses and public buildings, in Shrewsbury. Latest update from Shropshire Newsroom: As part of its drive to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2030, Shropshire Council is now exploring whether it can set up a […]

Staffordshire’s green changes contribute to bigger picture

As world leaders discuss the challenge of global warming, Staffordshire communities are urged to keep making changes on their doorsteps. Latest update from the Staffordshire Council Newsroom: Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, Staffordshire County Council’s carbon emissions have fallen by 43 per cent as the authority pursues its goal of being net zero […]

Air quality programme shortlisted for national award

A project by Shropshire Council to monitor and reduce ammonia in the air caused by intensive farming practices has been shortlisted for a national award. Latest update from Shropshire Newsroom: The Digital Leaders Net Zero 50 List is a list of the top 50 individuals, organisations, products and initiatives that are helping us to reach […]

People power in action as Telford’s new pavement harnesses energy from footsteps

Residents and visitors to Telford will never need to worry about their phone running out of battery again, thanks to two free public charging points installed near Telford station, sustainably powered… by people’s footsteps! Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: Telford & Wrekin Council has installed a stretch of pavement beside the ‘Silver […]

New recycling wheelie bins delivered to nearly 80,000 homes

Almost 80,000 wheelie bins for recycling cans, glass and plastic have been delivered to homes across the Shropshire Council area in the last six months – with a further 19,000 set to be delivered before Christmas. Latest update from Shropshire Newsroom: The purple-lidded bins were available on request, with orders opening in mid-January [2022]. Just […]

Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station scoops top environmental award

Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station has been given a top environmental assessment award from a national body. Latest update from the Worcestershire County Council Newsroom: The station, which opened in February 2020, was presented with a Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment Award (CEEQUAL) and rated as ‘very good’ for being committed to sustainable working and delivering […]

Report fly-tips to help prevent deliberate fires during celebrations

As many of us prepare for Halloween and Bonfire night, Telford & Wrekin Council is urging people to keep a look out for potential fire risks in their area and be mindful when disposing of rubbish, to help reduce the risk of arson attacks. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: Since 2019, more […]

Hive of activity at Hillside Wood to save bee colony

A colony of bees has been saved when their oak tree home was blown down in strong winds blocking a path through Hillside Wood in Rivacre Valley Country Park. Latest update from the Cheshire West & Chester Council Newsroom: With the assistance of a local beekeeping expert and the Council’s tree contractor, Mancoed, the colony […]

Swamp mysteries competition to inspire wetland restoration project

People of all ages are being encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and help inspire a project to restore a wetland area at Stanmore Country Park in Bridgnorth. Latest update from Shropshire Newsroom: After winning grant funding from Severn Trent Community Fund, there are plans to restore a ‘misty swamp’ and the land around […]

Electric scooter trial in Chester extended until 2024

Chester has been part of a national trial of e-scooters since December 2020, a Department for Transport (DfT) initiative to encourage greener travel methods. Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with e-scooter provider Ginger are now planning to extend the trial for a further 18 months at the request of the DfT. Latest update […]

New eco grant gives businesses greater opportunity to reduce costs

High street businesses can benefit from a new eco grant to help them become more sustainable and reduce costs. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The eco grant is one of a number of grants available to high street businesses through Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Our High Street programme and has […]

Carbon emissions fall as county sets example

Carbon emissions caused by Staffordshire County Council are falling sharply as the authority moves towards net zero.  Latest update from the Staffordshire Council Newsroom: Initiatives have already reduced emissions by 43 per cent since it’s climate emergency declaration in 2019 and more steps are planned as the authority aims to reach net zero by 2050.  […]

Besblock targets Telford wood waste to fuel manufacturing growth

Growing Telford masonry manufacturer Besblock is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint further by using wood waste from across the borough to generate energy. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The firm, located at Halesfield, Telford has created a £3.2 million ‘energy from waste wood plant’ and is planning to invest in a […]

Local car-free project gets commuters cycling

Twenty employees at the MoD site at Donnington are piloting an innovative new project called Active SMiles, which uses behavioural science principles to incentivise and reward ‘active commuting’ – ditching the car and walking or cycling to work instead. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The project was designed and is run by […]

Council pledge takes Telford and Wrekin another step closer to Net Zero

Telford & Wrekin Council, which is ranked in the top 3% of councils for action planning around climate change, has become a member of UK100 – a network of highly ambitious local government leaders, which seeks to devise and implement ambitious, cost effective plans for the transition to Net Zero. Latest update from Telford and […]

