Bee and butterflyWhat we want to achieve

To invest in our existing natural environment, focusing on projects that store carbon, increase climate change resilience, improve air quality, and increase the presence of wildlife and plants.

How we will do this

We have set out a range of actions for how Medway can respond to the climate emergency. These range from actions that the council will take to lead by example, to those that will support the community to take action.

Some of the key actions are highlighted below.

 

Ensure more residents have access to allotments through better allocation of existing spaces and the identification of new community growing spaces.

 

Increase the numbers of trees in Medway to support climate resilience, making sure there are opportunities for the community to get involved.

 

Identify natural solutions to climate change, protecting areas that are carbon sinks and offer habitats for wildlife.

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Find out about natural solutions to climate change.

 

Continue to increase the number of wildflower verges on council owned land.

 

Support community volunteer groups with the conservation of existing and new greenspaces and continue to monitor the improvements to biodiversity.

 

Complete and deliver the Green and Blue Infrastructure Framework and ensure that funds from developers are secured for its delivery.

The draft vision was published in 2019.

 

Ensure the Housing Infrastructure Fund programme, and other regeneration programmes, include the creation of open green spaces that provide benefits to both the local community and wildlife.

Find out about the Housing Infrastructure Fund programme.

 

Establish a Strategic Environmental Management Scheme (SEMS) to develop a network of public open spaces, including implementing a green bridge over the Peninsula Way to allow people and wildlife to move between the previously separated areas.

Find out about green bridges.

 

Establish clear guidance on the use of pesticides and herbicides on council owned land, and continue to work towards reduction.

 

Make soil improver (from composting food and green waste) available to Medway residents.

Read all the actions

To read all the actions in our plan:

Progress

  • Trained volunteers to use the I-Tree Canopy Survey. The 20,000 photos they took helped to calculate that Medway’s canopy cover is 16.5%. The time provided by the volunteers has provided new insight into the tree resource of Medway and forms a cornerstone of the evidence for the emerging Tree Strategy.
  • We consulted with Plantlife and the Kent Wildlife Trust to find out the best approach for reviewing the management of our grass verges.
  • The Forestry Commission for the Urban Tree Challenge Fund awarded funding to plant 13,842 small trees (one to two years old) across ten sites in Medway. The planting was completed in February and March 2021.
  • Medway Tree Fund launched at the end of 2020. Anyone living, visiting, or working in Medway can donate towards the next generation of trees in Medway. You can donate to the Medway Tree Fund online.