CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Bike Hangar Survey: Whether you cycle, or take another mode of transport, Hebden Royd Town Council needs your input about how you travel in the local area. By sharing your thoughts, you could win £50! 21 April 2024

International Fungus first found at High Hirst: A previously unnamed species of fungus, belonging to the Dotted Fanvault family (Hodophilus atropunctus) has been discovered at HRTC-managed High Hirst Woodmeadow. 5 April 2024

Biodiversity for KS2: The kids learnt all about pollinators, particularly hoverflies. Local artist Katie Bates, also ran a fantastic workshop making wildflower seed bomb sculptures from wild clay taken from the Forus Trees nursery in Mytholmroyd. 8 March 2024

How to safely build a sturdy stockproof fence course: HRTC is pleased to offer six free places on its 3 day 'How to safely build a sturdy stockproof fence course' with Brian Crossley, fencing expert from the National Trust. More info 22 Feb 2024

High Hirst Woodmeadow Meets SSSI Critieria for Grassland Fungi The November 2023 fungi survey results have been officially released in High Hirst Woodmeadow's latest grassland fungi report, written by local National Trust grassland fungi expert, Steve Hindle. Exciting findings include the fact that the Woodmeadow now fulfils the criteria for SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status. 12 Feb 2024

Book a Free HRTC 'Saving Money by Living Greener Talk' for Your Community Group Hebden Royd Town Council is delighted to announce that Hebden Royd-based community organisations can now book a FREE Saving Money by Living Greener community conversation for their members. 7 Dec 2023

Climate & Ecology Bill Motion - At a meeting of Hebden Royd Town Council on the 8th November the Council agreed to support the Climate & Ecology Bill. This followed its consideration by the Town Councils Climate Emergency Committee. 20 Nov 2023

Schools' Climate Café Kicks Off Year-Long Initiative for Positive Change Hebden Royd Town Council's second School Climate Caféchqn, held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 10th November, has set the stage for a transformative year-long programme aimed at empowering local primary school students to take action on climate-related issues and foster collaboration between schools across Hebden Royd.

Join us for our Annual High Hirst Woodmeadow Fungi Survey! Nature enthusiast or mushroom lover? Join HRTC and National Trust mycologist and ecologist Steve Hindle for our annual fungi survey of High Hirst Woodmeadow on Saturday 4th November

Retrofit workshops Combatting heat loss in your home without creating damp can be quite a challenge, but with a little know-how, it's entirely possible to address. HRTC and Carbon Co-op have joined forces to deliver 3 free, practical retrofit workshops,  designed to empower you on your retrofit journey. More info 27 Oct 2023

Join HRTC for its Inaugural Eco-Fair Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) is excited to announce its first ever Eco-Fair! Running in conjunction with the popular Pumpkin Trail festival, the fair will take place 10am to 4pm, weekend 14th and 15th of October, in the Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall. 9 Sept 2023

HRTC is pleased to announce that a new "Botanical Survey, Condition Report, and Management Advice for High Hirst Wood Meadows - 2023" has been conducted, providing valuable insights into the flora of High Hirst Wood Meadows. This comprehensive survey, conducted by Steve Hindle in June 2023, serves as a vital resource for understanding the current state of the meadows and guiding future management efforts to preserve its unique botanical diversity. Read the full report.

Hebden Royd Town Council to host its first 'Introduction to Retrofit' Workshop in September: The Radical Energy Savings: an Introduction to Retrofit workshop takes place on September 16, from 10am to 12 noon in the Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall. 19 July 2023

High Hirst Woodmeadow Moth Survey: At the first-ever moth survey conducted on July 1 at  HighHirst Woodmeadow, HRTC's biodiversity hotspot, a total of 77 moth species were recorded. The diversity of vegetation in the area and its immediate surroundings is reflected in the presence of grassland, woodland, and heathland moths, as well as some habitat generalists. 6 July 2023

Take a dive into the exciting World Of Retrofit Hebden Bridge Town Council, in partnership with Retrofit Calderdale Green New Deal, invite you to dive into the exciting world of retrofit at Hebden Bridge Town Hall Foyer on Friday, 16th June, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Hebden Royd Town Council Presents an Exciting Line-Up of Free Community Events Celebrating National Meadows Day Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) is excited to announce a vibrant line-up of free community events, celebrating National Meadows Day, on Saturday, July 1, 2023. Set amidst the breath-taking beauty of the ancient grassland, High Hirst Woodmeadow, the programme features a range of activities catering to diverse interests and age groups. 3 June 2023

