A warm welcome to Project Purple’s website. Project Purple is the name of our community action group with aspirations for Hovingham to become carbon neutral in the 2030’s.
We believe we can achieve this through implementing ideas generated by the community, and encouraging residents and local businesses to further reduce our collective impact on the environment with three areas of focus:
1. Recycling, reusing and repairing more
2. Reducing our daily energy demand
3. Developing our own renewable energy sources
With thanks to North Yorkshire County Council, Stronger Communities - Restore and Recover for their 2020/21 support
"Hovingham’s ambition is to be carbon neutral in the 2030’s. The challenge is daunting but not impossible. Approximately 32% of the UK’s fossil fuel consumption is used in housing and private transport. We have to be part of the solution. I believe we will need to rely on our own initiative to make it happen!”
Frank Colenso, Project Lead
The purpose of Project Purple is to act as a facilitator and catalyst, supporting residents and local businesses in making a positive impact locally, towards eliminating our carbon footprint.
We will facilitate, inform and encourage carbon neutral initiatives in every aspects of the way we live.
Participation is open to all residents of the villages of Hovingham, Scackleton and locally.
Project Purple will share activities with other communities and work closely with relevant local and national groups, organisations, local authorities and Government.
Where ever possible, surplus funds will support community needs that will have a positive impact, on community and climate change.
The project has three areas of focus:
We are local residents who are concerned about the impact climate change will have on us, our children and the wider community.
We are taking whatever practical action we can, to reduce our own carbon footprint.
We want to share not only the solutions but the benefits, financial and otherwise.
We will seek the best available training, tools and advice to support the team and residents achieve our goal to be carbon neutral in the 2030’s
It all begins with the first small step and all our steps together will make the difference!
Project Purple was formed in 2017 to “encourage positive action at a local level, to find ways of reducing the community’s carbon footprint”.
Under the auspices of Hovingham Action Group, who had carried out a community survey in 2011, Project Purple initiated a community survey in 2018. The survey covered all aspects of life in Hovingham including questions related to climate change. There was an 84 % response to the survey.
The results provided a valuable window into the priorities and challenges experienced by residents and an expression of the community’s attitude toward climate change.
68% of residents were concerned about climate change and a further 22% wanted to know more.
Residents felt strongly about the need to reduce the village “carbon footprint” with significant interest expressed and support for:
The aim of the group is to explore ways to be carbon neutral in the 2030s.
The purpose of the group is to act as a facilitator and catalyst, supporting residents and local businesses to reduce their impact on the environment.
Click here to read more about Hovingham Community Survey
'68% of survey respondents are concerned about climate change'
Hovingham Community Survey, 2018/19