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Kesgrave Green Effort Reward

Kelsale and Kesgrave are the latest communities to get support from Suffolk Coastal’s innovative Community Environmental Action Fund (CEAF) which is helping local efforts to make the district even greener.

There is also a great opportunity this month for other communities to find out how they can get help from the CEAF with a special briefing session being held on Monday, March 26 at the Cloghans Bungalow at Suffolk Coastal’s Melton Hill offices between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

“Our CEAF is making an important difference in helping our local communities prepare for the impact of climate changes, reduce their carbon footprints and become more sustainable,” said Andrew Cassy, Board Member of the Suffolk Coastal Local Strategic Partnership (LSP).

“These latest two initiatives supported by the CEAF are more great examples of local communities coming together with innovative ideas that at a grass-roots level will help make this district even greener.

“I hope these examples will spur others on to taking local action themselves and make use of the excellent advice and support on offer from our special advisor, or apply for money from the CEAF,” added Mr Cassy.

Kelsale-Cum-Carlton Parish Council has become a LEAF (Local Energy Assessment Fund) community. This ambitious project involves carrying out household energy audits and assessing local options for renewable energy generation as a start towards reducing the community’s carbon emissions.

The CEAF is providing £1,000 support funding for core costs to help them share learning and develop this work beyond the LEAF project.

Kesgrave Allotments and Leisure Gardening Association (KALGA Ltd.) has gained funds towards its efforts to ensure members and visitors cycle or walk to its new allotment site and water conservation measures. Visit www.debenvalleydrive.co.uk/kalga/ for more information.

The CEAF is open to anyone considering a project that will engage their community in action to make homes warmer, neighbours come together or people get fitter and reduce use of oil, gas, electricity, petrol and diesel. The maximum grant is £1,000 and more information can be found on www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourdistrict/greenissues/ecoaction/

Anyone interested in the event on March 26, when they can find out more about the CEAF, may also be interested to know that the latest Greenprint Forum is being held from 7pm in the same venue. Greenprint is a quarterly gathering of people who live and work in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney and who are interested in Green solutions to the big issues in the district and activities that are taking place to tackle them.

To book a place at either or both events please contact Deborah Wargate by emailing deborah.wargate@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk or calling 01394 444747.

The CEAF and the part-time Community Environmental Action advisor are provided in partnership by Suffolk Coastal District Council, Groundwork East of England, Suffolk Coastal Local Strategic Partnership, and the Environment Agency.

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