Sustainability: Get Involved

Every contribution to climate and environmental change makes a difference. Here are a number of ways in which you can learn more about and get involved with our climate and sustainability activities at East Herts Council, and in the wider local community.

If you have any ideas or feedback on how you would like to see this page develop, please feel free to get in touch.

Our Environment and Climate Forum meets online, once per quarter, and brings together local residents, groups, businesses, partners and Council representatives. 

A range of subjects are covered via expert speakers alongside progress updates on both our and the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership’s Action Plans. 

Topics covered to date include sustainable goods and procurement, green economy, planning, decarbonising transport, biodiversity and natural land use, water sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy and behaviour change, as well as meetings focusing on community engagement, enablement and led actions.

For general enquiries about the Forum, carbon reduction and/or the Council's Environmental Sustainability Action Plan please email:

As well as changes to your lifestyle and the fabric of your home, getting involved in your community is one of the most rewarding ways to take action, make a difference and find the support you may need to work towards a more sustainable, lower carbon future. 

We’re compiling a list of local groups which meet under the themes of active travel, sustainability, plastic use, carbon reduction, biodiversity, local food production and such like. Some of the main ones are listed below and they are always welcoming new members. If you are part of a group and would like to be included here, please contact:

Some smaller groups meet regularly but do not have a web or social media presence. It is worth contacting your Town or Parish Council Clerk or website to see which groups are active in your area.

Bishop's Stortford Climate Group



Bishop's Stortford - Friends of Pishiobury Park Facebook
Plastic Free Bishop's Stortford Facebook
Stortford Nature  Facebook
Buntingford Action on Climate Change and Sustainability Facebook 
Hertford and our Changing Climate (HACC)



Sustainable Hertford Heath Facebook
Sustainable Sawbridgeworth Facebook 


Created in collaboration with Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability partnership, our new guide Sustainable Actions that work for you, your money and our environment shares ideas and information to take action in your home and local community to help us thrive alongside nature in Hertfordshire.

 In 2021, The Queens Canopy Scheme contributed over 600 trees to the District. In 2022 the Your Tree our Future campaign saw 6,120 trees planted in private gardens and community locations across East Herts. This is in addition to the trees that we plant annually in our parks and open spaces.  Thank you to all those involved in making these contributions and we look forward to working with you throughout 2023.

If you would like to plant a tree, The Woodland Trust tree planting guides are a useful source of information. They also regularly offer free trees for school and community projects.