Sustainable Watford

A cleaner, greener town

In 2023, Watford Borough Council passed a new Environmental Strategy 2023-2030 and Delivery Plan 2023-2025:

We're also hosting Sustainability Forums for the general public, so we can work collaboratively to reach the goals set out in our strategy. Please email if you'd like to attend. The forums will take place on the following dates:

Sustainability Watford focuses on those areas where we can make a positive impact – both in our homes and in how we live our lives.

  • Water - reducing water consumption and tackling pollution
  • Energy - lowering carbon by reducing our energy consumption
  • Food – tackling waste and reducing the impact of food production on the environment
  • Clothing - reducing the impact of textile production on the environment
  • Waste – promoting reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Transport – changing to ways to travel
  • Biodiversity – delivering projects to improve biodiversity across the town
  • Business – helping smaller businesses to become more sustainable

Find out more about a cleaner, greener Watford.

What we are doing

Watford Borough Council is taking a stand against climate change, having declared a climate emergency back in 2019, and setting a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2030.

These are some of ways that we're helping to make Watford a greener, cleaner, and healthier town.

  • EV charging pointsWe installed five on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points back in 2020, and in 2021, are installing seven additional 7kW fast EV chargers – offering residents an environmentally-friendly way to charge their vehicles for as little as 32p per kilowatt hour.
  • Warmer, greener homesWe're helping residents across the town to lower their bills while making a difference to carbon emissions, with our Green Homes Grants. These grants are worth up to £5,000, and can be used towards energy-saving measures like smart meters and insulation
  • Transforming Travel - in Watford We've embarked upon an ambitious 20-year journey to create a brighter future for travel in Watford – one with less traffic congestion, cleaner air, and more and safer cycling and walking routes.
  • Rediscovering the River ColneWe've launched a new 10-year project that aims to clean up the River Colne and its surrounding areas. The river will undergo an extensive clean-up, with the key goal of attracting back the original biodiversity of the river and its banks – including plants, fish, birds and insects and other species.
  • Rewilding of Cassiobury Park - Work started this summer on the new wetlands restoration project in Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve. Its aim is to transform the area's former watercress beds into a wildlife sanctuary, complete with reeds, ponds and scrapes – creating an ideal long-term habitat for the area's native birds, mammals and insects

Get involved

If you are a Watford resident or business join the Sustainability Watford forum or find out more about environmental groups in Watford and Three Rivers and nationally and how you can make Watford a cleaner, greener town.

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