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Parish Council - Environment Page

The Parish Council is very committed to caring for our environment.†Hemyock is a part of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).†† Being in such a beautiful area means that we are very conscious of†doing all we can to conserve and preserve its distinctive qualities.

One of our recent projects, the Longmead field sports pavilion is a very low carbon design.†It uses a ground source heat pump for the central heating and domestic hot water, has solar heating panels and a living roof.†The main structure is clad in wood and it has a large amount of loft and wall insulation.†The central heating is all underfloor.

Some Councillors have expertise in specific aspects of the eco-friendly design of houses, and we would be very happy to talk to people about our experiences†or what we have gleaned / learned in the process of our research into†the various aspects of the subject.

There are a number of organisations on the web that can help us and you to become greener.†This is a non-exclusive list of sites we have found useful;

Coach travel.†The bus timetable is here.†https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables

Freecycle.†Instead of binning items you donít want, recycle them to someone who does.†There are Groups in Honiton and Taunton.†https://www.freecycle.org/browse/UK/South%20West

Lift sharing.†Both for daily commuting and occasional trips, you will be amazed who else from Hemyock is going there.†https://www.liftshare.com/uk/

Car Sharing.†A group of people come together to join a club that owns one or more cars. Ideal for occasional use, or where that second car is not really justified.†Read more here. https://carshare.liftshare.com/

If you are interested contact Paul Steed or Steven Reed; we already have the offer of maintenance from a local garage.

Carbon footprint. Calculate your own here.†http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/

If you want to measure and improve the amount of energy you use domestically, and therefore the carbon footprint, this site, iMeasure is very useful

Energy saving.http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/

Make a difference.†Either use their services or volunteer to help others.†http://www.remap.org.uk/

Peak Oil and Climate Change. Many communities are coming together in an initiative to prepare their community for the decline in fossil fuels and to cope with climate change.†http://www.transitionnetwork.org/†† If you interested in becoming involved contact the Parish Council.

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Local Weather

Cold and bright with showers.

Today:

Windy through the day, especially around exposed hills and coasts. There will be sunny spells but increasingly frequent wintry showers, turning heavy at times with a risk of hail, and perhaps with some sleet or snow over the hills later. Maximum Temperature 9 °C.

Tonight:

The wintry showers will continue overnight, with some turning heavy. Otherwise it will be dry and cold, with frost and ice possible in places. Minimum Temperature 1 °C.

Friday:

A frosty and icy start for some. Sunny spells and showers through the day,with a risk of hail and hill snow. Maximum Temperature 7 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Saturday bright in the east, rain possible in the west. Overnight and into Sunday turning wet and windy. Milder on Monday but still likely to be unsettled.

Updated at: 0130 on Thu 18 Jan 2018



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