In July 2019 Watford Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency and set out their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of the borough and of the council itself.

The goal is to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030 and this will require making big changes to the way we all live, travel, and work in Watford. You can read more about it in the council’s Sustainability Strategy Part 1 – 2020 TO 2023 and the three-page Strategy Summary.


Published on 09 July 2020

  • Large numbers of trees will be planted in green spaces and woods across the town. This is part of the council’s plans to increase the town’s tree canopy cover from 18% to 20% over the next ten years after an ambitious Tree and Woodland Strategy was agreed.

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  • ‘Rediscovering the River Colne’ is a groundbreaking project aiming to bring the river to the heart of Watford, by increasing access, attracting back the original biodiversity and improving the quality of the river.

More info at


  • New wetland restoration project will transform the former watercress beds in Cassiobury’s nature reserves back into a wetland wildlife sanctuary complete with reeds, ponds, and scrapes. The restoration will now form a new habitat for wildlife and a diverse landscape for park users to enjoy, creating educational opportunities at the reserve and restoring part of the flood plain that has been missing for some time.

More info regarding this project can be found at


  • Whippendell Wood ancient woodland restoration project aims is to improve the structural and species diversity of the woodland to support more wildlife, improve access, create better links with the park and wider landscape, and to fulfill our statutory duties in protecting this SSSI and keeping it at ‘favourable condition’ status.

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  • Improvement works at Oxhey Activity Park and Garston Park will involve planting more trees and plants.

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