Cow Muck and Charity Shops
PUBLISHED: 13:15 01 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:55 20 February 2013
Ffinlo Costain takes recycling seriously - but finds himself in the midst of a green war!
Ffinlo Costain takes recycling seriously but finds himself in the midst of a green war!
Ive loved Wiltshire ever since I was a child. Easters were spent with my aunt in a turreted tower near Melksham, and each day Id tramp the rides in her wood, climb trees, sit in primroses and track deer through leafy tunnels. My older cousin would take me camping and taught me everything I know about cooking baked beans in cans on open fires. When the chocolate eggs had been demolished, Id return home to rural Worcestershire and try to pass on this important knowledge to my friends. Perhaps because of my country upbringing, the environments very important to me; conserving energy, using water wisely, recycling, and valuing biodiversity just seem like common sense.
A little while ago my wife and I moved to Pewsey. Our new homes smaller than our old place so accommodating furniture has been a challenge. But, of course, its also been an opportunity to trim our lifestyles and get to grips with local facilities.
Cossers carnival charity shop is fantastic, a real Aladdins cave. Its interesting to see how the image of charity shops has changed, with ever more people embracing the spirit of recycling, and shaking off the prim shackles of snobbery towards second-hand goods. Each time I arrived with another box, Id find people of all ages and classes hunting for bargains among the bric-a-brac. We also discovered Everleigh Amenity Centre, which is a miniature picture of eco-heaven. Ive yet to find anything they cant take off my hands to turn into something new.
Moving house gave us the chance to think again about energy
As well as getting rid of stuff, moving house gave us the chance to think again about energy, and after a search through the companies listed on comparison site www.greenelectricity.org, we opted for Ecotricity, who generate all their power from wind farms and recycle their profits to invest in even more. Its lovely to have moved somewhere that we can live out our green values in our daily lives.
So I was a bit surprised to learn that even Pewsey had its own little green war going on. A local farmer has planning permission to open an anaerobic digestion plant (turning cow muck into electricity), and from the anti propaganda youd think the world was about to end!
I visited the farmer who took the time to talk me through his plans, and it turns out that everything said against the plant is untrue. The new farm will replace a farm, itll be welfare-friendly, traffic will be the same as any other farm, the AD silo will be much smaller than a cowshed and itll produce enough electricity for 800 homes. It seems like a no-brainer, but the depth of feeling in the village illustrates how fear can fill a vacuum. In the absence of facts, mythology has arisen, but hopefully over time people will see that their justifiable fears were unfounded.
Moving home can be very stressful, but our warm welcome to Pewsey has proved that living in Wiltshire will be just as wonderful as Id imagined when I was a child.
Theres a section on the farms website, stowellfarms.co.uk/home/
sharcott-pennings-farm, which attempts to answer the questions and concerns being raised by locals.
Let us know your views. Ed.