Coleshill village energy project

A brood frame of bees at Coleshill in Oxfordshire

Coleshill was chosen as one of two villages to be part of the National Trust's Low Carbon Villages project. The project's aim was to work with communities to understand their carbon footprint and to share positive and practical solutions to reduce the carbon footprint and energy bills of their homes and community.

The Low Carbon Villages project

Working with former energy partner npower who provided £600,000 of funding, the National Trust worked with the Trust owned villages of Coleshill in Oxfordshire and Cambo on the Wallington Estate in Northumberland.

Through a process of engagement over a three-year period, the project aimed to develop positive and practical solutions that could set villagers on a journey to low-carbon living.

How it worked

Following an energy survey, a number of measures were put into the houses in Coleshill. They included loft insulation, draught proofing and boiler replacements.

People were also encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint through changing their behaviour and putting simple energy-saving tips into place - like switching off appliances when they weren't in use.

The village shop saw energy-saving measures installed and is now part of a biomass heating system which along with the estate office and our holiday flat is heated through a log-batch boiler, using wood off the Buscot and Coleshill estate.

Other initiatives included the setting up of two bee hives and the revival of a community orchard, all  helping to reduce the village's carbon footprint.