Open House

The Sustainable Blacon Eco House at 2, Stamford Road, Blacon will be officially opened by Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council, at midday on Wednesday 17th August.

The Eco-House is part of Sustainable Blacon’s response to the Low Carbon Communities Challenge, a Department of Energy and Climate Change pioneering programme to help communities across the UK find a low carbon future.

The Eco House is a community show house which demonstrates different ways to reduce energy bills and consumption and the carbon emissions which are causing climate change.  It’s a practical example of a range of energy saving ideas that everyone can put into practice in their own homes.   Volunteers from the local community have been involved in the project from the outset. They have provided invaluable, expert assistance both inside and outside the house, in addition to supporting group visits to the Eco House.

Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said:  “I am delighted to be asked to officially open the Blacon Eco House. This represents a major achievement in demonstrating how residents of Blacon and wider Chester can save energy and money by simple measures, along with waste reduction and recycling. The house also provides a great demonstration to other areas across the country and Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to being a major supporter of this as we look forward to becoming a carbon neutral area. I look forward to hearing about the how the Eco house will provide a focus for a range of programme and activities over the next few years.”

Ged Edwards from Sustainable Blacon said: “The support and interest we have had has been very encouraging.  We’re very grateful to the many local and national organisations and suppliers have made the Eco House possible and to the many local people who made it happen.”

Simon Dukes (Eco House Manager) and Julie Perry  (Project Co ordinator) at Eco House in bloom
Simon Dukes from Sustainable Blacon said: “The Eco House is a great educational resource with a wide range of information and demonstrations on topics such as heating and lighting, cycling and buses, water use, composting and recycling, healthy lifestyles and alternative energy sources.  It’s so important that we understand about climate change and what we can do about it – and especially save money.  Seven schools have so far visited the Eco House as part of their curriculum and had an interesting day out including one from Blackpool.  The Blacon Schools Parliament, made up of representatives from each of the five primary schools in Blacon, together with pupils from Blacon High School, planned and planted the garden; Year 5 pupils at Dee Point Primary School created a series of unique artworks to communicate the environmental message, which are on display in the Eco House.”

The Eco House is open to all. For further information on what the Eco House can offer you, your group, or your school, please contact Sustainable Blacon on 01244 380150, via e-mail at, or visit their website:

(August 2011)


Emerging Community Group

‘Hello, we are a new community group (soon to be named!) which has emerged from The Blacon Energy Management Programme (BEMP), who are dedicated to spreading the lessons learned in this programme to the wider community of Blacon, creating a model for other communities across the UK.

Through BEMP, we have adapted many of the aspects of our day to day lives in terms of water use, gas and electricity use, recycling, composting kitchen waste, growing our own fruit and vegetables and so on. From this we have lowered our household bills and helped the wider environment! We want to share these valuable lessons with Blacon’s wider community!

We are looking at several project ideas in order to achieve this. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to involve Blacon’s children and young people in a ‘school play’, which centres around the ideas of climate change, or household habits and the impact this has on our environment and purse strings!

We are also looking to roll out a miniature version of BEMP, where community groups will sign up to try putting into practise our top tips within a number of areas such as: gas use, electricity, water etc, in order to save money and the environment.

We are a voluntary group of passionate people – we would love to meet others who are interested in getting involved. We meet next on Wednesday 31st August 9:45 to 11:45 in the morning, at 2 Stamford Road (Blacon): Sustainable Blacon’s new Eco House. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet us, and have a cuppa and a chat about getting involved in any way! Please call Sustainable Blacon on 01244 380150 to be put in touch with me!’

Angela Moray
Community Group Leader


(August 2011)




Volunteers Team Up in Blacon

Volunteers of Blacon With support from Chester Voluntary Action, volunteers and staff from Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) and Sustainable Blacon have joined forces for some summer cleaning at Blacon Greenway and Old Station. John Buchanan, Mandy Dawson, Patrick Hemmingway and Malcolm Stanton joined Stephen Perry, Shaun Dutton and Gerald Watts from Sustainable Blacon on a fruitful day tidying up the area.  

Gerald Watts and Dave Oxley who live locally and keep an eye on the area and collect litter there every day were really pleased to welcome the CATH team.  Gerald said: “It’s a fantastic place and so many people stop to admire it.  Dave and I enjoy doing our bit for Blacon.  It’s wonderful to have the extra help from CATH and we’ve really enjoyed meeting the team.  Hope it’s not too long before we see them again!”

John Buchanan from CATH said: “We’ve really enjoyed the day and the chance to be out and about in the fresh air making a difference and meeting local people.  It’s a great place!”

Stephen Perry from Sustainable Blacon said: “We really welcome groups and individuals from all corners to help out here.  The special atmosphere of the Old Station brings people together and families in particular like the animal sculptures on the Greenway.”

Locals and passers-by stopped to admire the site and their handiwork.  For more details on getting involved, ring Sustainable Blacon on 01244 380150.

(July 2011)