We welcomed a new team member in May, with Nigel Jenkins joining us to coordinate our flagship Cumbria Green Build and Sustainable Living Festival, with headline sponsor Electricity North West. Nigel brings an impressive mix of skills, combining engineering, training, event management and film making. He has first-hand experience of eco building, after renovating his old farmhouse in Eden – not to mention winning his region’s Lego competition as a youngster. In short, he’s well placed to build a fantastic festival this year!

Already on the cards are courses on using lime, visits to low-energy homesteads, a straw bale house, a Passivhaus factory and a home with a Tesla Powerwall battery storage system. There are some tasty treats for foodies, with courses on growing your own food plus visits to gardens and permaculture sites.

Nigel wants to offer more for young people this year, so do get in touch if you have ideas for events or activities they would love. Nigel’s also keen to hear from anyone interested in running or hosting an event as part of the festival – for instance a visit to an eco-house or site, or a sustainability skills workshop. Our full festival programme runs throughout September.

We’ll have more updates in our next newsletter, and booking will open in July.