Community Projects

If you have a case study or inspiring sustainability story from your Parish that you would like to share with the wider community, please get in touch via the Contact Form.

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Solar Streets Installations in Bruton and Castle Cary

The first installations of solar PV panels under the Solar Streets BrutonCaryPlus scheme in Bruton and Castle Cary were completed in 2021. Bruton’s first installation included a battery which enables the residents to use a greater proportion of the electricity generated by the solar PV panels.

Solar Streets BrutonCaryPlus is a scheme where residents and businesses in Bruton, Castle Cary and the surrounding area, up to five miles away, can buy discounted solar PV and generate clean electricity, cut carbon emissions and have lower bills. For each installation, a donation is made towards local environmental projects. Solar Streets BrutonCaryPlus is a partnership between PV installers IDDEA, sales and marketing organisation The Green Group, Bruton Town Council, Castle Cary Town Council and One Planet Bruton community group.

The installers, IDDEA, have completed over 800 PV installations across the south west and more than 100 installations under the Solar Streets scheme in Frome and other towns. One Planet Bruton has helped to bring it to Bruton and the surrounding area.

There are online Zoom Q&A sessions to explain Solar Streets. If you live or do business within five miles of the centre of Bruton or Castle Cary, see here for more information and to book a survey.

Wildflower verges - Barwick and Stoford Parish

Barwick and Stoford Parish Council, along with their Parish Environment Champion, have successfully trialled a verge conservation project. To hear more about how they achieved it and how you can do similar in your community, listen to our wildflower webinar at the link above. The presentations are at the following times within the video:

  • Dr Kate Petty (Plantlife) - discussing Verge Conservation: 3:56 mins;

  • SSDC horticultural lead - discussing management techniques – 41:16 mins;

  • Barwick and Stoford Parish Environment Champion - discussing the successful verge conservation trial – 1:08:52 mins.

“We hope to extend the trial next year as villagers see that billiard-table lawns cannot compare with rewilded meadows when it comes to beauty and – more importantly – diversity of habitat for plants and invertebrates”​