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Welcome to Green Our Herts

Our climate is changing but we can have a big effect by making small improvements which can also help us to save money and improve our lives. This site aims to make it easier by bringing together information on how we could reduce our impact on the environment and adapt to our changing climate.

Reduce your Food Miles

Food is so much a part of our daily routines that we often don’t give it much thought, but the impact our food systems have on the world is vast. We all eat three times every day – that’s a lot of food, and it takes resources to produce. Food production is central to many other environmental issues too such as: land use, habitat loss and deforestation, air and water pollution, climate change, flooding, soil depletion, litter and waste.  Thinking about where your food comes from can help make a difference. 

Home grown food tastes great and even a small balcony may be suitable for some tomato plants or fresh herbs. If you only have a small outside space then an allotment can be a great place to relax and grow your own.

Even the most avid gardener is unlikely to be able to grow all of their own food and FoodSmiles St Albans have launched a local and organic food map to help you find good local food. You can access the map  and follow the instructions to view either local producers, outlets selling or serving local produce, or sources of organic produce.

When you choose local food, you choose:

  • Less pollution, as it has not travelled a long way by road, ship or plane.
  • A smaller carbon footprint and less congestion on the roads, also thanks to the food not having travelled far and not needing to be in refrigerated storage for a long time.
  • Less packaging. Extra packaging is used to protect food that needs to travel a long way.
  • Local economy. Buying local keeps your money in the local area and supports the local and national economy. 

 

How Green is Your Home?

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In order to lessen these effects we have researched many subjects (e.g. transport, energy and outdoor recreation) related to everyday life. From this research we have compiled the most relevant and interesting information and presented it all under one roof. To make the browsing of our website even easier we have designed an interactive house summarising the main points.

Click here to explore the greener way of living.

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Did You Know?

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Green Our Herts website is owned and managed by Three Rivers District Council and provides information on behalf of the Hertfordshire Sustainability Forum. For more information Contact us:.

Green Our Herts
Three Rivers District Council
Three Rivers House
Northway, Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire, WD3 1RL

01923 776611
info@greenourherts.org.uk