As a public authority, the Parish Council has a duty to regard conserving biodiversity as part of its policy and decision making under Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. To this end, the Parish Council has taken the initiative and is incorporating practical measures to increase the local wildlife and insect population.
- Organic maintenance of the grass verges. Allowing wild flowers to seed before cutting and removing grass cuttings to promote new wild plants.
- Zero tolerance on pesticides and herbicides.
- Introduction of more bird and bee boxes around the village.
- The planting of new trees around Haddenham such as the Community Orchard at Townside and in Longwall.
- The planting of mixed seeds and bulbs in areas around the village.
- To continue to support and work with volunteers to maintain and enhance the Snakemoor Nature Reserve.
Haddenham Parish Council is very concerned about the impact of Climate Change on the environment. In our Neighbourhood Plan, the Parish Council has pledged to undertake measures to work towards reducing Haddenham's Carbon Footprint. At our recent Annual Parish Meeting we had a very informative talk from a Member of Friends of the Earth who gave an interesting presentation on how parishioners and the Council can work together to achieve this aim. It is a challenge with much to do, but the Council has already made some progress.
- Replacement scheme of streetlights to more efficient LED.
- A Borehole at the allotment site. Powered by a solar panel and provides the water for the plot holders.
- The New Pavilion at the Airfield will have solar panels and a sedum roof.
The Parish Council will be holding a Climate Change Workshop later in the year.