Welcome to Lightfoot's website
We are dedicated to helping people to make changes in the way they use energy, staying warm and saving money. There is more need than ever for good, reliable and impartial energy efficiency information & encouragement, with evidence of rising fuel poverty and carbon emissions.
Mandy Brick is our part-time co-ordinator, organising our activities and projects with tireless good heartedness and efficiency. We have a team of 40 volunteers across SW Shropshire and adjoining parts of Powys and Herefordshire. Roles range from energy surveyors to board members.
In recent times we have:
- Run a woodstoves project, enabling people to improve wood seasoning and get the best from their stoves;
- Re-surveyed 600 of our original clients on the Welsh side of the border;
- Run a three day Open Eco-homes event in Presteigne featuring new builds as well as retrofitted homes;
- Piloted energy diaries in schools in Berriew, Arddleen and Llanidloes, involving children in awareness of energy efficiency;
- Run a quiz evenings at local WIs.
- Worked with Cwm Harry Land Trust in Newtown running stalls in a charity shop (YMCA) and in the street to raise energy awareness, give advice and gather insight into fuel poverty, while promoting CH’s repair cafe.
We continue to offer independent, impartial and expert household energy surveys. With these we provide invaluable advice and information, helping you to prioritise actions and get the best results for your home and your budget. Only £60!
Please browse our website to find out more about energy efficiency and renewable energy – what you can do and how we can help you to do it.
Latest News and Upcoming Events
h.ENERGY 2017 – 14th 15th October
h.ENERGY is New Leaf’s sustainability festival, now in its 7th year. Whether it’s the energy we use at home or work, our personal energy to be creative, capturing clean, renewable energy, energy to get ourselves moving (on foot or by transport), the energy to get on track for a sustainable future – h.ENERGY has it covered.
Download the full programme details here:
or visit the h.Energy web site for the very latest updates.
Lightfoot News Release: Woodlands for All
Students from the Community College, Bishop’s Castle, have been out and about in the woods at the beginning of a new joint project between the college and local charity, Light Foot Enterprises.
Every fortnight on Friday afternoons, during this autumn, a group of students is going out into local woodlands to experience the richness and diversity of the woodland environment, finding out how to conserve the landscape and how to manage and utilise woodlands sustainably. The project is part of the college’s enrichment programme and is part funded by Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Fund.
The first two sessions with Mandy Jones, Woodlands Ranger and Alan Reid, Learning Ranger for the Forestry Commission were held at Bury Ditches. Lightfoot project coordinator, Gary Cowell, said “The students were very enthusiastic. They learnt about different ways to measure the height of trees in our first session in the woods and about how important it is to get accurate measurements. In the second session we looked for signs of wildlife and found deer tracks and droppings as well as lots of evidence of squirrels. We even found some out-of-season tadpoles. The students had a fantastic time”.
Gary continued, “With the students we shall explore what woods have done for us and what we can do for woods. Why are woods where they are? What lives in a wood? What can we eat that grows in a wood? We will be building shelters, learning about getting fuel for heating, and growing wood for construction and fuel. Practical skills learnt will be helping with cutting down trees, clearing brash and storing the wood plus identifying trees and plants in the wood. We shall encourage students to think about careers in woodland activities of all sorts.”
Photo: Students from Bishop’s Castle Community College learning from Alan Reid, Forestry Commission Wildlife Ranger
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Wild about Woods
Wild about Woods is Lightfoot's new Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) funded project.
We shall be bringing people, both the general public and students from Bishop’s Castle Community Collge into woodlands to demonstrate the richness and diversity of the environment, whilst training them to conserve the landscape and to manage and utilise the woodland sustainably.
The events will introduce participants to the theory and practice of woodland management, giving them a greater appreciation of how we can utilise woodlands for the sustainable growth of products, such as wood fuel, whilst protecting and enhancing biodiversity. After working with us on this project, the increased knowledge and skills of the participants will, we hope, inspire them to get involved in further practical conservation volunteering - bringing more small woodlands back into management.
We shall organise three days of community woodland management training over autumn/winter 2017 with Gary Cowell, a qualified coordinator, and local volunteers. This will contribute towards the sustainable management and conservation at The Hurst John Osborne Arvon Centre, Clun, and result in the production of firewood, of which 80% will be available to the volunteers and 20% to the Hurst.
We shall also work with Bishop’s Castle Community College both on a day in July 2017 and on fortnightly enrichment sessions in the autumn, visiting various local woodlands. With the students we shall explore what woods have done for us and what we can do for woods. Why are woods where they are? What lives in a wood? What can we eat that grows in a wood? We will be building shelters, learning about getting fuel for heating, and selling wood for construction and fuel. Practical skills learnt will be helping with cutting down trees, clearing brush and storing the wood and identifying trees and plants in the wood. We shall encourage students to think about careers in woodland activities of all sorts.
For more information please contact Dave Thomlinson on 01588 640550.
Press Release December 2016
Light Foot Enterprises has been chosen by Smart Energy GB to help with the roll-out of smart meters in the Marches area. Over the next few years, smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. Light Foot is running a series of events in local towns to help people to understand what smart meters are, how to get one installed, and how they will help them to control their energy use. The new meters provide householders with accurate bills – putting an end to estimated bills – and near real time information on energy usage in pounds and pence. There are particular benefits for prepayment customers, who will no longer have to top up at a shop or pay a premium for this payment method. Through having a greater understanding of how much energy their home is using, householders will be able to identify where energy is being wasted and can take action to reduce their gas and electricity consumption - and make them warmer and healthier in their homes.
Look out in the local press for details of an event near you.
Light Foot Raises Awareness of Smart Meters
Light Foot has just completed a project to raise awareness in the Marches area of the national roll out of smart meters. We held a series of events in local towns and villages including Bishop’s Castle, Kington, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells, Lydham and Presteigne - speaking to over 270 people. In Llandrindod Wells we were ably assisted by Llandrindod Transition Group.
Over the next four years, all householders will be offered smart meters to replace the traditional electricity and gas meters we currently have in our homes. The awareness raising events helped people to understand what smart meters are, how to get one installed, and how they will help them to control their energy use.
The new meters will mean an end to under- and over-estimated bills. Householders will also be provided with an in-home display that gives real-time information on energy usage in pounds and pence. By learning more about how energy is used in their home, householders will be able to spot wasted energy and take action to reduce their gas and electricity consumption, saving money and making them warmer and healthier in their homes.
We were very pleased to receive some funding from Smart Energy GB to tell local people about the new smart meters that are coming out. There are particular benefits for prepayment customers, who will no longer have to pay a premium for this payment method and who will get a lot more information on their energy use, credit level and any debt that is being paid through the meter.
PRESS RELEASE MAY 2016
Light Foot Enterprises is very pleased to announce that their Coordinator Mandy Brick has been appointed as a Peer Practitioner Mentor for Renew Wales. Renew Wales was set up by a group of community practioners to help community groups tackle the causes and impacts of climate change through advice, training, mentoring and technical support from other experienced Community Practitioners. They do this through their coordinators connecting with community groups across Wales to motivate, inspire, and demonstrate what can be done and help communities make their own priorities for action through talks, workshops and focus groups.
Light Foot Enterprises Registered charity number 1154310. Registered Company 6494228
Correspondence address: 2 Church Street, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AA