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 speaks up for all local wildlife and the local environment. This spring we asked all the candidates who stood in the local elections on 3 May to make a Pledge to Act for Nature, and we asked current councillors to Pledge to Act for Nature in their local areas too.

Dozens of candidates and councillors did make the Pledge to Act for Nature, and many of them were elected. Congratulations to these councillors who made the Pledge and were elected on 3 May. We look forward to working with you to make your neighbourhoods greener and healthier for people and wildlife.

Cherwell District Council: Alaric Rose (Lib Dem)

Oxford City Council: Susan Brown (Lab). Susanna Pressel (Lab). Dr Louise Upton (Lab). Roz Smith (Lib Dem). Paul Harris (Lib Dem). Steve Goddard (Lib Dem).

Reading Borough Council: Rob White (Green).

West Oxfordshire District Council: Jake Acock (Lib Dem). Laetisia Carter (Lab). Carl Rylett (Lib Dem). Merilyn Davies (Lab). Rosa Bolger (Lab).

Wokingham Borough Council: Barrie Patman (Cons). Angus Ross (Cons).

Thank you to these councillors who signed the Pledge to Act for Nature. We look forward to continue working with you to make your neighbourhoods greener and healthier for people and wildlife.

Cherwell District Council: Dan Sames (Cons). Tim Hallchurch (Cons).

Milton Keynes Council: Peter McDonald (Cons). Pauline Wallis (Lab). Vanessa McPake (Lib Dem).

Oxford City Council: Mike Rowley (Lab). Linda Smith (Lab). Ruth Wilkinson (Lib Dem). John Tanner (Lab). Mark Lygo (Lab).

West Oxfordshire District Council: Andrew Coles (Lab). Geoff Saul (Lab). Harry St John (Cons). Peter Doward (Cons).

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 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 Borough Council.

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 current councillors and candidates make a pledge to Act for Nature. Scroll down to find out which councillors and candidates have made the pledge.

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 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 asking them to pledge to Act for Nature. When we receive their responses they will be posted in the section below.

Candidates and current councillors are making pledges to Act for Nature, see links below.  If there are no links we haven't received any pledges yet.

Cherwell District CouncilMilton Keynes CouncilOxford City CouncilReading Borough Council,  Slough Borough Council,  West Oxfordshire District Council and Wokingham Borough Council.