About this group
We are a community of 19 households in the Herefordshire countryside. We are trying to reduce our carbon: we try to farm as much of our own food as possible, we're avid recyclers, and we share cars.
We recently set up a Carbon Reduction Fund of £85,000 and as our first project we are in the process of installing our own 30Kw solar panel array.
We're lucky to live in some beautiful old buildings which were converted to residential use in 1979. However, as a grade two listed property in the countryside, it's hard to heat, and many of us rely on oil or coal to keep warm.
The heat we produce not only benefits the people who live here, but also the wider community. We run the Frome Society, a charity which aims to provide access to our resources and meeting spaces for the wider community. Events range from hosting regular classes in pilates, basket weaving classes and singing, to New Year ceilidhs and exhibitions by local artists.
We have recently been invited to join the country's first community-owned, local biomass scheme, the Woolhope Dome Community Woodfuel project. This will aim to source all its woodchip from local woodlands, including from currently unmanaged woodland in a SSSI. This will improve woodland habitats and increase diversity, while at the same time giving a local source of fuel that needs minimal transport costs.
However, to join the scheme, we need to raise capital to to up our Carbon Reduction Fund. This will pay for the complex and highly insulated pipework that will supply heat to our front doors, and this is why we're looking for EnergyShare funding.