Hebden Royd Town Council improves access to Local Nature and Biodiversity Hotspot Hebden Royd Town Council is pleased to announce the completion of a level access footpath at local biodiversity hotspot, High Hirst Woodmeadow, Hebden Bridge. The new path dramatically improves access to the wildlife site for users with mobility challenges. 2 June 2023

High Hirst Woodmeadow: Opening and Unveiling Ceremony - Hebden Royd Town Council residents are cordially invited to a special community gathering on Thursday, 20 April to celebrate the work completed to date at Hebden Royd Town Council's biodiversity hotspot, High Hirst Woodmeadow.

Committee Urges Restoration Efforts after 'Moors for the Future' Partnership Report Exposes State of Local Peatlands Climate Emergency Committee noted the findings of the report as serious, and resolved to lobby the Calderdale Flood Board, asking it to take this research and turn it into a programme of properly funded restoration work that can be successfully implemented before 2030. 4 April 2023

40 Hebden Royd homes receive free insulation worth up to £8,000 Hebden Royd residents are benefiting from free attic insulation and other energy-saving measures thanks to a project delivered by Calderdale Council in partnership with Better Homes Yorkshire. 23 March 2023

Hebden Royd Town Council's High Hirst WoodMeadow is an important ancient grassland, supporting several globally important and threatened species of fungi. Check out the National Trust's recently published Grassland Fungi Survey Report here 9 March 2023

Climate Emergency Committee 2022 summary: 2022 was a very successive year. Read about the successes and developments, and how High Hirst Woodmeadow is now a designated Local Wildlife Site and has received National Lottery funding. 13 February 2023

Moorland burning: an update: Just over a year ago new regulations were introduced that prohibit burning in many parts of our uplands. Hebden Royd Council have now produced a map and information explaining the new regulations. 20 July 2022

E-Bike'um! New festival in Mytholmroyd gives everyone the chance to try out an e-bike - a new family-friendly festival takes place in Mytholmroyd on  Sunday July 3rd, 11am-4pm. The event will give everyone in the community the chance to  try out electric bicycles free of charge on a traffic-free section of Cragg Road, the longest continuous ascent in the country. 27 June 2022

Meadows Activity Day celebrates our ancient grasslands - join us to celebrate ourvital local meadows and ecosystems. Saturday 9 July at High Hirst Woodmeadow - guided walks, traditional crafts, heritage display and more. 16 June 2022

Climate Action Plan refreshed for 2022/23 - Hebden Royd Town Council's Climate Emergency Committee has adopted an updated Climate Emergency & Biodiversity Action Plan for the year ahead. The new climate plan has been improved to include more short term actions to deliver against the long term goals and has been renamed to underline the importance of tackling biodioversity loss. 26 April 2022

Climate training success for Hebden Royd and Todmorden Town Councils - Hebden Royd and Todmorden Town Council have been successful in a joint application to the Local Climate Engagement Programme - a new training and support scheme that will help local authorities deliver high quality public engagement projects on climate change. 22 March 2022

Hit climate card game from COP26 comes to Mytholmroyd - An interactive workshop that was a big hit at COP26 comes to Mytholmroyd on March 20th - three years to the day that Hebden Royd Town Council declared a climate emergency. 11 March 2022

Summer of events planned following funding success for High Hirst Woodmeadow - Hebden Royd Town Council's biodiversity site - has been successful at obtaining £7,200 from the National Lottery Community Fund's 'Together for our Planet' programme 10 Feb 2022

Town Council invests in action against climate change Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) has appointed a Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Coordinator as a major step in its ongoing commitment to tackle environmental issues.19 Nov 2021

Sheep grazing coming to High Hirst Woodmeadow! As hay meadows disappear from the countryside throughout Britain, it is even more important that we care for those we have and allow them and other precious meadow plants to flourish. We understand that the best way to do this - and indeed the only current practicable way - is to graze the site with sheep. 3 Nov 2021

