Our Green City news

We're always working hard to fulfil the ambitious promises of The Green City Charter. This page brings together all the latest news stories so you can keep track of what we're doing.

Our Green City latest news

Funding secured for more trees!

Summary: We have secured funding of £288,000 from the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (UTCF), which enables the planting and maintenance of hundreds of new trees across key locations across our city.

Trees for Life 2023

Summary: Southampton's annual event of tree planting to honour births as well as commemorate lives.

Have your say on our Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity consultations

Summary: We are excited to announce the launch of two important consultations that aim to gather the voices of our residents and businesses to help shape our city environment and achieve the goals we set out in our Green City Plan.

More electric Vehicles added to our fleet

Summary: The long-standing Highways Service partnership between Southampton City Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places has recently extended their commitment to the environment by adding 10 new Vauxhall Combo-e vans to its existing electric fleet.

Southampton City Council receives award: Best Air Quality Strategy - Public Sector

Summary: We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Best Air Quality Strategy – Public Sector’ presented by The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality at this year’s ‘Fleet International Awards’. This achievement highlights our commitment to addressing air quality issues and implementing measures to improve the wellbeing of our residents.

This Saturday: Southampton's Big Green Event

Summary: Join us this Saturday, 17 June as Southampton City Council, partners, and friends return to the O2 Guildhall and Guildhall Square for Southampton's Big Green Event.

Save the date! Southampton's Big Green Event

Summary: On Saturday 17 June 2023, Southampton City Council, partners and friends are proud to be returning to the Southampton O2 Guildhall and Guildhall Square for Southampton's Big Green Event.

Southampton Citizens' Climate Assembly

Summary: Southampton City Council, together with the University of Southampton, are planning to hold a Climate Assembly in the City of Southampton in 2023 to discuss climate change and the road to net zero with local residents and businesses

Net zero strategy consultation launches today! - We want your views!

Summary: A consultation on Southampton City Council’s net zero strategy launches today (23 Jan 2023).

New project launches to help get the city buzzing!

Summary: A new project to turn Southampton into a better place for both wildlife and people has been launched!

Tariffs for electric vehicle charging

Summary: Southampton City Council is introducing tariffs for electric vehicle charging on 12 December 2022

Southampton City Council Launches Electric Van and Taxi Subsidy Scheme

Summary: A new subsidy scheme for licensed taxi, private hire and light commercial van (LCV) operators across the Hampshire region has been launched

A sustainable day out at Southampton's Big Green Event

Summary: Join us Saturday 30 July 2022 from 11am-3.30pm

The Big Green Event

Summary: Be part of the action at the Big Green Event on 30 July 2022!

Southampton National Parks City project

Summary: Unanimous backing was given to the Southampton National Park City project at a recent council meeting.

Southampton City Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places join forces to cut carbon footprint

Summary: Southampton City Council are pleased to announce that we are jointly investing £350k with our partners Balfour Beatty into 'The Highways Service Partnership'. 

Southampton's first 'Bee Bus Shelter' takes root

Summary: Southampton's first Living Roof bus shelter, designed to support pollinating insects and enhance local biodiversity, has been unveiled to the public.

New partnership will create a Wilder Southampton

Summary: Southampton City Council has teamed up with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to form a new partnership that will deliver nature and environmental projects across the city.

The future of electric vehicles in Southampton

Summary: Southampton City Council is seeking a supplier to help them deliver electric vehicle infrastructure capable of accommodating the future needs of our city.

Council launches consultation on local green spaces

Summary: Today sees the launch of a consultation on Southampton’s Green Grid which is being developed by Southampton City Council with assistance from the University of Southampton’s GeoData department.

Funding to grow your business the greener way

Summary: Southampton Businesses could be eligible for grants up to £10,000 to make their ideas for green growth a reality.

Gold and silver awards for Millbrook roundabout’s Living Wall

Summary: The project has received recognition from The Green Organisation.

Council reduces carbon emissions from its buildings

Summary: Work has begun to make Council buildings more energy efficient.

Make your home more energy efficient with Southampton Healthy Homes

Summary: Relaunching Southampton Healthy Homes.

Southampton City Carbon Roadmap

Summary: Published in the run up to COP26.

Wildflower Summer Cut

Summary: Late summer and winter cuts planned.

Green City - a year on

Summary: Southampton City Council is recognising goals reached as part of its Green City Plan, launched in March 2020.

Voi e-scooter trial scheme to launch in Portsmouth and Southampton this month

Summary: People in Portsmouth and Southampton will be able to rent an e-scooter to allow people access a sustainable and socially distanced mode of travel.

Unique castle themed play area opens at Daisy Dip

Summary: Work is now complete on the Daisy Dip play area in Swaythling ready for spring and summer.

Southampton City Council’s Clean Growth Fund projects confirmed

Summary: Work to reduce carbon emissions at three of the council’s buildings are set to commence.

New multi-use games area opening soon in Hoglands Park

Summary: The MUGA will be a dedicated facility for people to play sport in the city centre all year round and is free for anyone to use.

New eSwingos making a clean sweep to help meet Green City plan objectives

Summary: New electric street sweeper vehicles join the fleet.

Southampton City Council secures £1.68 million for public sector decarbonisation

Summary: Funding will help to further the council’s commitment to ensuring council owned and occupied buildings will be carbon neutral by 2030.

Southampton bus lane access consultation confirmed

Summary: Southampton City Council has launched a second consultation to determine new bus lane access restrictions intended to help improve air quality in the city.

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