Interview with Jenny Davey on ‘Green Streets’

Interview with Jenny Davey on ‘Green Streets’

About Horncastle’s winning application for The British Gas Award of £140,00 towards “Green Babies and Toddlers”…

How did you come up with the idea?
Being a mum of young children myself, I know how valuable the venues for babies and toddlers are – by helping the buildings with energy saving and generating, it makes them more sustainable for years to come – and they are often overlooked for energy saving funding, unlike Primary and Secondary Schools.

Also, if sustainable living is central to the lives of children from birth, it will become second nature to them and they are more likely to engender a sustainable future. As all children are part of a family network, the message radiates out to extended family.

What is the next step?
During the course of this year’s project there will be lots of workshops and fundraising events that will bring this sometimes very disparate group of young mums and private nurseries together, welding a strong community feeling. Anything more that can be raised will be put into the project. We still have to pay for planning permission etc. So lots of fun ideas are in the pipeline.

We are now entering the next stage of the competition. If, as a community, through the project we are able to cut our energy use by more than the other 13 projects nationally, then we can win a further £100,000 for future projects.

What drove you to take on so much work and responsibility?
Ever since my children were born I have felt a sense of urgency to do all I can to reduce the effects of Climate Chaos. I believe all children have the right to a safe and secure future.