Creating a greener future for Alston Moor
The Alston Moor Greenprint was a three-year project led by CAfS to create a sustainable future for the area, with practical actions and solutions embedded within the new Alston Moor Community Plan 2019 – 2025 developed by the Alston Moor Partnership (AMP).
The Greenprint project was funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It began in November 2016 and ran until February 2020.
About Alston Moor Greenprint
The overriding ethos of Greenprint was to work strategically with community groups and local councils to support low-carbon development of the area, which faces major long-term challenges:
- a dwindling and ageing population
- cuts to statutory services and transport links
- a lack of local employment and opportunities
- threats to schools and health services
- high levels of fuel poverty due to the old traditional stone homes that many residents live in
“The project was always very much part of the bigger picture for developments on Alston Moor. It was never intended as a standalone project that would end with the funding – rather a key element in a wholeplace approach.” Roe Baker – Alston Moor Greenprint Project Manager, CAfS
What the Greenprint explored
The Greenprint was led and driven by the community, based on evidenced gathered through consultation and engagement. Here are some of the aspects of life explored during the project:
- Recycling and Repair
- Community Food Growing and Enterprise
- Energy Efficiency in Community Buildings
- Domestic Energy Efficiency
- Community Energy
- Energy-efficient Community-led Housing
- Art and Climate Change
The Greenprint focused on making a difference to people’s day-to-day quality of life, creating long-term benefit to the local economy and mitigating the effects of climate change.
We had a collective vision for Alston Moor
A community ready to face the challenges that national and global politics throw at it, with policies in place through community-led planning to mitigate the effects of climate change and benefit the community.
A strong, self-sufficient community growing their own food and benefiting from their own sources of community renewable energy, with warm homes, lower fuel bills and zero fuel poverty.
A place where green businesses thrive, sharing resources and using green waste policies
A place where innovation sits beside tradition, where eco-friendly new homes touch shoulders with older buildings that have been well insulated and retrofitted for energy efficiency.
A safe place that young families want to move to, where people can set up green businesses or take public transport / shared transport to work, or where they can work efficiently from home.
An area with awards for green tourism, activities and events linked to the landscape, local food produce, green energy and heritage.
A place that other communities can contact and visit for advice, and where we can offer a replicable and realistic model of sustainable development.
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About our funder and key partner
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. They make grants of £30-35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment, social change and food. They also commit up to £35 million in social investments in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit. Find out more at www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk.
Alston Moor Partnership aims to ensure that our small community can flourish as a place to live and work. Informed by the Community Plan, we aim to further the wellbeing of all members of the community. One of the key ways we do this is through successful grant applications for projects which benefit Alston Moor.