In the survey, which led to the publication of our 2006 Little Dewchurch Parish Plan, it was highlighted that the environment is the most important issue to parishioners.

We are indeed fortunate to live in the beautiful countryside which surrounds us: 95% of parishioners professed to "enjoy the rich patchwork provided by the rolling countryside and mosaic of woodlands,
orchards, hedgerows and farmland"

Conservation is of great importance here, as is habitat, diversity and making the village attractive, both for people and for wildlife.

The survey also highlighted areas of concern, which have since been addressed: 

                                      1.  Improving access for enjoyment of the local countryside: Cllr Philip Williams is our current Parish Footpaths Officer and has produced a number of detailed walks with maps, 
                                          available from the Plough Inn or the Parish Council

                               2. Litter and dog mess - a wonderful Dog Exercise Zone was created in 2017 in a previously disused, overgrown section of the playing fields as is fully maintained
                                   by our

                               3.  Storm water and poor drainage and Roadside verges. Our Lengthsman regularly clears ditches & grips and strims verges

These points obviously concentrate on our immediate environment, but we also consider the bigger picture. Since the survey, Climate Change has entered the public consciousness and
become an increasingly pressing issue. Unless we make dramatic reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions, we are likely to experience catastrophic and irreversible Climate Change
within this century. Our Neighbourhood Development Plan requires that any new buildings be constructed to the highest levels of energy efficiency as buildings account for significant
proportion of our national energy consumption, both during construction and particularly in running them.