HHV Green Future

Our response to climate emergency in the Ham Hill villages is being coordinated by the HHV Green futures group. We are working to achieve carbon zero by 2030 as the stated objective of the Church of England.

First a group of interested parties has been invited to guide our efforts. With their input we are compiling a policy and a five-year action plan.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Light-bulb.jpgThe policy can be found here

The 5 year plan can be found here

A template churchyard plan can be found here (work in progress)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ec-award-buttons-2021-bronze.pngSecondly, all church councils were encouraged to complete a comprehensive audit designed by A Rocha [eco-church]. This encompasses worship and teaching, buildings and lands management, community engagement and lifestyle.  In October 2021 all 7 churches had completed an initial audit. Bronze awards for progress was achieved by six churches, whilst Chiselborough achieved a silver awards.

This autumn we will:

  • establish the carbon footprint of every village church
  • switch to renewable electricity in all churches and church buildings incl vicarages
  • begin the eco-church journey and celebrate initial awards
  • linkup with stakeholders from parish and district councils and schools
  • enable a three year churchyard management plan with e.g. conducting a species audit, installing a water source, native fruiting trees and bushes, wild flower planting and wildlife shelters in all graveyards.
  • communicate and encourage individual lifestyle changes amongst parishioners

In 2022 we plan to progress all 7 churches towards a Silver award, with improvements in every sector and ongoing encouragement in the wider community.   In 2025, once no further progress towards carbon zero is possible, carbon offsetting will be introduced for all churches to ensure that we achieve carbon zero on schedule.

 Members have participated in the Wilder churches initiative – a collaboration between the diocese of bath and wells and Somerset wildlife Trust.

Interested to get involved – please contact David Mangles (david@northdownfarm.co.uk).

Useful Resources links:

A Rocha – eco church and Wild Christian – here

Somerset Wildlife Trust – wilder Churches initiative – here       

Caring for God’s acre – here

Bath and Wells Environment group (Sources of funding for environmental improvements) – here

Field Studies Centre – source of identification charts – here                     

RSPB for birdboxes etc – here

Woodland Trust – for young native trees and shrubs – here

Local artist Molly Slee offered this wildlife painting

for our churchyard in Odcombe