Daventry Town Council's Actions to Combat Climate Change

Daventry Town Council's Actions to Combat Climate Change

On 26th July 2021, Daventry Town Council made a declaration of Climate Emergency and sought to create a plan to implement strategies to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

Working with partner Daventry Norse, wherever possible grounds maintenance equipment renewals were replaced with low emission mowers and electric powered equipment. Mowing schedules were reviewed and areas were left unmown to promote botanical diversity and pollinator habitats.

The Town Council also appointed an inland water specialist to clear up our ponds and waterways, to support the ecosystem and protect and encourage more wildlife.

Over ¼ of the Town Council staff walk to work and make it their mission to use recycled or recyclable products wherever possible.

Events were held in the summer of 2022 to educate and encourage residents to engage with and love the environment around them through attending sessions on bushcraft, forest schools and litter picking.

On 1st October 2022, Daventry Town Council held a Green Debate, inviting members of the community to add ideas and help shape a workable strategy to reduce the Town's carbon emissions. Following that meeting, connections have been made with the U3A Climate Change Group, who are now working with the Town Council to develop plans to manage land for nature. This includes plans to increase tree cover.

Working with a local zoology student and with the help of West Northamptonshire NORSE, 12 oak, 4 sycamore, 4 chestnut and 4 willows have been planted within our open spaces.

This is the start of a longer-term project to work with the community to make the Town's open spaces more sustainable and wildlife friendly.

Our next project is to identify areas that can be left uncut for the long term and areas that can be left uncut for 'No Mow May'.

If you want to get involved in a community project to tackle climate change and boost nature, email operations@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk

Posted: Tue, 21 Mar 2023 12:00 by Daventry Town Council

Tags: Tree Planting