Climate and Biodiversity

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

At the Full Council meeting on 20th June 2022, Royston Town Council declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency where it was agreed to always bear in mind the impact on climate and biodiversity when making any decisions about the town or council business.

Please follow the link to see the Climate and Biodiversity Declaration in full.

Recent projects

Swift Boxes installed at Town Hall

After the Town Council declared a climate and biodiversity emergency last summer, a member of the community contacted us to highlight the decline of the Swift population in the UK. On Friday 20th January 2023, we were very pleased to announce that four new swift boxes were installed around the Town Hall. 

Bird Boxes installed in the Plantations

On Thursday 6th April 2023, ten new bird boxes were installed across the Stile and Green Walk Plantations. Local company Shire Trees donated their time and labour to put up the boxes at no cost as a contribution to the community of Royston.

Encouraging Biodiversity in the Plantations

On the 17th May 2023, work began to clear the overgrowth of cow parsley at the Stile Plantation. We are very grateful to the team of volunteers from Johnson Matthey and Ray Munden who, with the assistance of Shire Trees, worked incredibly hard to clear a large section of the plantation. Wildflower seeds were sown at the end of the day as we continue to increase biodiversity at our sites.

Latest steps


  • A bat survey of the Plantations will be taking place in late August
  • 10 bat boxes have now been installed in the Plantations
  • Cycling proficiency courses have been promoted to local schools
  • Cleaning products have been audited again and even more items have been switched to more Eco-friendly products