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Greenest House in Britain

The Greenest House in Britain

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The greenest house in Britain will probably be owned by Gary Neville. The 37 year old ex Manchester United and England footballer will build a £8 million eco-friendly house. After three years of planning, and more than a year battling for approval, the retired footballer was given the go-ahead by the Bolton Council this month to build a controversial house. It has been refered to as a Teletubbies house, as it resemble the residence of the popular children’s cartoon characters Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. The house has been designed in the shape of a flower with a kitchen in the centre, and bathrooms and bedrooms flowing from the centre. It also includes a gym, dinning rooms, a garage and swimming pool. The house near Harwood, in Bolton, is partially underground, so that moorland can flow over the roof to minimize the impact on the landscape.

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The first application for building the house was returned with more than 100 objections. The biggest point of concern for the council and the neighbours was the plan to build a 100-foot wind turbine. ‘He must live in Telletubby land if he thinks no one would object against that whacking great turbine spoiling the landscape but now the turbine has been moved from the application I have no problems with it’, a resident commented.

Now that Neville dropped the idea of the turbine for his carbon neutral flower shaped house, permission was given to build the property. One of the councilors, Andy Morgan, believes the idea is innovative and very eco-friendly and it has received a code six rating, which is the highest score a house can achieve following an energy monitor system the government has. He believes the house is not too obtrusive for other residents and therefore he is happy to support the application. The house will be the first and only carbon-neutral house in North West England. Developers came up with a more eco-friendly solution to power the house than the tall wind turbine, which includes durable rainwater harvesting, a ground source heat pump and solar panels which convert light into electricity. In stead of the tall wind turbine a small turbine will be build that will only take four to five months to build, as opposed to the initial 20 months. Another thing that has changed is the amount of ground that the building will take up. Instead of a large one floor, the house will be built over two floors making it 8,000 square feet in size. People call it the greenest house in Britain, as even the majority of the house will be built elsewhere to keep noise and disturbance down for other residents. Neville is presently living in a £10m, 12 bedroom mansion near the site with his wife and their children Molly, three and two year-old Sophie.

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Cycling Holidays in the UK

Fantastic Ideas for Cycling Holidays in the UK

This guest post is by Shannen Doherty of http://www.iexplore.co.uk/activities/cycling.

While the French can perhaps be justified in their claim as being the leaders in cycling holidays, others are now not so far behind. This includes the UK and discovering London on a cycling holiday is surely one of the finest ways to spend part of your summer. Here is how to make the best of it.

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The Beauty of the Bicycle

There is perhaps no better way of experiencing a new destination than on a bicycle. Indeed, for family holidays in the UK, arranging a cycling tour of the country’s capital city is sure to go down well with everyone. Cycling at a pace that suits you and the rest of the family, stopping for a chat with the friendly locals or visiting the local sights has never been easier. In fact, simply watching the world drift slowly past is a pleasure in itself.

Cycling in London

The good news is that recent improvements mean that riding through London is now better, safer and infinitely more enjoyable than ever before. In particular, the addition of numerous new cycle lanes and special cycle routes makes cycling in London considerably more pleasant than you would imagine. Furthermore, the recent introduction of the cycle hire scheme means you could always choose to pick up your bikes when you are there.

Nonetheless, cycling in London, much like any other major city, is not without its dangers. With this in mind, some safety measures should be adopted. For example, wearing a safety helmet is essential while wearing some kind of reflective clothing, such as a high-viz vest, is highly recommended. You must certainly always make sure your lights are all in good working order before setting off.

One point to bear in mind should you or the family not be ready for great distances is that much of London’s transport will allow you to take your bike on board. However, more often than not, this allowance is restricted to folding cycles. These can be taken on virtually every form of public transport including overground and underground trains, the tramlink and even some buses (this often depends on the driver).

Meanwhile, non-folding bikes can be taken on the majority of overground trains, while non-folding bikes are allowed on certain underground lines outside peak hours, such as the Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Metropolitan lines. The best thing to do, however, is to check in advance when planning your route.

Cycle Route Options

One of the best ways to take in London on a bicycle is to restrict yourself to the banks of the River Thames. Much of the river is lined by long stretches of traffic-free routes. Indeed, the Thames Path National Trail that runs from the source of the River (in the Cotswolds) to the Greenwich Thames barrier is one of the nineteen official UK national trails.

The official Thames Cultural Cycling Tour, which stretches for some 27 kilometres, is another fantastic option. This route is specifically designed to include much of London’s maritime history and begins at the famous South Bank then winds through Rotherhithe towards Greenwich. From here, the route then continues beneath the Thames to Canary Wharf and onto Wapping, before winding back over Tower Bridge to the South Bank.

Further options include the Lee Valley route, which lies to the North-east of London’s centre and strectches for some 26 miles. In addition, the route that takes in the south-westerly region of Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Wandsworth and is known as the Wandle Trail has always proven a popular favorite.

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UK's Landfill Crisis Infographic

The UK’s Landfill Crisis

If you do not currently take environmental factors into consideration at work or at home, now is the time to start doing so. With UK landfills bursting at the seams, we all need to be doing our bit to keep as much waste as possible from ending up in landfill and there are so many ways you can help.

