- Community Growing
- Other food projects
- Community hub or activities
- Festivals, fairs or events
- Art / creativity
- Community visioning / imagination work
- Building local networks
- Local economy or new economy projects
- Wellbeing or Inner Transition
- Youth or education projects
- Share, Repair or reuse
Sustainable Nantwich is a volunteer-led network based in Nantwich, Cheshire (United Kingdom) which aims to advance local action in response to the three main planetary crises that humanity currently faces: climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.
Our story so far… Plastic free Nantwich was launched in March 2019 by local residents Emilie Janman and Jeremy Herbert. After 6 months the group realised that we were working on lots of projects which had far reaching implications and did not just focus on plastic waste in Nantwich so together we launched Sustainable Nantwich in January 2020 of which Plastic Free Nantwich is one of the main subgroups. Bad timing with the pandemic… as we had just begun to engage many stakeholders in the community, but we started up our campaigning again at the beginning of 2021. During the pandemic we kept up communication with Nantwich Town Council and encouraged them to declare a climate emergency. Sadly, Emilie moved to Cornwall in August 2021 but we soldiered on and Sustainable Nantwich is now coordinated by a small group of volunteers (who are always on the lookout for more hands!).
Sustainable Nantwich does not work in isolation but works alongside Nantwich Town Council and many other community groups in the town.
Working closely with other organisations Sustainable Nantwich is involved in the following projects:Plastic Free Nantwich Refill Nantwich Nantwich Sunflower Challenge Nantwich One Plan Nantwich Town Council Climate Change Action Plan Growing Health Community Garden Nantwich Mill Community Energy Company Summer of Science Festival
Sustainable Nantwich has grown to be a real force for good in our local community. We have received several awards recognising our achievements to advance local action on climate, pollution and nature:Outstanding Organisation – Nantwich Mayor’s Salt of the Earth Awards (2023) In May 2023 we were awarded the outstanding organisation award from the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Peter Groves. We were delighted that the hard work of all our volunteers was recognised by the Mayor and Nantwich Town Council. Our coordinators John, Lesley and Mark received the award on behalf of all Sustainable Nantwich Volunteers! Eco Warrior Award – Morrisons (2022) In June 2022 we were awarded the Eco Warrior Award by Nantwich Morrisons recognising the community projects we have been working on. A big thank you to their community champion Nikki Harrison for nominating us! Inspiring Individual awarded to Jeremy Herbert (co-founder) – Nantwich Mayor’s Salt of the Earth Awards (2022) In May 2022 one of our co-founders was honoured with the Inspiring Individual Award in the Salt of the Earth Awards presented by the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Stuart Bostock. Jeremy founded Plastic Free Nantwich and Sustainable Nantwich and has been inspiring the local community to get involved in sustainable projects for decades. Plastic Free Community Award – Surfers Against Sewage (2022) Nantwich – Plastic Free Communities In March 2022 we were awarded Plastic Free Community status by Surfers Against Sewage. We had been working on actively reducing single use plastic in Nantwich since the launch of Plastic Free Nantwich in 2019 and were pleased to meet the criteria necessary to be awarded Plastic Free Community Status.
We have a large following on Facebook and Instagram. We use a WhatsApp group to efficiently share information on environmental issues across our network in real-time. WhatsApp helps to identify volunteers and coordinate community action on the ground efficiently and effectively.