Climate Change Information

Before many organisations declared climate emergencies, the Town Council had developed an environment policy and established a climate change working group. It has been operating paper-free since its creation, generates renewable energy and plants hundreds of trees across its 35-hectare Country Park, nature reserve and other public open spaces. It commissions an electric vehicle and is installing electric vehicle charge points across the town. Staff deliver countless campaigns and events to connect people with the natural environment on their doorstep and deliver education in schools.

We are working on many more initiatives so please watch this space and if you have any ideas on how we can combat climate change together at local level we would love to hear from you.

Planting Trees

To date, Cranbrook Town Council’s Country Park Ranger has planted more than 1,000 trees across areas of public open space in Cranbrook with the help of volunteers and partner organisations. Cranbrook’s tree cover is 14.3% and we are working hard to increase it. We phased out plastic tree guards last year in favour of cardboard replacements.

Check out these facts and figures relating to Cranbrook’s exisiting trees.

If you would like to help at one of our future tree planting initiatives, please do get in touch with us.

The Younghayes Centre

The Council’s building, the Younghayes Centre, was constructed to BREEAM standard Excellent. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings.

The Council employs a commercial cleaning provider who uses green cleaning products which are made using sustainable manufacturing practices and naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients which do not negatively impact the environment.

Solar Panels

After the Younghayes Centre was constructed in 2012, E.ON donated solar panels which are installed on the roof of the building. By November 2021, the panels had generated 59 MWh in energy in total and achieved a carbondioxide saving of 34 tonnes. The Council invests the income received from the feed-in tariff into community projects via our community grants scheme.

Electric Vehicle

The Town Council operates an electric vehicle and was the first local authority in the country which operates a 100% electric fleet.

The Town Council’s energy provider supplies us with renewable eco-electricity.

Electric Vehicle Charge Points

The Council installed the first of what it hopes will be a series of electric vehicle charge points in the Younghayes Place car park.

Edible Planters

With financial help from the Town Council, local organisation Grow Eat Do is maintaining several planters with edible plants dotted around the Younghayes Place car park for residents and visitors to enjoy.

District Heating

Although not a Town Council initiative, the development at Cranbrook is served by a district heating scheme locally administered by E.ON. The facility provides a sustainable and cost-effective source of heat and hot water to businesses at Skypark and homes at Cranbrook 24 hours a day, with surplus electricity generated fed into the national grid. The system could provide an estimated 13,000 tonnes of carbondioxide savings per year, the equivalent of removing 5,200 cars from the road. It will potentially make Cranbrook one of the largest low-carbon communities in the UK to deliver Combined Heat and Power (CHP) to all residents.

Combating Food Waste

Local organisation Grow Eat Do is campaigning against food waste and has procuced this leaflet.

Paper-Free Operations

Staff at the Town Council have been operating a paper-free organisation since the Council’s creation in 2015.

Cranbrook's Carbon Footprint

Information on Cranbrook’s carbon footprint is available via the parish-scale carbon footprinting tool by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the University of Exeter. According to the tool, Cranbrook has a per-household territorial footprint of 25.1t CO2e per year. CO2e stands for “carbon dioxide equivalent” and is a standard unit of measurement in carbon accounting. It expresses the impact of a number of different gases collectively as a common unit.