Ensuring a sustainable environment
Improving the natural environment
Stevenage Borough Council, Stockport Council
Stevenage Borough Council is the only council in Hertfordshire with its own Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). The BAP was produced in partnership with Hertfordshire & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and seeks to protect, enhance and develop sites considered to be important for biodiversity which require protection, and sites where biodiversity can be improved through habitat creation. The actions within the plan are delivered through volunteers, the council’s in-house teams and specialist external contractors. In 2018 the Green Space Volunteers gave over 300 hours to support the delivery of biodiversity. Providing and protecting green urban space is a key value in our local plan and improving the quality of our biodiversity is an indicator of our commitment to an environmentally sustainable future.
Stockport Council has brought forward funding to embark upon the largest tree planting programme since the borough was created. Work has begun to plant 2200 highway trees to be completed over the next four years.