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MP and Councillors visit a local 'SuperHome'

North Cornwall MP, Dan Rogerson, with his family, number of Cornwall Councillors and a other guests have visited Paul & Celia Sousek at Cottage Farm, a local organic farm and the first and so far the only 'SuperHome' in Cornwall on the occasion of the national Climate Week on Saturday 2nd April. A SuperHome (www.Superhomes.org.uk) is a property retrofitted with energy saving measures and renewable energy equipment,which cut its carbon emissions by at least 60%.
Paul of Cottage Farm says "We have cut our carbon emissions by 110% (no, not a misprint!), by reducing our energy consumption and by generating more energy than we need to run our home, to run our farm, to drive and to deliver our farm produce to our customers. The systems used include numerous insulation and energy saving products, solar thermal panels, heat store, wood burner with boiler, solar PV panels, wind turbine, bore hole water and even home made bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil. As a result we now use almost no fossil fuels, have minimal energy bills and the fresh Red Ruby meat boxes we deliver to our customer all over North Cornwall are not only organic,but also carbon-neutral and much more environmentally friendly. What is more, as an organic farm we do not use expensive fertilisers and our energy bills being so low, we find that our meat is now cheaper than meat from conventional farms and shops."

"We hold Open Days about once a month in the hope that we can encourage as many people as possible from local parishes to visit, to better understand what it means to have an energy efficient property and consequently to benefit from low energy bills. If you would like to attend our next free Open Day on 8th May or any future Open Days, please book a place at www.Superhomes.org.uk or email us at Cottage.Farm@tiscali.co.uk"

The visitors were treated to a presentation, which Paul has given couple of weeks earlier at the House of Commons to an All Party Parliamentary Group on the subject of Ultra-Low Carbon Farming. Both Dan Rogerson and many of the Councillors have asked numerous questions and have shown great deal of interest in the work being done here. There was time for coffee and cakes as well as inspection of some of the equipment in use, and the children in particular loved the newly born calves and lambs happily hopping about in the orchard. Lovely and an informative day all round.

You can read about Cottage Farm at www.TransitionNC.org (click on Food Producers Directory and look up Cottage Farm), find us on www.BigBarn.co.uk or just telephone Celia on 01840 230 548 and ask for a brochure.