Keen to be green
South West Water has helped Cockington Court, run by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust to take environmental action, make cost savings and lead the way in water efficient organic gardening.
The company has provided a free water audit at Cockington Court to ensure water efficiency in all areas. Recommendations have been made to save many litres of water enabling Cockington Court to work towards becoming a showcase of environmentally friendly practice which could inspire the 750 thousand Torbay visitors every year.
South West Water aims to help at least 40 commercial businesses in Devon and Cornwall every year to save water and work more effectively through a free water audit service.
The Cockington organic kitchen garden benefits a range of community groups and schools enabling local people to gain experience of growing food for their own use. It also demonstrates good organic gardening techniques.
The organic kitchen garden will show how two water butts collecting water from the roof of a shed and greenhouse provide an ample year round water source. Three hundred butts of rain water fall on the average roof top every year which can be used in the garden.
South West Water along with other organisations will also help Cockington Court set up an eco trail around the site to enable visitors to see environmental good practice in action with interpretation boards on water conservation, recycling and energy efficiency.
"We are keen to be green and focus our future efforts on environmentally friendly practices," said Julian Carnell, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust's Community Liaison Officer. "After implementing standard water saving strategies we hope to also investigate the possibility of harvesting rain water to supply our public toilet facilities".
"Water is a valuable resource and we should all use it wisely," said Jon Wood, South West Water's Water Conservation Advisor. "Around 45,000 litres of water fall on a house annually -that's about a third of the yearly water consumption for an average household. Simple conservation measures can save costs and make a noticeable difference to annual piped water consumption".
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Published: 14 June 2004
Those interested in community projects, workshops and activities at Cockington Court, which is a registered charity can contact the organisation on Tel 01803 606035 or alternatively e-mail email@example.com