Climate & Nature Emergency


Freshford Parish Council has declared a Climate Emergency (summer 2019) and this November it unanimously declared an Ecological Emergency.

These declarations mean that all Parish Council decisions going forward will be viewed through the dual lenses of ‘Is this good for the climate and ecology of Freshford and all its residents, both now and in the future?’.

Science and Government agree that radical action over the next decade is critical in order to stop the decline of wildlife and  ecosystems and to reduce emissions that are driving climate change.

The Freshford Community Forum highlighted that the village believes it can respond positively to this situation, and that taking action will enhance our health and well-being and that of our natural world.

Community Forum

The Community Forum was held on 28 January 2021. Questionnaires were sent out in advance of the meeting and although the forum had to be held on-line there was fantastic engagement from the village and lots of ideas for action.

The details can be seen here: Community Forum Page.

Action Plan

The action plans bring together the results from the questionnaire and discussions groups at the forum. 

The aim of the action plan is to identify the key initiatives that the village would like to take forward. Now it's up to all of us in the community to make it happen - please get in touch if you want to get involved.

The following initiatives were raised by more than one discussion group:
  • Community Renewable Energy initiative
  • Reduction in Home Energy Usage
  • Planning Policy to better support the Climate Emergency and Nature Emergency
  • Communication, information and guidance
  • Friends of Freshford Tyning Proposal

The initial analysis of the discussion groups is described in the following document: Draft Action Plan.

Parish Council

Climate Emergency Resolution
  • Freshford PC resolves to recognise the existence of a climate emergency.
  • The PC fully supports the B&NES declaration on the climate emergency.
  • The PC will work with the Freshford community and community organisations, B&NES and other parish councils to establish specific local initiatives that will contribute to and enhance all aspects of our locality including transport, the built environment, the natural environment, ecology and renewable energy.

Nature Emergency Resolution
  • Resisting the destruction of habitats through planning policy and development management
  • Identifying appropriate areas for habitat restoration
  • Collaborating with the community to improve ecological literacy and encourage greater biodiversity, tree-planting and management
  • Working with partners locally and regionally to drive coordinated leadership and collaborative action

Aims and Objectives
  • To become a community that is sustainable and carbon free – by 2030.
  • To work inclusively with other bodies and other parish councils.
  • To fully support B&NES and central Government to meet climate and ecology deadlines.

Key Points 
  • The current situation is unprecedented
  • There is no previous experience to draw on
  • There are no templates to follow
  • We are ALL in this together
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