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  • Buck the Trend Brainstorming Meeting A Success

    Posted on December 2nd, 2009 Steve No comments

    2nd December 2009

    Buck the Trend held a public meeting at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 25th November to celebrate Buckfastleigh becoming Devon’s representative in the Energy Saving Trust’s Green Communities programme.

    Tony Merrick from the Energy Saving Trust briefed the meeting on the objectives of the Green Communities programme, and what help he will provide to Buck the Trend over the next year. The meeting then moved on to a ‘brainstorming’ session, to come up with some ideas for activities that Buck
    the Trend can undertake in the next year and beyond.

    Andy Stokes, Buck the Trend’s secretary, said:

    It was great to see such a wide range of people coming along to support us and generate some good ideas for how we can make Buckfastleigh a more sustainable place to live and become a stronger community as a result. It was also encouraging to receive support from the Town Council, with the Town Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke and Councillor Ann Armstrong (of the Buckfastleigh and District Society) both attending the meeting.

    The meeting was also attended by members of related groups in neighbouring towns. Andy Stokes said:

    We really appreciate the fact that representatives from Sustainable South Brent and Transition Newton Abbot came to the meeting and gave us the benefit of their experience. We look forward to working more closely with them and the other groups that showed their support, including Ashburton Futures and Bovey Climate Action.

    Tony Merrick said:

    The meeting was a great start to the project and it seems that the group contains some very knowledgeable, keen individuals. After this first meeting I am very much looking forward to progressing with Buck the Trend in their action plan. Thank you to the other community groups for coming and sharing their previous experiences and good practice with us.

    Buck the Trend are now working to finalise their plans for the Green Communities programme over the next year. If you want to help out or find out more about the group, please contact info@buckthetrend.info or visit www.buckthetrend.info.