Monthly Archives: July 2020

Government gives you the power to banish cars from your street, plus £50 to fix your bike!

What’s Going On Here? Downing Street has unlocked a full rack of measures that are promising to make cycling safer, more affordable, and more accessible to everyone (in England)! From a free £50 ‘fix your bike’ voucher to giving residents the power to banish through-traffic from the streets. This week the government has gone cycling bonkers! What Does This Mean? Monday 27th July saw Boris…

Why the UK’s ‘Green’ Recovery Plans aren’t so Green After All

What’s Going On Here? This week climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the UK’s ‘green’ recovery plans, stating that they are unlawful in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What Does This Mean? Do you remember that wonderful moment back in February when Heathrow Airport expansion was ruled unlawful on climate grounds? Well the same pressure group behind…

Buzzing about B-lines: UK wildflower scheme launched to boost insect populations

What’s Going On Here? This Monday, 20th July 2020, will see UK conservation charity Buglife launch a new network of insect corridors across the UK, through their wildflower scheme in partnership with Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs). What Does This Mean? The network, consisting of a series of pathways linking existing and potential wildflower corridors, will enable insects to move more…

£2billion in UK green home grants

What’s Going On Here? Hundreds of thousands of homeowners will receive vouchers for energy-saving home improvements in England, with the poorest getting up to £10,000. What Does This Mean? A £2bn grant scheme has been announced as part of a wider £3bn “green investment” package announced in the chancellor’s summer statement yesterday.The scheme is a welcome injection of cash into the home retrofit industry,…

E-scooters – A wheely good idea?

What’s Going On Here? It wasn’t just the reopening of bars, restaurants and hairdressers that happened on Saturday. Yes, that’s right….last week the government also announced the legalisation of rental e-scooters on UK roads! What Does This Mean? Last Tuesday (30th June), the government published guidance for e-scooter firms, enabling the form of transport to be legal from the 4th July. Rental e-scooters are now…

Lockdown Lifts, But Nature Takes a Hit

What’s Going On Here? As lockdown eases and the weather gets warmer, thousands of Brits have been enjoying the great outdoors (hilarious tan-lines ahoy!) – but at what cost to nature? What Does This Mean? Crowds of people have been gathering in public spaces since lockdown measures were eased across the UK. But the loosening of restrictions has meant that large parts…