Worcester residents asked to help with city’s Ash trees

Branches and leaves of a common Ash Tree

A call has gone out for Worcester residents to help in identifying the city's Ash trees in a bid to help conserve those not affected by the UK-wide Ash Dieback Disease. Ash Dieback causes leaf loss, dead branches, and eventually the death of the tree. Once infection is apparent, few trees survive longer than four years and they become increasingly ...

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Saturday Skips service to end in September

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Worcester City Council is set to close its Saturday Skip services in September, as part of a drive to meet a £2.5 million funding gap. Currently, skips are provided at seven city locations on a rota basis, allowing residents to dispose of large items conveniently and at no cost to them. The service is expensive to run and the Council's Policy and R...

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New electric vehicle chargers to be installed at Worcester car parks

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Work starts this week to create 20 new electric vehicle (EV) charging bays in Worcester car parks. Eight new charging bays are to be created in King Street car park, and a further 12 at Tallow Hill car park. Work was scheduled to get underway at King Street on Thursday 27 July, with Tallow Hill to follow from Friday 4 August. It is expected to...

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Maintenance work to be carried out on biggest tree in Worcester

The poplar tree in Hylton Road with Sabrina Bridge in the foreground and the University medical centre to the left The poplar tree in Hylton Road with Sabrina Bridge in the foreground and the University medical centre to the left

Work is due to be carried out to control the growth of what is thought to be the largest tree in Worcester. The poplar is on Hylton Road, close to the river Severn and Sabrina Bridge, and opposite the University of Worcester's new Elizabeth Garrett Anderson medical centre. Several of its branches are growing out over the road and footpaths. A large...

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Five Green flags for Worcester to wave – again!

Cllr Karen Lewing, Chair of the Environment Committee, with Graham Pratt and Dave Whitworth of the City Council’s parks team holding the Green Flag in St Andrew’s Gardens.

It's another win for Worcester City Council this year with the news that five of the city's parks and open spaces have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status once again, officially earmarking them as being among the country's best green spaces. Gheuvelt Park, Fort Royal Park, Cripplegate Park and Riverside Park have once again scooped the accol...

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Plan to boost walking and cycling in Worcester

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Worcester people will be supported to make more journeys by walking and cycling under a new plan to be considered by city councillors. Proposed initiatives to give more people the opportunity to take up 'active travel' will include launching a bike share scheme for residents and visitors, working with schools to encourage more pupils and students t...

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Blooming lovely! Worcester’s roadside verges and green spaces help boost biodiversity


Worcester's roadside verges and green spaces are becoming a riot of colour again this year as Worcester City Council continues to expand its wildflower initiative. The City Council declared a biodiversity emergency three years ago, recognising that action needed to be taken immediately to stop the decline of native species. Since then it has been l...

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Council secures £68k funding for more electric vehicle charging in Worcester

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Worcester City Council has been successful in its bid to a national fund to provide more electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Worcester. The Government's Office for Zero Emission Vehicles(OZEV) has offered the Council up to £68,560 to help with the cost of installing EV charging points at Tallow Hill and King Street car parks. When th...

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£240k boost for air quality monitoring

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Real-time public alerts on local air quality incidents are just one of the new air quality monitoring services set for areas in Worcestershire, after a bid for government funding was successful. The bid for over £240,000, made to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) by all six Worcestershire district councils in the autum...

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City Council plans to buy land for new walking & cycling pathway

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider making a Compulsory Purchase Order to help acquire land for the creation of a new walking and cycling route linking the city centre and Shrub Hill railway station. The Shrub Hill area is undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration, turning it into a major new centre for residential, business ...

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Grants to make your local community greener up for grabs in 2023

Bird boxes being installed in Worcester, funded by an Environmental Community Grant Bird boxes being installed in Worcester, funded by an Environmental Community Grant

Worcester City Council is offering grants of up to £1,000 to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations that wish to take action to protect the environment. "The impact of climate change is very real, with record temperatures recorded in many countries at the start of this year and Worcester's highest ever temperature recorded last sum...

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Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

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Worcester City Council has secured £2.96 million to invest in the city from the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money will be used for a wide range of initiatives in the city, including boosting Worcester's profile as a visitor destination; support for community schemes, the arts and business; and energy efficiency. The UK Shared Prospe...

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Mayor digs in to launch Worcester’s tree-planting programme

Tudor Grange Academy pupils Christian Bryant and Anthony Clark, and Cllr Adrian Gregson, the Mayor of Worcester, planting the tulip tree at the KGV Community Hub

The Mayor of Worcester has launched the city's latest tree-planting programme by helping to create an arboreal tribute to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester is set to get greener over the winter months, with over 800 saplings being planted at locations across the city. As a Champion City in the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, it is appropr...

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Public urged not to touch sick or dead wild birds – as avian influenza confirmed by Defra in Worcester

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The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has now confirmed there is avian influenza A(H5N1) in wild bird populations in Worcester. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is urging people not to touch any sick or dead wild birds following die off in wildfowl including swans at th...

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Worcester City Council forges ahead with its pledge to become carbon neutral

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Reducing carbon emissions from its leisure centres, boosting biodiversity along the city's waterways, improving recycling rates and launching a public bike hire scheme are among the measures planned as Worcester City Council forges ahead with action to help the city become carbon neutral. At November's Environment Committee meeting, councillor...

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More electric vehicle charging points proposed for Worcester

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Proposals for more electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the city are to be considered by Worcester City Council's Environment Committee. A report to be considered on Tuesday 1 November sets out proposals of installing new charging terminals at car parks in Tallow Hill and King Street.The move will build on the success of the 12 EV charging poin...

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Council to consider £35k spending boost on controlling city’s gulls

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Worcester City Council's Environment Committee is set to consider increasing the budget for work to control gull numbers in the city by £35,300 next year. The proposal is included in a report that will be considered by the committee on Tuesday 1 November, which sets out the impact of steps taken this year to keep the birds' population under control...

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Show how much you #LoveWorcester – and win a £20 voucher!

Pupils at Perry Wood Primary School picking litter. Pupils at Perry Wood Primary School picking litter.

Worcester residents are being urged to help spruce up their neighbourhood – and be in with a chance of winning a prize.Worcester City Council is offering e-vouchers worth £20 to the first 50 Worcester residents who post photos of themselves out litter picking in the run-up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.The competition is open to all ...

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Splash of colour along roadside verges as nature is allowed to take its course


More roadside verges in Worcester are to become a riot of colour this summer as Worcester City Council rolls out its wildflower verges initiative. In 2020 the City Council declared a biodiversity emergency, recognising that action needs to be taken immediately to stop the decline of native species. Since then it has been looking to boost biodiversi...

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Member of “Cricket Dynasty” launches Worcester as QGC “Champion City”

6.-Mandy-Neil-Tom-Wisniewski-Brett-DOliveira-Mayor-Iwona-Gustztyn-Wiola-Dylnicka Left to right: 6. Mandy Neil, Tom Wisniewski, Captain Brett D'Oliveira, Mayor of Worcester, Iwona Gustztyn, Wiola Dylnicka

Brett D'Oliveira, Worcestershire County Cricket Club Captain, will help to plant a series of Jubilee trees to restore an Edwardian Avenue at Worcester Racecourse on Friday 11th February, in celebration of Worcester becoming a QGC "Champion City". Brett – who is part of the city's "cricket dynasty" and the grandson of legendary England and Worcester...

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