CHESTERFIELD: Eco-friendly homes welcome budding environmentalists

Environmental campaigners Alastair, Polly and Michelle Meikle.
Environmental campaigners Alastair, Polly and Michelle Meikle.

GREEN-MINDED residents are opening up their eco-friendly homes as part of an open week event to encourage more people to adopt environmentally-friendly lifestyles.

The two homes will welcome visitors on Sunday, March 3, during the first ever Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire EcoHomes Open Week, between March 2 and March 10, as the householders work in conjunction with Transition Chesterfield and show off their properties’ environmentally-friendly features.

The two homes are 4 Inkerman Cottages, off Ashgate Road, Chesterfield S40 4BP, and 109 Ashgate Road, Ashgate, Chesterfield S40 4AH.

The Inkerman Cottages home includes oak frame, straw bale walls, a lime render and living roof extension to 1890’s end terrace, wall insulation with sheeps fleece, a multi-input hot water system and insulation above existing concrete floors as well as a multi fuel stove.

Visitors with cars are urged not to park on Inkerman Cottages. This property can be viewed from 11am to 3pm.

The Ashgate Road home includes extensive solar array with PV panels and water heating panels feeding a large thermal store, a wood burning stove, underfloor heating and solid wall insulation and it can also be viewed from 11am to 3pm,.

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Eco Homes Open Week involves dozens of homes across the region featuring a range of energy-saving and environmentally-friendly changes such as solid wall insulation, vegetable gardens, hydro projects and domestic renewables.

Colin Harrison from Transition Chesterfield said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people living in Chesterfield to visit real eco homes in

their own community and get inspired to make their own homes more environmentally-friendly and cheaper to heat.

“It will be a bit like an Open Gardens Day, but householders will be showing off their insulation and solar panels instead of their sunflowers and chrysanthemums.”

Transition Chesterfield is organising the event in conjunction with the Community Climate Action Network, Marches Energy Agency and the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities Energy Partnership.

For more information on open days in other parts of the two counties see: