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permaculture and sustainable practices, and host suppers
using produce from the garden. GRAFT works with many
disadvantaged community groups, providing skills
training and a vital space for wellbeing.
Leeds Art Gallery – ‘Natural Encounters’ exhibition
This exhibition, on display between October 2020 and
February 2021, explored the ways that different artists
interpreted and responded to nature, including climate
change and the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibition
was sourced 100% sustainably, including using recycled
materials and transporting artworks using electric vehicles
only. Gallery staff were trained in environmental issues
such as carbon literacy, and an online programme of talks
was also available.
Above, GRAFT image courtesy National Museums Wales
Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill
The Museum of Making, which showcases the story of
industrialisation, was developed from a 1721 silk mill in
Derby. Environmental sustainability was considered
throughout the whole process of the large-scale development project, which included an additional extension.
Recycled materials such as doors, windows and bricks
were used in the Museum build, and the site was
thermally upgraded to help regulate its temperature. LED
lighting and photovoltaics, which convert sunlight into
electricity, were also fitted. The museum considered local
wildlife by installing nest boxes and bat boxes. It is also
promoting sustainable transport methods for staff and
visitors, and educating visitors on sustainable practices.
London T.O.A.D. (Tails of Amphibian Discovery)
The T.O.A.D. Project, which aims to benefit the UK’s
common toads, has improved aquatic and land habitats
across 3.72 hectares of London. One of the greatest impacts of the project is that during 2020 ponds created
through the project have captured an estimated 9,900kg
of carbon. The project has carefully selected only reusable,
sustainably sourced and biodegradable resources and materials, and all staff are encouraged to use sustainable
transport methods to reduce carbon emissions. All waste
is also reused or recycled, and food waste is composted.
Above, Natural Encounters, Image Courtesy Leeds Art Gallery
Jubilee Pool Penzance
This 85-year-old Art Deco lido has been refurbished with
a pioneering geothermic heating system – the first pool in
the UK to use this sustainable method. The Jubilee Pool
extracts warm water from a 410m deep geothermic well,
which is then used to heat the fresh seawater (which is
naturally drawn from the sea at high tide) in the pool.
This sustainable method means that the pool doesn’t rely
on fossil fuel energy, substantially reducing the environmental impact.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the UK’s biggest
investor in landscapes and nature outside of Government
and requires every project it supports with National Lottery funding to strive to improve environmental sustainability and create positive benefits for nature. National
Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good
causes in the UK.
Above, image courtesy Jubilee Pool Penzance
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