Climate Action News - May 2024

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Tackling climate change in the Horsham District

May 2024

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In these newsletters we share with you how Horsham District Council, partners, and communities across the District are working to reduce carbon emissions and improve the local environment.

Look out for news on local community initiatives and events, national campaigns, plus suggestions on how you too can make a difference. If you have any comments or suggestions please email the communications team.


  • Discover Electric - Horsham's free electric car event, Friday 24 May
  • Steyning Green Day, Saturday 25 May
  • National Children's Gardening Week, 27 May - 4 June
  • Have you heard about our Wildways Project? 

  • Over 2,500 trees planted at Warnham Nature Reserve

  • No Mow May month provides a feast for pollinators
  • More local residents can now access free home energy saving measures

  • News in brief
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Discover Electric - Horsham's free electric car event

Friday 24 May, 9am - 2pm
Parkside, Horsham

Horsham District Council is hosting a free event this month for people and businesses to learn all about the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) and to support our net zero agenda for the District.

This event is open to everyone, from residents to commercial organisations with an interest in switching to EVs and greener, more sustainable motoring. 

The event will showcase a broad range of EVs with the opportunity to get behind the wheel and go for a test drive. Experts will also be on hand to give presentations and answer questions on all aspects of electric motoring; environmental performance, operational costs, charging infrastructures and more.

If you are considering purchasing an EV or just want to find out more, this event offers the perfect opportunity for you to do your research and ask any questions you may have.

Spaces are limited for this free event so please reserve your place today.

Reserve your space at this event

Steyning Green Day

Steyning Green day

Saturday 25 May, from 10.45am
Cuthman’s Field, Fletchers Croft

Steyning Green Day this year is about all things ‘eco‘ including Making Space for Wildlife and Wildlife Friendly Gardening.

Part of the week-long Steyning Festival, the Green Day event received support from our Community Climate Fund to empower non-profit groups and organisations to reduce their carbon emissions and create community value locally.

Look out for a special showcase of electric vehicles (EVs) and e-bikes, a Wildlife Corridor Adventure children's parade, and book tickets to hear storytellers weaving "Tales from the Wild Woods" on how we can all help protect the endangered creatures in our midst. Also, don't miss the Weald to Waves wildlife corridor team who will be in attendance talking about their project and explaining how we can all get involved.

It's a perfectly green and fun way to start the Bank Holiday weekend!

Find out more

National Children's Gardening Week, 27 May - 4 June

Children's Gardening week

National Children's Gardening Week is a campaign to capture children’s enthusiasm to get out into their gardens, fostering environmentally aware children of the future.

Here are three ways that your garden can help children to get involved:

  • Get composting. Share your composting activities with your children. Composting your leftovers reduces food waste. Visit our composting page for discounted compost bin offers.
  • Start growing your own. Growing produce cuts food miles and reduces food packaging too. A great project to get kids involved in!
  • Make planters and labels. There are lots of items you could re-use in the garden. For example, clear plastic bottles and yoghurt pots can make useful homes for young plants and seedlings.                                        

To get involved in Children's Gardening Week, just have a look at the ‘Things to do’ section of their website.

Find out more

Have you heard about our Wildways Project?

Wildlife bees

Over the past three years, the Wilder Horsham District initiative has been making great strides in creating a Nature Recovery Network across the District.

Key to this work is the development of wildlife corridors to allow species to move freely from place to place. These corridors can be long grass, scrub, woodland, or water courses and ditches.

We are proud to have been working with Horsham Green Spaces ForumBilliGreenWild about Warnham, and Greening Steyning, amongst others, to develop these wildlife corridors which will help our shared ambitions to connect habitats. Our long-term aspirations involve connecting private land, gardens, schools, parish council owned land and highway verges. In short, there is an opportunity for everyone to make a difference.

Find out about the Horsham District Nature Recovery Networks

Read more about our Wildways Project

Over 2,500 trees planted at Warnham Local Nature Reserve

Walnuit plantation tree planting

Over 2,500 trees have now been planted at Warnham Local Nature Reserve following the necessary felling of diseased Ash trees last winter. 

Following guidance from Forestry England a selection of native tree species were chosen, including 775 Pedunculate Oak, 260 Hawthorn, and 250 Wild Cherry. The trees have all been planted with biodegradable tree-guards in a first for the Reserve.

This was a mammoth task and we wanted to say a huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have helped with this work.

Visit Warnham Local Nature Reserve 

No Mow May month provides a feast for pollinators


Plantlife’s #NoMowMay is back this year - and it's your chance to let bee-friendly wildflowers flourish in your garden.

Why not refrain from mowing your lawn this month and see your reinvigorated garden with some long grass and wildflowers provide a feast for pollinators, tackle pollution, and lock away atmospheric carbon below ground.

Join the No Mow May movement

More local residents can now access free home energy saving measures

Warmer homes heating

More residents in the Horsham District can now benefit from warmer homes that are cheaper to run following a change to eligibility rules for the Government's Home Upgrade Grant.

The maximum household income threshold for the grant has risen to £36,000, increasing the eligible pool of local households who can access free energy saving upgrades by nearly 20%.

The funding is accessible through the Warmer Homes Programme, which is open to new applications. If your household annual income is £36,000 or less and you don't use a gas boiler as your main heating system, you can apply to receive free energy-saving upgrades for your home. These include insulation, air source heat pumps, solar panels and more, up to the value of £38,000.

You can contact the Warmer Homes team by calling 0800 038 5737 or email 

Find out if you're eligible

Other West Sussex energy saving ideas and grants

News in brief

Are you ready for Net Zero?

Wednesday 15 May, from 7pm. FREE
Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield

Sustainable Henfield has put together a panel of experts and home owners who will be talking about their experiences with heat pumps, solar panels and electric cars. Find out how to take steps to help you to reach net zero by 2030. 

It will be an A-May-Zing Weekend!

4-5 May, Horsham town centre. FREE

Join us at our Bank Holiday A-MAY-Zing Weekend of live music, markets and entertainment in Horsham. Whilst there look out for Sussex Green Living's eco float in Piries Place, including displays, games, a children's quiz, workshops and more.

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