Welcome to Sustainable Harborough

We want to show how a focus on what people want and are interested in, along with a focus on creating projects that can support each other can bring about a more vibrant, inclusive community with lower carbon emissions.

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Our Sustainability Projects

Energy Projects

Energy Projects

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Food Projects

Food Projects

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Wildlife Projects

Wildlife Projects

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Whether you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint, or doing your bit for the environment doesn’t really matter – what does matter is working together to support families who can’t afford to live comfortably, businesses who want to support their local producers and people investing their hard earned time, effort and money in the place where they live.

Some of our upcoming events are listed below, along with initiatives and news we hope will be interesting.

Upcoming Events

May
7
Sun
2017
Sunday Gardening @ Waterloo Cottage Farm
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

We are planning a relaxing Sunday gardening session, which we hope will be convenient for those who work during the week!

In addition to gardening activities, we are excited to be offering a free workshop on “How to make a Pollinator Street”. Learn about the different pollinating insects, how they collect pollen and the different kinds of flowers they like. Then discover how to plant for all seasons, so that pollinators can find food when they need it most. Pollinator populations are under threat globally, and we rely on them to pollinate many of our food crops. This workshop will show how we can support these vital insects locally.

Brunch will be available to buy, courtesy of Waterloo Cottage Farm.

You can also find out about this event on Facebook.

Jun
8
Thu
2017
The Efficiency Network – June ’17 @ The Angel Hotel
Jun 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Free business networking and business efficiency support.

Don’t miss out and book your place at the next The Efficiency Network to meet other businesses, network, share expertise and learn new ways to make the most of your resources and save money by becoming more efficient. These breakfast networking meetings are being held each quarter (Second Thursday of the Month in March, June, September & December) at The Angel Hotel in Market Harborough.

Each event consists of:
7.30am – 8am Informal networking, breakfast, tea and coffee
8am- 8.15am Takeaway TEN – Business Updates
8.15am – 8.45am Guest Speaker
8.45 – 9am Roundtable Experience Sharing & Business Card Swap

In June we look forward to welcoming guest speaker Martyn Wilkinson, Director of Ivy Link Partnership, to The Efficiency Network with his talk ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ an energy auditor’s view of business practices.

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Jun
11
Sun
2017
Open Farm Sunday @ Waterloo Cottage Farm
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

We are delighted to be opening Waterloo Community Garden to visitors on Open Farm Sunday for the third year in a row! We’ll have fun activities for all the family, including building a bug hotel and sowing seeds. Find out about what we do at the community garden and how we use the “no dig” approach.

Have a tour of Waterloo Cottage Farm and meet the free-range, pasture-fed animals (pigs, piglets, cows and sheep). There will also be pork pie making workshops to take part in.

A new business, Country Bumpkin Yurts, will be launching on the farm that day, so you can be among the first to see the yurts.

You can also find out about this event on Facebook.

Jul
1
Sat
2017
I Love Market Harborough Festival
Jul 1 all-day

This event, organised by the Sustainable Harborough group, will see a range of activities and presentations to inspire more eco-friendly practices, taking place around The Square from 9am.

Weekend events at Waterloo Community Garden

If you've been wanting to come along to Waterloo Community Garden but can't make our weekday Action Days, we have several weekend dates for your diary! Sunday 7th May, 11am-2pm: We are planning a relaxing Sunday gardening session. In addition to gardening activities,...
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What could possibly go wrong? – a tale of euphoria, despair and community unity

In a candid and insightful piece, Denise Marsdon, Community Energy Development Officer, shares the roller-coaster ride she has experienced with Harborough Energy over the past few years... Well, what could possibly go wrong.  I was a seasoned energy efficiency and...
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The pledge-o-meter has moved – but your pledges remain

You might be familiar with the pledge-o-meter that has been housed on our website’s front page. Now to make space on our website for the many events and activities that Sustainable Harborough are involved with, we have taken it down. If you have made a pledge over the...
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Harborough community solar scheme underway!

A co-operative set up to provide affordable, renewable energy projects in and around Market Harborough has completed its first fully functioning solar installation at a nearby academy. Harborough Energy has overseen the installation of 57kW solar panels spread across...
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Proud of Market Harborough

Market Harborough tops State of the Town sustainability report which analysed the sustainability of Market Harborough as a town and comparing it with similar places in the UK.

Just some of the results from the independent report on Market Harborough:

Highest score in inclusive and safe domain category

High levels of satisfaction and quality of life

The most sustainable of the towns surveyed

Good levels of economic activity

Statistics taken from:

Office of National Statistics
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