Learn to combat climate change

April 26 2014

BISHOPSTON and Redland residents will be more clued up about ways they can equip their homes to deal with climate change, thanks to a successful funding bid by Sustainable Bishopston.

BISHOPSTON and Redland residents will be more clued up about ways they can equip their homes to deal with climate change, thanks to a successful funding bid by Sustainable Bishopston. 
The funding from the council's Active Travel grant will be used to develop a trail guide to inform people on ways to make their homes more resistant to climate change, and to illustrate a variety of technologies already being used by local residents which will save energy, deal with varying temperatures, enhance wildlife, and cut flood risk.
Martin Fodor, Sustainable Bishopston representative, said: "With an old, attractive neighbourhood like ours, full of heritage and character, there are challenges to deal with when adapting our homes to save energy, reduce flood risk, deal with overheating or loss of wildlife."
Adaptations which have already been made to homes in Bishopston and Redland include solar power for electricity and heating water, sun pipes to provide light indoors, external wall insulation, living or green roofs to increase biodiversity and soak up rainwater, and permeable paving in driveways to reduce flood risk.
The project is in conjunction with Sustainable Redland, the Bishopston Society, Redland and Cotham Amenity Society, and Bristol Green Doors.
The grant is to prepare a detailed guide with notes downloadable from the group's website and printed for distribution locally. To pilot some of the features, which are all visible from the road, the group is planning two guided trails in May, during the "Our Neighbourhood" festival, offering a choice of routes by foot or bicycle around the area.
Guides will be on hand to answer any questions and encourage discussion, whilst touring green projects in the area and exploring how the techniques used by local homes fit the neighbourhood.
Routes will be 90 minutes each, suited to either a medium walking pace, or a gentle cycle ride. Good footwear, or a bicycle is required.
Meet at the Sustainable Bishopston Noticeboard at 171 Gloucester Rd on May 11 at 1.30pm for 2pm departure. Register at info@sustainablebishopston.org.uk.