Category Environment

Planning Approval Granted to Somerset’s First Net Zero School

Last month, planning permission was granted for the new primary school at the Orchard Grove development in Taunton.  The school will serve the new community, with capacity for 420 pupils and 52 nursery places, and room to expand to accommodate an additional 210 children. An investment of £11.3 million has been secured to build the […]

Major incident declared over flood risk in Somerset 

The Environment Agency and the local authorities in Somerset have declared a major incident because of flood risk in the county. 

School time capsule marks an eco-build first for Somerset climate strategy

Pupils from St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury have marked a significant step in eco- building by burying a time capsule on the site of their new Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) base, the first of its kind in Somerset. The new ASC school building on the site of St Dunstan’s School is the first educational building […]

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 […]

Somerset Councils seek your views on trees

A consultation has been launched, the results of which will help influence what Somerset’s future landscapes will look like. Opinions are being sought from experts and non-experts alike. From people who deal with trees in their work every day, to those who walk the dog in a woodland occasionally – and everyone else in between! […]

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’. […]

County Council urges Government to accelerate action on phosphates

Somerset County Council is calling on the Government to urgently bring forward plans for water companies to upgrade their treatment plants to improve the removal of phosphates from sewage in rural areas – the so called “nutrient neutrality” policy. Councillor Ros Wyke, Somerset County Council’s Lead Member for Development and Assets has written to Greg […]