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).


Community shop open for business on Monday 25th January

The community shop officially takes over the premises at the village store this week. The shop will be closed for refurbishments from Thursday to Sunday (although Helen will still be providing Post office services, bread, milk and newspapers from the rear of the premises).

We hope you like the changes we are making. Please bear with us over the next few weeks as new suppliers are established and final display fittings are delivered.

Please come and visit your new store next week and tell us what you think! We are grateful for any suggestions you may have, or requests for items you think we should keep as this is your Community shop and its success is dependant on its use by Community members.

Remember - unless we use it we will loose it!

Lisa Allman
On Behalf of the Community Shop Steering Committee


Blacon wins Phase 1 LCCC funding, Ashton Hayes awaits Phase 2 decision

Congratulations to Ged Edwards and his team in Blacon for winning Phase 1 funding under the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Low Carbon Communities Challenge. We are disappointed that the Ashton Hayes microgrid and green vehicle plan failed to secure DECC funds but hope we can secure the finance in Phase 2 of the programme in 2010.

We are now planning our project strategy for the coming years and will be announcing some changes in the New Year after consultatation with our volunteers.

Happy New Year to everyone!


Swedish radio pays us a visit

Left to right: Rebecca Handley, Katy Byrne, Harry Partington and Katie Barker are interviewed about their views on the enviroment by Swedish Radio journalist Johan Prane, at Ashton Hayes Primary School. Johan also chatted in the Golden Lion to visitors from Scottish Power (below) and other residents about our plans for the future.



Innovation award for Cheshire's Low-Carbon Visionaries? 

Cheshire’s 'Ginger Group' has been shortlisted for The Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) 2009 Innovative Team Award [IET] for its work to develop “Vision 2050 – A Sustainable Future for Cheshire West and Chester” [V2050] document that sets out how local councils, businesses and communities can work together to reduce the County’s carbon footprint. The team has supported work in Ashton Hayes - read the full Press Release.


Nøtterøy starts Norway's first 'Going Carbon Neutral' project - with our support 

Last Tuesday (27 October) Prof. Roy Alexander, Kate Harrison and Garry Charnock went from Ashton Hayes to Nøtterøy in Norway to launch the country's first community 'going carbon neutral' project. The launch was planned using the Ashton Hayes toolkit and involved all aspects of the island community which is home to 20,000 people. Janet Gullvåg has been the inspiration behind the project with cross party support from the Mayor Roar Jonstang, the Town Council and Climate Group and local businesses (Jonathan Hall coordinator) and several schools. The British Ambassador also expressed his support for the initiative as it supports Norway's ideals of becoming a carbon neutral country by 2050.

The three day visit involved a series of presentations from the Ashton Hayes delegates, newspaper, radio and TV interviews. All expenses for the visit were kindly covered by the Town Council.

Ashton Hayes will be helping Nøtterøy to make a film about its journey and the Parish Council has twinned with the Nøtterøy Council on a carbon neutral basis.

Thanks to everyone in Nøtterøy for their fantastic hospitality.