Tag Archives : environment


Britain’s Ocean City gives Greta an epic send off

Plymouth’s reputation as a departure point for historic voyages was cemented today with an epic send off for climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The world’s best known climate change campaigner set sail from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for her historic – and gruelling trip – across the Atlantic on board the zero-carbon […]


Sea bin installed in Plymouth to help tackle plastic pollution

A ‘Sea Bin’ has been installed at Queen Anne’s Battery Marina in Plymouth as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution. Plymouth City Council is working with Queen Anne’s Battery Marina and the University of Plymouth to trial the Sea Bin and monitor collections of plastic and other waste, to determine how […]


Solar panels for Council buildings

More Council-owned buildings look set to have solar panels installed as the city continues its drive to cut carbon and create clean renewable energy. The Box, Ballard House, Prince Rock Depot and Chelson Meadow are the latest buildings to be earmarked for installations that could help the Council cut its carbon emissions by up to […]


Flood defences approved for Ham Lane

One of Plymouth’s favourite green spaces is set for some investment to tackle flooding. Ham Lane, a footpath which runs the length of Ham Woods, is often prone to flooding in the winter. In particular, a 60 metre, low-lying stretch of the path can spend up to 50 days of the year under water. Now, […]


More wildflower meadows will create a buzz

This Spring will see the planting of more wildflower meadows and bee corridors in Plymouth, helping local bee and butterfly populations to thrive. Plymouth City Council has worked with local communities to identify four new sites across the city to establish new wildflower meadows, which will be prepared and planted this month, when ground conditions […]


Councillors Sue Dann and Mark Coker planting trees on the Forder Valley site, with Natural Infrastruture Officer Chris Avent and Strategic Transport Programme Co-ordinator Steve Flaxton

Tree planting on a massive scale gets underway

Councillors Sue Dann and Mark Coker have planted the first of 14,500 trees destined for the Forder Valley as part of the programme of work to build the long-awaited link road. An oak sapling and 20 other trees including aspen, hawthorn, blackthorn and black poplar have been planted today as part of a wider landscaping […]


Next steps announced for Plymouth National Marine Park

  Plymouth City Council is officially starting work to develop plans for Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing £75,000 national funding to move the project forward. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 15 January […]


Help Plymouth tackle plastics at Ocean City Sounds

Music fans will be able to support Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics as well as their favourite acts this summer by taking their own reusable plastic cups and bottles to MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds. The rules around taking liquids into the arena remain the same – water will only be allowed through the gates if […]


Paths cleared as part of Winter Works programme

Radford Park is getting some seasonal TLC, courtesy of the Council’s Winter Works programme. A team is in the park this week, cutting back overhanging paths, clearing dangerous branches that have come lose and making good paths edges which have become muddy. ​The Winter Works programme was launched last Autumn to give residents more of […]


Woman fined for throwing cigarette end out of car

A Ford woman faces fines and court costs of £1,232 for throwing a cigarette butt out of her car window. The 41-year-old woman was seen throwing a cigarette end out of her car window while driving at Marsh Mills on 9 May. She was served with a £80 Fixed Penalty Notice for littering, but because the fine […]


North Cross wildflower meadow planting this weekend!

Volunteers and Council staff will be rolling up their sleeves to extend the North Cross wildflower meadow this weekend. Building on the huge success of the wildflower display last year, this year’s display will be even bigger and better, by bringing the flowers closer to the public walking and cycling routes through North Cross. The […]


Green light for tower to be lit up

Plymouth’s Mount Batten Tower is the next landmark to have its moment in the permanent spotlight as part of a Council project to light up the city’s monuments. Historic England has recently given the go-ahead for listed building consent to have LED lights installed around the tower of one the city’s oldest fortifications. They described […]


Collings Park comes up roses with community asset transfer

Disused tennis courts at Collings Park in Higher Compton are to be turned into a community garden, thanks to a community asset transfer by the Council. Councillor Chris Penberthy is today (Friday) signing off a decision to transfer the freehold of the land to the Collings Park Trust, a local community group. The land had […]


‘Charming’ new bridge for Barne Barton and St Budeaux

Kinterbury Creek is to get a charming new footbridge, thanks to an exciting project led by Barne Barton young people. Local residents will be making wind charms to hang on the low-level bridge which will span the creek that provides the only access to the shoreline in this part of Plymouth. A planning application has […]


Getting the nuts and bolts of business right

Teams from the Council will be at an event next week to highlight the support available to Plymouth’s small businesses. Council staff will be offering advice to new businesses as well as existing ones looking for tips on how to make their company grow. The event takes place at Plymouth Science Park’s Baylis Suite on […]


Council acts to force sale of derelict Devonport building

The Council is taking action to force the sale of a derelict and unsafe Grade 2 listed building which has been empty since a fire nine years ago. Plymouth City Council is starting enforced sale action under the Law of Property Act 1925, a former snooker club Pot Black – also known as the Former […]


Plymouth Plan wins national award

Plymouth’s innovative approach to planning for the future has won a national award for planning excellence. The Plymouth Plan was last night recognised as the best approach to plan making practice in the country by the Royal Town Planning Institute – the professional body that represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes […]


Schools asked ‘what’s in your woods?’

Schools around Plymouth will be heading to city woodlands, beaches and local parks for a day of fun and educational activities with a host of Plymouth organisations and volunteers. The events taking place on Wednesday 8 July have been organised by Plymouth City Council as part of the Natural Connections project that it hosts in […]


Plymouth’s new recycling facility now running

A new facility that will help Plymouth’s residents recycle more of their rubbish into high quality materials is now operational. The new Material Recycling Facility, which is operated by Viridor, is now taking recyclables from Plymouth homes recycling green bin scheme. It uses some of the most advanced automated materials sorting equipment available, including sensor […]


Letting the grass grow for bees

Selected areas of Plymouth will see meadows created as part of a city-wide scheme to support bees and other pollinators. Ten areas, which are open tracts of land, are to be cut only three times this year instead of nine as part of a trial to encourage wildlife to thrive in and around housing estates. […]


Water good idea – bathing water quality on Twitter

Swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders will be able to check the quality of Plymouth’s bathing water every day. Plymouth has two EU designated bathing waters at East and West Hoe, which are monitored by the Environment Agency. From Friday 15 May, the start of the bathing season, the agency will tweet the water quality prediction via […]


Hoping to ‘a-tractor’ great apprentice farmer …

One of the most unusual apprenticeship opportunities in the country is up for grabs in Plymouth – to be an apprentice farmer. Plymouth City Council and Duchy College are looking for an apprentice farmer to run a farm within the city as part of an exciting project to create a 100-acre country park. The successful […]


More loos with sea views

Two new sets of loos with sea views are on the cards for Plymouth’s waterfront. A business case has been approved to build a new toilet block at Richmond Walk and to reconfigure and update tired toilets at Devil’s Point. The Council has allocated £59,770 from its capital programme to demolish toilets at Richmond Walk […]


Emergency repairs to run-down waterfront property

Emergency repairs were carried out by Council building control officers today during an inspection of a prominent run-down property on Plymouth’s Waterfront. Officers had to make good loose lead flashing on the turret of 18 Grand Parade during a survey to assess the condition of the building, which has been the subject of legal action […]


Techies take over the tower to let there be light

The countdown to Smeaton’s Tower lighting up gets underway on Monday 13 April with technicians taking over the tower to begin the installation. The symbol of Britain’s Ocean City will be lit up by the end of the month, if the installation programme goes according to plan. LITE ltd, supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park […]