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Sheffield rural businesses learn how to go green

This is an archived press release

Thursday 16 June 2011

Rural businesses on the edge of Sheffield learned how to cut their carbon-footprint by installing small-scale wind turbines, solar panels or ground source heat pumps.

They were attending a Green Technology course organised by Sheffield village officer Sharon Batty and run by Green Directions, a farm-based eco-training centre at Stannington.

Sharon, whose work with rural communities is jointly supported by Sheffield’s Northern Community Assembly and the Peak District National Park Authority, explained: “Over the past year it’s become clear there is a lot of interest in small-scale renewable energy. It was the most popular suggestion for topics for rural network meetings.

“I arranged a contribution to the course costs, reducing the price per person from the usual £35 to £5, and it went really well. People who attended ranged from farmers to architects, other rural businesses and householders, and they covered not only renewable energy but insulation and rainwater recycling.”

Course leader Mark Woodward, of Green Directions, has installed many of the technologies himself at Townfield Head Farm, Stannington. He said: “This was one of the most stimulating events that Green Directions has run so far. Almost everyone there had experience of installing green technologies or designing and constructing buildings. There was a fantastic sharing of knowledge, and people were so enthused that the course overran.”

Marika Puglisi, Northern Community Assembly manager, said: "Communitiy Assemblies are all about focusing on what really matters to local people. In the Northern Community Assembly we are doing lots of work with our rural communities who have a massive interest in becoming more green and sustainable, so it's great to see this work reaping such tangible benefits."

A Peak District National Park planning officer was on hand to answer the inevitable planning queries.  The Authority offers free general guidance on green technologies or any other planning matter from a duty planning officer every weekday morning at its head office in Bakewell, either in person or on the phone. See www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/dutyofficer for more details or call 01629 816200.

For more details on Green Technology courses, go to www.greendirections.co.uk   

For more details on climate change issues in the national park, go to: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/climatechange

This is an archived press release

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