As well as helping each other reduce our environmental impact in our homes and travels, occasionally we identify how we can help the wider community take action. All help is welcome!
We know that one of the main barriers to installing solar PV, after cost, is knowing who to trust. We are shopping around to get people the assurance they need and negotiate the best price we can.
In 2019 our Solar Streets project has gathered interest from over 30 households in installing solar PV. We took this to 12 suppliers and, having got detailed quotes and references from the preferred three, linked up with one to deliver quotes over Winter 2019/20 and installed systems (including PVs and battery storage) in Spring 2020.
The initial quotes ranged in cost by £1200 for a 4kW system, which shows it is worth getting our help shopping around! We then negotiated a further discount of up to £250 provided 10 or more people take up the offer, and a donation was made by the installer to Green Southwell.
We are considering a second round in 2022, including clean heat as well as renewable energy and storage. Please let us know if you are interested in knowing more as our plans develop.
Reducing waste and recycling are recurring themes of interest on our Facebook page.
In 2019 we signed Southwell up to the Refill initiative, so people can easily find places where they can refill their water bottles where out and about. We are now looking at how we can promote and publicise those businesses that will refill as part of their retail offer – including butchers, pet shops and others.
Our Good Gift guide in 2018 took the form of a daily reminder on our Facebook page through December and a leaflet distributed to local homes and shops.
In 2017 we made over 150 wraps and envelopes from waste fabric, and gifted them to friends, neighbours and the congregation of the Methodist Church. In 2018, we demonstrated the art of Furoshiki on East Midlands Today. Not only does it cut waste, it is also SO much easier to wrap than wrestling with sellotape!
Green Southwell wants to enable and encourage local landowners, such as the Town Council and Minster, to bring life back to their land.
Allowing unused green spaces to rewild, and developing new green corridors through our towns and villages, makes sense environmentally, socially and economically.
56% of species in the UK are in decline and 15% threatened with extinction. Biodiversity supports us all through the food chain. It needs space to flourish, if we are to flourish, and we can make that space in our gardens, on our verges as well as in larger parks and surrounding landscape.
We have worked with the local Wildlife Trust to put forward ideas to Southwell Town Council, have started work to improve the habitat on the Lower Burgage and Beryl’s Meadow, and are now looking with colleagues at Brackenhurst at ways we can help residents develop green corridors through the town.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead