Council projects

The Council has long been committed to protecting the environment. In fact, our first climate change strategy was adopted back in 2002, although our efforts began much earlier in 1990.  Woking 2050 is our current strategy, and sets out a vision guiding our collective efforts to create a sustainable borough by reducing our environmental impact. 

Check out the links below to get a flavour of what the Council has been doing to date to address climate change and sustainability locally; and what we’re doing to meet our carbon neutral targets having declared a ‘climate and ecological emergency’ last summer.

A lot of what we have achieved is thanks to partnership working with key stakeholders, commercial partners and community volunteers to meet our common environmental goals

Great Crested Newts

Great Crested Newts

Did you know… The Great Crested Newt, Britain’s largest amphibian, can grow twice as big as other newts – up to 17cm long and live for up to 15 years.It is black and warty in appearance with an orange and black spotted underside.They can travel up to 1km to look for...

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Woking Peregrine Project

Woking Peregrine Project

Only 50 years ago, peregrines came close to extinction in the British Isles. Not surprisingly, they are now given the highest possible legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Traditionally found on sea cliffs and upland crags, peregrine falcons...

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Woking’s Waterways – The Basingstoke Canal

Woking’s Waterways – The Basingstoke Canal

Regarded as one of the most beautiful waterways in Britain, the Basingstoke Canal traverses the Borough from Brookwood to West Byfleet. It was built between 1788 and 1794 to open up routes from London to the coast but was never completed past Basingstoke. A two-mile...

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Protecting the future of our Borough

Protecting the future of our Borough

Woking Borough Council has long been committed to the environment with local action dating back to the early 1990s. Having declared a ‘climate and ecological emergency’ in 2019, the Council pledges to become carbon neutral by 2030. Our climate change strategy - Woking...

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Poole Road: Low Carbon Energy Centre

Poole Road: Low Carbon Energy Centre

Poole Road in Woking Town Centre is the location for a new low carbon energy centre. ThamesWey, together with construction partner Galliford Try, broke ground on the £20m combined heat and power energy centre in January 2020. Construction of the foundations started...

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Heathland in Woking Borough

Heathland in Woking Borough

200 years ago, heathland covered most of West Surrey but now less than a fifth of this original heathland remains. This open landscape has been lost due to urban development, unmanaged forestry encroachment and general neglect, resulting in a severe lack of...

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Wildflowers in Woking

Wildflowers in Woking

Locally, a growing number of pieces of land are being used to grow wildflowers, or to allow grass to grow a little taller – from private back gardens to roadside verges, and areas of our public green spaces. Wildflowers are great for biodiversity, especially...

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Plastics / Refill

Plastics / Refill

Single Use Plastics Plastics make a significant contribution to almost every aspect of modern society. In 1950, the world’s population produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; half a century on and we now produce over 320 million tons of plastic. If we continue living...

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