Now in Association with

Ashton Hayes Community Energy CIC

Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. We started our journey in January 2006 and since then we have already cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 40% - by working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change. We now have our community owned renewable energy company.

This website encapsulates our journey towards carbon neutrality and offers free advice and guidance. Please feel free to use anything from our website (we'd like a credit if you can).


Become a Snow Angel this Christmas

The village needs you! We are organising a Snow Angels project this year which will support people during the cold weather we are all expecting. We need a range of volunteers to provide services including snow clearing, shopping for neighbours, collecting prescriptions, be-friending people, helping with energy advice, checking on neighbours during snowy and cold spells, knitting blankets, cooking extra portions of hot food to drop off, spending time having a cup of tea and a chat and anything else that you can think off.
We want everyone to be involved and we want all your ideas and offers to volunteer to make life easier this winter and are holding a meeting on Saturday 17th November at 2pm at the Parish Rooms, West End with tea/coffee and pastries.  The meeting will be informal and the aim is to make sure that the project has wide support throughout the village and that we can recruit as many volunteers as possible.


See our energy use data - courtesy of SPEN

We are now being given detailed power monitoring data on the village by Scottish Power Engineeering Networks (SPEN) who are kindly helping us to understand power demand in sectors of the village. Please go to the special SPEN Ashton Hayes website for all the data. Thanks to Geoff Murphy and his team.



Community Energy Company AGM 22 November

Everyone who lives or is involved with Ashton Hayes in some way is invited to attend our AGM on 22 November 2012 at the Parish Rooms, 7.30 pm. Meet the volunteer board of directors and find out how we work and see if you'd like to be involved in supporting community energy projects in the village.


Chester Zoo features our project

Our Going Carbon Neutral project is now featured in a display at Chester Zoo that looks at projects in Cheshire that are making a difference to the environment.

Here is our poster and here is the full display. Our thanks go to Ed Boyd, Education Officer at the Zoo.


Join us @ the Jess Gold concert

“On Friday 21st September, 2012, starting at 7.00pm, Chester Friends of the Earth, with the support of Transition Chester and West Cheshire & Chester Fairtrade Group are hosting a music event with Jess Gold and The Animated Earth Concert. Jess Gold writes and performs songs covering a range of green issues, all based on ideas around making music, having fun and learning how to look after our planet. The event is being held in The Lyceum at The Catholic High School, Chester, CH4 7HS and Fairtrade refreshments will be available.

More information about the tour can be found on the website including music links:

To book tickets (£10 each) please go to :