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.

Funding secured by Essex County Council for residential electric vehicle (EV) charging

Wed, 29/03/2023 - 16:27

Electric charge points to be rolled out across the county helping to make Essex safer, greener and healthier.

The Government has confirmed that Essex County Council (ECC) will be awarded £236,000 as part of the electric vehicle (EV) residential charge point scheme.

Approximately 60 charging points will be installed in 30 locations across the county from summer 2023 onwards and supports ECC’s ambition for Essex to become safer, greener and healthier.

EV charging at home usually takes place off-street in garages and driveways.

DigiGo celebrates first birthday

Mon, 20/03/2023 - 16:38

On-demand sustainable public transport service has served more than 11,500 passengers in its first year.

The innovative public transport service DigiGo is celebrating its first birthday on April 1 2023.

DigiGo is a shared minibus service with wheelchair accessible vehicles, offering on-demand and pre-bookable travel with no fixed route or timetable.

The service operates 7 days a week, from 7am until 10pm every day and is included in the Government's Bus Fare Cap Grant with journeys costing just £2 until 31 March 2023.

Record number of Essex residents sign up for solar panel group buying scheme

Wed, 15/03/2023 - 13:46

A record number of residents have signed up for Solar Together Essex as registration for the scheme is extended for another month.

Over 6,600 Essex residents have currently signed up for Solar Together Essex, a group buying scheme for solar panels and battery storage.

This is the fourth time that Essex County Council has run the scheme and the most successful to date. 

Coming soon! New sustainability app to help us all cut our carbon footprint

Thu, 09/03/2023 - 12:34

Coming soon this spring is a pioneering new app which will help us all to cut our carbon footprint and mitigate the effects of climate change. 

The Carbon Cutting Essex App, developed for Essex County Council by Greenredeem, will provide many practical and cost-effective suggestions on how we can all make small changes to reduce our carbon footprint.

Colchester pupils and volunteers dig in to get tree planting project underway

Thu, 02/03/2023 - 16:45

Project will help connect young people to nature by improving and adapting school grounds and enhancing the outdoor learning experience.

Prettygate Schools have begun an extensive three-phase project to improve and adapt school grounds, enhance pupils’ outdoor learning experience, and connect young people to nature.

Volunteers and pupils got the project underway by planting 2,158 trees over three days, braving wet and cold conditions. The trees planted were largely hedgerows.

£500,000 awarded to community groups and organisations taking action on climate change

Tue, 07/02/2023 - 10:39

Funding awarded to groups across county through Essex County Council’s Climate Action Challenge Fund.

 

Organisations and community groups across Essex have benefitted from a £500,000 Climate Action Challenge Fund, which has now been fully allocated.

 

Essex commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the catastrophic 1953 floods

Tue, 31/01/2023 - 16:07

Learn more from survivors in a new video and about events taking place.

Tuesday 31 January marks the 70th Anniversary of the Great Flood of 1953. Events have been planned to commemorate the 120 Essex residents (58 from Canvey) who lost their lives, and to recognise the courageous community resilience of survivors.