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

An Apple A Day….

September 29, 2022

Apples are very nutritious and right now they are plentiful. Many trees have a bumper crop this year. Let’s not let them go to waste! If you have an apple tree, and more apples than you can use, why not share you produce with others who would benefit too. Whether it’s putting a box out […]

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ATC To Join The Eco-Fair On Sat 24th Sept 2022!

September 21, 2022

We are pleased to confirm that Amersham Town Council will hold a stall at the Eco-Fair, taking place this Saturday (24th Sept) at the Amersham Free Church, from 10:30am-3:00pm. Our stall will be showing the conservation and sustainability work being carried out by the council. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Turning grey to green (and saving water)

August 3, 2022

We can take a variety of steps to re-use water, in the absence of much needed rain. Washing up water and other “grey” water can be poured onto outdoor plants instead of down the sink. Before you get into the shower, and while you wait for the water to run warm, you can collect the […]

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Amersham In Bloom – Thank You To All Involved!

July 27, 2022

Earlier today, we welcomed RHS Communities judges Richard Budge and Mary Bagley to Amersham. As part of the tour, we visited the jubilee pollinator bed and Met 1 in Amersham-on-the-Hill, Willow Wood, Pondwicks Community Orchard, and finally, the Memorial Gardens, where we completed the tour. To be chosen as one of only 46 UK villages, […]

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