About Us

Background to Appleby Environment

Appleby Environment was formed from an earlier organisation called Appleby Heritage and Environment Movement (Ahem).  Ahem was formed in December 1991 and was active on planning, heritage and environmental issues for over 10 years.  You can find an account of their approach and activities by downloading a presentation made to a reunion event in 2006.  By that point, key people had become involved in a range of other village organisations.  Following the reunion, it was agreed to relaunch the organisation as Appleby Environment, maintaining the focus on the natural and built environment but adding in objectives concerned with environmental sustainability.  A revised set of objectives were agreed as part of an amended constitution in July 2007.  (The original constitution was adopted at an annual meeting in January 1998).

Recent projects

In 2010 we carried out a door to door questionnaire looking at patterns of transport and shopping by residents.  We had responses from 152 households.  You can download a summary of the findings and their implications.  This was presented to a village meeting in November 2010.

In 2011 we carried out an innovative thermal imaging project as part of the Communities Cutting Carbon (CCC) initiative run by the Rural Community Council (RCC) Leicestershire.  This involved having thermal images taken of virtually all the buildings in the village and running an open day to publicise the results and discuss how to respond to the findings.  As part of the CCC project we produced as summary poster of our project.  There is also a longer presentation which explains our approach and some of the findings.  The Thermal Imaging Project was the Overall Winner of the Cleaner and Greener Award of the Leicestershire Village Achievement Awards 2011.

Appleby Environment Objectives:

  • To promote information, knowledge and awareness of  the built and natural environment of Appleby Magna and Appleby Parva
  • To encourage the conservation and appropriate restoration of historic buildings within the village and the conservation and enhancement of the natural habitat and rural landscape in the village
  • To ensure that any new development is appropriately located and is of a scale and character in keeping with the principles established in the Village Design Statement.
  • To encourage awareness of issues of climate change and environmental sustainability among residents and local organisations
  • To promote and support initiatives at a local level to reduce individual and collective carbon footprints and to move towards more sustainable lifestyles.

Committee Members:

Chair: Sonia Liff, 01530 272327,

Secretary: Clare Marsh,  01530  272088,

Treasurer: Michael Dyer, 01530  270487,

Our detailed constitution can be found here.

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