At home, keep two separate bins and clearly label waste and recycling. Familiarise yourself with what can and cannot be recycled and make sure all the household are aware of this too.

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At work, try and reduce the amount of paper used and send emails out instead wherever possible. Make sure your team are all recycling as much as possible and when new office supplies are ordered, ensure they can be recycled later on when they are no longer in use.

If we all play our part and take action today, we can have a truly positive effect on the environment for tomorrow’s world.

Sophie works alongside ecotileflooring.com and has a strong passion for the environment, working hard to ensure at both home and work she does all she can to avoid sending unnecessary waste to landfill.

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Boost Your Green Credentials With Solar PV

Boost Your Green Credentials With Solar PV

This guest post is by Kris Headland of www.energygrants.co.uk.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels are increasing in popularity and it’s not difficult to see why, as more and more homeowners and businesses look to take advantage of the environmental, energy-saving, and money-saving benefits on offer.

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Most renewable energy sources are burnt to generate electricity, which cause carbon emissions known to harm the environment. Solar Panels, on the other hand, have no carbon footprint and will help to protect the environment, as they need only the light from the sun to generate electricity.

Solar Panels are made up of groups of mounted together PV cells that capture energy from the sun and convert it into green electricity. The generated energy can then be used for free in your property, contributing to your use of electricity and subsequently allowing you to reduce your energy bills.

Although the Photovoltaic Panels are more productive on longer sunnier days, they do not need direct sunlight to work and will continue to generate electricity, albeit to a lesser extent, even when it is cold and cloudy.

Environmentally-friendly Solar Panels will also allow you to make large-scale carbon dioxide (C02) savings each year. According to the Energy Saving Trust, each unit of electricity produced by Solar Panels equates to a C02 saving of 0.539kg.

To put this into context, based on a typical 2kWp Solar PV system this will produce 936kg of carbon savings per year. Over 25 years, this works out at a huge C02 saving of 23.4 tonnes.

In addition to the energy bill and carbon savings, you will also receive tax-free payments for each unit of electricity that your Solar Panels produce through the UK Government’s Feed-in Tariff.

A typical 2kWp Solar system will cost between £5,000 and £7,000, but through Feed-in Tariff payments you can recover this cost within 10 years and make a Return on Investment of around 10%.

Not only will you be paid for the energy that your Home Solar Panels generate, you can also use the generated energy to power your lighting and other household appliances – for example your dishwasher, tumble dryer and kettle – for free during daylight hours.

By generating your own green electricity with Solar PV Panels, you will be able to protect yourself from future energy prices while also helping to protect the environment.

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Cornwall Holidays

Cornwall Holidays: 5 Reasons To Visit The Eden Project

This is a guest post by Ella Green of www.holiday-rentals.co.uk.

Beautiful stretches of white sandy beach, extensive woodland and its reputation as a premier surfing and family holiday destination see many people visit the county of Cornwall each year. Aside from popular attractions such as theme parks, wildlife sanctuaries, castles and museums, The Eden Project – a multiple greenhouse complex – also welcomes many visitors and for many fantastic reasons.

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My own family and I visited The Eden Project during summer last year and these are my five top reasons as to why it is a must-see attraction for those travelling to Cornwall:

The Rainforest Biome

The majority of people from the UK will never get to see the actual rainforests of the world but with Cornwall and The Eden Project on their doorstep there is no excuse not to witness rubber trees, soya plantations, mangrove swamps, exotic tropical flowers and even more in person! My nine year old was very interested to see the plants from which chocolate products, Coca-Cola, and chewing gum are made whilst I was amazed to see bananas growing at the top of several trees.

The Rainforest Lookout

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As if the Rainforest Biome didn’t offer visitors enough stimulation already, it also comprises a treetop lookout which takes guests high above the treetops for a birds-eye-view of the entire biome. Every ten seconds, a section of rainforest that is the same size of that which can be seen from this lookout is destroyed; a devastating context! It should be noted that on very hot days, guests are not allowed to use the lookout for the temperature to the roof of the biome becomes too high.

The Core Education Centre

This facility proves that learning does not have to be boring for it contains many interactive displays that both kids and adults will enjoy. When you have become bored of looking inside things, pushing buttons and pulling handles, you can explore the rear Spiral Garden, buy a snack from the terrace that overlooks the other biomes and/or let your children take advantage of the centre’s secret slide! On some occasions, the venue will even host live music events in the evening – be sure to check what’s going on at the time of your family’s visit.

The Bombus Bee Sculpture

This sculpture was built buy an artist named Robert Bradford as a reminder of how important bees and the process of pollination is for ensuring humans have food to eat. My youngest – who was just four years old at the time of our visit – was convinced that this bee was real. Once my partner and I had convinced him otherwise, he agreed that the bee was “awesome” and that it looked incredible hovering on the hillside with the plantation biomes behind.

Dining Delights

Most family days out involve taking the little ones to a fast food restaurant for convenience but you will find no such junk food within the confines of The Eden Project! A wide selection of dietary requirements are catered for across the site (useful considering my husband’s intolerance to wheat) and even better, the majority of food sold within The Eden Project is fair trade and sourced locally.  The Eden Project Cafe in St Austell meanwhile brings a little piece of the garden to the town centre.

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