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2Apr2011: 'Superhome' Open Day for our MP and Councillors

Saturday 2nd April 2011
Cottage Farm
Open Day

As part of the National Superhomes scheme (, Cottage Farm will again be opening its doors to the public.

On this occasion the Open Day will be dedicated to our MP, Dan Rogerson and those local Cornwall Councillors that care about the environment and the energy crisis, plus local and national media.

To date the following Councillors have confirmed:
Adam Paynter
Phil Parsons
Nigel Pearce
Richard Cole
Nathan Bale
Ann Kerridge

and these Councillors sent their apologies:
Phil Tucker
Pat Rogerson
Birt Biscoe

the following local Councillors did not respond:
Paula Dolphin, Bude
Lance Kennedy, Bodmin
Keith Goodenough, Camelford
Alex Folks, Launceston
Sasha Gillard-Loft, Launceston
John Lugg, St Teath
Glenton Brown, Tintagel
Colin Brewer, Wadebridge
Scott Mann, Wadebridge

Environmental and energy concerns are not their priorities, one has to assume.

... all in response to this note:

I live in a very low energy property, and I would like to invite you to the public opening of my home as part of the Spring opening of the SuperHome network. My home, as well as over forty others across the country, will be open to the public on 27th March. You are welcome to come and visit on this date, but I have also arranged a special visit for local Cornwall Councillors, our MP Dan Rogerson and yourselves as the media on Saturday 2nd April at 2:30pm, which is just a few days after I’ll have addressed a group of MPs at Westminster on the subject of Ultra Low Carbon Farming.

We hold Open Days about once per month in the hope that we can encourage as many people as possible from our local area to visit and better understand what it means to have an energy efficient property. A SuperHome ( is one that has installed energy saving measures and cut its emissions by at least 60%. Cottage Farm is the first and so far the only ‘Superhome’ in Cornwall and is now cheaper to run and much more environmentally friendly as a result of carrying out a comprehensive refurbishment to cut our carbon emissions.

Here at Cottage Farm we have cut our carbon emissions by 110% (no, not a misprint!), by reducing our energy consumption and by generating more energy than we need to run our home, to run our farm, to drive and to deliver our farm produce to our customers. The systems used include Solar thermal panels, heat store, wood burner with boiler, PV panels, wind turbine, bore hole water and even home made bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil. As a result our fresh Red Ruby meat boxes are not only organic but also carbon-neutral. We believe we are one of first truly sustainable and resilient farms in the UK.

Please confirm whether or not you wish attend on 2nd April.

I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully showing you around our home and farm.

Please don't hesitate to email me with questions

Kind regards

Visitors will be able to see, ask questions and debate
· the various energy saving steps taken
· the various methods of renewable energy generation employed and its benefits
· the organic farming methods, localised sustainable and resilient food production.
· We may also discuss the Superhomes charity and Transition Movement and its contribution to increasing local resilience in North Cornwall.

Arrival time: 14:30 - 14:45 Start time: 14:45
14:30 - 14:45 - coffee and cake
14:45 - 15:15 - presentation and questions – what we do, why we do it and what the benefits and obstacles are (as given by myself last week at the Houses of Commons and elsewhere, plus some Cornwall specifics)
15:15 - 15:30 - Photo opportunities, media interviews
15:30 - 16:00 - Low Carbon House tour: Heat store, Inverters, PV panels, solar thermal panels, wind turbine, wood processing, bio diesel production, bore hole water.
16:00 + Organic farm walk: sheep, cattle, geese, wood, hedges and trees, orchard and more for the fit amongst us!

Should be a good day!

More about Cotage Farm here: (click on Food Producers Directory and look up Cottage Farm).


Here is some of the covrage the event has generated:

Cottage Farm featured in The Post, Cornish Guardian, BBC Radio Cornwall and elsewhere as the only SuperHome in Cornwall. See here and

Plus the Climate Week 'SuperHome' interview with BBC Radio Cornwall about Cottage Farm the house, renewable energy and farming methods.