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    Posted on November 13th, 2009 andy No comments

    13th November 2009

    Buckfastleigh has won the opportunity to work with energy experts to reduce the town’s carbon emissions and save money on fuel bills.

    The Energy Saving Trust invited community groups and interest groups from across the country to apply for their new ‘Green Communities’ project. The winning groups and respective towns are offered tailored support and advice over the next 12 months, helping communities to turn their environmental ideas into reality.

    An inspiring application from the ‘Buck the Trend’ group beat off competitors from across the county, winning them the title of Devon’s Green Community. They impressed judges with their genuine enthusiasm to make changes for the benefit of their neighbours and friends.

    Tony Merrick from the Energy Saving Trust based in Plymouth said:

    It was clear that Buck the Trend is all about the community. They had already done some great work in the area and had some good ideas they wanted to bring forward over the coming year. We were enthused about working with the group because of their genuine approach to community life and the potential of what we can achieve by working together in the town.

    The Green Communities project will mean a lot for the group and the town. Andy Stokes from Buck the Trend said:

    We are extremely excited that we’ve won the backing of the Energy Saving Trust Green Communities programme – this will help us to get some of the projects we have been thinking about off the ground, and get extra help with ones we are already working on. Having the extra resources and expertise to call on from Green Communities will make a big difference to Buck the Trend, and to Buckfastleigh.

    Working in partnership, the teams are in the midst of refining their carbon reduction plan which will detail all of their proposed activities over the coming year. A key aspect of this plan is about helping local residents to reduce their fuel bills by accessing key information and grants for home improvements. Residents are encouraged to work out where their home is losing the most energy through an online assessment or through the Energy Saving Trust advice centre.

    Tony Merrick said:

    At the Energy Saving Trust advice centre we have always been committed to helping individuals to reduce their carbon emissions and save money on their fuel bills. Although we offer a number of services for community groups, the opportunity to work with an entire community in this tailored way is really exciting.

    Buck the Trend will be holding an open meeting at Buckfastleigh Town Hall on Wednesday 25th November at 7:30pm. This meeting will be a place for people to add their ideas and contributions to the group’s carbon reduction plan. To hear more about the meeting or the group, please contact info@buckthetrend.info or visit www.buckthetrend.info.

    To access free and impartial energy saving advice, please call the Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre on (freephone) 0800 512 012 or via www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.