Energy Day: 4 October 2009

The autumn is here and Sustainable Bungay launched their new season of initiatives with an Energy Day at Bungay Library on Sunday 4 October. The library have generously allotted their courtyard space to SB and over the next year we will beginning to create a truly sustainable garden we’re calling the Living Library – containing all the useful, local plants we will need for a low-carbon future, everything from textiles to herbs to food.

Poster for the first SB Energy Day

On Sunday a solar panel expert gave advice about alternative energy in the car park opposite the library. We also introduced our Carbon audit. And Gemma Parker (now resident chef at the Three Willows nursery) provided delicious cakes and teas! People got a chance to check out our lively noticeboard and selection of books about climate change and peak oil and what we can do to make ourselves and our communities more resilient.

Those of us who have been in the group for some time were delighted to meet and greet new people wanting to come on board and join in the adventure of living sustainably in Bungay.

We’re beginning our Library project with a Permaculture course. Permaculture is at the heart of the Transition Movement (its co-founder, Rob Hopkins, The Observer’s ethical grassroots campaigner of the year, is a teacher of this sustainable design system) and we wanted to have everything on the right footing, so the small paved courtyard will become as energy-efficient as possible: we’re going to be growing heritage and organic vegetables in all kinds of recycled containers, as well as medicinal herbs, and the courtyard will also have a wormery, rainwater butt, a vegetable tower, a children’s corner and a seed bank.

Next spring Sustainable Bungay will be mapping the wild spaces and wastegrounds for wild flowers, herbs and trees and building up a seasonal botanical and foraging map of the town. We’re also looking out for neighbourhood fruit and nut trees that could be gleaned for their unused fruit and shared in the community (along the lines of the Apple Share Day organised by Transition Beccles on October 10). Do get in touch with us if you have any fruit trees in your garden you would like to “tag” for this project.