Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Green Build Festival events open for booking!
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We've constructed a huge programme of events for Cumbria Green Build Festival, which starts on Saturday, 1 September.

The festival runs throughout September, with events around the county and beyond.

They're all open for booking now. Here's your at-a-glance festival guide!
Sustainable lifestyle events
Freegle Give & Take - Sat 1 Sept, Newbiggin near Flusco, Penrith

Making pallet furniture workshop - Sat 15 Sept, nr Appleby

Bees & beekeeping workshop - Sun 23 Sept, nr Penrith

Alston Moor Repair Cafe - Sun 23 Sept, Nenthead

Winter kitchen garden design workshop - Sat 29 Sept, Appleby

Open homes
Self-built passive house: 9am tour | 10.30am tour | 12pm tour - Sat 15 Sept, Milnthorpe

Victorian industrial building converted to low-energy home 5.30pm tour | 7.30pm tour - Mon 17 Sept, nr Lancaster

Victorian terrace Passivhaus retrofit 5.30pm tour | 7pm tour - Thu 20 Sept, Lancaster

Low-energy eco farmhouse with renewables & lime 2.30pm tour | 7pm tour - Thu 20 Sept, Allonby

Bungalow with Tesla Powerwall, solar PV, electric car 5pm tour | 7pm tour - Fri 21 Sept, nr Kendal

Certified Passivhaus tour - 22 Sept, Crosby Ravensworth nr Appleby/Shap

Lancaster Co-Housing open days - Fri 7 & Sat 29 Sept, Forgebank
Community events
Green building skills events
Whitehaven Heritage Skills Fair - Sat 15 Sept, Whitehaven

How to insulate solid walls - Tue 18 Sept, Rosley nr Wigton

How to insulate solid walls - Thu 20 Sept, Slaggyford nr Brampton

Passivhaus factory tour, Sat 22 Sept, Appleby

Lime workshops (types of lime, flooring, insulation, pointing, render) - Sat 29 Sept & Sat 13 Oct, nr Kirkby Stephen
For businesses & professionals
Electric car vehicle charging point
Professionals training day (Passivhaus, airtightness, insulation, timber frame, extensions) - Fri 21 Sept, Penrith

Our thanks to...
We're grateful to these organisations, who have supported some of the festival events this year: The Big Lottery, Cumbria County Council, Electricity North West, Historic England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and South Lakeland District Council.

Thank you also to a range of other organisations, businesses and hosts who for taking part and making it possible for us to offer such a great range of events. You'll see them mentioned in the details for the events they're supporting.
In other news...
#ReadyForRain house is a go!
Planning permission has been granted for the #ReadyForRain house in Appleby that's being transformed from a flooded property into a flood resilient, cosy home. Hooray!

It's very exciting to see the works getting under way at 33a Chapel Street. We stopped by for a visit on Monday, and the team from Lake District Lime are getting on well with the initial stripping out.
Most of the old cement render on the inside walls has been chipped off now, revealing some interesting features... an old door opening and fireplaces. With the cement gone, the walls can begin to dry out.

The first of the professionally-made fortnightly vlogs following the build will go online within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can watch our CAfS in-house amateur production, introducing the house and some of the people involved in the project!

Meanwhile, don't miss the chance to visit the house at our open day during Green Build Festival. Book your free places now
Sustainable Staveley publishes new films online
Sustainable Staveley has produced a set of six short films, exploring different sustainability themes in their area.

The videos look at farming, allotments, making and doing, young people, housing and a sense of community and creativity through the lens of carnival.

They're the work of a range of film-makers, and were supported by Locally Important Projects (LIP) funding, via South Lakeland District Council. The aim is to help stimulate discussions within the community on sustainability matters and contribute to a vision of Staveley in the future.

Sit back and enjoy!
Mike Berners Lee | Thu 27 Sept | 7.30pm | Tullie House, Carlisle

ClimateKeys musical event | Wed 3 Oct | Alston (More details to follow) 

Farmers' markets

  • Carlisle - First Sat
  • Brampton - Last Sat
  • Brough - Third Sat
  • Kendal - Last Fri
  • Kirkoswald - Third Sat
  • Orton - Second Sat
  • Penrith - Third Tue

Sustainability networking
  • Carlisle: Conversation Café | Third Sat | 12-2pm | Cakes & Ale Café
  • Penrith: Green Drinks | First Thu | 7.30pm | Dockray Hall

Repair cafes Bring along items that need fixed and volunteers will do their best to help. You might even learn a few skills along the way.

Beach/river cleans:
Know of a sustainability event?  Tell us  & we'll include it next time.
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
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