Our Environment

We all value our environment, whether it’s the built or the natural environment. The Council is committed to looking after both, with climate change in mind. There are many ways in which residents and businesses can work together to support the environment.

This page aims to draw together useful information to assist in identifying ways in which we can, individually and collectively, look after our environment and help counter climate change.

Buildings (Homes and Energy)

ENERGY (Sources including renewables) Energy ( gas and electricity) are essential but the kind of energy used can make a big difference to the level of carbon emissions generated and therefore the impact on the climate. Renewable energy (e.g. from solar panels and wind farms) is not based on fossil fuels and so is much […]

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Carbon footprint and Climate

CARBON FOOTPRINT AND WHAT IT MEANS Global warming and the resulting change in the climate is attributed to excessive gas emissions over time. To combat climate change and its consequences (such as severe storms, flooding, and heatwaves) we need to reduce gas emissions. A carbon footprint corresponds to the whole amount of greenhouses gases or “GHGs” […]

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Consumers and Sustainability

We are all consumers: we all buy things and what we buy and where can make a big difference to our carbon footprint. Whether it is food, clothes, energy, a vehicle, we all “consume” every day. Buying less, and making it last longer, including making repairs, and buying secondhand can help. When you no longer […]

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Food and Farming

The global livestock industry accounts for 14% of annual greenhouse emissions, meat production has been devastating in some parts of the world e.g., Brazil, where the Amazon Forest has been destroyed to make way for cattle farms (Brazil exports 70% of the food it produces including beef in particular). Cutting down on red meat helps […]

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Gardens and Green Spaces

GARDENING Some gardening products and practices are not environmentally friendly. For example, a peat bog is very good at locking up carbon and conversely a peat based compost is not environmentally friendly. There are plenty of good peat-free composts on the market to choose from. Similarly weed killers and insecticides can have a very damaging […]

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Recycling and Repairs

RECYCLING There are lots of ways to recycle most things we consume these days. This includes plastics and packaging, paper, glass, electrical equipment, batteries, water filters and clothes to name but a few. It is important to remember, when you are throwing things away, to distinguish between what is relatively clean and can be recycled […]

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Transport including flying

There are a number of options available for travelling in and around Amersham, other than by a petrol or diesel vehicle which are more climate friendly, in that they entail lower or no carbon emissions. BUSES Amersham is on a number of bus routes. The links below list the bus timetables and give a map […]

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Water

Water is a very precious resource but most of us waste a lot on a daily basis. A SHOWER, NOT A BATH Running a bath takes about 35 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses about 12 gallons with an “average” shower head. You can save more water by cutting your shower time: every minute […]

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Recent News

Protecting our pollinators – ‘Bee aware of Asian Hornets’

May 24, 2024

Protecting our Pollinators- ‘Bee’ aware of Asian Hornets At this time of year we are enjoying the colours and textures of our many flowers and delight in seeing the honey bees and other pollinators at work. Sadly our honey bees are now facing a serious threat from an invasive species, the Asian Hornet. These are […]

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Climate Action Day – Saturday 23rd March

February 12, 2024

Students from Amersham School, Dr Challoner’s High School and Dr Challoners Grammar School (DCGS) are taking over this year’s Climate Action Day on Saturday 23rd March. We are currently finalising details but can tell you that there will be a clothes swap, toy swap and fashion show, plus displays from each school highlighting specific environmental […]

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Update From The Community Allotment

February 1, 2024

The girls from Alfriston School worked so hard at the community allotment last week, helping to clear lots of old, rotten wood before making a start on sanding the picnic table and bench, as well as entertaining everyone with some beautiful singing! The benefit of working with your hands on mental health is well documented. […]

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Looking For Budding Young Artists!

February 1, 2024

Do you know a budding artist aged 11 or under? Amersham in Bloom are inviting you to create one of two logos for either ‘Woodside Community Allotment’ or ‘Spud Club’, the soon-to-be launched children’s gardening club. The logos will be used for signage on site as well as for marketing purposes. Up for the challenge? […]

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