Climate action, clean transport and sustainability news

Climate action, clean transport and sustainability news

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Here's your monthly digest of news, activities and opportunities aimed at tackling climate and nature emergencies in Lambeth. This edition looks ahead to Great Big Green Week, provides an update on our citizen-led Climate Action Plan and features useful information to inspire residents and local organisations to lead greener and more sustainable lives.

The IPCC Report published this month is a stark reminder that, without doubt, serious human-caused climate change is happening now. However, the message from scientists is clear that we can turn the tide if we act now.

We know many Lambeth residents and organisations are already working hard to combat the climate crisis locally. By working together we can really make a difference.

Have an idea, event, local project or business you'd like to feature in this newsletter? Get in touch at 


Reflections on the Citizens' Assembly

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Lambeth’s citizens’ assembly was set up following Lambeth’s declaration of a climate emergency in 2019.

After dedicating much time and effort, assembly members are proud to have represented their borough and shaped its future:

“It’s definitely very important being a part of your community and knowing what is going on. Definitely our role is now to share the information and knowledge that we have earned during the assembly to our friends, family and neighbours.”

The recommendations from the Assembly are now being developed in a Climate Action Plan and we want your help to build it. 

Read Assembly reflections here

Find out more about inputting into Lambeth's Climate Action Plan in our next newsletter. In the meantime, visit common place to have your say!

Great Big Green Week 2021

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Great Big Green Week celebrates climate action from 18-26 September

Thousands of events across the UK will celebrate how communities, businesses, faith groups and sports clubs are stepping up to tackle the climate crisis.

From nature walks to climate talks, there are ways for everyone to get involved. Join an event or even create your own here.

We want to know about your plans for Green Big Green Week. Tweet @lambethcouncil and we will share your event.

One Bag a Week Campaign


Lambeth spearheads new waste reduction campaign

The One Bag a Week campaign challenges Lambeth households to reduce their non-recyclable rubbish to one bag a week.

The campaign encourages residents to recycle as much as they can, reduce their food waste, and make sure their whole household gets involved. It's easy to remember, easy to track progress, and extremely satisfying when achieved!

This borough-wide campaign aims to contribute to reaching Lambeth’s recycling targets and becoming net zero carbon by 2030. 

Anyone can take part, here's lots of information and useful tips.

Get rid of and donate!

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Get Rid of and Donate is a brilliant new initiative to prevent unwanted items across Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham ending up in landfill by giving them to those in need.

Get Rid of and Donate will arrange a free collection for your unwanted goods and they will distribute them to vulnerable groups who need them across the borough. Protect the environment whilst supporting someone in your local community!

In the context of of distressing times for refugees all over the world and Lambeth's commitment to supporting all those in need, you can donate your unwanted goods today. 

Lambeth Air Quality Report

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Lambeth Air Quality: Report shows continued fall in harmful pollution

Lambeth Council has unveiled its Air Quality Annual Status Report highlighting a significant reduction in toxic air levels in the borough.

Cllr Adilypour said: “The Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns have obviously played their part in seeing fewer journeys in private vehicles and fewer harmful emissions pumped into the air. We need to make sure we can deliver a cleaner, greener and more inclusive transport network in Lambeth."

Read the Love Lambeth article


Clapham Park Bikes Project

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Abandoned bikes donated to Clapham Park Bikes Project

We recently donated nine abandoned bikes to Clapham Park Bikes Project where young people aged 8+ can attend FREE bike building sessions. Once the bike is in safe working order, they can take the bike home with them! There are no costs involved except a £10 returnable deposit payable on the first session.

Sessions are held on Tuesday and Wednesday 16:30 – 18:30 and on Saturday 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00. Booking is essential. Please contact Ching Wah for more details on 07958 337 305 or email her at

FREE Cycle Training

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Lambeth is offering free 1-2-1 adult training from all those who live or work in the borough

This course will help to equip fabulous new and returning cyclists with the skills needed to navigate London’s roads and to help them find suitable routes. For more information visit the Cycle Confident website.

If you can’t get on a physical course you can work your way through TfL’s online cycle skills training which will also help you be safe on the road.

JoyRiders London


Join JoyRiders to increase your confidence

Empowering women to ride more often for more journeys, JoyRiders have started up their group rides again! The organisation has been set up to level the ratio of men and women cycling by enabling commuter journeys, family, and leisure rides.