Nuplace’s sustainable development at Southwater Way is fully complete

Tenants have now moved in to all 46 homes at the latest housing development owned by Telford & Wrekin Council’s wholly owned housing company, Nuplace. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: Southwater Way is Nuplace’s most sustainable development, designed specifically to contribute towards the council’s commitment to tackle climate change. All properties benefit […]

Energy projects win £3.5million funding from Marches LEP

Three ambitious projects have won nearly £3.5million funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to boost the region’s energy security and meet Net Zero targets. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The three schemes were selected from 29 different projects which applied for cash from the LEP’s innovative Marches Energy Fund. Marches LEP […]

Free air source boot camp offered to upskill Midlands based engineers

Teach A Trade have partnered with Telford College to offer West Midlands and Shropshire based engineers a chance to become qualified air source heat pump engineer. Through the delivery of a 5 day training programme engineers will learn the principles of air source heat pumps, and how to safely install, test, commission, service and repair […]

Call for climate conscious households to support open house event

Climate conscious households are being asked to share their knowledge and experience of green tech and retrofitting their homes at an open house event in October. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: Shropshire Council, Zero Carbon Shropshire and Marches Energy Advice are encouraging people to sign up for Green Doors Day on Saturday 8 October […]

£15,000 of funding now available to community groups across Shropshire

Veolia UK and Shropshire Council have teamed up to offer £15,000 in funding to the county’s local community groups and clubs. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: The first ever EnviroGrant scheme in Shropshire enables clubs or groups to apply for up to £1,000 in funding for projects that benefit the local community or environment. […]

Great Ness and Little Ness volunteer litter pickers praised for efforts

A voluntary litter picking group in the Great Ness and Little Ness areas of Shropshire has been praised for their efforts to clear rubbish and keep the area clean and tidy. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: Members from the Great Mess to Little Mess community group pick litter weekly, and sometimes daily. The group […]

Purity Properties Ltd fined for illegally cutting down protected trees

Property firm Purity Properties Limited (PPL) has received a substantial fine for cutting down trees illegally at a Wellington nursing home. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: Director Steven Jagdeep Singh has received a £9,600 fine while the company has been handed a £24,000 fine for removing three trees at The Priory Nursing […]

Learn to compost with our FREE workshops

Composting is a fantastic way to do your bit for the planet and save some pennies in your pocket, all from the comfort of your garden or community space. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: “As part of our ‘added value’ plan with our recycling and waste management partner Veolia, Telford and Wrekin […]

Fly tipper caught and fined

A successful Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), issued by Telford & Wrekin Council, has resulted in a borough resident being fined £400. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The rubbish was dumped in Bratton Lane, off the A442, in the village of Bratton and discovered by a member of the public and a council […]

Free Community Tree Scheme opens for coming planting season

Landowners are being encouraged to sign up for Shropshire Council’s free Community Tree Scheme which is launching today, ahead of the 2022/23 planting season. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: Shropshire Council secured funding worth £500,000 as part of a joint project led by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the […]

Landscape changes as conservation project advances 

People living in and visiting the Knighton area will notice a change on the horizon later this year – and it’s part of a much bigger plan under the Offa’s Dyke Conservation Project (ODCP).   Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: The conifers above Knighton on Black Hall Farm are being carefully removed this autumn to […]

Council’s Summer of Cycling gets dozens of children riding in first week

More than 70 local children have learnt to ride a bike during the first week of the school holidays thanks to a free initiative run by Telford & Wrekin Council, with hundreds more expected to learn during August. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: Telford & Wrekin Council’s Summer of Cycling campaign got […]

Increase seen in energy related scams

Scammers are using the increase in the energy price cap to try and take advantage of consumers, Shropshire Council’s trading standards team has warned. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: Scammers are using the increase in the energy price cap to try and take advantage of consumers, Shropshire Council’s trading standards team has warned. The […]

Shropshire’s first sustainability festival sees influx of exhibitors

More than 30 companies have signed up to take part in Shropshire Goes Green, Shropshire Council’s first sustainability festival being held in September 2022 – and the list is still growing. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: Building on the success of November 2021’s Shropshire Goes Electric event, which put the spotlight on sustainable transport […]

Award winning Park securing funding to enhance biodiversity

The Green Flag award-winning Stanmore Country Park has been granted more than £72,000 from Severn Trent’s Community Fund and Shropshire Council to enhance bio-diversity and encourage children to be involved in its care. Latest update from Shropshire Council Newsroom: The Shining Light on Stanmore Park Project has received £65,582 from the Severn Trent Community Fund, […]

