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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).


Marketing push for electric car club

Membership of the Electric car club continues to grow but at a slower pace than we would like. We are delighted that Business Gradutes Greg Ambrose and Tom Ellis have come on board to help us understand the user needs and promote the marketing of this fantastic vehicle. They are currently carrying out a user survey and series of promotions that will encourage residents to try out the vehicle. Our aim to offer flexible hire terms that suit the needs of residents. We shall also share this data with the Commonwheels organisation which operates the car management system on our behalf.


'Letters from the future' to be shown at Coop film festival

Our recent film, 'Letters from the Future' will be shown at the Coop Film festival on 7 October at the National Media Museum in Bradford.The film was made by four Ashton Hayes girls - Eleanor Hart 13, Emily Hopkins 11, Grace Owen 11 all of Ashton Hayes and Bella Ball 11 from Mouldsworth. It was produced by Elizabeth Barlow (Bootcamp) and coordinated by Kate Harrison. The filmed was financed by a £4000 grant from DECC under the Low Carbon Communities programme.

The Co-op Film Festival is a non-competitive and not-for-profit youth initiative run by The Co-operative to encourage young people to co-operate, develop creativity and express themselves. It is one of the longest running film festivals in the country and a huge celebration of young people’s creative film-making! It’s been going for a massive 45 years.


Large crowd attends our launch

Despite the temptation of the Wimbledon Men's Finals, the launch of the Ashton Hayes new recreation field with its low carbon pavilion and community electric car, drew a huge crowd. The fabulous new facilities were opened by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Eleanor Johnston and Amy Pattinson, and the event opened by the Deputy Lieutenant, David Newton. Thanks to the Chester Chronicle for coverage. The community shop did a roaring trade in ice cream and drinks and the Ashton Hayes Sports and Recreation Association, which developed the new field, signed up many 'Friends of the Field'. The Going Carbon Neutral Project played its role by raising the finance for the building and car (£300,000) - thanks to DECC. Full sete of photos can be found on Flickr thanks to Lynn and Richard of M&M Associates. Full programme.


Join our electric car club

We are the first community in the North West to have our own all-electric Nissan Leaf zero emission vehicle – recently voted World car of the Year. It has an impressive performance with high equipment specification (including 5 seats, satnav, a/c and MP3 socket) and covers 85-105 miles on one charge. The vehicle also has top safety ratings. Anyone in the village with a clean driving licence* aged 18 and over can hire this fantastic car for short periods by booking over the internet or by phone. Current hire costs are £4.25 an hour plus 5p per mile (no fuel charges) with no annual membership fees. We are reviewing the costs based on feedback from members.


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Volunteers surface our car park in a sustainable way

Left: Richard Ashworth is providing the plant for free to surface the car park while Andrew Garman (right) makes the edging tidy with stone donated by Ken Hartley.

The car park at the new recreation ground is being resurfaced with recycled road materials with the kind help of local people especially the Farrell family for materials. Geoff Newsome, a local farmer, is providing the recycled tarmac and Richard Ashworth is providing the yellow metal to lay and roll out the surface in time for Sunday's opening - see below. Andrew Garman has donned his work clothes to sort out the edges. Thanks also to Tommy Donnachie for supplying the gravel area in front of our new pavilion. Community effort indeed!