When you’re jetting off abroad, it can be easy to forget about your carbon footprint as your thoughts turn to warm evenings and a cocktail or two. But if you’re not jetting off to sunnier climes, don’t worry because there are plenty of eco-friendly places you can visit here in the UK. Here’s our guide to some eco-friendly destinations that you won’t need to pack your passport for.
This cosmopolitan city on the East Sussex coast is one of the most eco-friendly places in the UK. It was the first place to elect a Green MP, and it boasts a blue flag beach and plenty of impressive landmarks like the famed Brighton Pier.
Are you surprised to the see capital on the list? Well there’s still work to be done when it comes to making the city sustainable, but it’s big on cycling and it’s constructed some ‘cycle superhighways’ to reduce congestion as well as encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and use public transport.
Edinburgh city centre has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the city’s Zero Waste Scotland initiatives are going a long way to greatly reducing carbon emissions. AS you stroll around and take in the history, you can do so safe in the knowledge that you’re walking around one of the UK’s cleanest and greenest cities.
There are ongoing initiatives in Leicester to encourage people to walk, cycle, and use public transport rather than jumping in their cars. The city has plenty of green spaces, as well as gorgeous architecture and the National Space Centre.
Plymouth has a climate change action plan in place to reduce carbon emissions. It also has one of the best recycling rates in the UK. It’s perfectly placed for exploring the natural beauty of Dartmoor and the stunning beaches of East Cornwall.
So when you’re thinking about getting away this summer, you don’t even have to set foot on a plane to find natural beauty, stunning architecture, clean air, and green living.