The National Trust, along with several other organisations are hosting a series of events that will form the ‘Community Energy Fortnight’ later this summer, with the aim to inspire others to generate and save energy together for the benefit of all.
The fortnight of events will include a Big Red Bus Tour around Greater Manchester, a visit to Neilston Community Wind Farm and a community energy networking event in Exeter. The National Trust will be throwing two more events into the mix; a walk and tour of the completed and nearly completed hydros in Snowdon, and a community heat workshop in Coleshill, one of the original Low Carbon Villages.
Partnering with Centre for Sustainable Energy, the community heat workshop will be open to both members of the public and National Trust staff and include a morning of workshops from community energy group veterans, National Trust wardens and project managers. Attendees will have a chance to learn some traditional building techniques, whilst talking to consultants and energy experts who will have stalls over lunch.
Because we believe that sustainable woodland management is an important part of biomass and should be properly considered, the afternoon will involve a 1 ½ hour walk and tour of our existing biomass and woodlands by National Trust wardens, covering important aspects of conservation with regards to biomass.
The hydro tour in Wales will include an introduction from members of the Anafon Community Hydro project, followed by a tour of the micro renewables at National Trust owned Hafod y Llan farm and a two hour mountain walk of the hydro schemes on Snowdon, led by Wales’ Environmental Advisor Keith Jones. This will be a great chance to see some renewable energy projects in a beautiful part of the country. The day will finish at a community café on Snowdon.
If you would like further information about the Community Energy Fortnight or to book a place on the events, please contact Low Carbon Villages coordinator, Chloe Hampson: chloe.hampson [at] nationaltrust.org.uk.