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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


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


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


Back to School - 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


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


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


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


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

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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


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


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 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


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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