Join Solar Together, Wiltshire’s biggest solar panel scheme supported by Wiltshire Council

Discounted solar panels and installation from trusted providers with Solar Together Have you considered installing solar panels but don’t know where to start? Join over 1,000 residents who have benefitted from our popular scheme, Solar Together. Solar Together is a group buying initiative where residents can club together to get the best prices for solar… read more

Help with recycling

Many supermakets now collect plastic bags, wrapping and films for recycling. You can use Recycle Now’s ‘Recycling Locator’ to check which supermarkets collect them. If you can’t take them to be recycled, please place all soft plastic packaging in your general waste bin. Examples of soft plastics include: Film lids from fruit punnets, yoghurt pots… read more

Small, low-cost ways to reduce your carbon emissions

You can use this great free resource to find out many different ways to reduce your carbon emissions – many are low-cost or will save you money. My Toolkit – Reduce Carbon Emissions – Save The Environment Now (  

Solar Together – Wiltshire & Swindon scheme that offers solar panels and battery storage at reduced costs.

Following the success of the 2022 and 2023 schemes, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council are working in partnership with iChoosr, independent experts in group buying, to launch the third Solar Together scheme. Solar Together gives residents the opportunity to invest in renewable energy from a trusted provider to save on energy costs and improve… read more

Washpool Workday

The Washpool volunteers met on Sunday 21st April to clear the remains of the fallen willow tree, and plant a “dead hedge” using the remains. The hedge is a perfect natural way of creating a barrier, providing wildlife habitats, recycling materials and costing nothing. Other plants will grow though the hedge and some new willow… read more

Swindon Borough Council to install 600 new electric vehicle charging points

Earlier this week, the Council secured more than £2.3m to install up to 600 new electric vehicle charging points, following a successful government funding bid. The network of 7kW charging points will be installed early next year, primarily on residential streets. It’s part of the Council’s priority to support the Borough to achieve the UK-wide 2050 net… read more

Councillors call for Thames Water to answer questions on its performance

Burst water mains, flooding, and sewage being pumped into local waterways are just some of the issues councillors want to question Thames Water about at their next meeting. At Swindon Borough Council’s Scrutiny Committee meeting on Monday (18 March), councillors demanded answers following the severe disruption caused to local residents and motorists following the recent… read more

Photos from recent Washpool work day

The photos below were taken on the most recent Washpool work day on 3rd Sept. For anyone who would like to find out more, or join in, please email The group meets on one Sunday morning a month.

Updated Washpool work day

We have received this message from the Washpool Area Restoration Project about rescheduled work days: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust were due to join us last weekend to fence off the newt pond on the Island to prevent the sheep getting in. We postponed this due to the England World Cup. They are now going to join… read more

Parish planters – with thanks to our volunteer.

Many thanks to our newest volunteer for planting up some of the parish planters for us.  The Parish Council buys the plants annually and we rely on volunteers to plant, weed and water them.  Spring bulbs are also planted.

Venues prepare for plastic ban this October

Venues owned and operated by Swindon Borough Council are preparing for the England-wide ban on single-use plastics, which comes into effect from October. From 1 October, a new law will ban businesses from supplying, selling or offering certain single-use plastic items including plates, bowls, cutlery, trays, polystyrene cups and food containers. It is expected that… read more