Update on Green Babies and Toddlers – April 2010

Update on Green Babies and Toddlers – April 2010

As we are now competing for a further £100 000 for future energy projects, British Gas have said that the more people we have using the site, the better it is for the competition.  PLEASE TAKE A LOOK, BECOME A MEMBER FOR TRANSITION TOWN HORNCASTLE  GREEN BABIES AND TODDLERS, ADD A COMMENT AND HELP US WIN!! Green Streets website now launched www.greenstreets.co.uk



  1. Assessments completed of 4 community buildings for energy saving and generating measures.


  • Children’s centre, Methodist’s church, Horncastle War Memorial Centre (hwmc) – solar PV panel to produce electricity, and income generated through feed-in tariff (up to £2000 per building: may go into a ‘pot’ for future sustainable projects).
  • Insulation for Methodist’s, hwmc and Community Centre
  • New boiler for Community Centre
  • New insulated flooring for Methodist Youth Hall and heating for baby changing area
  • Anticipated budget, around £80 000, awaiting quotes for work (to be supplied in kind by British Gas)
  1. Home energy assessments carried out for 26 families taking part in the scheme.  Scope currently being decided, based on most energy saving and cost effective measures for each home.  Planned budget around £60 000: dependent on detailed quotes/feasibility.
  2. Community Engagement plan for the project well underway:
  • Work in conjunction with ELDC sustainability team: energy saving advice stalls, renewable energy information stall, morning workshop on green themes for children (composting, planting, etc.)
  • Public meetings to inform about project
  • Displays in library, community centre and nurseries about Green Streets project and TTH
  • Energy saving information and displays about project at all Transition Town events, such as film showings
  • Project with parent and child groups, nurseries and playgroup – nearly 100 children under five made draught excluder animals, and took home energy saving advice/ advice on recycling
  • Green Streets families working in energy saving mini-groups, having bi-monthly meetings to share tips, etc .  Many families already making reductions of over 10% on their energy use compared to the same time last year.
  • Christian Aid fundraising begun, for solar panels for Mali, Africa, with sale of draught excluders and children’s books (useful for awareness raising – show effects of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Student film crew came to make film about project for British Gas website
  • Loan of energy monitors begun, first to 26 Green Streets families, now to other families using the playgroups and nurseries in Horncastle, and we’re in discussion about lending them out after that perhaps through ELDC at Horncastle library.
  • Regular features in local papers, special area of Transition Town website
  • Much liaising with local schools and Horncastle college, to support their bids to gain eco-status – giving info about grants, assisting them with 10:10 campaign, etc.
  • Mini-raised bed growing competition launched for families and TTH members.