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 significantly - 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).


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


Village to build low carbon sports facilities

Ashton Hayes Carbon Neutral Project has secured funding under DECC's LCCC programme to build one of the UK's first low carbon sports buildings on the community purchased recreation field, in the centre of the community. Plans are being finalised with the Ashton Hayes Sports & Recreation Association but the highly insulated building will also have PV and solar water heating panels on its roof which will contribute to the power and heat for changing rooms and the community owned electric vehicle - a Nissan Leaf, due for delivery shortly. More soon.


Join us at London's Guildhall on 21 March

Over 500 are expected in the GuildhallOn the first day of Climate Week UK, Carbon Leapfrog and City of London are hosting the 'Creating Low Carbon Communities' show at London's Guildhall, supported by Ashton Hayes, the University of Chester and Carbon Coop. Find out how to obtain commercial finance to support your low carbon vision and meet grass roots examples of community action alongside the world's financiers.


New video on Cheshire's community projects

Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project is just one of the communities featured in the new video from Cheshire and Warrington Low Carbon Communities. Called The Climate for Community Change, the video looks at the activities going on in places such as Blacon, Lymm, Bollington and Ashton Hayes. Thanks to Peter Bulmer at CWAC for funding the film. Link to the movie here (wmv.).