Huntingdonshire Green Heart Community Awards 2013

Huntingdonshire District Council is once again seeking applications for the annual Green Heart Community Awards.  These awards recognise the groups and individuals who have been working so hard over the past 12 months helping to improve the environment in Huntingdonshire.

Having already held three successful Green Heart Awards we are hoping that this year’s will be even bigger.  The residents in Huntingdonshire have been busy in helping to improve our environment and we want to recognise and celebrate their achievements in 2013.

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Spooky goings on at the St Ives Green House


More than fifty children and their parents enjoyed the Halloween Activity Day at the St Ives Green House on Wednesday 31 October.  Superman, Batman and wicked witches joined in the fun to help us combat litter and reduce our environmental footprint.

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Cambridgeshire Oil Buying Syndicate

A cheaper way to buy your fuel…

Cambridgeshire ACRE runs a county-wide community oil buying syndicate. Households, village halls and businesses can join the scheme to bulk purchase oil to receive a discount. Cambridgeshire ACRE’s website has full details

 Contact for the community oil buying scheme is Julie Weekes (01353 860850).

Join us at the Green House this half term

FREE Eco Activity Day at the Green House

‘Start them young’ is the motto for the FREE Eco Activity Day being held at the St Ives Green House this half term.

All budding eco-warriors or princesses and their families are invited to step inside the Green House on Wednesday 31 October between 10am and 4pm to explore and enjoy a range of eco activities.

Families can take part in an eco discovery trail around the house, a bug hunt in the garden, seed planting, making fat balls, crafts and much more…

The St Ives Green House provides an inspirational learning environment for children and their families.  A visit gives the children a chance to see for themselves how the environment may be improved and sustained by making changes within the home.

No need to book, just turn up at the St Ives Green House, 1 St Audrey Lane, St Ives between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 31 October and start your journey of eco discovery.

Don’t forget it’s also Halloween, so feel free to come dressed in your best spooky or super hero outfit and help us reduce our environmental footprint.

Apply today and be prepared for winter

Government funded grants of up to £3,500 (and up to £6,000 in areas where there is no mains gas) are available to homeowners and private tenants receiving certain income-related benefits, to help them keep warm and save money on energy bills.

The Warm Front scheme provides a package of insulation and heating measures tailored to meet individual needs, including loft and cavity-wall insulation, draughtproofing, hot-water-tank jackets and additional heating solutions such as installing a new central heating system, or repairing an existing one.

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Water Efficiency Information day – 21 July


The latest ‘Ask the Expert’ event is being held on Saturday 21 July.  The event is focusing on water efficiency and there will be advice on rainwater harvesting from Halsted Rain, water efficient sanitary ware from Twyfords and much more to help you save water and money.



To book a 1:1 with an expert call 01480 388304 or pop along between 10am – 4pm to have a look around the St Ives Green House

The Gardens at the St Ives Green House

During May, our intention was to spend time weeding the front garden, but suprisingly few weeds have come up, so work started on cutting or removing seedlings from the Lychnis coronaria, Cephalaria gigantea and Centranthus ruber.

The back garden needed very little attention, few weeds in the woodland and just hoeing of the wildlife border. The vegetable garden needed some sorting out and beetroot seeds and some broadbeans were planted. The pond pump was also cleaned out.

Throughout June, the front garden was a little easier but the Crambe maritimum needed staking and trimming in order to allow other things to flourish. There are many lavender seedlings coming up as well.

In the back garden, the pond area is looking good and so is the  border, but the vegetable garden once again needed some attention. We have removed a considerable number of raspberry canes which threaten to take over the entire garden (if not the world). We also removed the last of the brassicas. Some carrots, French beans, some basil and one courgette plant have been planted in the vegetable garden  Also some more beetroot, the first lot is up as are the broad beans.

The blackberry’s have been trained back to the trellis and the asparagus plants have been stacked up.

The drought garden won SILVER at BBC Gardeners World live. The public were very enthusiastic as were the judges who said that it was the best drought garden they had seen out of many presented this year.

Altogether its been a successful few months and the garden continues to thrill us with its development.

More seed sowing planned for the next few weeks and a few tomatoes may appear in the green house.

‘When in Drought’ at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

St Ives Drought Garden






The drought garden at the St Ives Green House is being featured at this years BBC Gardeners’ World Live (13 – 17 June)  Ray & Marney Hall are recreating the garden for the show, so lo9ok out for the ‘When in drought’ garden as you wonder around the show.

View the plant list for the drought garden and also come along and see for yourself how great the gardens are looking at the moment.

Read more about and buy tickets for BBC Gardeners’ World Live

FREE Greening Your Business Event – 30 May

Through the Sustainable Efficiency East project, SmartLIFE, Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Anglian Water are offering a FREE evening giving you smart advice on greening you business and how you can apply for a £500 grant to put towards making improvements.

Hot topics include:
How to take advantage of a free energy audit and access a grant of £500 (This only applies if you are a business registered in Huntingdonshire).
How to save money on water bills- talk to an expert from Anglian Water.
How to cut waste and save money- talk to a waste management expert.
1:1 grants advice, talk to one of our experts and find out what funding opportunities are out there for SMEs.
Take a guided tour of the green house, retrofitted from an E EPC rating to a B EPC rating. See renewable technology and refurbishment in practice.

Date: Wednesday 30 May

Time: 4.30-7.00pm

Venue: St Ives Green House, 1 St Audrey Lane, St Ives

For more information open the link below:
Grow your business the smart advice event
For more information on the Sustainable Efficiency East project and the FREE one to one support the project can offer please visit:
To avoid disappointment book today, call Huntingdonshire District Council on 01480 388315 or 01480 388304

Glorious gardening during a drought…

Gardening for the droughtIt’s the time of year when most of us are thinking about preparing our gardens for the summer season. With the recent announcement of the drought, you may be wondering what you can plant to keep your garden looking colourful and glorious without depending upon water.

The front garden at the Green House at 1 St Audrey Lane, St Ives is a drought garden which was kindly designed and planted by local Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner Marney Hall and her team. Marney will be coming along to the St Ives Green House on Saturday 28th April to give tours, talks and details of the plants and designs she used to create the beautiful garden.

The free 45 minute tours will take place on the hour from 10.00am – 4.00pm and will include a list of drought tolerant plants. Everyone who books a place on a tour will be able to pick up a free bag of compost on the day.

To book a place call 01480 388315 or 388304.