Green cash boost for villages

TWO Suffolk villages celebrating after being awarded £60,000 from the Green Suffolk Fund for their work to preserve the county's environment.Sproughton, near Ipswich, has been awarded £38,000 from the fund to provide insulation for its 17th century timber-framed thatched tithe barn, owned by the parish council and currently being used for community functions.

TWO Suffolk villages celebrating after being awarded £60,000 from the Green Suffolk Fund for their work to preserve the county's environment.

Sproughton, near Ipswich, has been awarded £38,000 from the fund to provide insulation for its 17th century timber-framed thatched tithe barn, owned by the parish council and currently being used for community functions.

Rosalind Lavington, chairman of Sproughton Parish Council's tithe barn development panel, said: “Insulation is an essential first step in cutting our CO2 emissions and we hope that this project will serve as an example to other would-be carbon cutters.”

Peter Lee, chairman of Green Sproughton, a panel of the parish council, added: “We aim to cut 60 per cent of our community's carbon footprint by 2025.

“Green events in the tithe barn will encourage our village to save energy, money and CO2 at home and at work. We also aim to inspire other communities to follow our lead.”

The village of Wenhaston, near Halesworth, was the second successful applicant with its Energy Support Group being awarded £22,000 from the Green Suffolk Fund.

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