I THINK it’s fair to say that autumn is on the way and while the leaves on the trees aren’t quite changing colour yet, we’re already planning for new growth in the coming years.

As part of our efforts to make the whole district carbon neutral by 2030, our officers have drawn up proposals for a woodland at Salmon Springs on the edge of Stroud town.

Not only would it absorb carbon dioxide but also slow water run-off, and help mitigate against the causes and the effects of climate change.

One five acre woodland won’t save the earth but it is a positive step in the right direction.

I am glad to see that our Democratic Services team is once again engaging with National Democracy Week next month and we have already publicised n event being held next month – anyone who is considering standing for election to council can come along to our Be a Councillor event on October 14.

All 51 Stroud District Council seats are up for election next year and if you are even just thinking of putting your name forward for parish and town, or district council service, please do consider coming along to find out more about what’s involved.

The event for prospective parish or town councillors will start at 5.30pm and for prospective district councillors will start an hour later - please register your interest by emailing democratic.services@stroud.gov.uk

We have also launched our code of conduct for professional dog walkers.Our Animal Welfare Team has offered the chance to sign up to our code of conduct. It will offer owners more piece of mind when leaving their dog in someone else’s care.