Environment Committee

Latest Environment Agenda Pack

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend the meeting in person.

The Council is trailing the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Contact: Paula Cahill; Email: committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

River Rinse 2

The second of this year’s River Rinses will take place on Sunday 1st October 2023 from 10am. The stretch of river that will be cleared is yet to be confirmed. Stowe Sub Aqua Group members will be on hand to pull any debris from the river. Volunteers and members of Buckingham Town Council will litter pick along the riverbank and collect the debris found in the river.

River Rinse 1

The first of this year’s River Rinses will take place on Sunday 17th September 2023 from 10am. The stretch of river that will be cleared is yet to be confirmed. Stowe Sub Aqua Group members will be on hand to pull any debris from the river. Volunteers and members of Buckingham Town Council will litter pick along the riverbank and collect the debris found in the river.

Environment Committee

Latest Environment Agenda Pack

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend the meeting in person.

The Council is trailing the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Contact: Paula Cahill; Email: committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Environment Committee

Latest Environment Agenda Pack

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend the meeting in person.

The Council is trailing the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Contact: Paula Cahill; Email: committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Environment Committee

Latest Environment Agenda Pack

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend the meeting in person.

The Council is trailing the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Contact: Paula Cahill; Email: committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Environment Committee

Latest Environment Agenda Pack

Please note the meeting’s agenda will be available (from the above hyperlink) three clear days before a meeting of the Town Council.

Please note that the meeting will be preceded by a Public Session in accordance with Standing Orders 3.e and 3.f, which will last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Members of the public can attend the meeting in person.

The Council is trailing the use of video conferencing to enable the public and guests to address Council meetings virtually. If you would like to address the meeting in this way, please email committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call 01280 816426 for details.

The meeting can be watched live on the Town Council’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89BUTwVpjAOEIdSlfcZC9Q/

Contact: Paula Cahill; Email: committeeclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Grant awarded to Buckingham’s Railway Walk Conservation Group

Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation Volunteers (RWCV) have received a grant of £3,000 from Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, a grant-giving registered charity, committed to making a difference to the lives of local people.

The RWCV are a wildlife conservation group in Buckingham, maintaining a wildlife corridor along the western end of Buckingham along an old train line, discontinued in the 1960s. The area is a series of ponds, created as nature-friendly wet spaces, alongside glades, an orchard and raised bridges. The conservation project encourages people to enjoy the benefits of being close to nature and promotes positive wellbeing. The funding from Heart of Bucks will allow more people within Buckingham to experience this positive impact either by volunteering with the project or reaping the benefits of the group’s work and enjoying the improved outside spaces that the project develops.

Group of volunteers standing near bus

The group has been running since 2006 and promotes and takes action to conserve local wildlife, by caring for the green space to preserve, increase and educate others about the biodiversity of the site. The activities are coordinated by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and regular work parties take place on the first Saturday of the month. Previous activities have included: thinning trees, fence repairs, glade cutting and clearing, nest and bat boxes, and hedge maintenance.

Katherine Miskin, Volunteer Coordinator at TCV said

The Trust are delighted to be working with the Buckingham Railway Walk Conservation group. This funding will allow us to support the group by leading more sessions, reaching more volunteers and training the volunteers in a range of practical conservation techniques. “

Schedule of activities for the year ahead:

Date Activity
Nov 5th 2022 Coppicing and removing rubbish from the ponds
Dec 3rd 2022 Clearing fallen branches, cutting back overhangs.
Jan 7th 2023 Wassail event, plus pruning of apples trees at Berties Walk
Feb 4th 2023 Making bird feeders. Clearing fallen branches
March 4th 2023 Step repairs
April 1st 2023 Small mammal survey
May 6th 2023 To be confirmed
Jun 3rd 2023 Checking condition of signs, fences etc and cleaning.
Jul 3rd 2023 Pruning plum trees at Berties Walk

Pond at Railway Walk

To find out more or to get involved with the project contact k.miskin@tcv.org.uk

 

Green Spring Fair

Come along to our Spring Green Fair located at the Cattle Pens in Buckingham town centre on Sunday 24th April 2022 from 10am – 2pm.

Sustainable products, food waste experts, fun activities, live music from Harvey Fowler & Mark Edwards and Pete Thirlby, giant deck chair, free wildflower seeds, face painter Becki Pontefract and more!

Traders include:
Fully Charged Silverstone (electric bikes)
Bucks Electric Vehicles
Community Energy Bucks
Recycle4Bucks
Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Bee-utiful Buckingham Town Council stall
Buckingham Swift Town
Planet Refill
Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Men in Sheds
Finca El Monte
Buckingham Fairtrade Association
Buckingham Town Council Climate Emergency
Natalie Jane Candles
Adrian Bernet willow sculptures
Buckingham Canal Society
Bees Cakes
Mark’s Ices
Really Awesome Coffee

If you would like to be involved, please email Amanda Brubaker, Events Co-ordinator.

Annual Town Meeting & Earth Hour 2022

Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in switching off their lights to show support for our planet. However, Earth Hour goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off - it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact helping to make big changes.

How does this affect Buckingham? Well, Buckingham Town Council declared a Climate Emergency in July 2019. Since then the Council has been busy investigating actions the Town Council can take, as well as looking for ways to work with partners to make a difference.

A few things that the Council has already implemented are:
• Replaced one vehicle with an electric van. This has proved a big success; with vehicles only moving within the town, this has reduced the use of diesel considerably, also plans are in place to purchase electric-powered machinery for the new cemetery
• Updating the Town Council’s lights in Chandos Park with energy-efficient LED lights
• Solar panels have been fitted on Lacehill Sports and Community Centre and plans are in place to have them fitted on Buckingham Community Centre.
• Recycling bins are provided at all Town Council events we no longer purchase any single-use plastics, either for events or for use within the office.
• Large sections of Bourton Park have been turned over to Wildflower meadows and Wildflower identification boards have been installed to promote the growth of native species
• A water bottle refill station has been installed in Chandos Park, thanks to funds given by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Local Area Forum
• Each of the Council’s four committees have reviewed the Climate Emergency Action Plan and added actions within their remits.

So how can I get involved in Earth Day? Here are just a few things you can do:
Switch off your lights
This is the DNA of the Earth Hour movement and the easiest way to participate in this Earth Hour. Simply switch off all non-essential lights for an hour!

Zero Waste Dinner
Up for a challenge? Try creating a zero-waste meal and make sure you eat all of it! Visit your local butchers, greengrocers or local supermarket to get your ingredients but make sure you get products with no packaging and use a reusable bag to carry it home. To reduce your carbon footprint further, purchase ingredients that are in season. The BBC has published some recipe ideas for Zero Waste meals.

Sign the ‘Our Voice for the Planet’ petition
Call on world leaders to take urgent action to protect and restore nature! The ‘Our Voice for the Planet’ petition.

Every day’s a learning day
Learn more about climate change and how we can tackle some of the biggest issues that we currently face. Learn what you can do in your daily life to start living more sustainably - even the smallest actions add up! We have some tips and links on our webpage that could start you off in the right direction.

Write a letter to your future eco-warrior self
Do you wish to limit your water wastage or purchase eco-friendly goods more often? Why not put all of your sustainability goals into a letter for your future self! It’s a fun way to hold yourself accountable while at the same time do your part in helping our planet.

Eco-friendly fashion show
Turn your living room into a runway and bond with your family as you take on a fun and silly night of dressing up. Unleash your creative side by making your own costume from recyclable materials.

Litter Pick
Get yourself down to Bourton Park and conduct your own litter pick using our #QuickLitterPick station. This covered cage in Bourton Park contains 5 individual litter pickers and a supply of bin liners and can be accessed by anyone with the code for the lock. (Anyone who would like the code can call the Town Council Office or Buckingham Tourist Information Centre during opening hours). Once you’re finished, walk your rubbish home and dispose of it accordingly.

If you want to continue the conversation of Community & Climate Change, come along to our Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 24th March 2022 at 7pm in Buckingham Community Centre where there will be multiple stalls and stakeholders followed by a Question and Answer session on all things Climate Change. Please contact Nina Stockill, Estates Admin for more information about this meet