Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) is calling on residents, businesses and other organisations to take part in a ‘Climate Conversation’ from Monday 28 February that will help shape the District Council’s Environment and Climate Strategy.

The engagement activity, which runs until Friday 25 March, follows on from a Full Council meeting in December where councillors adopted the aspiration of a net carbon zero Huntingdonshire by 2040, as well as the cross-party developed OxCam Arc environmental principles.

The agreed set of environmental principles and the adoption of the aspiration of a net carbon zero Huntingdonshire by 2040 will form the basis for HDC to renew the Environment and Climate Strategy – centred on achieving an environmentally-friendly recovery and future for the district.

The findings from this initial climate conversation will help the council set the priorities for the new strategy and is just the first in a series of engagement activities taking places to understand the views of local people.

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "We all want to live in an environment that is green and clean, so we are urging our residents, businesses and other organisations to have their say and help us shape the Environment and Climate Strategy for the district.

"As the guardian of 1,534 hectares of green space, 42.8 hectares of woodlands and a managed tree canopy of 400 hectares we protect and manage our natural environment every day. We have successfully planted pictorial wildflower meadows with an equivalent footprint of five and a half Wembley stadiums, helping to double nature and increase biodiversity.

"Our commitment to the environment also goes beyond parks and open spaces. Our waste services are in the top quartile in the country, with a very high recycling rate of 58% - which has been achieved through education, communication and direct intervention when required.

"By developing this new strategy, we are laying the foundations for a stronger future for everyone across the district as we have a duty to ensure we promote an environmentally positive recovery in Huntingdonshire following the impacts of COVID-19.

"I am proud that HDC has an excellent and longstanding record of improving our environment and reducing our impact – a record that speaks for itself and ably demonstrates our ‘actions not words’ approach. However, rather than just present a finished document it’s really important that we develop our renewed Environment and Climate Strategy as a shared endeavour through ongoing and meaningful engagement with the community."

People can take part in the Climate Conversation online and HDC officers will also be getting out and about at locations which could include libraries, leisure centres, parks and open spaces and town centres across the district to gather feedback. To find out more and to take part, visit the Climate Conversation page.