Many people enjoyed Chepstow Apple Day this year. It is one of the most popular events held at the Drill Hall every year. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you next year!
Members of Transition Chepstow and Transition Monmouth visited SOLCER House on 16th September 2015 and could not fail to be impressed that by using current local technology a carbon positive house has been built for £1,200/sqm. Details can be seen at http://www.solcer.org. It is very different to see, feel, touch, smell and experience such a project rather than just theorise about it.
There are many additional savings that could be made to reduce this cost to well within social housing cost envelope, it is already within the private housing price envelope. The finish is to a high standard and this type of building would be very pleasant to live in. Whilst the architect Dr Jo Paterson would admit it is not the blueprint as house orientation, size and type will differ, it will be necessary to change the design. However this project has proved we can build attractive zero carbon houses within current price envelopes. So the obvious question is why isn’t this being done on new builds?
Watch this video about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgi4S89AVgY
Photos by Cyrene Powell.
Monmouthshire Meadows Group is seeking donations and grants to buy two beautiful meadows being sold from Kingcoed Farm in order to preserve the biodiversity in the area.
“We want to safeguard this important site from agricultural ‘improvement’, to preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the area. We plan to use the site for events and educational activities, to demonstrate what can be achieved with the right management regime.
PLEASE CAN YOU HELP?
Monmouthshire Meadows Group aims to buy the two meadows, for the sake of their flowers, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. We need around £96,000 to secure the 11.8 acres. We have already received pledges towards this target. We are seeking donations and grants to raise the remaining amount.”