The Mendip Open Green Homes and Gardens open days took place in September 2009, and were a great success. Nearly 1500 visits were made to 27 homes in the area which have been built sustainably, or ‘eco-renovated’. Visitors were able to chat to the owners about how they save energy at home, for example through the installation of renewable technologies, and high levels of insulation. A full report is in preparation, but feedback shows that visitors found the open days very informative and enjoyable, and a great many said they were inspired to do more in their own homes and gardens.

The open days were run in partnership with Transition Glastonbury, the Wedmore Green Group and Sustainable Frome,

Use the menu below to find out about participating homes, which included a low impact mobile ‘eco cabin’, a highly insulated 3 bedroom ex- council house with wood burner and solar photovoltaic panels, a brand new eco-build with its own air to water heat pump system and living roof, a straw bale home, and a house with a wind turbine. Gardens on show demonstrated good practice in composting, food growing, and rainwater harvesting, and features such as bee hives and polytunnels. Homes are located across the Mendip area, in Glastonbury, Frome and Wells, and in villages and rural areas from Wedmore to Wanstrow.

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A Report on Mendip Open Green Homes and Gardens 2009 will be available as soon  as possible.