The Low Carbon Living Ladock and Grampound Road project has been named Best South West Community Initiative in the prestigious 2010 Green Energy Awards.
The award – which recognises the achievements communities that have been effective in working to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy generation for the benefit of the community – was presented at a glittering ceremony, held at the Bath Assembly Rooms on 23rd November.
Head judge of the category, Alison Field from the Forestry Commission, said: “Ladock and Grampound Road Transition has shown great community togetherness and is an inspiration to all other small communities to show that they too can work together to have a sustainable energy future.”
It was particularly noted that the project has installed renewable technologies in 16 houses, three businesses and four community buildings in the parish. It has also planted six acres of edible woodland, and formed a co-op to manage and grow the scheme.
The group beat off strong opposition from other shortlisted entries including Carbon Neutral Exmoor and Totnes Transition Streets.
Neil Farrington, Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus, who collected the award, said: “This nationally significant project set out to develop a test bed of sustainable living on a community wide scale and in just nine months we’ve created a project that is much more than a sum of renewable technologies across a rural parish – it has won the hearts and minds of the local community and brought people together with the desire to help their parish become more sustainable. This award is a great boost to the community who have worked tremendously hard and I know will do a great job in building on their achievements in future stages of the project.
Now in their seventh year, the South West Green Energy Awards recognise, reward, and pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations operating in the south west sustainable energy industry.
Leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt, who hosted the South West Green Energy Awards, said: “Forget two, five, ten or even fifteen percent – we need at least 70 or 80 per cent of our energy to come from renewable sources – as fast as we can deliver it. It’s therefore essential that we get spread that message, so that people understand the power of what lies behind a renewable future.
“What we are celebrating here at the South West Green Energy Awards are the decisions and actions of people working towards that kind of future. The people here tonight have demonstrated what the potential is for building the future in a completely different way; for creating wealth in completely different ways; and for bringing forward new technologies in completely different ways.”
More than 100 entries were received for the 2010 awards, and the winners were chosen from a high-quality shortlist of entrants from across the region by an independent panel of judges who have expert knowledge in sustainable energy. Winners were chosen in six categories: Best Renewable Energy Scheme, Best Business Innovation, Most Proactive Local Authority, South West Sustainable Energy Champion, Best Community Initiative, and Installer or Supplier of the Year.Adapted from press release issued by Regen SW.