Local Environment

Are you based in South Hams and interested in getting involved in community climate action? Sustainable South Hams is a network helping connect parish biodiversity and climate action groups across South Hams. This network is working to link action groups to allow the sharing of ideas, occasional pooling of resources and support for new groups. Their map of community groups is a great way to find out what’s happening in your area and get involved.

Run a tree planting event


Trees are a huge part of the fight for our planet’s future. They lock up carbon, reduce flooding and pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient. Whether you plant at home or in your community, every tree counts. Planting a single tree has benefits for people, wildlife and the environment. Those benefits vastly increase when planting a whole woodland.

For schools, communities and neighbourhoods, trees make our surroundings happier, healthier places to be.


Find a suitable location to run the planting event, both in terms of land ownership and permissions and environmental considerations that the land is suitable for planting. Look at The Woodland’s Trust guide for more information

Request a free tree pack from The Woodland Trust here.

Check out this video guide of what to do when your trees arrive and how to successfully plant them.

Use this RHS guide on how to look after your trees and ensure successful growth into the future.

Set up a community garden


Community gardents vary in size and scope. They can be tiny plots, gardens on roofs, school gardens, private or open to the public. Their scope of what community gardens can acheive also varies widely. They can provide fresh fruit and vegetables, a place for wildlife, improved play areas, an outdoor classroom and safe public spaces that are well-maintained.

Community gardens can mitigate some of the problems that affect urban areas. They can be a beneficial addition to many communities by increasing the availability of nutritious foods, strengthening community ties, reducing environmental hazards, reducing food miles and creating a more sustainable system.

Community gardens can help reduce negative environmental impacts by promoting sustainable agriculture; reducing food transportation costs and reducing water runoff. Humans, plants and animals can all benefit from urban agriculture since it creates habitats and improves the ecology of the area.


Join in with local community gardens already running in:

Or contact them for advice on how to set up your own.

Bug hotel in foreground and tennis court in background.
Photo credit: Kit Harbottle. Bug Hotel by Tavistock Canal