Council leading the charge for electric vehicle plans

Telford & Wrekin Council’s electric vehicle (EV) charging strategy, has set out the pathway to support EV users with accessible charge points across the Borough with an initial £100,000 investment. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The strategy, submitted to cabinet today (Thursday, July 14) supports the council’s climate change plan by encouraging […]

UK’s first off-grid bus station opens in Wellington, Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council opened the UK’s first bus station to generate its own electricity, in a bid to further reduce the carbon footprint of the borough and meet our ambitious target for net zero by 2030. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: The council has worked with suppliers Etesian Green and Journeo to create an ‘off-grid’ […]

Council’s new FREE climate action tool proving a hit with local businesses

A new digital tool which helps companies to operate more sustainably is already proving a hit with local businesses in Telford and Wrekin. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: Cool Shropshire and Telford is a sustainability initiative providing free environmental support to local micro businesses and SMEs. Sponsored by Telford & Wrekin Council and […]

Telford and Wrekin Council completes Big Spring Clean

The Big Pride in Our Community Spring Clean-up saw sustained activity from Telford and Wrekin Council to make the borough clean, green and safe. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: “Teams were out to cutting grass, strimming vegetation, managing shrub beds, emptying bins, picking up litter, sweeping roads and cycleways, enforcing standards and […]

Telford Trees for the Jubilee

Ahead of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Telford & Wrekin Council along with the borough’s Town & Parish Councils, have been busy planting special Jubilee trees over the last few months to recognise the historic occasion. Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom: “The project has been undertaken as part of The […]

BBC Panorama Terracycle report could put off community participation

An interesting report from Panorama highlights issues with the Terracycle recycling initiative including the difficulty of participation with drop-off points in the community. The report shown on TV on the 30th May focused on London and indicated that many drop off points collect just a single item. This suggested it could be difficult for the […]

One year on community orchard flourishes after council investment

“12 months after receiving investment, a long forgotten Donnington orchard has been regenerated as a community facility with help from a council-led initiative and a dedicated group of volunteers. The Liz Clare community Orchard, named after the long standing Donnington ward member of 41 years, was planted by Yugoslavian refugees around the 1940s and recently […]

AO Recycling praises council for business support after gold award success

“A leading UK recycling company which has received ongoing support from Telford & Wrekin Council is continuing to go from strength-to-strength after landing an internationally-recognised accolade. AO Recycling, based at Halesfield 15, Telford has received The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award for demonstrating high health and safety standards. It is […]

Win-win for climate and community as council launches new crowd-funding opportunity

“Telford & Wrekin Council has launched the West Midlands’ first Community Municipal Investment (CMI) today, meaning local people can now invest directly in a greener, more sustainable future for all.” – Read the full article on Telford and Wrekin Council’s website. The first Telford & Wrekin Climate Action Investment is open now, and it lets […]

Try your hand at Citizen Science

Citizen science is when research is conducted, wholly or partly, by members of the public, who don’t need to have a science background. Citizen science is sometimes described as “public participation in scientific research”, and can have benefits both ways: advancing scientific knowledge by increasing capacity to undertake research, as well as increasing our own understanding of science. Latest blog post from Zero […]

How to help Shropshire’s youngest citizens avoid climate anxiety

Guest blog by Deborah Murphy – Generation Zero Carbon Shropshire: Rising climate anxiety amongst the young Eco- or Climate Anxiety is a growing phenomenon. According to an article by Jonathan Webb and Denis Campbell (The Guardian: 20.11.21) ‘more than half of child and adolescent psychiatrists in England are seeing patients distressed about the state of […]

If you care about bees should you eat honey?

Guest article on honey and bees by Michelle D’Arcy Jewell from The Vegan Hub: I’ve had a few people suggest that if they stopped eating honey then it would cause a decline in the number of bees and that would be catastrophic for the environment. I can totally understand why people might think this, after […]

Shropshire Council take measures to monitor and reduce Shrewsbury air pollution

Guest blog by Generation Zero Carbon Shropshire: In response to 2021 air pollution levels in Shrewsbury approaching or exceeding the national UK average, several initiatives and projects are in place to monitor and reduce air pollution in the town centre. Earthsense real-time pollution map To aid public information and education regarding air pollution, air quality […]

Severn Trent vows to get River Positive to help drive health of Britains’s rivers

