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.

Wormeries - The Low-Down

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Why Worms?

According to a study by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), households throw away about a third of the food they buy.  About half of the 6.7 million tonnes of food thrown in the bin each year is edible and the rest comprises waste such as peelings and bones.  Food accounts for 19% of domestic waste, cooked food is more likely to be thrown away than raw ingredients and fruit and vegetables are the most common uncooked foods to be discarded.  All this waste then gets taken to landfill sites around the UK which are not only nearly full, but also account for a huge percentage of methane emissions (one of the greenhouse gases) that pollute our atmosphere.  Composting in any form is environmentally positive in that in reduces volume going to landfill and therefore reduces transport costs and methane emissions, while returning nutrients to your soil.  Worms, in particular, have been recognised for their amazing ability to turn any organic material into a valuable soil fertiliser called vermicompost.  Wormeries are particularly useful because the species of worms used are able to break down cooked as well as uncooked food.  Cooked food is a major source of household food waste.


The simple solution...  Don't Let Your Food Go To Waste!


See www.wrap.org.uk for more information on minimising waste and making the most of what we do throw away.



Reducing your carbon footprint at home - Insulating your home

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Where does the heat go?

 35% through un-insulated walls

 25% through the roof

 15% through the floors

 15% through the doors

 10% through the windows


You could save up to 45% of your current heating bills if you insulate your home more effectively.  For the average UK house that is around £150-£250 per year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 22:00

Reducing your carbon footprint

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There is no escaping that winter is upon us. A sharp rise in the countries energy consumption is unavoidable as the light and heating go on. But there are lost of simple steps we can take to help keep our carbon footprints in check. 

What is your carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

Carbon footprints are a measurement of all greenhouse gases we individually produce and has units of tonnes (or kg) of carbon dioxide equivalent.

This year humans will generate around 26 billion metric tons of excess carbon dioxide (CO2) - that's 4.3 tons per person. All that extra CO2 precipitates global warming and leads to severe human and animal respiratory problems.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 17:21

Help keep Spofforth sustainable - recycle over Christmas

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Over 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.
  • About 20% to 30% more glass and cans are collected each year over the Christmas period.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 17:26

Interest grows for allotments

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The Parish Council are keen to hear from anyone residing in Spofforth who are interested in developing a site in the village as allotments.  All enquiries to the Parish Clerk Sarah Giddings on 01937 590641.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 13:07

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