Climate Emergency & Biodiversity

Climate Emergency

Haddenham Parish Council is very concerned about the impact of Climate Change. At a meeting of the full Parish Council on 24th June 2019, the council agreed to declare a Climate Emergency and pledged to make Haddenham carbon neutral by 2030. 

In order to achieve this goal, the council will use an evidence-based approach to identify the highest-impact actions for residents to take to reduce carbon emissions. It will also seek to enrol early adopters from social networks across the village to engage in and promote the measures identified. It is hoped that the enthusiasm of those involved in the pilots will be contagious and make others more open to change.

Haddenham Parish Council's strategy can be summarised as 6 specific actions:

  1. Identify main sources of emissions
  2. Recognise which sources will be reduced by outside factors e.g. Government action or technological developments
  3. Identify the most impactful changes that Haddenham residents and organisations can make
  4. Create a decadal plan of action
  5. Run pilots for each measure using enthusiastic volunteers from social networks (real and virtual) across Haddenham
  6. Monitor and improve measures based on feedback from pilots


 For further details on the council's plans, please see our Climate Emergency presentation slides

 How to get involved

We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in taking part in the following initiatives. You don't need to have any particular skills to be involved in a pilot scheme, just a willingness to take part and let us know what works and what doesn't!

Current Pilots: 

  • The Food We eat & The Food We Waste pilot
  • The Electric Vehicle Hire Club pilot 
  • The Home Energy Pilot

We are also very interested to hear from anyone with the following skills who would be willing to join one or more of our focused working groups looking at the above topics and/or Land Use. 

  •  creating business models, 
  • commercial negotiations to Heads of Terms, 
  • project management, 
  • web design,
  • qualitative research, 
  • behavioural change implementation,
  • technical expertise on the subject matter.

If you would like further information, to volunteer, or to to arrange a presentation to a local group within Haddenham, please contact


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.

These include:

  • 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.
  • The New Pavilion at the Airfield will have a sedum roof.


Working in Partnership with the Haddenham Community

Haddenham Parish Council is lucky to be able to work with engaged and enthusiastic members of the community towards achieving a zero-carbon village, including the aptly named Zero-Carbon Haddenham! The Parish Council and Zero-Carbon Haddenham are currently working in partnership on reLEAF, an initiative to plant more trees around the village, as an offset for carbon emissions. For more details on Zero-Carbon Haddenham, including on reLEAF and the repair cafe (a project aimed at fixing, rather than throwing away, belongings), visit Zero-Carbon Haddenham's website. Anyone wishing to volunteer with reLEAF can contact them on


Zero-Carbon Haddenham logo



reLEAF logo


Wild flower verges

pink flower on verge beside footpath

blue flower on verge beside footpath

buttercups on grass verge at Townsend Green