People in Kirklees enjoy a high quality, clean and green environment
Our built and natural environment contributes to people's quality of life and makes the district a more attractive place in which to live and invest. We want to connect people and places, improve air quality and green infrastructure and be resilient in the face of extreme weather events and climate change, as well as helping people reduce waste and recycle more.
What we're aiming to achieve
- Well planned places and sustainable communities.
- Better infrastructure for our communities.
- People have access to greenspaces, including appropriate sports and leisure opportunities.
- Address the Climate Emergency in Kirklees and work towards achieving the 'net-zero' carbon emission target for 2038.
Priorities for action
Tracking our progress
- Overall satisfaction with local area (%).
- Waste recycling rate.
- Amount of household waste produced.
- Air quality.
Kirklees staff and volunteers have now planted over 35,000 trees across Kirklees to help reduce carbon emissions, improve our natural environment, and contribute to the White Rose Forest. Volunteer groups, local residents and council employees have helped to plant 25 hectares of trees (the equivalent of approximately 35 football pitches) at more than 30 different sites in Kirklees since Autumn 2019. A mixture of native and non-native species of trees were planted according to suitability for the site, including sweet chestnut, oak and pine.
We have committed to significant further tree planting over the next five years. The aim is to create a network of new woodlands to help improve local and regional biodiversity and create new natural spaces for people to enjoy.