CAfS is taking part in an exciting landscape programme that will benefit communities in the north east of Cumbria.

We’ve been asked to share our expertise on improving the energy efficiency of community buildings and supporting community energy, as part of the Fellfoot Forward project.

The project aims to “forge creative connections between people and landscape, conserve habitats and key species and celebrate this beautiful area with its communities”. The area stretches along the Cumbrian side of the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark, reaching out as far west as the River Eden, and running north from Melmerby to Hallbankgate.

CAfS will carry out audits at five community-owned buildings, looking at how the building fabric and energy efficiency can be improved, and how the wider community could be involved.

We’ve also been asked to explore options for community-owned renewable energy in Castle Carrock.

Fellfoot Forward is run by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To find out more about the work we’ll be doing, visit our Fellfoot Forward project page.

There’s more information about the overall Fellfoot Forward scheme on the North Pennines AONB website.