Saving Energy and Money: SusWoT working with CHEESE

SusWoT have linked up with a local  organisation called CHEESE. http://www.cheeseproject.co.uk/

CHEESE will make a video showing the heat loss, using thermal imaging cameras, in your home and give advice on how to improve things.

Mike Andrews of CHEESE came to our Christmas drinks at the Victoria and briefly explained what CHEESE did.  Mike Crabbe and Alex Dunn from SusWoT met Mike to discuss how SusWoT and CHEESE could work together to help people in Westbury on Trym save energy and hence money.

The first stage of this collaboration will be two open meetings at the Victoria, Chock Lane on Thursday 23 February and Thursday 2 March at 8pm.  You are invited to come to either or both of these meetings.

At the meeting on 23 February Mike Andrews and a colleague will be showing off the equipment they use to show where properties lose heat and explaining how the survey process works.  There is a link to a video of this process below.

At the meeting on 2 March SusWoT will explain to SusWotters how the process survey works and discuss how SusWoT can promote the surveys and develop a plan for energy saving work to be organised.  Mike Andrews wont be at this meeting but we hope a representative of CHEESE will be there.

At both meetings you will be able to sign up for a survey.  You can also sign up to have the survey through the Cheese website .

Cheese would like to sign up 10 people to have a survey on their home.  These surveys need to take place before Easter 2017, as after that it will be too warm to do a survey effectively.  So far one person from the Christmas meeting has already booked a survey.
Video of the Survey Process:  (Password is cheese)

This video is quite old 2015 and more modern kit is being used now, but it does give an excellent idea of how the survey works.

I think this project offers us a great opportunity to help Westbury households reduce their energy consumption so saving money in a practical doable way.

If you are unable to come to the meetings you can signup for a survey here.

Can you help SusWoT to get more people to grow their own?

OUR AIM

We aim to help local people start to grow their own.  We have been doing this since 2011.  We try to get people started by providing plants that are ready to be grown on.  We started with tomatoes about 1500 of them! And have since moved on to about a dozen different vegetables.

WHAT WE OFFER

In 2016 we expect to offer the follwoing plants:

  • Tomatoes various varieties
  • Chilis
  • Beans, french, runner, borlotti
  • Squash, butternut
  • Pumpkins
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Herbs, coriander, parsley and others

And the following seeds:

  • Luttuce, various
  • parsnip
  • beans as above and broad

The abaove seeds and plants can be used to enter the Village Show in September.

CAN YOU HELP?

If you would like to help with this project please be in touch.  If you have a greenhouse and could spare a little space that would be fantastic.

Getting Growing

The first seeds were sown on 16 February, about 200 tomato seeds.

FEBRUARY 21

The first are starting to germinate!  When they are about 10cm high these plants will be transplanted to their own little pots.20160221Tomato Seeds germinating

Eat WoT U Grow Lunch 2016

When: Sunday 2 October 2016 12:30 for 1:00 to 3:30pm

apples

Apples by Crabchick

Where: At The Scout Hut at the top of Great Brockeridge Westbury-on-Trym

The idea behind this annual social community event  is that Matt, a trained ex professional chef, will prepare, cook and serve 50 to 60 inquisitive people a three couse lunch from local season produce.  Although the title suggests you have to grow your own food, this is not a pre-requisite for coming to enjoy the three couse meal.  We will be selling our well accepted apple juice and you are welcome to bring your own wine.

If you do have s surplus of fruit or vegetables let us know and we may be able to use it.

If you would like to come, or have surplus produce or just want to learn more contact us at: suswot2050@gmail.com .

 

 

Westbury Community Fair on Sat 7 May

SusWoT Stall

SusWoT will have a stall at the Community Fair.  We will be selling tomato plants and various seeds at low prices to encourage people to grow their own.  Tomato plants have been grown from seed and cost 50p each.  Varieties available include:

Sungold a cherry tomato

Alicanti

Tumbling Tom for hanging baskets

Shirley

Outdoor Girl

Beefmaster for beef tomatos.

There may be others.

Seeds will include

Coriander, basil, parsley.

Beetroot

Sunflower

Squash and Pumpkin

Apple Juice

We hope to have apple juice available for sale by the bottle too.

The Fair site is flyer is  here:  Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Open Meeting ‘Climate Change’

There will be an open meeting of SusWoT on Thursday 25 February from 8pm at the Post Office Tavern.  The aim of the meeting is to come up with practical things we could do in Westbury to reduce Westbury’s impact on the climate.  It is likely that this will mean looking for ways that we can reduce the amount of energy that is used by the village.

The proposed format is to work in small groups, and see what ideas people have, and whether those ideas can be turned into practical actions.  So it is an opportunity to indulge in some blue sky thinking and then see if there are practical ways to put the ideas into reality.

It may be that any ideas produced will lead to mini projects for us.

It is also about people having an enjoyable evening!  We have asked for a space to be reserved fron us at the right hand end of the pub.

 

Village Show

Do come and visit our stall at the Westbury-on-Trym Village show this Saturday, 5th September from 11m-5pm.

  • We will have a new tranport display attempting to make sense of the myriad of alternatives to car travel in the city.
  • Sign up for our locally-sourced community lunch on Sunday 20th September – see the report of our last lunch here.
  • Meet the SusWoT worms as they chill in their 5-star wormery.

http://www.wotvs.co.uk/

Apple Pressing Saturday 18 October at Falcondale Road Allotments

SusWoT will be at the National Trust apple pressing event which runs from 11am to 3pm.   We will also be showing off one of our wormeries and selling overwintering broad beans seeds very cheap to plant in the next month.

Bring along some apples and go home with some tasty, fresh juice. Don’t forget to bring a bottle with you!

Have a go at making your own juice with the National Trust. Find out how to use a scratter before flexing your muscles with the press!

For more information please email Nicole at nicole.daw@nationaltrust.org.uk or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LeighWoodsNT or http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods