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We have the following strategies and policies relating the environment and climate change.

Climate and nature emergency

We declared a climate emergency on 17 July 2019. This means that the global climate is in a state of breakdown and this is an emergency.

Our climate and nature emergency strategy aims to:

  • make South Gloucestershire carbon neutral
  • maximise renewable energy
  • prepare for a changing climate
  • protect nature and increase biodiversity
  • plant trees to double tree canopy cover in our area

Green infrastructure

Green infrastructure (GI) is the term used to describe the natural environmental features of an area and the natural connections (or network) between these features.

Our Green Infrastructure Strategy explains our priorities, what we want to achieve and the action we will take to restore and improve our green spaces.

These actions include producing a green infrastructure and nature recovery action plan.

Our ragwort policy sets out how we how assess, and where appropriate, control the spread of ragwort.

Our plant biosecurity policy outlines our plans to improve plant biosecurity through reducing the spread of invasive non-native plant species, injurious weeds, and plant diseases across open spaces owned or managed by us.

Our pesticides policy sets out when we use pesticides and the steps we are taking to reduce our use of them. We have also produced a pollinator action plan to make more space for pollinators by allowing more wild plants to grow on land owned or managed by us.


Our waste strategy sets out our plans for the service. It makes sure that we continue to reach our recycling targets and provide a service focused on waste prevention and recycling more.

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