Why not check out an Eco Open House trail near you?

by Sarah Ryman Events Urban Spotlight on Author - Alice C Doyle

Eco Open House trails are taking place all over the UK and are run as part of the wider The Green Open Homes network. The aim is to support low-carbon open homes events across the country. Their website is packed with free resources and advice. It is very easy to visit a home near you by simply using their search bar.

Across the Sussex region notable trails have included Brighton and Hove Eco Open Houses run in support with Low Carbon Trust, and Lewes Eco Open Houses in collaboration with Transition Town Lewes. THIS April, the Worthing Eco Open House trail is hosting its fourth and largest event yet in collaboration with Transition Town Worthing.

The Worthing Eco Open House trail is a must-see event, running on the 21st and 22nd of April. There will be 13 properties to visit, which include a business, church and 2 community centres, showcasing sustainable housing, flood prevention as well as the latest in renewable energy technologies.

With an interesting range of retrofitted houses you can drop into, there is also a rain garden building workshop or you can visit an Energy Switching Advice service at St Paul’s Arts Centre and an interactive flood prevention exhibition, supported by sponsors Operation Watershed. There are also other displays about water and energy saving, how to improve recycling and some talks on exciting local projects that enhance the environment, very near to our coastline.

A unique feature of this event is that supporting urban biodiversity and fens-wetlands are a big theme! At West Worthing Baptist Church there will be talks on forthcoming plans of Sustainable Sussex. Their vision is to develop a Community Farm at Sompting, a community-owned social enterprise to help reconnect the community with the land on which their food is grown and learn more about sustainable farming. They are also planning a nature trail and board walk on an area of flushed fen – wetlands which will help with environmental pollution and support a huge number of bird species.

Newly founded EPIC- the Enhancing Places, Inspiring Communities will also be there, presenting their habitat restoration vision to raise awareness of the local water environment and inspire greater connectivity between the urban coastal area, the local water environment and its associated natural heritage.

However, renewables technology is also central to the event. This year’s trail also includes two homes with Powerwall batteries, solving the issue of how to store surplus renewable energy for future use, potentially making homes up and down the country self-sufficient in energy generation. If you want to learn about solar PV, home batteries or electric cars, there are households that can help, and one that can even show you how they all work together in unison!

The Eco Open House trails are inspirational events that promote low carbon lifestyles, from real households who enjoy sharing their stories and experiences on a journey to sustainable living.

So if you want to learn how to make your own rain garden, install solar or solar PV or switch your energy bills then this is the event for you! Why not download the brochure or book your place on some amazing workshops and tours.

Alice C Doyle - Positive Impacts

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