Severn Trent has announced a Get River Positive Plan: five pledges to transform river water quality across their region.     “The commitments are a clear and actionable response to calls for a revival of rivers in England.  Central to the pledges is a commitment that work carried out by the company will ensure storm overflows […]

For peat’s sake…

Latest blog post from Zero Carbon Shropshire: What is peat and why WAS it important to humans? Peat is a wonderful thing.  But it is in many ways a victim of its own success.  Let me explain. Peat is a soil-like substance made of accumulated dead plant material, mainly Sphagnum moss, that has grown in […]

Soya, veganism and the environment

Guest article looking at Soya and alternatives. By Michelle D’Arcy Jewell from The Vegan Hub, Shrewsbury: Vegans are often told that the are a big contributor to environmental problems because of the amount of soya that they eat. Firstly there is no denying that growing soya is harming the environment. Masses of rainforests have been […]

Generation Zero Carbon Shropshire

At Mossy.Life we like to introduce you to individuals and organisations who are doing their bit for the planet. This week our focus is on Generation Zero Carbon Shropshire: Generation Zero Carbon Shropshire aims to empower the next generation of Shropshire’s decision makers to create and support the necessary measures outlined in the Zero Carbon […]

Shrewsbury weekend traffic reduction trial to continue until October

“The trial low-traffic scheme which has seen parts of Shrewsbury town centre closed to vehicles on weekends is to continue until at least October 2022 after proving popular with businesses and residents.” “Since 20 November 2021, Wyle Cop (uphill), High Street and Shoplatch have been closed to through-traffic from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and […]

Recycle More Plastic

Guest blog by Sally Lancaster from Generation Zero Carbon Shropshire We are all used to taking our own reusable bags to the supermarket these days. However, there is something else we should all remember to bring with us when we do the weekly food-shop….. our plastic packaging! An easy way to recycle more plastic. Perplexing […]

Tree planting promise in exchange for council tax ebilling sign-ups

“People in Shropshire can now support tree planting efforts by opting to receive their council tax bills electronically. Shropshire Council is promising to extend its existing Community Tree Scheme to plant at least one additional tree for every household that opts out of council tax paper billing and switches to council tax ebilling. Ebilling is […]

Volunteers help Ellesmere’s toads to cross the roads

“Two roads in Ellesmere will be partially closed overnight until the end of April [2022] to help toads in the  area to head back to their breeding ponds after hibernation. From 26 February to 30 April short sections of Swan Hill and Caegoody Lane will be closed between 7pm and 5am. Meanwhile, a local group […]

Tree planted to mark success of carbon-neutral highways maintenance programme

“A field maple tree has been planted on the Column roundabout in Shrewsbury to mark the completion of Shropshire Council’s £1m carbon-neutral highways maintenance programme – the first such programme in the UK. It’s in addition to hundreds of other trees that have been – or will be – planted in rural parts of Shropshire […]

Can a vegan diet really be planet friendly?

Interesting guest article by the knowledgeable Michelle D’Arcy Jewell from The Vegan Hub: Being vegan might not necessarily seem to be better for the environment. If you are used to buying your meat from the butcher without plastic packaging, and milk in glass bottles from the milkman you might think you are doing the best […]

Highways Team go the whole hog with sustainable maintenance

“From pothole repairs and grass cutting to winter maintenance and flood water pumping, Telford and Wrekin Council’s latest trial of a ‘Hydrohog’ will go even further in helping reduce its carbon footprint, as part of long-term sustainability initiatives. If adopted, the multi-purpose, hydrogen powered, compact tractor will use cutting-edge technology for repairs with the council […]

Telford & Wrekin shortlisted at the Keep Britain Tidy Awards

“The council’s entry for the Great British Spring Clean has led to Telford & Wrekin being shortlisted as finalists for the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards 2022.  The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 10 February at Birmingham’s prestigious Hilton Metropole where the winners will be announced. Beating stiff competition from across the country, […]

The Ercall takes centre stage in Local Nature Reserve photo competition

“Telford & Wrekin Council have announced the winners of its My Walk Today photo competition, with The Ercall featuring in both the adult and under-16s winning entries. The competition, launched by the council in December to coincide with the school Christmas holidays, encouraged people to visit the borough’s 17 Local Nature Reserves over the holiday […]

Telford groups work together to reduce waste

Climate Action Hub Telford are working with both Transition Telford and Telford Repair Cafe this Spring. Providing sustainability events in January and February in a bid to reduce waste in the Borough. Gift and household swaps – 29th January On 29th February the group will be offering a Gift and Household Item Swap event at […]

