In December 2018 Stroud Town Council made a resolution declaring a climate emergency and committed to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.
We also made a commitment to seeking ways to facilitate and encourage our community in reducing direct and indirect CO2 emissions and to become resilient to changes caused by the changing climate.
We have created these pages to share information about the steps we have taken or are progressing towards our climate change goals. We hope that the information provided will be useful to residents, businesses and organisations in our town, and potentially other councils who share our goals.
Creation of a Coppice Woodland
As part of Stroud Town Council's local actions to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies, we have recently planted two small "coppice" woodlands (or copses), one at Uplands Playing Field and another at The Leazes Playing Field. These copses will contribute towards the council's carbon reduction target, improve wildlife habitat and add much needed plant diversity to both parks.
These modest areas... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 12:20 by Admin team
Blue Hearts and Wild Spaces
With climate chaos an impending reality and all-too common news reports such as "analysis of 353 species of wild bee and hoverfly species found the insects have been lost from a quarter of the places they were found in 1980" we are trying to make a difference here in Stroud. With over 97% of wildflower meadows having been destroyed since the Second World War, it is time to reverse this decline.
We are... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2020 13:03 by Admin team
Cleaner Tools for a Brighter Future
In order to reduce our usage of fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel, we have been replacing power tools with cordless electric versions where this is possible.
To date we have bought the following cordless items:
2 leaf blowers
Vacuum cleaner (for glass and cigarette butts)
Whilst there are still some tasks that still need the oomph of a petrol strimmer, we expect the technology... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:21 by Admin team
Electric Bicycle & Cycle to Work Scheme
Back in 2016 we decided that the Green Spaces Manager did not always need to use a conventional vehicle, but Stroud is very hilly, so we decided to purchase a second-hand electric bicycle.
We bought the 'A2B' bike from a local supplier, eCycle. The bike has been invaluable for visiting sites and attending meetings, with the added benefits of some cardio-vascular exercise and free parking. It has clocked... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:17 by Admin team
Climate Change Resolution
Stroud Town Council's Climate Change Resolution
To facilitate the reduction of carbon emissions, the council resolved to:
- Commit to becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030, to include scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions2. Create a carbon audit and roadmap for achieving this aim by the end of 2019.
- Create a grant pot to encourage and enable carbon-reduction schemes within Stroud. The primary criterion for... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:29 by Admin team
Following on from the climate change resolution one of our first actions was the purchase of a second-hand Renault Kangoo ZE LL21 Maxi fully electric van.
The van, which was originally registered in 2014, had 10,000 miles on the clock and cost £6,950 plus VAT. The latest version can be found on the Renault website and in the Renault brochure.
Apart from the obvious benefit of no longer using petrol,... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:18 by Admin team