The main aims of YEW are to offer environmental groups active in York an opportunity to jointly celebrate and showcase their work, and to work together to share and promote environmental messages. The vision for YEW includes:
- Virtual events (e.g. videos, films, slideshows, webinars, recorded presentations/talks/panel discussions) that are available to WATCH AGAIN – by uploading to the YEW YouTube channel.
- Actual events e.g. Tree Planting – 28 November to 6 December 2020 is also National Tree Week
- SHOW and TELL events that inspire participants to learn new skills, and make use of good practice.
- The active involvement of YOUNG PEOPLE throughout the YEW programme.
- A programme which benefits physical and mental HEALTH.
- Having a positive impact on participants’ MONEY and financial resources.
- Highlighting LOCAL and GLOBAL environmental issues.
YEW is the first event of this type to be held by York Environment Forum (YEF).
The Forum was established over 10 years ago, and plays an active role in local consultation processes, as well as taking a proactive stance on engagement with topical issues. YEF’s aims and objectives are: to advise and comment on policies and strategic issues in York that affect the built and natural environment; to encourage community initiatives that improve sustainability; to enable information exchange and networking among members and supporters in York; and to scrutinise and monitor the progress of the Local Plan. Traditionally, the Forum has functioned as a ‘critical friend’ to the Council, commenting and writing reports on policies and strategies as they relate to York’s environment and, from time to time, campaigning on specific issues.
The Forum’s specialist work on the natural environment is carried out through Treemendous and the involvement of other specialist member organisations. It also has a Transport group that is active on strategic issues aimed at improving travel in and around the city.
YEF is open to all groups and individuals who are interested in environmental issues and how they affect York. More information and details of how to apply for membership here