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 23% - by working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change. We are about to start work on our community owned renewable energy power station.

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).


Thanks to our contractors

We just want to say a big thanks to all the contractors and suppliers who have pulled out the stops to help us deliver our DECC-funded projects.

Raine or Shine
Westway Nissan
Sundog Energy
EA Technology
POD Point

University of Chester

and also to CWAC for speedy decision making!


Garry wins Climate Week award

Congratulations to Garry Charnock for winning the Climate Week Inspirational Leader award for his work in Ashton Hayes and at Carbon Leapfrog. Garry received the award at the Climate Week launch at Lancaster House on Monday 21 March. For more see the Climate Week website.


Community electric car - see the specifications

Its not long now to the delivery of our Nissan Leaf community electric vehicle. If you'd like a sneek preview of what this car will offer, have a look at the Nissan website. We are hoping that the car will be available to residents who have held a full driving licence for over a year. Our plan is to use the CommonWheels system that we have just seen operating in the enterprising Norfolk village of Reepham.


Support our sports facilities - quiz and disco!

Not to be missed: fund raising events for the new village recreation ground:

Quiz Night  
Golden Lion. Saturday, 19th February. Starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 each.
Chilli and rice supper included. Maximum 6 people per team. Prizes include bottles of wine kindly donated by the pub.
Spring Disco   
The Village Hall (Old School). Saturday 19th March. Starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 each. Spring themed disco. Supper included.  
Tickets for both events are available in the shop.
If you’re willing to sell tickets please contact Mike Powers on 01829 752620. Donations of raffle prizes for both events would be gratefully received.


See our new sports facilities

Here is an artist's impression of the new 'carbon neutral' changing rooms we are building in Ashton Hayes. The highlly insulated building will come complete with a PV array, solar water heating, and charge the new Nissan Leaf community electric car. Thanks to DECC and the Going Carbon Neutral team for their support and everyone else who is working so hard to complete the project. See also Fordingbridge website