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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!

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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

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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”

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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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400 saplings planted as part of Worcester Charter 400

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On Thursday 13 January 2022 the current Mayor of Worcester Councillor Stephen Hodgson joined volunteers to mark the end of the Worcester Charter 400 project by planting saplings in Perdiswell Playing Fields.The Charter 400 team planted the 400 trees at Perdiswell as an environmental gift to Worcester. Tree planting brings a host of benefits from co...

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Worcester communities use green grants to pledge positive action for 2022

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Planting more fruit trees and vegetables, improving recycling facilities and building bird, bat, insect and hedgehog houses are among the New Year actions pledged by the first Worcester organisations to successfully apply for the City Council's new Environmental Community Grant. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are on offer to community groups, ch...

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City Council sets out support for locally generated electricity

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Worcester City Council has agreed to support the Local Electricity Bill that is making its way through Parliament. The aim of the Bill is to establish a Right to Local Supply that would promote local renewable electricity supply by making the set-up and running costs of selling renewable electricity to local customers proportionate to the size of t...

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Apply for grants to make your area greener

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Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are on offer to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations to help make neighbourhoods more environmentally friendly. Applications are invited to support initiatives which will reduce carbon emissions, improve resilience to climate change, reduce waste, benefit the natural environment or raise awarenes...

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Public urged not to touch sick or dead birds

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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 Worcestershire and the Stratford area of Warwickshire. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is now urging people in Worcestershire and Warwickshire no...

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Council to consider £320,000 investment in Worcester’s litter bins

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A major programme of investment to improve litter bins across Worcester is to be considered by City Councillors. More than £320,000 will be spent across the next four years on replacing existing public bins with larger and better-designed ones, if the Environment Committee backs the plan when it meets on Tuesday 2 November. The proposals are in add...

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Worcester residents urged to take up offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free

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 A Worcester resident is urging others to make the most of an offer to insulate homes and generate solar power for free. Ken Digger, who lives in Himbleton Road, Worcester, recently had solar panels fitted on the south-facing property of the home he owns – with the entire cost covered through the Government's Green Homes Grant delivery scheme....

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New five-year Worcester City Plan published

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A proposed new five-year City Plan for Worcester is being published for consultation by the City Council, setting out proposed themes and policies that will guide the authority's work until 2026.The draft City Plan has been supported by all four political parties represented on the City Council – Conservative, Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat.The...

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Going green to keep the city green

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Worcester City Council has bought its first set of electric grounds maintenance equipment as part of a continuing drive to reduce carbon emissions from its daily work to keep the city looking beautiful. The new electric gear includes hedge-trimmers and grass strimmers, all powered by batteries which the council workers wear strapped to their backs....

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Financial support to keep Worcester homes warm – and save money on heating bills

Worcester City Council is offering homeowners the opportunity to apply for free external wall insulation, if their combined household income is £30,000 or less. Funding is available following a successful countywide application to government's Green Homes Grant local delivery scheme. This aims to help reduce fuel poverty, phase out high carbon foss...

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Support for Worcester City Council to tackle climate emergency

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Worcester City Council's role in leading the local response to climate change has been endorsed by residents, local businesses and stakeholders.Last year the City Council declared a climate emergency and pledged to make Worcester carbon neutral by 2030. The Council set up a cross-party steering group to prepare a draft Environmental Sustainability ...

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Have your say on how Worcester tackles climate emergency

Worcester City Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and committed itself to taking action to help the city become carbon neutral by 2030.The authority has written a draft strategy setting out options to achieve this – and now we'd like local people to have their say on it. It sets out proposed policies in six areas: Reducing carbon emi...

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Residents and businesses to be asked for views on how Worcester tackles climate emergency

A strategy for how Worcester can become a carbon-neutral city is set to be considered by councillors – with the city's residents, businesses and charities also expected to be asked to give their views. Worcester City Council declared a climate emergency in July last year and committed itself to taking action to help the city become carbon neutral b...

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