The mid Cornwall parish of Ladock is hoping that a film about their experiences of becoming one of the UK’s first low carbon communities will inspire other local projects to embrace low carbon living.
A short film by the Cornwall based documentary maker Ben Giles was made after the parish won the Cornwall Rural Community Council’s ‘Sustainable Village of the Year’ award last year. Following the film’s premiere at Ladock Community Hall, the film is now available to a worldwide audience on YouTube.
Transition Ladock and Grampound Road member Chris Jones is hoping that communities across Cornwall and further afield will watch the film and be encouraged to rise to the challenge of trying to achieve sustainable living at a community-wide scale. Chris said: “We hope that other communities who want to steer towards a more sustainable lifestyle will find the film informative and inspiring. There is nothing we have done that could not be achieved elsewhere. Members of our group are always willing to talk to others about our successes and failures and we have been inundated with requests from others wishing to learn from our experiences”.
The initial funding bid and delivery of the Low Carbon Living Ladock and Grampound Road project was led by Community Energy Plus. The charity’s sustainable energy projects manager Neil Farrington said: “Rising energy prices and climate change are issues which are increasingly leading communities to take action to reduce their environmental impact. An important legacy of the project is the lessons that they’ve learned on their journey to low carbon living which can help other communities. This short film is a great tool for others to see what can be achieved and the importance of having enthusiastic motivated residents to get a project off the ground.”