Monthly Archives: March 2012

Transition Redhill Personal Carbon Footprint Monitoring Project

Transition Redhill is launching a personal carbon footprint monitoring scheme which TR members, colleagues and friends are invited to join.

Your footprint is a measure of how much carbon dioxide CO2 in tons per year is emitted as a direct result of those activities that are both under your direct control and that can be simply and accurately measured. We include these activities:

  • home heating,
  • home electricity use,
  • non-business road and air travel.

To take part you need to record your gas and electricity meter readings at the start and end of the year, record or estimate your annual car fuel consumption, and record any non-business flights. Further details on how to do this are given in the project rules.

Download the rules here.

The aim of the project is of course to help you to reduce your personal impact on the climate. Measuring the impact makes it much easier to focus your efforts on the most effective practicable steps to take.

The scheme came into effect on January 1st 2012 but you may join at any time. If you want to join contact the administrator Derek Smith at derek.redhill@gmail.com.

 

Future of Reigate Farmers’ Market in doubt

This week the Surrey Mirror reports that the future of Reigate Farmers’ Market is in doubt, as there are only two stalls left – Reigate Beekeepers in the High Street and McCarthy’s bread stall in Tunnel Road.

According to Hughmark International, the company that runs the market: “The people of Reigate do not support the market. It’s as simple as that.”

According to the remaining stallholders, the council could do more to help – advertising for example.

Although the bread stall is struggling, the beekeepers are still doing well. Possibly because: “You’re more likely to buy honey and beeswax once a month rather than bread and cheese, which I suppose people are used to getting from the shops.”

Read the Surrey Mirror report here.

In contrast, the Dorking Food Float has just celebrated its second anniversary and is still going strong.

What’s the difference?

  • The Food Float operates on Saturdays; the Reigate market on Fridays.
  • The Food Float is there every week; the Reigate market just once a month.
  • The Food Float is run by volunteers on a not for profit basis; Hughmark International charge for the Reigate stalls.
  • The Food Float has an attractive website and a Facebook page; the Reigate market has a rudimentary page on the organiser’s website.

Maybe the business model needs a rethink, but surely Reigate can support a thriving farmers’s market?

Please let us know what you think by posting a comment below.