The aim of Project Purple is to support the community in achieving carbon neutral status in the 2030’s

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 and make a positive impact locally.

Our three areas of focus:

  1. Recycling, reusing and repairing what we already have, reducing our consumption.
  2. Energy efficiency – identifying ways to save money by reducing our individual carbon footprint energy demand in our homes and transport.
  3. Renewable energy – investigate sustainable and practical renewable energy technologies and promote their adoption.


response rate to the Hovingham Survey


items repaired at our first Repair Café


electric car charging points in Hovingham

What we do

1. The 5 R's - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot

Hovingham's Recycling Centre

We want to encourage residents to recycle everything and make sure it does not go into landfill. 

We are trying to provide residents with information about what can and cannot be recycled. 

At the same time identifying ways to reduce the amount of packaging, particularly plastic, used in everyday shopping. 

In the Hovingham & Scackleton Newsletter, we provided some tips and recommendations about recycling.

We are engaging with Ryedale District Council to establish a timeline to refurbish the recycling centre. 

We have initiated new signage to encourage users to optimise and keep the recycling centre tidy with the strapline of “Sort, Squash and Squeeze”. 

Would like to know what happens to everything that goes into your black bin? Find out more here

All North Yorkshire's waste is disposed of at Amey’s Waste Treatment plant at Allerton.

Each household produces 1 tonne of waste per year. They process 370,000 tonnes per year.

Their ethos is to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. Processing the waste means more than 90% does not end up in landfill.

The waste is put on to belts. The organic waste is sorted and put into the anaerobic digester to produce bio gas exported to the national grid. 

A mechanical treatment plant receives general waste mainly originating from household bins and household waste recycling centres and removes any remaining metal and plastics for recycling.

Energy from waste (EFW) which is incinerated at more than 850 degrees produces steam for electricity. The ash is used for the construction industry.

If you would like to visit the site or find out more, contact:

To find out more about Recycling Plastics in Ryedale, here's a link to a recent presentation from Ryedale District Council

The Co-operative now recycle soft plastics. To find out more, scroll to the Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Reycle & Rot section on the Links page.

Recycle your cartons

at Hovingham's mini recycling centre

What we do

1.  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot

Repair Café

Hovingham’s Repair Café is a recognised member of the 3,100 strong, Repair Café International organisation. Residents are invited to bring along items that are in need of repair.

The objective is to see our possessions in a new light and discourage us from throwing away well-loved items into landfill which could be mended and returned to a useful life. Click here to open the door and find out more...

What we do

Community Hub

Alongside the Repair Café, we also run our Community Hub to exchange ideas, share knowledge and spotlight different areas where we can make a different in reducing our carbon footprint eg energy saving, transport, food, shopping etc

You can meet residents who have experience of owning and driving electric vehicles, talk to local gardeners, find out the latest about grants to support home energy improvements, make the switch to renewable energy and much, much more.


Top tips! Click here for Easy Starter veg, here for top tips and here for video guides and more info

What we do

1.  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot

Share Shed

Run by Hovingham Project Purple

Borrowing is better than buying.

If we've got it, you can borrow it, for free!


What is a Share Shed?

The Share Shed is our community initiative to share useful items with friends and neighbours in the Parish of Hovingham & Scackleton. It will help reduce the consumption of “stuff”, help in our community efforts to reduce the impact on the environment and it is FREE at point of use!

We have built a virtual share shed library on this website. Go to the Share Shed page to find out more. 

What we do

2. Reducing our carbon footprint

Electric vehicles and charging

One of the issues that came out of the 2018 village survey, was the need for residents to have access to reliable electric vehicle charging points. 

Many properties do not have access to off road parking to charge an electric vehicle. In recognition of this, with funding from the Office Of Low Emission Vehicles, Ryedale District Council, Project Purple and the support of Hovingham & Scackleton Parish Council and the Village Hall, a double 32amp Electric Vehicle charger was installed on the 10th March 2020 in the Village Hall car park. This will charge a typical electric car, at the rate of 25mile per hours charge.

The Charger is supplier by BP Chargemaster and is part of their Polar Network. Access is via RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) card. BP Chargemaster rates per kWh apply.

Click here for charging tips and considerations when choosing an EV or hybrid vehicle

At home - energy savings (Insulation; Heating; Electricity; Water)

Click here to find out more about the latest available grants, energy efficiency and how to reduce the amount of energy you use including the Government's “Green Homes Grant” 

What we do

3. Renewable energy

Including home solar and community solar

Community solar energy

Over the next 10 years, Hovingham, like many other communities, will require approximately three times their present electricity demand (circa 1MW) more than today. The capacity of our present grid could be expanded to approximately 190kW, therefore the capacity will have to be built in order to support the demand. The present supply framework does not allow the grid provider, Northern Power, to anticipate future demand. Hence, Hovingham’s supply will be built up on an as needed basis, ie no strategic planning or investment. 

Communities like Hovingham, would like to develop our own renewable source. We carried out a feasibility study in 2019/20. However, the present grid supply framework does not easily allow connection for locally produced supply. 

Project Purple is a member of Northern Powergrid’s “Community Energy Stakeholder Panel”. One of the aims of the panel is to understand and influence the Government infrastructure planning that would support community initiatives like our own.

We’ve carried out a detailed feasibility study to install a community solar farm up to 2MW which was supported by the Rural Community Energy Fund. 

An array of this capacity would make it financially attractive to local individual investors and provide a revenue stream to support the communities needs. It would generate approximately twice Hovingham’s requirements based on estimated 2030’s demand. Unfortunately, we found after extensive evaluation the maximum grid connection in and around Hovingham is 190kW. We have therefore decided not to take it further at this time. 

We will continue working closely with Northern Power Grid to evaluate options in the future.

What's your story?

If you have experiences you'd like to share with the community about how you have reduced your carbon foot print please contact


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