The Year of the Environment

2019 is a year of celebration of our environment and a chance for us all to work together to make a positive change to this planet. 

In the aftermath of Blue Planet 2, the UK experienced what was coined ‘the David Attenborough effect’. The public became more aware of our actions and the consequences they have for the planet. Plastic was in the news frequently, selected coffee shops started charging for disposable cups and bars and pubs started switching to paper straws.

This year will be a demonstration that together we can improve the environment through collective action. It provides an opportunity to generate momentum, as we see more people from all backgrounds taking action to improve the planet. Ashford Borough Council is very excited to be delivering various events, campaigns and initiatives throughout the year to support these causes and promote the environment. Our aim is to have Ashford connect, protect and enhance the environment. Each event will be centred on one or more of our five key themes:

  • Recycle – encourage residents to waste less and recycle more
  • Clean – keep Ashford clean by tackling litter and encourage residents to get involved with volunteer schemes
  • Grow – encourage residents to grow fruit and veg in their own homes, gardens and allotment sites
  • Nature – encourage residents to use parks and open spaces in the borough whilst encouraging wildlife and biodiversity
  • Air – encourage residents to use active transport to reduce pollution and improve health and well-being

We've so far seen the planting of 17 trees in North Park, carried out a Love your Planet campaign with eco-friendly hints and tips as well as take part in the Great British Spring Clean!

The spring clean was a great success with a huge 375 volunteers participating in the campaign between 23 March and 22 April 2019. This resulted in a total of 145 hours of litter picking and 315 sacks of rubbish picked up!

The end of April also saw the installation of the first of two plastic sculptures created by the art students of Ashford College. This was a flower garden scene now situated in County Square in the town centre. The sculpture was created from single-use plastics gathered by the students or from council litter picks. The next sculpture will be installed in Park Mall by the end of May.

On Friday 17 May 2019 we will be hosting the Environmental Achievement Awards Ceremony for the winners and nominees of the 2019 awards. This is to celebrate those residents of the borough who dedicate their time to protecting and enhancing the environment. The winners will be made public after the event so keep an eye out for that.

Ashford College Plastic Sculptures