Shared Resources and Templates

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Managing Your School Grounds for Wildlife

This pack is for anyone who wants to improve biodiversity within a school setting, whilst also promoting nature-based learning and play.


Making changes within schools can be challenging however, the benefits to children from introducing areas of wildlife are hugely impactful to their development and wellbeing.


This pack will guide you through the steps to consult, plan & implement a successful project with practical
advice, inspiring ideas, and suggestions.

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The Climate & Ecological Crisis - What's all the fuss about? RECORDING

Re-watch our 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 subject followed by a Q&A. Click below to watch!

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Yeovil Rec - Sustainable Land Management Case Study 

As part of its sustainable land management programme, SSDC hope to demonstrate that recreational and sporting facilities can go hand in hand with nature conservation and environmental sustainability, as well as showing that with the right design, even small areas of green space can provide benefits. Changes have been made to the grass cutting regime to encourage wildflowers, as well as reducing herbicide chemical usage. Click below to read more!

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Green Charter - Langport Town Council

The purpose of a Green Charter is to formally agree a set of values and behaviours that a Parish or Town Council will follow with regards to the environment. This example from Langport Town Council provides a template to follow if looking to implement a similar policy. It can be applied to cover business engagement and contracts, as well as to those hiring council facilities.

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Get your business to Net Zero with

Plan it with Purpose Hub

Small and medium-sized companies are responsible for around half of the total carbon emissions from UK businesses. It doesn't have to be overwhelming. There are tangible and achievable steps that small businesses can take to play a role in tackling the climate emergency. If you're ready to start or improve the impact your business makes on the planet, visit the Plan It With Purpose campaign hub to discover tailored resources.

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IMPACT

Impact, the parish-level carbon emission estimator, gives parishes and small communities usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to interpret and easy to share. It tells you how people in the parish travel and heat their homes, and other activities in the area that contribute to the local carbon emissions total. This tool was developed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy as part of their Climate Emergency Support Programme and as part of the South West Environment and Climate Action Network.

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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. Designed for use by community groups, local landowners, Parish and Town Councils, schools and youth groups it provides a structure for how local communities can better understand what they already have in terms of biodiverse habitats as well as how to plan for developing greater biodiversity and nature based carbon sequestration in the future. ​The Toolkit also signposts to many other organisations which can assist communities in delivering their aims and objectives.

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Low Cost Energy Improvements to Community Buildings

The following tips could help you reduce the amount of energy used in your community building for
little or no cost and cut the amount of money you spend on fuel bills.

Many of these tips will require
building users to change their behaviour so you might want to consider putting up signs around the building to reinforce your message. Others require installing small and inexpensive energy efficiency measures.

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Woodland and Meadow Management Plan - Ash PC

The purpose of the woodland and meadow management plan is to provide a coherent approach to the maintenance and management of the site. It aims to ensure the provision of a good quality space that is accessible and well connected to the surrounding area, attractive and safe, and contributes to local biodiversity. Click below to view an example 5-year  management plan from Ash Parish Council for the Millennium Wood. 

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SMEs: The Journey to Net Zero Conference

Click below to read a summary of the FSBs recent virtual conference on SMEs: The Journey to Net Zero. A recent FSB study found that 69% of SMEs are committed to tackling the climate emergency - but good intentions often clash with the reality of business and there is a lot of work still to do! The summary includes detail of opportunities, grants and case-studies from a variety of business sectors.

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Parish Environment - Spring Resource Pack

We know many of our residents and Environment Champions have great ecological knowledge, but following a catch-up with our countryside rangers, we decided to pull together a short pack that covers the subjects that might be worth considering during Spring each year. The ideas are designed to help if you need them and cover topics such as tree planting, preparing ground for wildflowers, & providing space for wildlife ponds.

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Community Buildings DIY Energy Audit

Undertaking a DIY energy survey is a sensible starting point when assessing how to reduce energy use in your community building.

 

Click below for details of the Energy Audit process to help you to identify and prioritise appropriate, cost-effective improvements. This can form the basis of a carbon reduction action plan for your hall. Watch the introductory video here.

A list of funding sources to support improvements to community buildings is available here.

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SSDC Community Grants Webinar RECORDING

On 12th January, our Environment Team was joined by Adrian Moore from our Locality service to inform how SSDC Community Grants can benefit local environment projects, including ciritera, how to apply and examples of previous projects funded by SSDC Community Grants.

 

 

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Example: Somerset Parish Tree Policy - Baltonsborough PC

Trees and hedgerows are an important part of our landscape, however they are at threat from disease, development and poor management. Click below to view a Parish Tree Policy template that you can develop for your own parish. This is based on the Tree Policy template produced by Reimagining the Levels, which is supported by the Somerset Climate Emergency Strategy.  Also see the National Tree Charter for inspiration here.

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Wildflower Verge Conservation - Webinar

Re-watch SSDC's online webinar on wildflowers and hear about our No Mow Conservation Trials. Listen to talks from Plantlife's Dr Kate Petty (3:36 mins), SSDC's Horticultural lead Steve Fox (41:16 mins) and Parish environment Champion Jem Langworthy (1:08:52 mins). The aim was to start thinking about managing our marginal grasslands/ verges in a different light, which will result in more wildflower areas across the district. Get inspired!

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The Great Collaboration Platform

We are encouraging Parish Councils to utilise the ‘Great Collaboration’ interactive online platform, which tracks and captures information about the carbon reduction actions that individuals, business, community groups and schools in your local community are taking and planning. A "personalised" platform for each participating parish council will be made available to communities as a link from a parish council’s existing local website. Click below for details!