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Congleton Green Working Group

Latest Update:

This group last met on the 24th June 2021. It is working on a priority list for reducing the carbon footprint of Congleton Town Council activities, based on a baseline data spreadsheet of activities. Creating a Green Living e-learning course for Congleton residents. Looking at possible off-setting local options for Congleton.

The following members sit on this Working Group :

Purpose: Congleton Town Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and set up the Congleton Green Working Group to lead initiatives that will drive the council’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2025 and work towards creating a sustainable and carbon neutral town.

Objectives:

  • Reduce the carbon footprint for the Town Council’s assets and Streetscape service
  • Through partnership working and engagement with the adjoining parishes plant and maintain 30,000 new trees by 2024
  • Review existing facilities for recycling and develop new where necessary
  • Develop and deliver a campaign(s) promoting the need and facilities for recycling
  • Create awareness of training opportunities
  • Maximise opportunities for the retention and enhancement of Green Open Spaces
  • Support the development and delivery of the Congleton Sustainability Group’s initiatives
  • To improve the air quality in Congleton

Achievements:

  • Met with representative from Cheshire East Council to achieve understanding and alignment
  • Initial calculation of the carbon footprint for CTC
  • Work has started on producing e-Green Learning for Congleton
  • Support of the Congleton tree-planting initiative

Partners: This group collaborates with the following:

  • Congleton Sustainability Group
  • Congleton Tree Planting Group
  • Congleton Partnership
  • Plastic Free Congleton
  • Active Travel Congleton
  • Cheshire East Council

Next Steps:

  • Finalise CTC baseline carbon footprint calculation, including procurement
  • Create an eLearning solution for the Sustainable Living in Congleton (SLIC) training course
  • Set carbon and other targets for the group
  • Plan Green Fayre, for when COVID-19 emergency is over

TREE PLANTING IN CONGLETON – CONGLETON TREE GROUP

Aim: A Tree Group has been established with the aim of planting 30,000 trees in the Congleton area over the next 5 years. Some of these trees will be on land owned by Cheshire East (CEC), but is hoped that Private Landlords and individuals will get involved. This is not part of the Green Working Group but has been added to this page as we know there is lots of interest in this project.

Recording Document: The Tree Group aims to keep an updated record of planting / planned planting so that everyone can review progress against our planned target. If anyone plants a tree to support this initiative please let us know by emailing us on info@congleton-tc.gov.uk

Our current figures are:

  • 3521 Planted Trees (August 2021)
  • 2153 Planted Hedgerow Plants (August 2021)
  • 2999 Planted Shrubs (August 2021)
  • Total: 8673

Map of Trees

Tree Preservation Orders (TPO)

A TPO is a legally enforceable order made by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to protect trees, groups of trees and woodland which make a contribution to the amenity in its area. The decision to make a TPO are made under powers contained in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Town and Country (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012.

The principal effect of a TPO is to make it an offence to cut down, uproot, top, lop, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a protected tree without the consent of the LPA. 

Cheshire East Council (CEC) is responsible for all aspects pertaining to TPO’s. See TPO pages on CEC website to find out:

For further information:

Email: trees@cheshireeast.gov.uk or Phone: 0300 123 5014.

Rewilding Congleton

In a bid to help combat the consequences of the UKs drastically declining insect population, Congleton Town Council, with support from residents is set to try out a new approach to grass cutting starting with 13 pilot areas.

The Council is determined to protect and improve Congleton’s natural environment and this simple change to its mowing regimes is a progressive move towards a better management of their grass areas to facilitate the ideal habitats for bees and other pollinating insects.

With a third of our food crops and as many as 87% of other plants pollinated by insects there is a lot to lose. Much of our wildlife, be it birds, bats, amphibians, small mammals, or fish rely on insects for food. Without them we risk the collapse of our natural world.

Besides it being a legal duty of the council, they are keen to conserve and enhance biodiversity within council manged areas. his is an exciting opportunity to create attractive open spaces for people and wildlife that will become an important local resource. Instead of mowing fortnightly to keep grass short and reducing flowers and wildlife from flourishing, we will look to alter the grass and flower mix to encourage the growth of diverse wildflowers. These areas will be cut twice a year to get rid of dead vegetation and prevent the plants from growing too tall. Residents living near to the 13 sites will be contacted and we are looking forward to working with them regarding the proposals

Sites proposed:

Bridgewater Close

Redfern Avenue

Hankinson Field

Hillfields Close – Top of the Park Wood

Longdown Road

Sterling Close – Completed

Derwent Drive

Lamberts Lane

Isis Close /Tamar Close

Windsor Avenue – Completed

Lady Warburtons Walk

Padgbury Lane – In progress

GET INVOLVED WITH CONGLETON GREEN

How you can help: Do you work with an environmental group that might have a contribution to make?  Do you have knowledge or ideas about the climate emergency or sustainability?  Please get in touch to send us your ideas or volunteer to help, email us info@congleton-tc.gov.uk.

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