What is COP26?

COP26 is the 2021 edition of the United Nations' annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Every year, world leaders meet to make important decisions about how humanity tackles climate change. In November, the UK will host this year’s meeting. COP26 will be a decisive moment – climate change is a clear and present danger to all people and our planet. The real-world consequences of rising temperatures are already all too visible.

COP26 is the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted and is the most significant climate event since COP21, the 2015 United Nations climate conference which resulted in the Paris Agreement.

While world leaders are coming together in Glasgow, local councils, community groups and inidividuals are doing their bit by taking part in green events. Meanwhile they are having fun, becoming better informed and getting #OneStepGreener. Broxbourne Borough Council is no different, and you can read on to find out more about green events taking place locally.

Swish – aka Clothes Swapping!

Where: Wormley Community Centre, Fairfield Drive, Wormley EN10 6DX

When: Saturday, 13 November

Broxbourne Council invites you to its first clothes swapping event known as Swishing. This is a great way to give unwanted clothing a new home while refreshing your wardrobe in an environmentally friendly way. Just bring clean, good quality clothing you wish to donate and then swap for other donated items on the day - it is as easy as that!

The Council is also pleased to feature textile upcycling and regeneration courtesy of Wormley Community Centre’s Sewing Bee group. They will be on hand to offer adjustments, reshaping and embellishing which can give the item a new lease of life. Fairtrade tea and coffee will be provided by members of Broxbourne’s Fairtrade Group and St. Augustine’s Church, available for free if you bring your own travel cup.

Donation Drop-off Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Clothes Swap Time: 1.30pm – 3pm

Swap Rules – Please read carefully

  • The Swish can accept a maximum of ten items per person in adult sizes only
  • However many items you donate is the amount of items you can take. Your details will be logged when you arrive, confirming the amount of items you have donated for swapping
  • Items accepted: good quality and clean adult sizes clothes
  • Items not accepted: bad quality items (dirty, ripped, torn, stained, broken zips, etc) shoes, bags, jewellery, underwear, nightwear, swimwear or babies and children’s clothes
  • This event is for good quality, unwanted clothing only. If you have any unwearable clothing, these can either be repaired or recycled in a textile bank.
  • Bring your own reusable bags to take items home – carrier bags will not be provided.
  • Any items remaining by 3pm will either be donated to charity or saved for a future swap.

For more on Swishing, ways to reuse clothes, and what do with textiles that have reached their end of their lives, visit Hertfordshire's Waste Aware website.

Cedars Bees – A biodiversity talk

Where: Cedars Park meeting room

When: 6 November. First talk at 12pm midday, second talk at 1.30pm

Join Friends of Cedars Park member and Cedars bee-keeper Andy Massey for a talk on our favourite pollinators, the honey bee. Andy will give his experienced insight into the life of bees, how they live, how the Queens are crowned, and how they create the sweet sticky gold which is honey - featuring some of Cedars own honeybees. Bee friendly items will be available to purchase on the day and all donations will go to the Friends of Cedars Park.

Water, Wildlife and Wellies at the Lee Valley – A Biodiversity, Active and Green Travel Event

Where: White Water Centre foyer

When: 7 November. First talk at 11.30am, second talk at 1.30pm

Join Ranger Amy at the White Water Centre for an insight into the wide range of flora and fauna that can be seen at the Lee Valley, and why it is important to cherish our ecosystems. Then take an autumnal stroll or cycle along Artway Walk 2, and why not play some Water Bingo along the way? 

New River Community Partnership Officer Katie Goldthorpe will be there to show you the many nature reserves you can visit along the train line for fun day out. Broxbourne Council’s Sustainability Officer Emma Cantu and Sports Development Officer Matthew Ridley will talk about how using ‘active’ or low carbon travel can help our environment and keep us healthy.

For more information on the COP26 conference taking place in Glasgow, click here.