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 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).


More solar panels for the school plus end of decade celebrations for GCN

Many thanks to all those who completed our 'end of decade' survey in May/June. A quarter of village households took part, providing us with a lot of very useful information. Data analysis is well under way and we will publish the results in November as a report to the Parish Council and as a poster. We will also provide individual feedback to each participating household. 

We are also pleased to report that Ashton Hayes Community Energy (AHCEC) is now in the position to invest the money earned so far from Feed-in Tariffs, talks and village visits in more solar PV for the school. While we await the outcome of negotiations with ScottishPower about the grid connection we have taken advantage of the opportunity to pre-register with Ofgem to get a guaranteed tariff for the next 12 months. This required an Energy Performance Certificate for the school, which the energy company has funded.

To celebrate a decade of the Going Carbon Neutral Project we will hold an event on Thursday 28th January at the school. We plan to show a new film that looks back on 10 years of the project, provide highlights from our survey findings and outline our future plans. All are invited and further details will be published later in the year.

Interest in our project beyond the village remains high and Roy Alexander was invited to share what we have learned at three events during Community Energy Fortnight; as a panel member for a Community Energy Question Time event at CWaC HQ in Chester, as a speaker at the Milesecure2050 (a European research project examining community sustainability) conference in Salford and as a workshop contributor at an event at Nesta in London examining the support needs of community projects. Garry Charnock also sits on the Department of Energy & Climate Change Community Energy Contact Group and ensures our views are heard at the highest levels of Government.

Follow us on Twitter @ashtonhayesCEC.



Free training on community projects

For anyone who would be interested in getting involved in existing or forthcoming community projects but would like more knowledge or confidence. Here is a 3 day course at Trafford Hall. It is residential but you don't have to stay if you live nearby. Ashton Hayes & Mouldsworth Community Shop WILL PAY THE FEES for this course if you live in Ashton, Mouldsworth or Horton cum Peel and are 16 or over. (no upper age limit!).
Please contact the shop before making your application.

The dates are 18th - 20th AUGUST so don't delay!

Setting up a Project
18-20 August 2015

Do you want to set up a project that will have a positive impact within you community?

‘Setting Up A Project’ training is interactive and engaging, by using exercises, group work tasks and toolkits that encourages the development of ideas and strategies for initial project planning to make your project a success.

The three day training provides the opportunity for you to:

Find the right project
Develop mapping support tools
Understand the benefits of consultation and wider community involvement
How to sustain your project
Develop initial start-up project plans
Have access to a range of planning toolkits
Understand funding sources and support networks
Marketing & promotion strategies

Cost to community volunteers: £50 inc VAT for the first delegate from any group. £20 inc VAT per person for subsequent bookings through the same group on the same course.

This price not only includes the training but also all meals and refreshments during your stay and accommodation for the duration of the course in one of our en-suite bedrooms at Trafford Hall.

More on our village Facebook site here


Thailand visitors share ideas

The Going Carbon Neutral project was delighted to welcome (left to right) Chadchawan Muongpruan, Pavarat Kunkuamdee, Pornpol Noithammaraj, (Garry), Assoc.Prof. Ratnarin Nitisoravut to Ashton Hayes on Tuesday 7 July 2015. The group from Thailand's Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DESTA, a public organization) were keen to discuss ways of engaging communities in sustainable tourism that could benefit everone in Thailand's communities. Thanks to Garry, Roy, Kate, David Lamb, Matt Hover (headmaster - see below in blue shirt) and everyone else who chatted to them about life in Ashton Hayes.




School ECO event 25 June

Sounds like a great evening


Students begin survey this week

Left to right: Holly Watson, Emily Chapman, Lucy Holland, Cassy Swain, Karen Elliott, Rebecca Spensley, Emma Haughton, Beth Henderson. 

Eight female students from The University of Chester will be spending a few weeks in the village and hope you will assist them with the End of Decade carbon footprint survey. We want to understand the long term implications of our Going Carbon Neutral Project.

They will begin door-to-door surveying from the 16th of May, for approximately 3 weeks. Please have ready recent energy utility bills from the last 12 months, as this will be vital information for the survey. You can also download the survey letter and form here

Participation is entirely voluntary and you may withdraw from the survey at any point. The information that you provide will be kept strictly confidential and data on individual properties will not be published.

Full details here