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Plastic free Henley

Henley joins Plastic Free Communities Accreditation

Henley in Arden recently joined a network of over 300 Plastic Free Communities across the UK, including Leamington Spa and Warwick, to apply for a Plastic Free Communities Accreditation, issued by the charity Surfers Against Sewage. 

Local residents, with support from the parish council, are looking for local volunteers to help by uniting against single use plastics like straws, bottles, takeaway boxes and disposable forks.

To be awarded the Plastic Free Communities Accreditation the village must pass five objectives including getting local businesses to avoid single-use plastics. The volunteers hope this action will form the basis of a long term change away from dependency on single use plastics in Henley in Arden.

These objectives will see volunteers connect with the community, local businesses, schools and the parish council on behalf of Plastic Free Communities. 

There is no set time commitment and it is entirely voluntary. The aim is to empower individuals to take action.

For more information or to register your interest please contact the Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council


After the Parish Council meeting when the group was set up.

  1. A press Release was sent out.
  2. A page was set up on the Town web site just announce the existence of the group.
  3. Rosie Vetter has presented an Assembly at St Mary’s RC School who have signed up to achieve a plastic free status,  Henley –in- Arden Church of England School has invited her to present a similar assembly
  4. Contact will be made with the Youth Club ( The Hub) and the Secondary School.
  5. A Facebook page has been set up with links into other pages such as the parish council and Henley Matters.
  6. The Group has a set of posters and there were plans to put up posters around the town.   We need to make some of them smaller.
  7. Now preparing to contact businesses encouraging them to replace plastics.  This could be a list sent out from the parish council that had been prepared by the working party. The communication would be recommended to the council and sent out from the JPC under the Clerk’s signature.  The addresses will be provided by the working party.  Personal contact will be used where ever possible.
  8. Look at contacting groups such as  The Arts Festival Group.
  9. The group reported a lot of interest from the residents the group felt that progress had been a little slower than they would have liked.
  10. Some thoughts about Wootton Wawen where the council would have to contact Wootton Wawen Parish Council.
  11. The group were supportive of the terms and arrangements set out in the Working Party Terms of Reference that accompany this report.


The members recommended be:  TBA