Green planning award received by Essex County Council

Wed, 30/08/2023 - 16:40

Building with Nature has recognised the Essex Green Infrastructure Standards with award.

New large-scale solar energy development to benefit net zero

Mon, 17/07/2023 - 13:10

Development consent for Longfield Solar Farm, a 500MW solar and battery storage facility, is granted.

Plans for a new solar energy and battery storage facility in Essex which will help to meet national and local net zero targets have moved forward.

Development consent for Longfield Solar Farm, a 500MW solar and battery storage facility located in Chelmsford, has been granted by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Ambitious retrofit training programme wins second award of the year

Mon, 10/07/2023 - 15:48

Essex retrofit programme receives its second award in the space of a month at the Unlock Net Zero Live Awards 2023.


The Harlow and Tendring Retrofit Pipeline for Economic Renewal programme received the ‘Collaboration of the year – knowledge building and research’ award at the Unlock Net Zero Live Awards 2023.


Essex County Council and the Retrofit Academy CIC received the award for their partnership work on the tailored programme, which saw more than 240 residents receive fully funded retrofit qualifications.


Climate Action at Prettygate Schools

Fri, 07/07/2023 - 10:31


Earlier this year, Prettygate Schools undertook a comprehensive three-phase project to help pupils access outdoor learning opportunities and connect to nature.

The project began with pupils from all year groups contributing to the planting of 2,158 trees over a three-day period to create a new forest school.

The trees were funded through the Essex Forest Initiative, an ambitious tree-planting project from Essex County Council (ECC) that will see 375,000 trees planted in the county between 2019 and 2024.

£5.27m secured to help create healthier streets

Mon, 05/06/2023 - 15:39

Schemes to create healthy streets in five parts of Essex will go ahead after Essex County Council bid to Government’s Active Travel Fund 4 is successful.

Funding of more than £5 million has been secured to change the look and feel of public places in Essex, creating space for residents to travel differently. 

By encouraging people to walk and cycle - perhaps just once a week – residents will have increased choice in how they travel, helping them improve their health, and even save money on their transport costs.

New environmental status awarded to Essex County Council

Tue, 30/05/2023 - 10:00

Carbon Literacy Project has awarded Bronze accreditation to the council.

New app to support Essex’s fight against climate change

Mon, 22/05/2023 - 09:49

Free app will provide practical and cost-effective ideas on how residents can reduce their carbon footprint.

Walk more in May to mark National Walking Month

Fri, 05/05/2023 - 17:00

Essex County Council funds primary schools across the county to take part in Walk to School week.

The sustainable transport team at Essex County Council (ECC) is urging residents to take part in National Walking Month coordinated by walking charity Living Streets.

This includes Walk to School week, running from 15 and 19 May, which has the theme this year of “Walk with Wildlife”.

Mistley charity tree planting

Wed, 19/04/2023 - 09:11

Members of our team dug in at Acorn Village in Mistley, Manningtree, to join volunteers and residents planting an avenue of fruit trees.

This dynamic charity that is based upon Steiner Waldorf principles, provides care and support for adults with learning disabilities through residential and supported living facilities at Acorn Village and in the wider local community.