Projects

Barningham Energy

What are we doing?

We have investigated the potential for a community‑owned renewable electricity scheme for Barningham.  Associated with this work, we have also evaluated sustainable options for heating buildings and provided energy efficiency information to residents.

Why are we doing it?

We remain concerned about the rapidly developing climate emergency and want to take action in our own community to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

We also had the intention to reduce energy costs for the village and provide a source of income for energy efficiency improvements.  However a community‑owned energy generation scheme making this possible is not financially viable at this time.

When is this happening?

A £38,400 contract between Tees Valley Combined Authority and Barningham Net Zero Community Interest Company to undertake a Stage 1 Feasibility Study was signed on 6 August 2020.

A presentation showing the outcomes of the Feasibility Study is available in the News section.

The Study was completed in April 2021.

How can you help?

The collaboration of residents and businesses in Barningham in the completion of the voluntary survey of energy use was very much appreciated.

An opportunity was given for the community to see and hear the outcomes of the Feasibility Study, and ask any questions on the scheme or the next steps, via a Zoom virtual meeting on 12th  May (see the “News” section).

Feedback is always welcomed.  For this or if you have any questions in the meantime please e-mail us (info@barninghamnetzero.com).

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Surplus Produce

What are we doing?

During the season you can offer to donate any surplus fruit, vegetables, herbs, potted plants and other items to Surplus Produce Initiative.  You can also request produce, making a small donation, which we will pass on to the TCR Hub Food Provision Initiative or Wetheriggs Animal Rescue.

In 2020 about £160 and some produce was donated to the Barnard Castle Food Bank and local charities.  Some leftover produce was donated to Wetheriggs.  We hope to collect more this year!

Why are we doing it?

Gardeners often end up with a glut of good fruit or vegetables which they are unable to use or store.   We don’t like seeing good food wasted, especially when there are others locally who are struggling to afford food.

By sharing what we have within our community, we can enjoy freshly picked produce and help another family to eat at the same time.

When is this happening?

The scheme will run from 3 June to 30 September 2021.

How can you help?

  • Donors can drop off their surplus produce with Steve Ottevanger (leave on the doorstep of Elim Cottage) on Thursdays or Fridays.
  • On Friday evenings, we will contact potential receivers to confirm interest in available items. Where multiple people are interested, we will contact you on a rotation basis. 
  • On Saturdays, the donated produce will be delivered to your door in exchange for a small voluntary cash donation (envelopes to be provided). You can indicate your preference for donation to the TCR Hub Teesdale Care Package Campaign or Wetheriggs Animal Rescue. 
  • Any leftover food will be donated to Wetheriggs Animal Rescue.

Want more information?

The downloadable form and details of how to participate in the scheme are available here:

Barningham Tree Planting

What are we doing?

We are working with several local landowners to undertake tree and hedgerow planting activities.

The work is being coordinated through Barningham Net Zero with assistance from Trees for Teesdale.

Why are we doing it?

Trees and hedgerow are important for supporting wildlife and enhancing biodiversity.

About 30% of Teesdale tree cover has been lost over the past 50 years. Consequently, a substantial planting programme is needed to restore dale woodland habitat.

When is this happening?

We are currently planning activities that will be undertaken during the 2021 / 2022 winter season.  Planting when trees are dormant provides them with the best opportunity for thriving.  Last winter we planted over 300 trees and more than 100m of new hedgerow at four sites in Barningham and Newsham. 

How can you help?

Landowners can offer space for trees, new hedgerows or allow repairs to existing hedgerow.  This is no charge for the work.

Volunteers are needed to help with planting and stock fencing.  Work sessions are typically 2 hours duration and scheduled to suit volunteer availability.   Training, equipment and materials will be provided.

Anyone can donate trees, tree guards or fencing materials.

Contact Martha (07984 756080; marthamcbarron@outlook.com).

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