This is an archived press release
Thursday 13 September 2007
13 September 2007
TV’s Queen of Green to energise Peak District communities
BBC2’s "Queen of Green", Penney Poyzer, will be energising Peak District communities at a "21st Century Village Conference" in Bakewell on Saturday September 29.
Penney, whose "No Waste Like Home" programme helps householders cut energy costs, is the keynote speaker at the conference which will show how communities can launch renewable energy schemes for themselves.
Another TV figure, former BBC and Channel 4 environment correspondent Alistair McDonald, will chair a "Question Time" panel of experts.
Some 200 people from community action groups across the Peak District are expected to attend the event at Lady Manners School – the first to be organized by the newly-formed Peak District Sustainable Energy Group.
Local role-models will include Youlgrave and Ilam – leading the way with ambitious energy efficiency plans such as a methane digester using farm slurry, hydro-power and low-energy light-bulbs throughout the community.
Both villages have received grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund, whose manager Richard Godley said: "This is the first opportunity in the Peak District for local community activists to learn from each other about renewable energy projects for villages and organisations.
"We’ll be advising people on how to get organized, who to approach for grants and information, and how to develop their ideas into practical solutions."
The event will include displays from community groups and energy companies, workshops on funding and practical issues, speakers and individual expert advice.
The event is free, from 10am to 4pm, with a buffet and crèche provided. Bookings for these are essential on www.derbyshirercc.org.uk Click on Sustainable Energy, and then on Conference. Or ring the Derbyshire Rural Community Council on 01629 824797 in office hours and ask for the "21st Century Village Conference" office.
The Peak District Sustainable Energy Group is a partnership of the Derbyshire Rural Community Council, Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service, High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands Community and Voluntary Services, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales ProHelp, Derbyshire Diocese, Sustainable Youlgrave, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.