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.

Sustainable Food

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There are seven principles to sustainable food:

  1. Use local, seasonally available ingredients as standard, to minimise energy used in food production, transport and storage.
  2. Specify food from farming systems that minimise harm to the environment, such as certified organic produce.
  3. Limit foods of animal origin (meat, dairy products and eggs) served, as livestock farming is one of the most significant contributors to climate change, and promote meals rich in fruit, vegetables, pulses, whole grains and nuts. Ensure that meat, dairy products and eggs are produced to high environmental and animal welfare standards.
  4. Exclude fish species identified as most 'at risk' by the Marine Conservation Society, and choose fish only from sustainable sources - such as those accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council.
  5. Choose fair-trade certified products for foods and drinks imported from poorer countries, to ensure a fair deal for disadvantaged producers.
  6. Avoid bottled water and instead serve plain or filtered tap water in reusable jugs or bottles, to minimise transport and packaging waste.
  7. Promote health and well-being by cooking with generous portions of vegetables, fruit and starchy staples like whole grains, cutting down on salt, fats and oils, and cutting out artificial additives.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 18:32

What can you spot at Ginny Greenholes?

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Spring is the time for many birds to build a nest, ready for egg laying and bringing up their hatched chicks. 

With thanks to local sponsors, a further eight bird boxes have been put up around the site to encourage the wildlife to make Ginny Greenholes their home.  How many bird and bat boxes can you spot? Wrens are also nesting now but in the logs piles not the boxes so please respect their temporary homes!

There is much more to do in our environmental park than just play on the swings and climbing frames. 

Why not visit The Woodland Trust website and zing into spring with their fun ideas - pick 'n' mix your favourites then head outdoors to play! http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/learning-kids/children/Pages/stuff-to-do.aspx


Last Updated on Saturday, 12 March 2011 18:26

Woodland Trust Supports Ginny Greenholes

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The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 4% native woodland cover. The Woodland Trust tell us that we need at least twice as many native trees and woods for the sake of wildlife and people, to combat climate change and improve our environment. With thanks to Spofforth in Bloom, The Woodland Trust have donated a community tree pack designed to help groups to plant more trees, hedges and copses in their local shared spaces. The native trees supplied for planting are hawthorn, hazel, willow and blackthorn - a rich mix of native species that will create vital new habitats for wildilfe.

The saplings have been planted as a hedge (about 30metres long) to further develop Ginny Greenholes, our environmental play park.  If you would like to help with Spofforth in Bloom, please contact John or Hilary Chilton on 01937 590606. Further detail on the The Woodland Trust can be found at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk



Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 19:37

Ginny Greenholes - progressing our planting scheme

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The Parish Council has taken some practical action against climate change by creating a new hedgerow and wildlife corridor at Ginny Green holes, our environmental play park.

Around 30m of mixed hedgerow plants including Thorn, Hazel and Dog Rose have recently been planted along the boundary of the site, which once established, will provide food, nesting places and shelter for lots of birds, mammals and insects. 

Hedges also create cool, shady places in what we know from last summer can (but only at times!) be a hot, exposed site
.  Cllr Jane Hare said, ‘A properly managed hedgerow can provide a great habitat and food supply for birds, mammals and insects.  We are also delighted that this planting scheme will have enormous benefits to the environment; the hedge will help lock carbon up thereby reducing climate change and will provide new habitats for birds and wildlife in the area'.  


The Parish Council are also grateful to the Coffee Group  who have very kindly donated a group of three trees for the site and to Harrogate Borough Council for the donation of spring bulbs. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 21:58

Here's a list of 10 simple things you can do at home today!

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  • Turn it off when not in use  - (lights, television, DVD player, HiFi, computer etc. and ALL standby buttons) To find out which electrical items in your household contribute the most to your Carbon Footprint please see the a link below. Year-round, the average person can prevent 567 kg of CO2 from being released into our atmosphere and save £128;
  • Cast a critical eye on your central heating and water heating  - adjusting your thermostat by just 0.5C during winter and summer months, can save the average household 907 kg CO2 and £49. Stay comfortable by putting on an extra layer of clothing in the winter.
  • Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load  - this will save you water, electricity, and washing powder;
  • Do your weekly shopping in a single trip or, even better, shop for groceries online  - transport in bulk reduces carbon footprint;
  • Wash your clothes in cold water  - hot water is often not necessary for general clothes washing;
  • Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it - your tumble dryer is one of the worst household offenders for CO2 emissions. Year-round natural drying will save 635 kg of CO2 and £75.
  • Recycle  - most of the contents of your bin can either be recycled or composted. Buying recycled content and increasing home recycling by 10% saves the average household 91 kg CO2 over the course of a year;
  • Get a wormery - tiger worms turn your food waste into plant food and fit easily onto a small balcony for city-living;
  • Update the insulation of your home  - in just one year, updated wall and ceiling insulation can save 907 kg CO2 and £122. If you caulk and weather-strip your doorways and windows, add another 454 kg CO2 and £137 saved each year.
  • Sign up to a green energy supplier  - which will supply electricity from renewable sources (e.g. wind and hydroelectric power) - this will reduce your carbon footprint contribution from electricity to zero;

As you can see, our tips can not only reduce your CO2 emissions, but taken together, could save you up to £1,000 per year off your bills!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 17:31

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