Shared Resources and Templates

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Somerset Parish Tree Policy - Baltonsborough PC

Trees, hedgerows and woods are an important part of our landscape, however they are at threat from disease, development and poor management. Click here to view an example 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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Yeovil Rec - Sustainable Land Management Case Study 

As part of its sustainable land management programme, SSDC hope to demonstrate that recreational & 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. Click below to read the case study & find out more!

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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. For more details and to sign up, click below.

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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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Wildflower Verge Conservation - Webinar

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

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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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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.