Category Environment

Planning a journey in Somerset? Think Travel can help

A new one-stop travel information website has been launched by Somerset County Council to support more local people to access public and community transport. If you don’t own a car – or you want to leave it at home and travel more sustainably, Think Travel can help you with your transport options. Whether it’s getting […]

Minehead Library reopens after major refurbishment

Minehead Library has officially reopened in Bancks Street after significant refurbishment to make the facilities more accessible, modern, and energy efficient. When the library opened in 1962 it won a Civic Trust Award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building was in need of upgrading. The roof was at the end of its […]

Duke of Edinburgh Award students plant trees for the Jubilee

Six Somerset students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award planted some new trees as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The youngsters were fortunate enough to have a selected a glorious spring day for the occasion as they planted the new trees at the SSE Outdoors Centre in Kilve. The trees were planted […]

Government climate change advisers on fact-finding trip to Somerset

Experts who advise the Government on emission targets have visited Somerset to find out more about the local challenges of tackling climate change. Somerset has set ambitious targets to become carbon neutral by 2030 – but as a large rural county faces a very different challenge to urban areas. The Climate Change Committee (CCC), the […]

Growing businesses and cutting carbon with £1.5m investment

Somerset businesses have the chance to benefit from a new £1.5m to drive economic recovery from the impacts of the Covid pandemic, and benefit the environment at the same time. Somerset County Council is launching the Growth Accelerator Fund, where successful businesses will be awarded grants to help boost their prospects in ways that also […]

Building for the future with the Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund

Children in Stogumber have been learning about things we can do to combat the impacts of climate change in the village’s new outdoor nature shelter. The new outdoor learning space is one of 43 community projects that have been funded through Somerset County Council’s £1.5m Climate Emergency Community Fund to help make the county more […]

Check in on your neighbours as storm clear-up continues

Somerset County Council is asking residents to check on their neighbours as the clear-up operation continues following a weekend of extreme weather. Storms Eunice and Franklin have caused widespread disruption across Somerset, with a number of residents still without power. Somerset County Council has been working with power companies and a number of partners – […]

Somerset leads the way on climate action

Somerset County Council has been ranked as the top county council in the UK when it comes to taking a lead on climate change. Climate Emergency UK has ranked all 409 local authorities, scoring them against nine categories, including how well councils’ plans would mitigate the impact of climate change locally, whether the climate and […]

Grant scheme to help make homes more energy efficient extended

A grant available to help Somerset people benefit from energy efficient installations worth up to £10,000 has been extended until June 2022. Funded by the Government, the Green Homes Grant Scheme allows eligible homeowners to apply for vouchers to install climate-friendly energy saving measures such as insulation, air source heat pumps, or double glazing. The […]

Make a pledge to ‘cut the carbon’ in 2022 

Somerset County Council is calling on residents to join the county’s fight against climate change by ‘cutting the carbon’ in 2022. The County Council and the four district councils have all declared a climate emergency and set ambitious goals for Somerset to become a carbon neutral county by 2030. Now, as a new year begins, […]