Photos: Me with the leaflets and the two banners re Open Homes - one on Merrywalks bridge and the other outside Waitrose - despite following advice on the size of banners I think they could have been larger? Below balloons advertising way to The Exchange - sadly not biodegradable but big thanks to Open Heritage Days for their enormous support in providing insurance cover for houses participating. Lastly a shot of Helen Royall.
In the report on the homes must go big thanks to Helen Royall who coordinated the event this year - she was a star! Anyway in our discussion we explored the possibilities of another year of Open Homes - if we go ahead we will need to keep it fresh and introduce some new homes...apparently visits to Oxford Open homes this year were down on the previous two years. Having said that with moves by the Government on feed-in tariffs and other measures I reckon the interest will be growing.
"...it was enlightening to see what is possible by visiting some of the exhibitors who were part of last week-ends Eco-Renovation Open Homes event. This is a welcome annual addition to Stroud district’s calendar. We must all do more to go green. I welcome the growth in take up of renewables both at producer and consumer level."
David Drew on Open Homes in Stroud Life
One further idea being explored is a sort of Open Food Gardens or Open Eco_Gardens - can't get the title yet but a chance to see allotments, chickens, community orchards, other food gardens, wildlife gardening etc. We plan to explore further at the big Transition Stroud meeting this Saturday.