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Eco Projects in Sudbury

Sudbury Town Council is embarking on a series of sustainability projects in and around the town in view of projecting wildlife, promoting biodiversity, reducing our carbon footprint and reducing-reusing-recycling where ever possible. 

The page outlines some of the new and ongoing sustainability projects we have in town.

If you have any queries, or would like to be involved in any way please get in touch with Rachel Price, Town Centre Manager:

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Rainwater Harvesting Project

In Autumn 2022 we made a successful application to Babergh's Community Development Grants to support our ambitions to reduce the amont of mains water we use, particularly to maintain floral displays around town. We are now harvesting 12,000 litres of rainwater across 12 IBC tanks at Sudbury Town Centre locations including our Cemetery and Allotments.

The need

For the UK, 2022 was the driest year since 1976, (UK meteorological service). For England, 2022 has also seen the sixth driest summer since records began in 1836. Overall, the UK saw just 62% of its average summer rainfall. There is evidence that this has not been a ‘freak’ meteorological year and that long, dry summers, particularly in the East of England will become the norm. 


At a local level, these prolonged dry spells have forced us to drastically review the maintenance of our town floral displays and green spaces. Year-round floral displays are not only an important part of Sudbury’s town centre appearance and sense of civic pride. Together with rainwater harvesting we are increasing drought tolerant, pollinator-friendly planting in an otherwise urban environment representing a positive stride towards sustainable planting and maintenance.

Sudbury Town Council is leading the charge with our rainwater harvesting project, it is the first of it's scale led by a town council in the region.



Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EA

Monthly on the third Sunday in Spring & Autumn 2024

Green Sundays is eco market with a crafty twist! It's all about showcasing local businesses, charities and community groups who are making strides for sustainability, encouraging us all to make small changes towards more sustainable living. It's all about local action: global impact. 

Each Green Sundays is a hands-on affair with a host of free creative workshops, talks and events to inspire, educate and most importantly motivate us all to take action!

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Green Grant & Funding Opportunities

Find out about the latest grant and funding opportunities for energy and environmental activities in Suffolk. Take a look at the links below to help you find the right funding source for you or your organisation.

Private Sector Companies:

The Carbon Charter 

Suffolk - Creating the Greenest County - 

Make your home more energy-efficient, to support Suffolk’s ambition of Net Zero by 2030. Start your journey to Net Zero below.

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Shopping local is a great way to green!


The local economic benefits of shopping on our high street are well documented, but did you know that by shopping local you are also doing your bit to save the planet? Here's how: 

1. Reducing lorry & air miles - every order with a multi-national online carries with it hundreds, if not thousands of air and road miles. Sudbury's high street is almost 70% independent and many of our businesses are committed to producing or sourcing what they sell as locally as possible.

2. Less unnecessary packaging - Reduce your unrecyclable waste by shopping on Sudbury Market or with our high street stores. Many only use recyclable bags or just remember your tote for your local goodies!

3. Local supporting local - Many of our local restaurants and cafes buy their ingredients at Sudbury Market or with local suppliers. This cycle of Sudbury support creates local jobs, keeps the economic benefits in Sudbury and reduces air miles.

4. Made in Sudbury - More than ever Sudbury is heralding the talent on our doorstep, we have long been an industrious town, from silk to brick, furniture to art, not forgetting the beer and honey! Our high street is stacked with products made by crafty locals - go forth, explore and join the Shop Sudbury Pledge!

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Shop Sudbury Pledge

Councillor Robert Spivey

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