Category climate change

Council secures funding for greener roads maintenance trials

Funding to support projects focused on a greener approach to highways maintenance and construction has been awarded to Somerset County Council.

Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund open now

On Tuesday 20 December, the Government announced that the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Fund was open for applications. The fund is managed by the charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and village halls in England can now apply for grants to improve and modernise their facilities. Village halls interested in applying can request […]

Somerset primary school undergoes work to reduce its carbon footprint

Wookey Primary School near Wells has become the latest in a line of Somerset buildings to receive a ‘decarbonisation’ makeover as part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to making its buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The type of work carried out varies from building to building, but includes features such as cavity wall […]

Somerset powering forward as world leaders call for more renewable energy

Community solar projects and a green energy plan for Somerset are among the local actions taking place in response to the global climate emergency. World leaders attending the COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt this week are calling for a more urgent drive on delivering greater amounts of renewable energy. Here in Somerset, this call is […]

£300k boost for Somerset tree planting plans 

Ambitious plans to plant thousands of new trees in Somerset have received a £300,000 funding boost.  Planting significant numbers of new trees is a key part of Somerset’s Climate Emergency Strategy to help the county achieve its ambition of becoming net zero by 2030.  However, this isn’t as simple as just finding some spare land […]

Somerset DofE team receive Tree of Trees recognition for Jubilee support

Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award team has received a special tree from the Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ as a thank you for the valuable work the team does for the benefit of the community. Designed by artist Thomas Heatherwick, the Tree of Trees sculpture made up of 350 smaller British native trees […]

Work starts on vital A39 active travel corridor in West Somerset

Work commenced this week on a major piece of infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians travelling between Dunster and Minehead. Somerset County Council’s Highways Team is improving and widening an existing cycleway and footway running along the A39 between the two towns to ensure residents and visitors can travel safely by bike or foot. The £1 […]

Council steps in to save crucial bus services

Somerset County Council is funding vital replacement services on two key routes in the county due to be withdrawn by the operator. First West of England announced in the summer it was discontinuing the 126 service from Wells to Weston-super-Mare and evening services on Monday to Friday on the D2 between Bath and Frome from […]

Innovation Zone proposal could put Somerset “at the heart of the Green energy revolution” says council leader

Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed the Chancellors announcement that the Gravity site, just north of Bridgwater, could be part of one of the first of the Government’s new Investment Zones. Cllr Revans said: “We need to see the detail of how a new Investment Zone will work, but I am […]

Insight and collaboration at Somerset Climate Business Summit 2022

More than 60 local businesses joined the Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022 held at Queens College in Taunton on Wednesday 21 September. The event opened with a surprise flash mob choir performance from Year 4 & 5 students from Queen’s College, who performed an inspiring and poignant rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’. […]