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).


Parish Council votes to apply for Low Carbon Communities Challenge funds

At last night’s Parish Council meeting we had a unanimous vote in favour of registering our interest in applying for capital funding as a ‘first mover’ community under the recently announced Low Carbon Communities Challenge 2010-2012. The Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project team, an official sub group of the Parish Council, will lead the application in due course.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is offering a total of £10m to 20 'beacon communities' that are in the forefront when it comes to fighting climate change. Each community will have the opportunity to obtain £500k towards captial expenditure on items such as renewable energy, retrofitting houses and electric car charging points. Full details on the fund can be found on DECC's website.


Microgrid feasibility report published

Could our village and others like us produce community renewable energy? The report asks the questions. See 'Technical Stuff' section on Microgrid to download the full 6MB file.


Chester Chronicle features Ashton Hayes

COMMUNITY LEADERS of a pioneering energy initiative are ready to make rural village life a lot greener, writes Ben Coulbeck.

Project leaders of Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral have finished a 12-month study and are considering creating a renewable energy system for the village’s school, neighbouring houses and buildings.



View the 2009 survey results

Go to the 'Technical Stuff' section to find the results and analysis of our 4-year journey. We seem to have reduced our footprint by 23%. Well done everyone.


Ashton Hayes features in CSE report to Energy Saving Trust

We are please that the CSE's study of commmunity engagement on climate change has featured our work in Ashton Hayes. Download the pdf.


Centre for Sustainable Energy on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust

Prepared by:

Ian Preston, Vicki White, Lucy Lloyd-Price, Will Anderson