Hethersett Green Village Day
was a green day in Hethersett when a steady stream of visitors to the
village hall received advice on how to reduce their carbon footprints and
help safeguard the environment.
Hethersett Green Village Information Day was organised by the Hethersett
Environmental Action Team (HEAT) and supported by numerous groups
including Vital Earth Ltd, Waitrose, Wymondham Nature Group, the Norfolk
Independent Waste Trust, the Campaign for Protection of Rural England, the
John Innes Institute and Hethersett Junior School. Refreshments throughout
the day were provided by Hethersett Women’s Institute.
Green reusable bags have already been delivered by the HEAT group to every
home in the village and more of these were given out on the day.
work on environmental issues has helped the village to reach the finals
of the Eastern Daily Press pride in Norfolk Community of the Year for
populations of over 5,000. Hethersett won the award in 2006. Other
finalists in the category are - Aylsham, Diss and Thorpe St Andrew.
judges will be visiting the village on June 19th to meet
representatives of village organisations. This meeting is not open to the
public but anybody interested in having an input is asked to contact
parish clerk Ian Weetman on 01603 810915
and more information on the Green Village Day are also available on www.greenhethersett.org.uk
The village of
Hethersett will be exhibiting its green credentials at a special open day on
will be on hand during the information day in Hethersett Village Hall from
noon until 4 p.m. There will be advice for the public on saving energy and
reducing carbon footprints and hints on how every householder can become more
Groups taking part include CRed, the carbon reduction group based at the University of East Anglia, The
Energy Saving Trust, The Wildlife Trust, Plastic Building Supplies, The Waste
Trust, Dingles with their eco friendly car and local recycling groups along
with pupils from local schools
The event is being
organised by the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) through a Green
Village working party which is an offshoot of the local parish council.
“There are so many
ways that people can turn green. Everyone must play their part to stem the
tide of climate change and they can do this in a number of simple energy
saving ways such as switching off lights when not in use, using energy saving
light bulbs, insulating their homes to prevent heat loss, turning taps off
rather than leaving them running and cutting back on unnecessary car
journeys,” said working party chair George Beckford who is one of
Norfolk’s leading environmentalists.
HEAT has already
distributed “green leaflets” to home owners giving them tips on how to
economise. The group will also be raising awareness about environmental damage
caused by plastic bags by delivering re-usable cloth shopping bags to homes in
the village in an initiative that is being funded by Hethersett Parish Council.
Green Hethersett also
has its own web site at www.greenhethersett.org.uk.
There is also updated news on the campaign on the village web site at www.hethersett.org.uk
where a history of the Hethersett
Environmental Action Team can also be found.
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Hethersett are being asked to do their bit to save the environment ahead of
the village’s Go Green Day which takes place in the village hall this
Saturday (May 31st).
Special “Go Green”
re-usable bags are being delivered to every home along with an
invitation to attend the Green Village 2008 event which runs from noon until 4
p.m with numerous displays and advice on becoming more eco conscious and
reducing carbon footprints.
Environmental Action Team (HEAT) is encouraging residents to use the new bags
for shopping rather than plastic carriers.
The cost of the bags
has been covered by a grant from Hethersett Parish Council.
More information on
Green Hethersett is available on the internet at www.greenhethersett.org.uk