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Cheshire village cuts emissions by almost a quarter

Ashton Hayes in Cheshire Credit: ITV Granada

Nearly ten years ago we visited a small Cheshire village where the locals were starting out on a very special journey.

People in Ashton Hayes had come together to do their bit in helping to fight climate change and become Carbon Neutral.

Well the world is watching Ashton Heyes - with news coverage all over Europe and in America. The interest is growing all the time - so let's remind ourselves what the project's all about from Tim Scott.

Walk or ride your bike instead of driving:

  • Not only is walking and/or cycling good for the environment, but it's great exercise too. Walking for half-an-hour burns up to 90 calories and riding your bike for half-an-hour burns up to 300!
  • Transport is responsible for around 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe

Be energy-conscious around the home and teach your family to be too:

  • Switch off the lights when you can
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water
  • Hang clothes out to dry instead of using a tumble dryer

Try to choose renewable, cleaner power sources:

  • Ask your energy supplier to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms. If it doesn’t offer this option yet, ask how best to reduce emissions
  • Think about solar panels, the government has a number of schemes available to help people invest in solar powered energy

Be conscious about the journey your food has been through to get to you;

  • Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain - at least one meat-free meal a day - since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production.

Get informed and then inform your family:

  • There are a number of government websites that try to promote more awareness about carbon emission. Try Greenhouse gas reporting

Invest in a dishwasher:

  • Dishwashers use half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap than hand-washing dishes, reports a German study. Just make sure it’s full before you run it

Put power strips around your home:

  • You can cut off power to chargers and small appliances when you’re done with them with power strips. Even if there’s no iPad or iPhone at the other end, chargers keep sucking energy from outlets.
  • You can pick them up for around £20 from most big supermarkets

Take you car to a car wash:

  • Full-service carwashes use 15 to 32 gallons of water per cycle compared to draining 10 gallons of water per minute when washing your car at home. If you must wash your car at home, do so on grass or gravel.

Use re-usable carrier bags:

  • Most people are doing it now, but putting a couple of re-usable carriers in your boot or your handbag will stop the usage of plastic carrier bags by thousands

Clutter clear out:

Instead of dumping your unwanted toys or household items, donate them to somewhere that will need them like children's homes or homeless centres.



Ainsley Harriott opens Southport Flower Show

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott opened the event Credit: ITV Granada

The Southport Flower Show has been opened by celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott this morning. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the annual event at the resort's Victoria Park. It's being billed as the largest independent flower show in the country.

Ainsley, of Ready, Steady, Cook fame, is one of Britain's best-known cooks after a glittering 25-year TV career.

He'll be performing two cookery demonstrations in the Food Village.

There will also be special guests, TV gardening expert Carol Klein and beauty queen Elizabeth Grant, the newly crowned Miss England.

Ainsley spoke to Paul Crone.

Bramall Hall reopens to the public

An historic manor house is about to welcome visitors again after a huge restoration project.

Bramall Hall in Stockport, famous for its black and white timber construction, dates back six centuries.

It's doors have been closed for nearly two years while repairs and refurbishments are carried out.

Tickets for the reopening last weekend sold out, but Tim Scott managed to get in early to have a look.

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