Check out the JoyRiders London website for more information.

Try Before You Bike

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Flexible bike scheme that will get you cycling

Simple and affordable, the Try Before You Bike scheme is the flexible bike scheme that will help get you cycling. Just choose your new bike and accessories using the helpful online tools, the bike gets delivered straight to your door!

For more information visit the Peddle My Wheels, who run the programme on behalf of Lambeth Council.


Grow Back Greener Fund


Applications are now open for the 2021 Grow Back Greener Fund, co-funded by the Mayor of London and Thames Water. 

Community projects across the capital aiming to improve access to green space and help us adapt to climate change can apply.

Applications are open to civil society organisations, local authorities and schools. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on Monday 13 September. 

Find out more and apply now at .

Community Ideas Grants Funds now OPEN

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Have a fantastic walking or cycling idea?

The Community Ideas Grant can support your ideas to flourish.

Who can apply?

  • Community groups who are constituted and unconstituted
  • Community Interest Companies, social enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations
  • Charities or other 3rd sector organisations

Organisations must have received either grants of less than £10,000 last year, or have an income of less than £50,000, or both.

How to apply

Please call the grants team from Groundwork London on 0207 239 1292 to discuss your application, or email

Deadline is Friday 10 September at 5pm.

London Power

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With energy prices rising, it’s more important than ever to consider switching energy suppliers and lock in your prices.

London Power is a different kind of energy company, set up by the Mayor of London, and provides great value for the long term by ensuring you aren’t moved to a high-priced plan at the end of your contract. Customers also get 100% renewable electricity and gas carbon offsets as standard and excellent customer service.

To get a quote in just two minutes, visit

Grant funding available for home energy efficiency improvements 

Did you know energy use in domestic buildings is the greatest source of carbon emissions in the borough? Wasted energy makes heating bills expensive too.

That's why we've teamed up with other London boroughs to offer grants for low income households to make homes more energy efficient. You could be eligible for up to £10,000 of grant funding to cover the installation of efficiency measures, such as low carbon heating systems, insulation, and smart heating controls.  

To find out more, visit or call 0800 083 2265. Registering your interest only takes a few minutes and is completely obligation free.

Additional advice for able-to-pay home owners and tenants can also be sought from Eco-furb:


LTN Consultations

Lambeth to launch Low Traffic Neighbourhoods consultations

Lambeth Council has announced the start of its Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTNs) consultation programme, which will see residents given the chance to shape the future of each of the five LTNs that currently operate in the borough.

Pre-registration for the Railton and Oval to Stockwell consultations is now open to enable residents to be notified as soon as the proposals and survey go live. They’ll also get invitations to any engagement events which happen during the consultation so they can find out more.

Find out more about Lambeth's upcoming LTN consultations

Have your say on Lambeth School Streets

In 2020 Lambeth introduced a number of new School Street schemes. These schemes are now moving to an Experimental Traffic Order and we want your views on this. The consultation runs from 14 June to 14 December.

Find out more about Lambeth School Streets consultation


Local Nature Reserves

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Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) are sites designated for their importance for nature conservation and enabling local residents and communities to have free and safe access to nature. Lambeth Council is empowered to identify and declare LNRs. The first covers over half of ‘Streatham Common’.

Lambeth is now embarking on an ambitious programme to see at least five new sites declared as LNRs over the next three years. This includes Eardley Road Sidings, Palace Road Nature Garden and Unigate Woods in Streatham, as well as parts of larger open spaces such as Clapham Common and Brockwell Park.

For more information on Local Nature Reserves, and how to get involved in their management and designation, please contact Lambeth Parks on

The Great North Wood Project – A New Phase Dawns


The ‘Great North Wood’ was an extensive area of woodland that once covered a large parts of South London, including Lambeth. Over time most of the Wood was lost to enclosure and development, but fragments still remain in the form of various parks, commons and open spaces. The main surviving pieces of the Great North Wood in Lambeth are Streatham Common, Norwood Park, Unigate Wood and Peabody Hill Wood.

Since 2017 London Wildlife Trust, with funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, have been working with Lambeth Council and three other local authorities, and other landowners such as the Dulwich Estates and Network Rail to help improve public awareness of and access to the remaining parts of the Great North Wood, as well as increasing community involvement in their positive management and use.

You can find out more about the project here.

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