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St Mary’s Hall Hotel Leading Way In Sustainability

St Mary’s Hall Hotel Leading Way In Sustainability

A drive to be greener and more sustainable may have saved St Mary’s Hall Hotel from the risk of a major fire. Manager Joan Shiles says they only realised that old wiring was damp and capable of causing a blaze when a new energy consumption monitoring system was installed. The equipment will help the hotel […]

Western Power To Trial Smart Grid Technology On Scilly

Western Power To Trial Smart Grid Technology On Scilly

A high tech system that could make electricity cheaper on the islands is being rolled out as part of an experiment by Western Power. The utility company is trialling ‘smart grid’ technology here and at a site in Wales. Eventually homes could have new, smart electricity meters that send and receive data to a central […]

AONB To Take 5% Cut In Annual Budget

AONB To Take 5% Cut In Annual Budget

The AONB will be taking a cut of just over 5% in their annual budget, according to their 2011-2012 business plan, which went before Councillors at the recent Planning and Development Committee meeting. This is as a result of large cuts to the Defra budget, which contributes a significant proportion of the overall AONB funding. […]

Ofgen Challenged Over Lack Of Subsidised Insulation For Islands

Ofgen Challenged Over Lack Of Subsidised Insulation For Islands

Islanders who want to be green and save money on their energy bills are being denied mainland residents’ benefits from a Government and energy company scheme. The Government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) programme puts a legal obligation on utility companies to subsidise insulation schemes that help consumers cut greenhouse gases and some power providers […]

AONB Funds Night Vision Equipment For Bat Group

AONB Funds Night Vision Equipment For Bat Group

Volunteers will be able to search for bats in Scilly in complete darkness next year thanks to a grant of just under £1600 from the AONB. Ann Gurr of the Scilly Bat Group says they hope to buy a night vision scope so they can track down the brown long-eared bats. The species hadn’t been […]

Rare Sponge Crab Found Off St Mary’s

Rare Sponge Crab Found Off St Mary’s

A rare sponge crab has been landed around 6 miles south of St Mary’s. The crabs are normally found off the coast of South Africa or in the Mediterranean in deep water and, while they’re being seen more regularly in the UK waters, are still uncommon here. It stood out amongst the catch in Barry […]

AONB Awards Grant To Island Carriers For Electric Vehicle

AONB Awards Grant To Island Carriers For Electric Vehicle

A local haulier could be getting the first electric powered delivery vehicle in Scilly. The Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty panel has awarded £4500 toward the purchase price of a greener van to Island Carriers. This doesn’t cover the full cost and purchase of the vehicle will depend on an application made to another grant […]

Wildlife Trust Moving To New Trenoweth Base

Wildlife Trust Moving To New Trenoweth Base

The Wildlife Trust is leaving their headquarters at Carn Thomas for the former Trenoweth research station. Their current base commands a commercial rent but under a recent agreement, they’ll just pay the Duchy a token amount for their new offices. Natural England, Exeter University and the NFU backed the bid, and the Local Action Group […]

Wildlife Trust Mark Marine Awareness Week

Wildlife Trust Mark Marine Awareness Week

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has marked National Marine Week with an awareness day at the Church Pavilion. Richard Bufton of the RSPB spoke on the Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment, or FAME, project, which aims to locate areas rich in sea and bird life, particularly those that are dense in the food […]