Projects

Barningham Energy

What are we doing?

We are investigating the potential for a community‑owned renewable electricity scheme for Barningham.  Associated with this work, we will evaluate sustainable options for heating buildings and provide energy efficiency information to residents.

Why are we doing it?

We are 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 want to reduce energy costs for the village and provide a source of income for energy efficiency improvements.  A community‑owned energy generation scheme will make this possible.

When is this happening?

The £38,400 contract between Tees Valley Combined Authority and Barningham Net Zero Community Interest Company to undertake the Stage 1 Feasibility Study was signed on 6 August 2020.  Work commenced with the preparation, distribution and return of an energy survey for households and businesses.

The results have been analysed and a Barningham Energy Survey Report has been prepared.  The summary results were presented in a virtual Zoom meeting on 2 December 2020.  The links to the Report and Presentation are available in the News section.

A community consultation is happening in February  2021 to consider options for local renewable electricity generation.

The overall feasibility study is planned to be completed by the end of March 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 results of the energy survey, and ask any questions on the survey or the next steps, via a Zoom virtual meeting on 2nd December (see the News section).

Options for local electricity generation will be put forward for community consideration at a virtual meeting in February (again, 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?

Up until the end of September 2020, local gardeners donated surplus fruit and vegetables to a shared table by Barningham fountain once a week.  The produce was available for anyone to take with donations to an Honesty Box.

About £160 and some produce was donated to the Barnard Castle Food Bank and local charities.  Some leftover produce was donated to Wetheriggs Animal Rescue.

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?

In 2020 Produce at the Fountain occured every Thursday from 11am to 6pm at Barningham fountain.  The format and timing of Produce at the Fountain will be reviewed for 2021, with updates here and in The Flyer.

How can you help?

During the season you can donate any surplus fruit, vegetables, herbs, potted plants and other items to Produce at the Fountain.  Bring your donation on the morning of the day (to be confirmed for 2021) or contact George-Anne (01833 621203) once we’re up and running again.

Pick up great stuff at Produce at the Fountain and donate generously to the Food Bank.  Enjoy your fresh produce!

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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 supported by Trees for Teesdale, which as an umbrella organisation, is assisting the creation of a new volunteer branch in Barningham and Newsham.

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 have now commenced activities that will be undertaken during the 2020 / 2021 winter season. Planting when trees are dormant provides them with the best opportunity for thriving.

Activities are currently on hold due to the pandemic – watch this space for updates!

How can you help?

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.

Donate trees, tree guards or fencing materials for use by the project.

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

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