Vote for Nature

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Early bumblebee by Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills PhotographyEarly bumblebee by Jon Hawkins/Surrey Hills Photography

Nature doesn’t have a vote, so the Wildlife Trust is speaking up for all local wildlife and the local environment. On 3 May this year 122 councillors will be elected in district, borough and city councils across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. We are asking them to make a Pledge to Act for Nature.

Will you help us speak up for nature in Cherwell, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough, West Oxfordshire and Wokingham on Election Day, 3 May?

This is what we are asking candidates in the council elections, and current councillors.

The Pledge to Act for Nature

As an elected Councillor, I will work to ensure high quality natural green spaces are provided in my ward for people and wildlife. I will:

  • A. Insist that green infrastructure is integrated within all major housing and infrastructure developments, providing measurable biodiversity gains.

  • B. Require developers to make significant contributions to the creation and enhancement of green infrastructure to deliver net gains for biodiversity.

  • C. Ensure my local authority meets accessible natural green space standards to provide a happier and healthier natural environment for local people.

Councillors and prospective councillors may find this Pledge Guidance Note useful.  If you would like to sign the Pledge to Act for Nature please send an email to: publicaffairs@bbowt.org.uk

This is your opportunity to demand that nature and the environment is a priority for your local council.

You may read manifestos and meet candidates as they campaign on issues they feel are most important. If they are going to take nature seriously they need to know that you do, and why the local environment matters so much to you. Please ask your local councillors and candidates to make the pledge to Act for Nature.

If you want to contact your current councillors you can find their details on these websites: Cherwell District Council, Milton Keynes Council, Oxford City Council, Reading Borough Council, Slough Borough Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Wokingham.

Candidates' contact details can be found on their leaflets.

If you speak to your councillors or candidates on the doorstep, at a meeting or hustings, or if you contact them by email, please ask them to make the pledge to Act for Nature.

BBOWT is asking all the local candidates to tell us what they will do for nature and the environment in their councils. Scroll down to read what the candidates have told us, and make your own judgement on what they will do for nature if they are elected.

If you speak your councillors or candidates on the doorstep, at a meeting or hustings, or if you contact them by email, please ask them to make the pledge to Act for Nature.

Will you sign the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlfie Trust's pledge to Act for Nature?

As an elected Councillor, I will work to ensure high quality natural green spaces are provided in my ward for people and wildlife. I will:

  • A. Insist that green infrastructure is integrated within all major housing and infrastructure developments, providing measurable biodiversity gains.
  • B. Require developers to make significant contributions to the creation and enhancement of green infrastructure to deliver net gains for biodiversity.
  • C. Ensure my local authority meets accessible natural green space standards to provide a happier and healthier natural environment for local people.

BBOWT has sent this letter by email to current councillors and many candidates. We’re telling them about the state of nature in their local authorities and asking them to tell us what they will do for nature if they are elected. When we receive their responses they will be posted in the section below.

Candidates and current councillors are telling us about nature and the environment in their councils. When we receive their responses we will publish them here.  If there are no links below we haven't received information yet.

Cherwell District Council,  Milton Keynes Council,  Oxford City Council,  Reading Borough Council,  Slough Borough Council,  West Oxfordshire District Council and Wokingham.