Ian has been invited to become a DEBI director, after helping judge last year’s awards. Today is the AGM and the first board meeting. He’s looking forward to it, not least to hearing more about lots of other (and very diverse) green Devon businesses. The picture is Ian with Kevin Frediani at the DEBI awards last November.
Today was switch over day for the Winkleigh plastic collection our local green group started over a year ago. Philippa has organised a transition from the cages by the community centre to a monthly supervised ‘collect and sort’.
Collections will be once a month (10-11am first Sat.). As well as plastics they take cardboard – which is great for us ‘outlying’ residents as we don’t get a green wheelie bin for card. We’ll help out when we can – but Saturday is our change over day for the cottages and lodges so we might be doing most of our share in the winter months when we’re less busy.
First one went well, with a photographer from the local paper and a goodly collection of plastics and cardboard. The lorry went away well loaded.
|Ian introduces the Devon Environmental Business Initiative’s |
2012 award for an innovative low carbon business
[by Ian] Last week it was the annual DEBI awards – the Devon Environmental Business Initiative Awards. Last year Wheatland Farm won the low carbon business category. This time I helped judge it.
Us judges we were particularly impressed by Carbon Compost’s highly innovative charcoal retort, which the company has perfected and patented. It recirculates and burns woodgas that other systems vent to the atmosphere. This means their charcoal production is much cleaner, and nearly twice as efficient as the charcoal ring kilns normally in use.
They have also made these retorts mobile, so you take the machine to the wood rather than the other way round, saving a lot of energy.
Philip Dennis Foodservice
We’ve installed two electric car charging stations for the eco lodges, and also for the general public. The charging stations were donated by Zero Carbon World and we’ll be on their Open Charge map. The idea is to get lots of charging stations that don’t need smart cards. That should make life easier for electric car users. If you’re staying here at Wheatland Farm eco ldoges you can charge your car for free. If you’re just passing through there’ll be a small charge, but we’ll run you up the road to the farm shop where you can get tea and cakes while you wait, or take you on a walk around the nature reserve. Telephone 07780708747 to book a slot.