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Climate statement

In 2019, Farnham Town Council declared a climate emergency and committed to take action to reduce carbon emissions at a local level. 

Councillors resolved that Farnham Town Council:

  • Agrees there is a “Climate Emergency” that requires further action. 
  • Aims to become carbon neutral by 2030, acting directly on activities within its responsibility, and in cooperation with principal authorities. 
  • Continues to review its operations and the way in which it delivers services and develop an action plan to consider positive changes that would reduce carbon emissions.
  • Recognises that to achieve its carbon neutral targets, it is essential for central government to provide powers, funding and other resources; so, the Council calls on UK Government and local climate change partnerships to provide the necessary support. 
  • Continues to encourage the local Farnham community to take all practical steps to reduce its own carbon footprint and safeguard the environment. 

See Annex 1 to read the report which councillors agreed to adopt. 

Some of the actions taken so far include:

Managing outside spaces


  • Transitioning to electric or gas-powered vehicles.
  • Expanding the range of low noise electric tools used by the outside workforce.
  • Single use oil containers are no longer used.

Farnham in Bloom

  • Reducing bedding plants by ten per cent each year and including more drought tolerant perennial plants.
  • Planting nearly 400 trees in two years with over 9,300 kilogrammes of CO2 captured.
  • Planting 6,000m2 of open space with wildflowers.
  • Enabling 90 per cent of the bulbs in our floral displays to be reused by community groups.
  • Choosing spring bulbs and spring flowers to support early pollination.
  • Using peat free compost and baskets and troughs with reservoirs so that no water is wasted.
  • Reuse plastic trays and plant pots.

Public spaces

  • Seeking advice from a national expert in hydrology, geomorphology and plant ecology on steps that can be taken to enhance the stretch of the River Wey that runs through Gostrey Meadow.
  • Recycling bins installed in parks.
  • Plastic flowers discouraged in cemeteries.
  • Providing allotments so more people have the opportunity to grow their own.


  • Monitoring bugs and insects in cemeteries and parks alongside the Farnham Biodiversity Group.
  • Organising environmental events such as the Big Help Out. In 2023, over 100 people volunteered to help Farnham Biodiversity Group create a 10-metre dead hedge. The hedge aims to increase biodiversity, provide shelter and a food source for wildlife.
  • Supporting moth habitats.
  • Installing bat and bug boxes to increase wildlife.
  • Adopting ‘No Mow May’ where appropriate.

Community events

  • No petrol or diesel generators used at events at Gostrey Meadow.
  • Organising an annual Sustainability Festival with Farnham Community Farm.
  • Sourcing recyclable plastic banners to advertise events.
  • Avoiding single use plastic wherever possible.


  • Providing Waverley hoppa Community Transport with £20,000 towards the purchase of a new electric bus servicing Farnham.
  • Introducing a cycle to work scheme for staff.
  • Offering Zoom meetings as an alternative to meeting in person.
  • Complimentary shuttle buses provided for large events.
  • Installing temporary cycle stands.

Town Hall

  • Installing a new efficient boiler in the Town Hall.
  • Move to LED lighting.
  • Buying more local goods and services.
  • Cutting down on paper by introducing online forms and digital invitations for events.
  • Switched from plastic cups to compostable or cardboard alternatives.
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