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

Pollinators Throughout Amersham

May 23, 2022

Over the next couple of weeks volunteers and Amersham Town Council staff will be out planting a mixture of pollinators beneath many of the road signs throughout Amersham. With over 2000 plugs ‘potted on’ we should see a splashes of colour one many corners of Amersham. If you happen to live close to one of […]

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The Bug Hotel Receives A New Living Roof!

May 18, 2022

Huge thanks to the Chilterns Green Gym (TCV – The Conservation Volunteers) for commencing work to attach a living roof to the (unofficial) largest bug hotel in Southern England. As ever Amersham Town Council is grateful for the efforts of Louisa Carlisle and those involved. So far, so good.

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Tulips Across The Town

April 19, 2022

I’m sure you’ll agree that the tulips that we planted beneath the street signs and along the verges, in partnership with the bloom volunteers, Chiltern’s Green Gym and Stony Dean School, are looking gorgeous in the spring sunshine! Thanks to all the residents that kindly sponsored many of the bulbs that we see beneath the […]

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The Great British Spring Clean

March 8, 2022

Want to do your bit to help keep Amersham clean? Passionate about protecting our local environment and wildlife? Then come along and ‘Clean for the Queen’ at our community litter pick, part of The Great British Spring Clean, on Saturday 2nd April, 9.30-11am. We will meet at two locations: beside St. Michael’s Church, Sycamore Road, […]

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