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;
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
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.