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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 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).


Ashton Hayes features in Chasing Tomorrow's video

We are delighted that Ashton Hayes has been featured, along with several other sustainable UK locations, in a new film by Maxime Carmas & Jérémy Stobrec of Chasing Tomorrow.

The film explains how Maxime and Jérémy decided to give up their 'normal' lives to see what they could do about environmental issues. And as a first step they decided to visit places in the UK that are trying to do their bit for the environment. Ashton Hayes gets a 10 minute section at the end of the hour long video.

The video quality is fabulous and it is fun to watch. See the video here.

The guys are now looking at other projecst across Europe and plan to make a series of films about community action


Best weekend for our solar panels

Our solar panels captured the sun's energy over the weekend and we are impressed by their ongoing performance. 


23 students visit Ashton Hayes from Georgia, USA

08 March 2017. Sarah Winget, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, USA and her colleague Matt Ruby, brought 23 students to Ashton Hayes today to learn about our Going Carbon Neutral project. They had heard of us from the New York Times article last August and were keen for the students to learn more about our project as part of their Global Challenges course. The visit began with a tour of the sports pavilion followed by a short slide show and a discussion session, during which Kate and Maria provided hot drinks and pastries. After a few minutes in the play area the group visited the community shop where they purchased a range of goods from souvenirs to meat pies. We ended the tour at the village school, where Matt Hover, the headmaster, told the group about our solar panels. 


AGM Meeting minutes

The Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company held its AGM at the parish rooms on Thursday 2 March and the Chair, Professor Roy Alexander, gave a review of the year and David Wilson ran through the finances. Plans for the coming year were discussed with the Board and members of the public. 


Come to our AGM on 2 March, 7.30pm, Parish Rooms

Everyone is welcome to come to our AGM on 2 March in the Parish rooms at 7.30pm. You can chat to the directors of the Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company, hear stories about activities in the village and volunteer to help. Hope you can make it.