Friday 23 February 2024


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Dear Sustainable Hayfield Member/Supporter

The Big Plastic Count 11-17th March 2024

We know that plastic is an environmental problem with much of it going into landfill in spite of recycling schemes. Plastic waste disposal is complicated and the government seems to have pulled back from implementing an effective scheme to help consumers deal with it. 

One approach is to persuade industry to generate less plastic so householders don’t have to deal with it all. To help this The Big Plastic Count is happening from 11th to 17th March. We want you to sign up and count the amount of plastic you throw away each day that week. There should be no guilt attached to this - the amount of plastic we use is often out of our control. The data collected will put pressure on the government and industry to move to alternatives and only use plastic where essential. Your data will add to that of over 60,000 people already signed up. 

To encourage participation Sustainable Hayfield is offering 2 £10 vouchers for Millers Refillers. If you take part in The Big Plastic Count you can be entered into the draw to win one of these vouchers. Millers Refillers is the zero waste shop in New Mills and its ethos fits well with this challenge.

Register at You can download and print the tally sheet and how-to-guide. Hard copies will also be available at Hayfield Library but you need to register on the site to have your data recorded. Details of how to submit your results are on the website. 

To take part in the Sustainable Hayfield draw take a photo of your tally sheet and send it to by 31 March. We’ll do the draw the first week in April and announce the winners.


The Sustainable Hayfield team



Saturday 25 November 2023

Congratulations to our Energy group for being shortlisted for a Community Energy Award!

Sustainable Hayfield was recently advised that the work of its Energy sub group had been shortlisted for a national award by Community Energy England.

It was for work we did to set up and progress our 'Home Energy MOT' project earlier this year. That saw over 100 parish households provided with free energy advice and supply and installation of low level insulation aides, attracting universally positive feedback. The category we were entered in to was 'Collaboration in the Community', which was a feature of the project.

We knew the project had been a great success, with many households involved subsequently taking forward their own, further, improvements, assisted by advice given. But we were still stunned by this nomination, getting through to the final four in this category..The awards were handed out at an awards ceremony at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, last Friday. Unfortunately, we didn't win our category.

We were represented at the ceremony by team members Graham Hirst, Richard Noakes and Peter Burgess-Allen, from MEA, our partner agency in the project. A fourth team member, Laurie James, couldn't attend due to ill-health.

Well done us, in little old Hayfield!

Team Sustainable Hayfield

Friday 17 November 2023

Recycling Directory

Reducing, re-using and finally recycling has always been an important part of Sustainable Hayfield’s mission. Reducing our consumption of unnecessary ‘stuff’ and re-using, repairing or upcycling what we already have should get our greatest attention. However there will always be items that we no longer need or want and can’t pass on or upcycle. 

It is important that we keep as much out of landfill as possible. When we throw something away we need to remember there is no such place as ‘away’ - everything has to go somewhere. The world of recycling is complex and can be confusing. In an attempt to help make sense of this and reduce landfill Sustainable Hayfield recyclers have been working with others to produce a Recycling Directory. In particular St John’s have taken on a key role as a collection point for specific items as part of their journey towards becoming an Eco church. Our thanks for the work they have done to help with this directory. 

Click above.

This directory is a start and we hope that people will have ideas and information to add to it. It can be amended as we learn more about how people are successfully keeping stuff out of landfill by selling, donating or re-using unwanted items. Please let us have comments, success stories, additions or other information by email to 

Please use the header SH Recycling Directory, and find it useful. 
A QR code will be used to publicise the availability of the directory and laminated posters going up around the village. 

Please, click here or on the image to the left to open the directory, or access via the QR code. 

We hope you find this useful.

Friday 15 September 2023


Dear Sustainable Hayfield  Member/Supporter

We all know the days of domestic  gas boilers are numbered, due to the greenhouse gas emissions involved in their use. The UK government has already announced that, in a few years’ time, it will be illegal to sell, buy or install new boilers of this kind..

But what comes next in what will be a major revolution in domestic energy supply?  The government  is curently backing widespread introduction of air source heat pumps, for which substantial grants are available. And they’re the focus of our illustrated talk in Hayfield next Thursday, 21st September.    

Local resident Richard Lowe wanted the best for his home, so set out to research what was available and suitable for his property. He then contacted and evaluated installers and has since overseen installation of his chosen air source heat pump model and is actively monitoring its performance, through collection of detailed records, and learning to manage it most effectively.

Richard will be sharing his learning on many  aspects of such pumps (size, noise, energy efficiency, access to funding support, value for money, need for any complementary heating and the like). His talk will interest all those who may be thinking about starting the same journey but who want ‘best value’ and independent advice and experience to call upon.

The talk is free, and open to all. It starts at about 8.15p.m., immediately after Sustainable Hayfield’s  brief AGM, to which, again, all are invited, starting at 7.30p.m..  It's all at St John’s Church.  Can you be there? 


Laurie James
for Sustainable Hayfield


Wednesday 6 September 2023

Dear Members,

We hereby give notice that our AGM of members will be held at St John's Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st September, and will comprise a short business section until 8.15pm followed by a presentation on domestic heat pumps from a local resident who has recently installed one.

All members and non members are invited, and encouraged to attend, though please note only members can vote on meeting resolutions.

Please see below for a copy of the agenda, and associated papers to review prior to the meeting. 

We look forward to seeing you there.  


Minutes of previous meeting

Annual Report


We look forward to seeing you there,


Sustainable Hayfield Trustees

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