The social benefits of community energy

New research by The National Trust highlights that community owned renewables do deliver social benefits in addition to economic and environmental ones. In the space of forty years the Welsh village of Abergwyngregyn saw its social fabric slowly ebb away. It lost the cornerstones of its local society – its shops, petrol station and pub.…

Support for Solar Trade Best Practice Guidance

New renewable energy sources, such as solar farms, are vital as low carbon sources of energy to power this country. However, the National Trust has always argued that it is essential that these schemes are realised in tune with landscapes and the natural environment. Communities have raised concerns about the ecological and visual impact of solar farms.…

Invitation To Join Our Snowdonia Hydro Tour

On September 8th the National Trust is hosting a free Hydro Tour in Snowdonia as part of the ‘Community Energy Fortnight’, which aims to engage communities with local energy possibilities and inspire others to generate and save energy.   Hydro schemes are an integral part of the community energy projects in Snowdonia and the Mountain…

Bristol’s BIG Green Week

Talking about the state of our environment shouldn’t be all doom and gloom. In just under a week’s time Bristol will play host to BIG Green Week, the world’s leading festival on sustainability, arts and culture that aims to tackle climate change in a fun and vibrant way. With over 120 events on campaigning, nature,…