Edward Gildea is the Green Party Candidate for Saffron Walden Division in the Essex County Council Election & for Newport Ward in the Uttlesford District Council By-election 

Edward has lived in Saffron Walden for 8 Years. Two of his daughters live locally and all of his grandsons. He worked as a teacher, headteacher and latterly as an education consultant specialising in school leadership.

Edward became a committed environmental activist as a result of sailing around the world in the Clipper Yacht race, realising how very small and delicate our planet is.

He writes regularly on green issues, is the environmental stakeholder for the Uttlesford Local Plan consultation, St Mary’s Eco church team leader and an elected member of the Green Party Policy Development Committee.

He is deeply committed to the fight, at all levels, to ensure that current and future generations can live in peace and with social justice on a healthy and hospitable planet.

Edward Gildea’s  articles and press releases about the environmental catastrophes we face can be found here.

Edward's Contibutions to the 2021 Local Plan                       

   Read our 2021 Election Manifesto 



Building Sustainable Communities: The Railway Arms



Edward pulls an enormous bramble root from the lawn at the Railway Arms Community Pub. Leading the gardening team there, he has been instrumental in turning a tenacious wilderness into a thriving pub garden. “Next year we will build a fully accessible sensory garden, and we have just completed the structure for a community herb garden. The community pub shows how being sustainable is about building happier, connected, enjoyable communities. The committee here have a great vision for all the community activities that could thrive here: mother and toddler groups, repair shops, youth club games, coffee mornings, book clubs…. Whatever brings people together and enriches their lives. It’s a great project to be part of!”


Edward Gildea

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