FREE Carbon Literacy course available for Shropshire householders

Save Our Shropshire CIO (SOS) is offering a free Carbon Literacy course to individuals and Parish or Town Councils throughout Shropshire. The aim is to help increase understanding of Climate Change and empower communities to make a difference. Save Our Shropshire CIO SOS was founded in July 2021 – a charity dedicated to increasing people’s […]

Shropshire Good Food Partnership launches its Good Food Charter

We are at a critical moment in time. A lack of meaningful leadership is failing huge segments of the population and the planet. We must create the change we know is needed ourselves. Addressing the challenges within the food system is a great way to start. Food touches all our lives and has impacts on […]

Shropshire business shows the way in tackling climate change

Guest post by Kevin Oubridge, Accelerated Success and Zero Carbon Shropshire Businesses from across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin met up in late September to discuss a hot topic leading up to COP26 in Glasgow, climate change. Scientists agree climate change has been caused by greenhouse gases that humans have been pumping into the atmosphere […]

September in the Homegrown Garden

Tips and ideas for your homegrown vegetable garden by the knowledgeable Theresa from Homegrown Market Garden… Well there’s definitely a nip in the air now and with the need to close greenhouse doors comes a reminder that autumn is well and truly in the offing. Not to be dismayed though as the growing season is […]

Telford & Wrekin growing trees for the future

Telford and Wrekin Council launch a new Seeds4TW project, promoting the collection and planting of tree seeds through the borough. As part of the Sustainable Telford and Wrekin project, a new webpage has been set up and launched to help promote borough residents to get involved in planting trees for the future. In line with […]

Telford manufacturer commits to become carbon neutral by 2030

One of Europe’s largest manufactures of household waste bags has taken a step towards its climate commitment by powering its Telford factory and offices in Paris with 100 percent renewable energy. The bags produce by Cedo are already made from recycled plastics, and the Telford based manufacturer sends zero manufacturing waste to landfill. The swap […]

August in the Homegrown Garden

Tips and ideas for August for your homegrown vegetable garden by the knowledgeable Theresa from Homegrown Market Garden… With lots of harvesting underway this month it might be easy to forget that there are still jobs to do and new crops to plant! As we remove plants that have finished for the season it’s a […]

Home needed for Telford Climate Emergency Centre

A group of climate volunteers are seeking a home for Telford’s Climate Emergency Centre (CEC), a new community based initiative. “THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EMPTY BUILDINGS AS INSPIRATIONAL COMMUNITY HUBS FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE AND PLANET.” CECs exist in a variety of forms around the country, some in small empty retail shops, others in large […]

The Little Green Pantry opens high street store

Wellington takes another step towards a sustainable town centre with it’s first zero waste high street store. Telford’s first zero waste shop The Little Green Pantry started in 2019 with a Crowdfunder project set up by owner Keli King. Initially running from pop up stands at fetes and festivals, doing doorstep deliveries and regular market […]

July in the homegrown garden

July is a lovely month in the garden as we get to enjoy some of our early harvests alongside having some generally great weather, much loved by plants and home growers alike. It’s a time when our vegetables really start to mature, kales are large and leafy, colourful lettuces ready for the table and fresh […]

Shropshire estate becomes official release site for Cuan Wildlife

Bradford Estates covers around 12,000 acres of Shropshire countryside and has partnered with wildlife rescue charity Cuan Wildlife to allow more animals to be released back into their natural habitats. Fran Hill and Deb Bolger from Cuan Wildlife visited Bradford Estates, which is based on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. The partnership will allow rehabilitated wildlife to […]

£15.9 million grant scheme available to create new woodlands

A new grant scheme for landowners has been launched create woodlands that boost biodiversity, support rivers, and provide public access. £15.9 million funding from The Forestry Commission will support the creation of new woodlands. This includes planting new trees, alongside allowing trees to self seed and grow. This natural woodland regeneration improves habitats for wildlife […]

Telford & Wrekin take part in Great British Spring Clean

Telford & Wrekin Council and local communities are coming together to support Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean and calling on others to lend a hand too. This year’s event runs until 13 June, and there are plenty of litter picks happening in local communities across the borough. Councillors, council staff, Street Champions, […]

June Vegan Vibes

Guest Article by Michelle D’Arcy Jewell Not Just Food Going vegan isn’t just about changing your diet. There are lots of other aspects you need to think about too. A lot of toiletries contain animal products and some are produced by companies that still test on animals. It might be a good time to consider […]