May 12 2006 By Tom Sieber , Chester Chronicle
RESIDENTS in Ashton Hayes can expect five special visitors as a survey begins into carbon emissions in the village.
The 1,000-strong community has already made significant progress since announcing its intention to 'go carbon neutral' in January - the villagers hope to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than they absorb from the atmosphere.
Thousands of trees have already been planted and links have been forged with a community that shares similar aims in Australia.
Since Monday, students from the University of Chester have been conducting a door-to-door survey of homes in the area. They will ask householders about their energy use in an attempt to find out what their 'carbon footprint' is. That is the impact they have on the environment.
The results will provide a baseline against which the village's progress can be measured and will provide the students with work-based learning.
The team, all second-year students, will be based in a room in Ashton Hayes' doctor's surgery at Lane End Farm for about six weeks.
Jennifer Snelson, 20, who studies Geography and International Development Studies, said: 'Leaflets are going out this week to explain who we are and what people can expect. I think it should be very successful - we would much appreciate their co-operation and a few moments of their time.'
The others involved in the survey are Steve Wright, 20, Geography and Business Studies; Sabine Helmig, 22, English and Geography; Jenny Brealey, 22, Geography, and Danny Baxby, 20, Geography and Marketing. nOn May 25 a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Exhibition will be held at Ashton Hayes School.
A solar thermal panel has been delivered to the school and will be installed shortly.
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