Did voters care about the environment?
In a local election year that saw Labour suffer heavy losses and achieve its lowest share of the vote since the 1960s, edie took to the streets of South London on election day to find out whether the electorate was interested in environmental issues or were there more pressing concerns?
On the tough inner city streets, environmental safeguards were seen as a luxury, rather than a priority by most of those questioned. While they may not have been vote-swaying issues, however, the public was still interested in improvements to the local environment - reducing pollution and tackling litter and fly-tipping were the most commonly mentioned problems.
It was a mixed bag in Wandsworth, where some voters were flying the flag for the Green Party and others thought there were much bigger issues at stake. For those thinking about environmental issues as they headed to the ballot box, climate change and waste were top of the agenda.
Voters went to the polls in local elections in 159 council areas across England and Wales, as well as elections for the London Assembly and London Mayor on May 1.
The final results revealed the Conservatives had made huge gains at the expense of Labour.
The Tories had 44% of the vote and gained 256 more councillors, while labour had a net loss of 331 seats and just 24% of the vote, leaving them in third place.
The Liberal Democrats under new leader Nick Clegg were in second place with 25% of the vote and the party gained 34 councillors.
But one of the biggest headlines of this year's election was Boris Johnson's victory against Ken Livingstone in the London Mayoral elections, announced shortly before midnight on May 2.
Boris romped home with 1,168,738 votes to Ken's 1,028,966, while the third-placed candidate, the Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick, had 878,097 votes.
Prior to the elections, the four main candidates for the Mayoralty told edie what they would do for the environment and environmental industries if they got in. Read what they had to say here.
Sam Bond and Kate Martin