About Greening 


The first thing to know is that we’re actually Greening Steyning, Bramber & Upper Beeding, but that’s quite a mouthful!

Photo of Greening Steyning Members on the Climate March 2022

Who are we?

We are an active and enthusiastic local group working to create a sustainable, low-carbon future for Steyning, Bramber, Upper Beeding and the surrounding area. Our aim is to get the whole community thinking about what we can do to tackle climate change – and taking action so that together we can make a difference.

Why we were set up

Our origins date back to 2010 when a group of local people came together to share their concerns about the need for action on the climate. Back then the evidence was already mounting that unless we act quickly to cut carbon emissions, humanity will face terrible problems in the years to come due to global warming, sea level rise, famine, and related effects. We felt it was time for ordinary people to step in and show that we’re ready to take action to defend our children’s futures.

Since then, the evidence has become overwhelming. We are facing a climate emergency combined with a growing ecological crisis involving widespread species loss and habitat destruction. As the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and many others expert bodies point out, unless we act decisively, we are heading for disaster. It’s now or never.

The original name for the group was the ‘Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group’. When we launched a Greening Campaign in 2011 we took on ‘Greening Steyning, Bramber and Beeding’ as a more descriptive name. As that’s a bit of a mouthful, we often use ‘Greening Steyning’ as shorthand.

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Video – The History of Greening Steyning

What we do

We use a whole range of approaches to raise awareness of climate issues and encourage people to take action. For example, we:

Meet regularly and host monthly Green Drinks talks with inspiring speakers.

Enable local people to live more sustainably through projects such as the Repair Cafe, Community Fridge and Recycling Station.

Provide practical information on how individuals and families can cut their carbon emissions.

Run campaigns on specific green issues, such as making Steyning, Bramber and Beeding a ‘Plastic Free’ Community.

Work with Parish Councils, schools, and local businesses to spread the climate message and encourage them to take action.

Work with local schools to support their efforts to involve and educate the next generation of green activists.

Encourage people to ‘Vote for Climate Action’. We are not party political but we host hustings debates before elections so people can meet the candidates and hear what they have to say on green issues.

Organise rallies, such as the Sept 2019 Climate March, and lobby local and central government to take action on the climate.

Put on stalls at local fêtes and street fairs to promote green issues.

Set up field trips to visit interesting local sites, such as the Ford Recycling Facility and the Knepp Estate rewilding project.

Keep people up to speed with what’s happening via a regular email newsletter and through social media.

In June 2020, we launched an ambitious new initiative – the 2030 Project. This aims to create a shared vision for what we want our community to look like by 2030, and then to work with others to make it happen. Read all about it here: Find out more about Greening Steyning’s 2030 Vision.

Who is involved?

Greening Steyning is run entirely on volunteer power. We are made up of people of all ages from across the community, and everybody is welcome to join in. You can do this by signing up to our email newsletter,  coming along to any of our events or talks or sending us an email at greeningsteyning@gmail.com

How we are organised

Greening Steyning is an informal voluntary organisation, an ‘unincorporated association’ in legal terms. We are open, democratic and always looking for new suggestions on how we can be most effective.

We are run by a Steering Group made of members who’ve volunteered to take on an organising role and are leading on different projects or activities.

You can find a list of current Steering Group members and minutes of recent meetings on our Steering Group Page.

diagram showing how Greening Steyning is organised

Constitution and policies

Here are links to some of the key documents and policies which explain how we work, all of which were updated in autumn 2020:

Greening Steyning Constitution

Safeguarding Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

Financial details

To see how we are funded, and how we spend the generous grants and donations that keep us going, take a look at:

2021 Financial Accounts

2022 Financial Accounts

2023 Financial Accounts

Report to Horsham District Council on our 2021 Community Climate Fund Grant

Report to Horsham District Council on our 2022 Community Climate Fund Grant