Great Big Green Week challenge: The Town Council are inviting residents and businesses to join Hebden Royd’s first Great Big Green Week. The nationwide event runs from 18th - 26th September and will see the community celebrate how Hebden Royd is taking action to tackle climate change. 14 Sept 2021

Climate Emergency and  Biodiversity Coordinator - We are looking for an individual with a passion to make an effective response to the climate emergency and improve biodiversity in Hebden Royd. 17 Aug 2021

11 Year Old Walks from Yorkshire to London to call for a Price on Pollution. On 25th July, 11 year old Jude Walker from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire will begin a 200 mile walk from his home to Westminster to raise awareness about the need to implement a carbon tax. (20 July 2021)

Climate Emergency Committee tackling pollution with a superplant Recent research by the Royal Horticultural Society has shown that a hedging plant, Cotoneaster Franchetti is efficient at trapping harmful airborne particles emitted by road vehicles. Hebden Royd Town Council's Climate Emergency Committee has launched a project to plant this shrub in the strips of land bordering the A646. Read more (27 May 2021)

Progress continues at High Hirst Woodmeadow On Saturday 1 May, a team of 20 volunteers, limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, helped with hedge planting on the High Hirst Woodmeadow site. A total of over 900 varieties of hedging were planted, including crab apple, rowan, rosehip and blackthorn. Read more (12 May 2021)

Big Energy Saving Week 2021: 'Check, Switch, Save' As we are spending more time at home than ever before, Hebden Royd Town Council are encouraging residents to take part in The Big Energy Saving Week. It is a national campaign that runs from 18th to 24th January to help people cut their energy bills and get the financial support they are entitled to. It does this by focusing on three main areas: Check – Switch – Save. 21 Jan 2021

Town Council announces High Hirst Wood Meadow Project - Hebden Royd Town Council Climate Emergency Committee are happy to publicise their new project, High Hirst Wood Meadow. The Town Council has leased some of the land between High Hirst allotments and Sandy Gate to utilise the land for the benefit of the community and the natural world. 20 Jan 2021

Blackshaw 12-day Christmas Climate Challenge A fantastic idea by Blackshaw Parish Council, and something Hebden Royd Town Council is keen to support. From Christmas wrapping and shopping local to tips on saving energy (and money), these eco-friendly Christmas tips will help you enjoy the festivities, and still have a positive climate impact! (Thursday, 17 December 2020)

Hebden Royd signs up as a Charter Branch for the Charter for Trees, Woods and People - Hebden Royd Town Council are excited to be signing up as a Charter Branch for the Charter for Trees, Woods and People after it was identified as an objective in the Climate Emergency Committee Action Plan. (26 Nov 2020) 

Council Gives Go Ahead for Climate Emergency Action Plan The Climate Emergency Action Plan, submitted by Hebden Royd Town Council Climate Emergency Committee, was approved by Full Council on Wednesday 14th October 2020 and is set to be reviewed and developed year on year, detailing all the ways in which the council will contribute to tackling climate change in Hebden Royd.

Hebden Royd Town Council backs motion to minimise single-use plastics from all its premises and operations. At a Full Council meeting in February 2020, Cllr Nikki Harvey proposed that that Hebden Royd Town Council should pledge an ongoing commitment to minimise single-use disposable plastics wherever practicable.

First Climate Emergency Virtual Committee Meeting - Hebden Royd Town Council held its first virtual Climate Emergency Committee meeting on Monday 24 August after new regulations were put in place to allow meetings to be held electronically. 

Report to Town Council for year 1 of the HRTC Climate Emergency committee by Cllr Scott Patient

The Refill Revolution comes to the Picture House - Simply take your bottle to Hebden Bridge Picture House during box office hours (open weekends from 1.15pm and weekday evenings from 7.30pm) and refill your bottle for free! Read more

2040: CROWS Fundraising Screening - Cllr Dr Carol Stow, the Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council, is delighted to invite you all to a fundraising screening of the climate change documentary 2040, in support of CROWS - Community Rights of Way Service. Read more

Hebden Royd Town Council Declare Climate Emergency - Hebden Royd Town Council passed a motion declaring a 'climate emergency' and supports Calderdale Council in assisting Governments to achieve their carbon emission savings. More info

White Bird Project

Mytholmroyd Lights

Handmade Parade

Piano Festival

Pumpkin Festival

Wildflowers

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