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Reflecting on SSDC's Environment Achievements 

We've been creating the new 2022-2023 environment action plan and the process has given us the opportunity to reflect on what environment projects have already been achieved to date.

This video shows just some of the highlights – there were too many to showcase them all, but we hope it gives you a snapshot of some of the great work delivered so far.

 

Please click on the button below to view.

March 2022

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Levelling up the Conversation: The Environment in the SW

Watch an exciting panel question time event on the 2021 Environment Act; what it means where you live, and its implementation in the South West. The panel includes Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Environment; Tessa Munt, former MP for Wells and current Somerset County Councillor, Ceorgia Stokes, CEO of Somerset Wildlife Trust, and Sir Tim Smit, Co-Founder Eden Project.

Topics covered include:

-How the Environment Act 2021 will be implemented at the local level?

-How does it fit within the Government's wider strategy for the domestic environment? and

-What is the role of civil society in the conservation agenda?

March 2022

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Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP's) NEW Repair & Reuse Service

A new mobile repair and reuse service will be hitting the road this summer. The customised van will be travelling the county supporting Somerset’s network of repair groups and cafes in their work to fix all things electrical. From toasters to tablets, record players to remote controls – if it has a plug or takes batteries, this project is about giving it a new lease of life. Providing practical help, useful tools and a PAT testing service, the van will encourage people to get things fixed & reused rather than throw them away or recycle. Read more.

February 2022

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Somerset County Council asks residents to pledge to cut carbon

SCC is calling on residents to join the county’s fight against climate change by ‘cutting the carbon’ in 2022 and pledging to reduce our own carbon footprint. The County Council and the four district councils have all declared a climate emergency and set ambitious goals for Somerset to become a carbon neutral county by 2030. They have also produced a series of films showing great eco projects happening across the county here.

January 2022

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Local Authority Delivery scheme improves energy efficiency of 28 park homes in Somerset

South Somerset, Mendip, Sedgemoor and Somerset West and Taunton district councils worked together with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to secure funding to deliver energy efficiency improvements for park homes across Somerset.

December 2021

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SSDC country parks retain Green Flag status

Volunteers and rangers are raising three Green Flag Awards this year at Ham Hill, Yeovil Country Park and Chard Reservoir, allowing SSDC to retain the award for the 16th consecutive year! Ham Hill has also achieved the much coveted Green Heritage Accreditation, supported by Historic England, for the management of its historic features.

October 2021

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Home Improvement and Energy Efficiency Loans

We are pleased to announce that SSDC has partnered with Lendology, an FCA regulated financial services company based in Taunton, Somerset, to offer home improvement, energy efficiency and renewable energy loans to our local residents. Click below for details.

September 2021

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IPCC Climate Report warns of 1.5 degree warming sooner

Ahead of COP26 in November, the IPCC has released their most comprehensive climate report to date, confirming beyond any reasonable doubt that climate change from human activity is a fact. For further details click below.

August 2021

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SSDC "No Mow" Conservation Verge trials

SSDC are implementing No Mow Trials, by letting the flowers bloom and species prosper across certain SSDC-owned spaces, ensuring the areas provide a vital source of sustenance for our pollinators and new habitat for all species.

July 2021

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SSDC grant helps reintroduce Watervoles 

South Somerset District Council has awarded Ferne Animal Sanctuary a community grant of £950 as part of a £2,950 project to reintroduce water voles to the sanctuary.

July 2021

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Somerset Retrofit Accelerator Community Renewal Fund programme

The Green Register is offering 30 fully funded retrofit training places for construction professionals based in Somerset. Learners meeting the eligibility criteria will benefit from training with The Green Register’s online Futureproof Essentials training course, which provides knowledge on the key aspects of sustainable construction and retrofit.

 

The funded places are available through the Somerset Retrofit Accelerator project to support householders seeking energy-efficient renovation for their homes and to train construction professionals – contractors, trades, builders’ merchants, architects and others – to gain skills in retrofit.

March 2022

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Climate and Ecological Crisis? What's all the fuss about?

 

Watch SSDC's recent webinar!

Catch up on our exciting presentation from David Ramsden MBE of his talk: 'Climate and Ecological Crisis? What's all the fuss about?'. There's been quite a lot in the news recently about extreme weather, and a lot of fuss is being made about 'climate change'. There are also people talking about an 'ecological crisis' which, they say, might even become a problem for us here in Britain. The talk provides an easy-to-follow introduction to the whole subject followed by a Q&A. Click below!

March 2022

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Yeovil Library Decarbonisation Project Completed

Yeovil Library has undergone a transformation to make the building greener and more energy efficient as part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to decarbonise its buildings.

The project has seen a new air source heat pump installed to heat the building in a more sustainable way, lamps changed to LEDs, new thermally efficient windows, improved ventilation with carbon dioxide monitors, and significant additional insulation. 

