Boddington's Sustainability Group
Boddington Sustainability Group
The group was established in July 2021 in order to develop a sustainability strategy for Boddington, to provide advice to the Parish Council on proposals for action and to support the actions that parishioners can take in order to reduce climate change. The Group is an official task group of the council (see terms of reference below) and can be contacted via the the
The Sustainability Task Group comprises 3 councillors and up to 5 parishioners.
Please find the Terms of Reference of the Sustainability Group
Welcome from the Chair
You may have seen in the news recently that extreme weather events - extreme heat and flooding - have become more intense and more frequent, or noticed that spring is beginning on average one month earlier. This is a result of climate change due to human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels. The UK has already warmed 1.3 deg C and is warming at a rate of 0.2 - 0.3 deg C per decade, disrupting stability of weather patterns, causing rising sea levels, ocean acidification and the breakdown of biological systems. This is a global issue that will impact us all.
Globally action is being taken. The UK Government has enshrined in law a commitment to reduce UK emissions to net zero by 2050, and in 2021 China built more offshore wind capacity than whole world in the last five years.
However, there is much we can do locally to reduce our impact and the primary focus of the group is to help parishoners take local action. Please check out or recent set of articles in the Bugle written by our members and which we hope you will find useful, alongside some hopefully useful links. This site will develop, so please do come back regularly to check on updates.
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- The Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Act 2006 gave parish and town councils specific powers in relation to local energy saving measures, which will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Parish and town councils can promote and support community initiatives to reduce emissions.
- In 2010 Defra published “Adapting to Climate Change: A Guide for Local Councils
- In 2019 Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council declared a climate emergency and committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
- In March 2020 SNC launched their climate change challenge to help everybody living and working in the district understand how their actions contribute to climate change.
- The UK is committed to the delivery of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by world leaders at the United Nations in 2015 and has set out how it intends to meet these goals.
- On 12 June 2019 the Government laid the draft Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019 to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 by introducing a target for at least a 100% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990 levels) in the UK by 2050.
- The 2021 United Nations’ sixth report from the Independent Panel on Climate Change has declared “a code red for humanity”.
Thermal Imaging Camera
Boddington Parish Council has purchased a thermal imaging camera for Boddington Sustainability Group paid for from the Wind Turbine Fund to explore options of how it can assist the parish with reducing emissions from homes.
The camera is available from January 2023 on a free loan to parishioners to help identify areas of their homes that could benefit from further draft proofing or insulation.
Details of how to book the camera can be found on the information page of the parish council website
Climate Action Event - Energy efficiency: Meeting the climate emergency and the energy bill crisis head on
On 3rd September Boddington Sustainability Group hosted a partnership event in partnership with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), the Low Carbon Warwickshire Network and Climate Action - West Northamptonshire. This was a well attended event and that covered the climate science, the UK’s approach to renewable energy adoption, heating optimisation tips, lessons on the installing heat pumps and how to identify opportunities for insulation via the use of FLIR cameras.
The next climate event will be held on October 15th at Kenilworth Methodist Church from 9 - 12 (TBC); this will look in part at the Town Council’s Roadmap to Net Zero. More details will follow.
The slides from the meeting are available below.
Slides from Malcolm Stewart - Introduction to the RSA PDF Version
Slides from Jo Alsop - Boiler Efficiency PDF Version
Slides and information is also available from some of the other speakers.
Jo Alsop, The Heating Hub https://www.theheatinghub.co.uk/
Kimbo, The Heating Academy https://heatingacademynorthampton.co.uk/
Stephen Kelly, Oya Energy https://oyaenergyuk.com/
Recycling and Waste
Bugle Jun 22 Home Composting
West Northamptonshire Council have recently introduced an annual subscription charge for the green bin fortnightly collection service from April 2022 of £42.00 per bin per year. Therefore the Environment Group thought it would be helpful to give you a guide to home composting to try and encourage villagers to recycle more green waste at home. This is better for the environment and should help to save you money on bin collection costs and buying in compost.West Northamptonshire Council have recently introduced an annual subscription charge for the green bin fortnightly collection service from April 2022 of £42.00 per bin per year. Therefore the Environment Group thought it would be helpful to give you a guide to home composting to try and encourage villagers to recycle more green waste at home. This is better for the environment and should help to save you money on bin collection costs and buying in compost.
Recycling Plastic Bags and Wrapping Apr 22
Plastic bags and wrapping, e.g. carrier bags, bread bags, crisp packets, frozen food bags etc are currently only collected by 17% of councils in the UK. West Northamptonshire Council do not collect them. They make up nearly a quarter of all plastic packaging (311,000 tonnes is placed on the market) that we use in our daily lives, but currently only 6% of it is recycled. Until we have consistent and comprehensive household collections across the nations, supermarkets play a critical role to enable customers to recycle key items not collected at home.
How to Recycle Feb 22
It is very important that people put the right things in the correct bin to make sure that waste and recycling is dealt with properly. See the handy guide and lots of additional information. This article is written by Sue Baughan who works at an organisation called WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). WRAP work withlocal authorities, manufacturers/producers and retailers to reduce plastic, food and textile waste.
Sustainable Christmas Dec 21
With the festive season now on us, we wanted to share some thoughts and ideas about ways to make your celebrations more sustainable. Below are a few ideas, but if you know of any others then please share them on the Boddington Facebook page.With the festive season now on us, we wanted to share some thoughts and ideas about ways to make your celebrations more sustainable. Below are a few ideas, but if you know of any others then please share them on the Boddington Facebook page.
Bugle jun 22 - Growing Vegetables
Thenford Deputy Head gardener Emma Thick, has written this article on behalf of Boddington Sustainability Group & Boddington & District Gardeners Association.Thenford Deputy Head gardener Emma Thick, has written this article on behalf of Boddington Sustainability Group & Boddington & District Gardeners Association.
I’ve worked everywhere from organic walled gardens to more suburban plots growing vegetables and fruit in many conditions and these days it’s never been so easy to start. So many varieties of vegetables have been created now for smaller gardens and even window boxes and pots .
Heat and Power
Solar Power May 23
With rising energy costs, the Boddington Sustain-ability Group (BSG) has been looking at one measure parishioners can take to reduce their bills, whilst also reducing their impact on the climate.
Solar systems can be fitted to household roofs and turn sun light into electricity; powering any appliances that are switched on – washing machine, TV and so on – while the surplus is exported to the electricity grid, or stored in a battery for use at night.
In this article, we briefly explore solar power and share our experiences. The Boddington Sustainability Group would like to hear about your experiences, and how the Parish Council can support you in the transition. Please email
Heat Pumps Oct 21
One way to head off the challenge of climate change through a reduction of CO2 emissions is the replacement of traditional fossil-fuel oil and gas heating with renewable sources. There are several options available, with heat pumps and wood chip boilers as principle alternatives.One way to head off the challenge of climate change through a reduction of CO2 emissions is the replacement of traditional fossil-fuel oil and gas heating with renewable sources. There are several options available, with heat pumps and wood chip boilers as principle alternatives.
In this article, we briefly explore heat pumps and share our experiences. The Boddington Sustainability Group would like to hear about your experiences, and how the Parish Council can support you in the transition. Please email
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