Great Big Green Week 2024

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From canals to caterpillars, daisies to deer, and owls to oak trees, there is so much natural beauty to enjoy across Runnymede.

To ensure it stays this way for future generations, communities need to work together to protect nature and tackle climate change. That is why this June Runnymede Borough Council is once again supporting Great Big Green Week - the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to protect the planet.

Running from 8-16 June the council is supporting local organisations to host a range of activities for residents to get involved in. From litter picks to kid’s craft activities, from learning more about bees to accessing community fridges to help tackle food waste, there is something for everybody. To find out what is happening locally the Great Big Green Website has a find an event search.

As well as community action the week is an opportunity to highlight the positive steps taken by the council to reduce carbon emissions across transport, waste, housing, and the natural environment. This follows the commitment made in 2022 to reduce carbon emissions from council operation to Net Zero by 2030.

Actions include installing solar panels on council buildings to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, moving fleet away from diesel by using electric vans or converting vehicles to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil. In addition, £1.25m has recently been secured from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Scheme to fund measures to ensure all Council Housing is a minimum EPC rating C by 2030.

The Co-Leaders of Runnymede Borough Council said:

We know that to make an effective and lasting positive impact on Runnymede’s climate and environment we need the support of our residents, community groups and other partners.


To see so many activities organised, along with residents getting involved, for Great Big Green Week is a clear demonstration on the importance people place on addressing climate change.


As a council we are working hard towards playing our part in this. As well as our commitment to be operationally Net Zero by 2030, we joined many other local authorities in declaring a climate emergency, and earlier this year published our first Climate Change Action Plan.

Published: 6 June 2024