February 2022

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Retrofit Bruton and Cary - Advice for Homeowners

Many people want to invest in their homes to make them warmer, healthier and more comfortable. If this is done in the right way, savings on energy bills can help pay for the improvements and do something great for the environment. But it’s not always easy to know where to start. Retrofit Bruton and Cary is here to help homeowners in Bruton, Castle Cary and immediately neighbouring parishes; giving clear, impartial and free advice to help you plan & deliver exactly the right improvements for your home.

January 2022

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Green School Grants Now Available

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) are offering their first ever Eco-School grants. As part of its commitment to encourage waste reduction, reuse and recycling, SWP is offering grants of £500 to up to 50 schools to help them participate in the Eco Schools Programme. Full details and how to apply click below.

November 2021

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Get ready for the plastic packaging tax

New plastic tax comes into force next April, as an economic incentive for businesses to use recycled plastic when producing plastic packaging.  Businesses Be ready! Sign-up now for ‘HMRC’s Get Ready for Plastic Packaging Tax Webinars’ to learn  what you need to do before the tax comes into force.

October 2021

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The Big Community 'Renewable Energy' Switch

SSDC are promoting the Big Community Energy Switch for residents in South Somerset to switch to 100% renewable electricity at home. It’s hassle-free, there’s no obligation to switch, and the only thing you’ll notice is a lower energy bill. For more details and to sign up before the 11th October, visit here.

September 2021

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Parish Community Facilities Fund

Funding for Parishes to improve their community facilities is available – this could include improving the energy efficiency and/ or heating of the buildings. Grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 are available until end of Sept 2021. For details see below. 

August 2021

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Back to School - Top 10 Eco Tips!

It's that time of year again! Before you head out and buy new school equipment, is there a way you can do things more sustainably? Check out these great eco-tips for going back to school.

August 2021

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Welcome to the South Somerset Community Biodiversity Toolkit

The South Somerset Community Biodiversity Tookit has been developed to allow communities to take the lead in defining & restoring biodiversity in their community. It's packed with information, ideas and helpful resources to enable you and your community to create an environmental plan and deliver it! 

This toolkit is designed to provide information that, when combined with your enthusiasm, skills and energy, could deliver projects that will have the greatest environmental benefits. Download the toolkit here:

 

  • Community Biodiversity Toolkit: Overarching Guidance

  • A1: Planning and Engagement

  • A2: Developing your plans

  • A3: Delivery and Practical Tips

March 2022

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Calling all retrofit pioneers!

Looking for retrofit early adopters! Have you made energy efficiency improvements to your home and would like to share your story?

We are looking for homeowners in Somerset who have made changes to their home, to share their knowledge and experiences with others through a series of online open homes events. These events are part of the Somerset Retrofit Accelerator project, an initiative to develop the supply chain for low carbon, whole house retrofit of homes in Somerset. If you think this is something you might like to do or would like more information please fill out the form below.

March 2022

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Green Homes Grants available (LAD Phase 2)

Residents across South Somerset can benefit from free energy efficiency improvements worth up to £10,000 thanks to a Government funded programme. To be eligible for the grants the residents of the property must have a low income (receive benefits or have the household income below £30,000 per annum) and the EPC for the property must be rated D, E, F or G.

 

If you think you might be eligible, you can submit an application here: www.heatsomerset.co.uk

January 2022

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Great Parish Wildflower Seed Giveaway is live!

Parishes across South Somerset can benefit from free wildflower seeds as part of SSDC’s Parish Wildflower Seed Giveaway. We are asking as many parishes and landowners as possible to get involved and identify sites that would best suit an area for wildflowers in your community. Where could your community go wild? To apply complete the application form at the link below.

December 2021

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SSDC joins UK100 & Countryside Climate Network

South Somerset District Council has joined UK100 – a coalition of the most ambitious local leaders in the UK who are committed to achieving Net Zero further and faster than national targets.

October 2021

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SSDC Launches Green Business Survey

In an effort to understand where our business community is at with addressing the climate and ecological emergency SSDC are asking local businesses in South Somerset to take part in a short survey. For more details and to complete the survey, click below.

October 2021

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Retrofit Bruton and Cary gets down to business

The Retrofit Bruton and Cary Project goes live on 4 October, with the aim of giving impartial advice to homeowners and private landlords in Bruton, Castle Cary and the surrounding parishes about carbon-efficient ways of improving their homes. Visit the website here or click below for further details.

 

September 2021

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Sustainability at Yeovil Recreation Centre

A range of environmental improvements have been made at SSDC's Yeovil Recreation Centre to highlight how recreational and sporting facilities can go hand in hand with nature conservation and environmental sustainability. 

August 2021

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Why litter bins are not always the answer

After a spate of anti-social littering at the site at Ham Hill Country Park in the summers of 2017 and 2018, we were forced to rethink how to address an ever-increasing litter problem at the heritage site.

July 2021

Get SuSSed is our monthly e-newsletter that keeps you up to date with all projects linked to our environment strategy, plus local eco stories, initiatives, education and advice on resources. You can visit the Get SuSSed section of our website and view the current and previous copies of the newsletter. 

 

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