A series of events throughout June in Monmouthshire will raise awareness about environmental issues.  Organised by Monmouthshire Community Climate Champions – a partnership of community groups, renewable energy companies and the county council – an exciting programme will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living.

The events – dubbed Energy Days – will run in conjunction with EU Sustainable Energy Week which takes place from 19th to 25th June.

Abergavenny’s Brewery Yard will host an Energy Day devoted to sustainable transport from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday 15th June with demonstrations of electric bikes and cars and the Rasa hydrogen-powered car developed by Llandrindod Wells-based designers River Simple, soon to be trialled in the county.  Close by, the historic market hall provides street food and a night market from 5pm to 9pm with crafts and music. Sustainable transport will also be a theme at the Grosmont Cycling Festival on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June with the castle grounds featuring cycling activities for children, music and craft, food, drink and market stalls.

Sustainability community group, Transition Chepstow will demonstrate sustainable gardening and growing fruit and vegetables at its landshare on Sunday 11th June at the organic Hanley Farm Open Day in Tidenham from 10am to 4pm.  Tours, tractor and trailer rides and local food from the farm’s shop will be available. Also on Sunday 11th June, Coed Cefn in Tregare will open its beautiful organic gardens and orchards to visitors.

The previous day from 10am to 1pm Transition Monmouth’s stall at the town’s market will focus on the health benefits of eating a range of beans with free tasters and recipes.

Formal training will be provided at Dingestow Court’s Old Lands, a new community-supported agriculture project which is running two courses – No Dig Gardening on 10th and 11th June and Compost Making on 27th June.  Booking is essential.  A week later, visitors to the Wyesham Community Woodland Group community day on Sunday 18th June can discover how volunteers have improved Claypatch Wood for wildlife.  Refreshments, stalls and children’s activities will feature.

The South East Wales Energy Agency will hold its popular energy advice surgeries with tips to save on electricity and gas bills.  These will be held in Caldicot Library on Monday 19th June, Usk Community Hub on Wednesday 21st June and in Monmouth Community Hub on Friday 23rd June, all from 10am to 2pm.  People attending the surgeries can pick up an energy-saving lightbulb and find out how to save money by switching supplier.

In the north of the county, two eco homes designed by their architect owners will open their doors to reveal their energy-efficient properties. Abergavenny Transition Town will interview the owner of The Orchard in Llanfoist about living in his eco home at 2pm on Saturday 17th June followed by a tour.  The Long Barn in Gilwern will also offer tours at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Saturday 24th June.

Monmouthshire’s Chief Executive Paul Matthews said: “Monmouthshire has a thriving and active environmental voluntary sector which has worked very hard to create a fascinating programme of events raising awareness of energy saving, renewable energy and sustainable living.  It is great to be able to join in with this international programme of events which we hope will have something to appeal to everyone.”

For further information on these Energy Day events visit: www.monecoopendoors.org.uk or contact Monmouthshire’s Sustainability Policy Officer Hazel Clatworthy – hazelclatworthy@monmouthshire.gov.uk – telephone 01633 644843.