Spofforth Village

Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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Sustainable Spofforth

Welcome to Sustainable Spofforth, where you will find information and resources to help Spofforth reduce our environmental impact.

Keep Spofforth Sustainable - recycle over Christmas

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recycle_christmas.jpgOver the Christmas period we produce a lot of rubbish and it is therefore essential that we try to reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible. Overflowing dustbins and extra bags of refuse are a common sight in the streets after Christmas. Just look at some of the facts:

The Royal Mail delivers around 150 million cards and packets each day during the pre-Christmas period.

It is estimated that up to 1 billion Christmas cards (17 for every man, woman and child) could end up in bins across the UK.

It is estimated that over Christmas as much as 83 square km of wrapping paper will end up in UK rubbish bins, enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey.

We use approximately an extra 750 million bottles and glass containers, and 500 million drinks cans and about 20% to 30% more glass and cans are collected each year over the Christmas period.

Cards and wrapping paper are easy to recycle In support of the Woodland Trust, you can recycle the cards at participating stores (TK Maxx, Home Serve and M&S).


Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2011 19:45

Water conservation

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Of all the water on earth, only 3% is drinkable water and two thirds of that is inaccessible or frozen in the glaciers or ice caps; this leaves only 1% for humans to drink.

Water conservation refers to reducing the usage of water and recycling of waste water for different purposes, such as cleaning , manufacturing, and agricultural irrigation.

Even though we are an island, the UK has less available water per person than many other European countries. Although our rainfall is similar to other parts of Europe, we have less water available per person than France, Italy or Greece.

Rising population levels, growing numbers of homes using more water and the ongoing removal of water from rivers means the way we currently use water is damaging our natural environment in some areas and is not sustainable.

By 2020, increasing population and household growth will mean the total demand for water is likely to be around 5% higher than today - to meet that demand we would need an extra 800 million litres of water per day!

When water levels in rivers fall, birds lose their food sources and oxygen levels can become dangerously low for fish.

Getting water into our taps also has a huge carbon cost too, with the carbon emissions from treating and transporting water. An average UK family uses about 500 litres of water per day, which results in more than 1.5 tonnes of carbon escaping into the atmosphere every year.

Taking steps now to use water wisely, will not only help ensure the future of the water supply, it will also help the natural environment.


Carbon offsetting

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 4 steps to carbon-neutral lifestyle

The mantra for being "green" is Reduce - Re-use - Recycle.  Reduce the amount of the resources that we use, reuse items and pass them on when you're finished with them, recycle them once their life-cycle is over.

This doesn't quite work in terms of CO2 - it's difficult to re-use a gas that's been emitted into the atmosphere - so there's a different mantra for going carbon-neutral:

Calculate - Avoid - Reduce - offSet.  (C-A-R-S) Calculate the amount of CO2 emissions you produce (your carbon footprint); Avoid emissions where possible, e.g. by cycling instead of driving to work, by turning lights off when you're not using them, etc.; Reduce the remaining emissions, e.g. by taking a UK holiday as opposed to flying down to Rio, using low-energy light bulbs at home, or driving to work in a lower-emission car; Offset whatever's left.

However, it's important to stress that offsetting is the last resort.  It's better to avoid carbon emissions in the first place, and it's cheaper too.

Okay, so what is Offsetting?

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 09:49

Take back control of your energy bills!

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Energy Saving Week is focusing on how you can take back control of your spiralling energy bills at home and work. From top tips to competitions, Energy Saving Week will guide you through the best ways to save. Click here to access the website.http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Take-action/Energy-Saving-Week-2011

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 09:34

Hurricane Katia leaves its mark at Ginny Greenholes

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resized_sycamore.jpgSadly in the recent high winds, we lost a fine specimen of a Sycamore tree at Ginny Greenholes. 

Given its proximity to the play equipment (which narrowly missed being squashed) and such is the damage to the tree, that sadly the arboricultural specialists at Harrogate Borough Council have recommended that the tree is felled.  This will be undertaken by specialists shortly with the wood being sawn into logs and distributed across the site to encourage wildlife.  The Parish Council will look to replace this tree with a mature specimen as soon as possible.  A number of other trees were also damaged on the site and these will also be replaced where it is possible and practical to do so.

On a more positive note, the Parish Council is grateful once again to the Woodlands Trust who have donated a pack of 410 saplings which we expect delivery of in early November.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2011 09:56
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