Community-owned Energy in Gargrave and Malhamdale

Future Energy Landscapes


This is an invitation to you personally to take part in a series of 3 workshops to design a sustainable future for Gargrave and Malhamdale

The film DEMAIN (meaning “tomorrow”) explores what communities all over the world are doing to become more resilient and sustainable in the face of climate change.

The film asks what would it be like to live in a low carbon, low energy, zero waste society? We cannot survive wearing hair shirts, living in caves and eating rotten potatoes – what would it actually be like? In the words of Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement, actually, it could be “FANTASTIC!

A discussion after screening of the film in Gargrave Village Hall threw up interesting project ideas for our own local community.

Comments from the discussion were typed up and reallocated to the films headings. A SWOT analysis looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats associated with projects identified by this process indicates that our community could actually be changed for the better. See the comments and analyses here.

Now we invite you to take part in a consultation to enable some of these to be developed and actioned.

Further consultation

The role of CEGAM is to support local initiative and to provide a community-based mechanism to realise ideas for community benefit. Potential projects arising from the discussion show how we could bring about a green transition and members of the community need to be involved in this work long before any planning application is submitted.

We will focus on Gargrave and Malhamdale using a method adapted from Future Energy Landscapes (FEL) developed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England in consultation with the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Here you can find out more about the FEL method.

The first workshop will help you to find out more about the community, where people live and what you like or dislike about the surroundings. Together you will develop a vision of how the locality might adapt and change, from which project ideas will emerge.  The second workshop, one week later, will focus on energy (parallel workshops can focus on other topics arising) and the third workshop will bring projects to actionable stage. Between workshops everyone has time for reflection and conversations with the wider community.

We especially welcome young people from secondary school age up to take part in this exercise as a learning opportunity.  

If you are interested in taking part please click on the following link to access our Doodle Poll and enter the dates when you will be available for the first two evening workshops one week apart in March and April. Each workshop will last between 2 and 3 hours.

The link is: http://doodle.com/poll/6aceaqbm4a2rbfxa

As soon as we have enough participants to take part in these two workshops we will advise you of the dates and where they will be held. If you have any questions or need further information please contact me at sandyt@gamaenergy.co.uk


Thank you for your interest in this project and I hope to see you at the workshops.

Sandy Tod

CEGAM © 2015
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