Since 2013 we’ve been working to enable Rose Hill and Iffley to power up and power down. RHILC aims to make Rose Hill the first zero carbon estate in the country! So how are we doing this? Take a look at our short film to find out:
Since September 2018, we’ve tried to cover the One Planet Living principles like this:
Zero Carbon Energy Over the past six years, we’ve successfully lobbied to get the City Council to cover Rose Hill Community Centre with 190 solar PV panels and to bring Project ERIC to Rose Hill. This installed solar PV and cutting edge battery storage in 76 Council and Housing Association homes. It also installed batteries in the Community Centre, Rose Hill School and six privately owned homes with pre-existing solar PV. The Low Carbon Hub has installed 109 solar PV panels on Rose Hill Primary School so now a major proportion of Rose Hill’s electricity is generated by the sun. We are working with the City Council to ensure that the new flats at The Oval have solar PV too. At present, we are supporting a pioneering scheme being researched by Bioregional and the City Council. It would use the waste heat from Sainsbury’s coolers to heat social homes near the Ring Road – exciting!
Reducing Energy Consumption Over the past five years, we’ve thermally imaged the school, Community Centre and 150 houses in the area, following up with advice sessions on how best to insulate local houses. We’ve also worked with the City Council to publicise their Affordable Warmth campaign and LEAP programme. At present, we’re working with the Low Carbon Hub to promote Cosy Homes Oxfordshire, a scheme to help home-owners insulate their properties. To learn more, contact www.cosyhomesoxfordshire.org
Zero Waste, Materials and Products We’ve run a number of recycling events like repair cafes and swap shops. At our repair cafes we mend electrical gadgets, clothes and bikes – all for free. We also provide teas and children’s activities so they’re enjoyable community events. The next ones are on 4 April, 6 June, and 1 August 2020, 10am–12.30pm at Rose Hill Community Centre. Over the past few years, we’ve organised five free cycle repair workshops through Broken Spoke and three swap shops.
Land and Nature We have planted 200 trees on the recreation ground and have organised seedling swaps in the spring. We regularly support the BBOWT working parties at Rivermead Nature Park and have organised picnics, pond-dipping and nature talks there. We hope to collaborate with the Youth Club to plant fruit trees and vegetables near the Community Centre.
Local Sustainable Food We sometimes have apple pressing parties and often swap what we have grown. One of our Iffley members has developed an innovative way of watering his fruit trees. On 15 March 2019, we held a successful evening about the impact of food choices on sustainable living with talks about the connection between meat and climate change, Cultivate Veg boxes, Farmers Markets, the Food Bank, the JYC Kitchen and fruit tree growing.
Sustainable Water We support the local hydro schemes in Osney and Sandford. We leafleted the area on behalf of the Low Carbon Hub when it was putting out its share offer.
Culture and Community We work with many other local groups, for example we support the Tenants and Residents Association Litter Pick and usually take a stall at Community Centre events to bring in new members. In October 2018 we had a stall at the Oxford Science Festival at the Cowley Centre. On 16 June 2019, we cooperated with the Community Centre to run Rose Hill Gets Green – a fun day with a nature walk, children’s games and salsa dancing!
Travel and Transport In 2018, we got 1,936 signatures with our petition for continuous, segregated cycle lanes into Oxford. We presented this at County Hall when we spoke to all the County Councillors of Oxfordshire. In June 2018, we cooperated with Cyclox to run a Cycling Festival at the Community Centre, including a cycle repair workshop, Go Ride adventure activities for children and the opening of the new cycle repair kit, funded by the Low Carbon Hub and City Council. We also hosted an evening of talks about cycling in November 2018. Public transport is important too, so we supported the Tenants and Residents Association in their campaign to keep a regular service of the No 20 bus around all parts of Rose Hill.
Campaigning, Equity and the Local Economy We run talks and film showings to show how low carbon living styles can benefit people and the local economy. For example, on 23 March 2018, we hosted our MP Anneliese Dodds. Six groups discussed key issues (Renewable Energy, Energy Reduction, Sustainable Transport, Safe Cycling, Waste Reduction and Climate Change Education). Each group fed back to her three key policies we would like her to adopt.
Winners: OCVA Environment Award2016
Winners: Climate Coalition Community Inspiration Award2018
Let’s build something together.