Over £18,000 awarded through Bright Green Community Trust Fund

The Bright Green Community Trust Fund supports organisations in the Holme Valley with carbon reduction projects. This year, over £18,000 was awarded to 7 organisations.

This fund has been set up by HoTTWind@Longley Ltd, a community benefit society that operates a wind turbine which supplies green electricity to Longley Farm, near Holmfirth.

Holme Valley Climate Action Partnership

The Holme Valley Gardens project will raise the profile of local community food growing and the contribution it can make to climate action. Highlighting the fantastic Community Gardens, it will encourage people to visit, volunteer and support these spaces, increasing awareness of the produce they offer and knowledge they can share.

Working with Holmfirth and Honley libraries, Earthworks Community Garden in New Mill, Honley Community garden, Friends of Cinderhills Park, Holmfirth Edibles and Wooldale allotments, the group will deliver events and opportunities, link up the 7 spaces and prompt discussion on the affect our food choices have on our environment.

Scholes Cricket Club

Scholes Cricket Club’s project will reduce the carbon footprint of their club by replacing their existing petrol-powered lawnmower with an electric, battery-powered model. This will bolster their commitment to environmental sustainability by reducing emissions. Second, it enhances the club’s financial sustainability due to the decreased energy costs. This initiative to replace the lawnmower represents a part of these ongoing endeavours.

River Holme Connections

This project will allow a wide range of people to get involved in practical conservation action (tree and hedge planting scheme maintenance), to improve their local environment. River Holme Connections will deliver 4 x maintenance days with volunteers and 4 x staff and trained volunteers (herbicide use) days on existing tree and hedge planting schemes (8 sites). This work will involve replacing dead trees, weeding around the trees (to ensure they survive and grow), removal of plastic tree guards and replacement of tree guards.

Christ Church, New Mill

The Church aims to be Net-Zero in terms of CO2 emissions and use of fossil fuels by 2030. As part of this goal, the church will install destratification fans. These fans help recirculate the air in the church to use the warmer air that accumulates at the top of the roof to warm the congregation below, reducing wasted heat and also their energy consumption (and subsequent CO2 emissions) by approximately 35%.

EcoHolmes

EcoHolmes’ will retrofit a redundant Council office building in Holmfirth with energy saving measures, transforming it into affordable low-energy homes for rent to local people.

This will be EcoHolmes’ second community housing project, the first being a ‘new-build ‘ development for 10 two-bed affordable low-energy homes in Scholes, which has just received planning permission.

Holmfirth Civic Hall Community Trust

Holmfirth CHCT will undertake a number of projects to improve the buildings energy efficiency. An energy report included recommendations to replace lighting throughout the building with LED and where appropriate to install PIR/motion and lighting controls. The group will use the funding to replace lights in the corridors, staircases and landings, and install motion controls where appropriate.

Holmbridge Cricket Club

Holmbridge Cricket Club aim to increase their short, medium and long term sustainability by installing batteries for their solar power system. The installation of solar panels has already reduced their reliance on grid electricity by over 60%. By installing batteries they hope to further reduce their use of grid power to around 10%.

“Investing in environmental projects that reduce carbon emissions and nurture green spaces is not just a commitment to a sustainable future; it’s a pledge to preserve the essence of our planet. By supporting these local initiatives, we cultivate a healthier environment, combat climate change, and create spaces that breathe life into our communities, fostering a legacy of balance and vitality for generations to come. This is all made possible by the collaborative approach to funding local projects by the Bright Green Community Trust, HottWind, Longley Farm and One Community” Emma Woods-Bolger, CEO, One Community

Thanks to the funding from Bright Green Community Trust, these groups are making a real impact on carbon reduction in Holme Valley. We’re excited to see how these groups get on in the coming year.  

If you’d like to see the other funding opportunities available, please visit our Funds page.

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