Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood officially opened Cheltenham Green Doors 2014 OpenHomes+Gardens at the Montpellier Garden Galleries. An event to which the Mayor Simon Wheeler, sponsors, homeowners and local dignitaries came to hear that 27 properties in and around Cheltenham will be opening.
Speaking at the launch of CGD 2014 at the Montpellier Gardens Gallery, Martin Horwood MP said “Everyone has a responsibility to try to live more sustainably – fortunately doing so is also a way of saving money, so it’s a win-win argument. But it’s not always easy for home owners and others to know how to save or generate energy, or to save water, and it can seem quite daunting to invest in such schemes. This is why the Cheltenham Green Doors open days on 20 and 21 September are so important. It gives people a chance to learn first-hand of the experience that others have had in living sustainably – and to ask them practical questions about what it costs, and the pros and cons of different technologies. I hope as many people as possible will take up this exciting invitation to see how to live more sustainably and more cheaply”.
The Cheltenham Green Doors’ fourth annual event will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September. 27 houses, gardens and other properties in and around Cheltenham will be opening their doors to the public for free over the coming weekend. The aim is to share knowledge about sustainable living by showing what the owners have done. On sow will be installing energy saving measures, micro-generation technologies, internal and external insulation, water saving measures, wildlife-friendly gardens – and more.
The weekend is being widely advertised to encourage residents of Cheltenham and the surrounding areas to visit a wide selection of properties. The hope is that they will be inspired to make changes themselves to reduce energy use, cut carbon emissions and save money – and generally live more sustainably. Visitors will get practical tips from other people who have already tried to do this, benefitting from their unbiased experience.
This year’s CGD’s annual event is the most ambitious yet. The number of properties being opened is roughly double those open last year. The scheme is supported by many Cheltenham-based businesses, notably the Echo, Read Maurice and Shackleton and Wintle.