Holmfirth ‘Nature and Clean Energy’ Walk speaks up for the Climate and Natural World


Thank you to Amin for the photos.

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for the Nature and Clean Energy Walk, the Colne Valley constituency event for the ‘Speak Up’ Week of Action that is taking place across the country from 8-16 October.


The ‘Speak Up’ Week of Action has been organised by the Climate Coalition, an umbrella body of 100 groups as diverse as Oxfam, the RSPB, Islamic Relief and the Women’s Institute.

The walk took in Malkin House Wood as well as the beautiful River Holme. The walk featured occasional stops and observations on the themes of nature and clean energy. These included looking across the valley at solar panels and hearing of the experiences of one of their owners and looking upwards at the blanket bogs above Holmfirth and learning about the carbon saving impacts of moorland restoration.



Around us was farmland and one of the things we discussed on our walk was the important role farmers play in promoting nature – something that needs to be given even greater priority as we leave the European Union.

We also shared recent studies about the impacts of climate change (alongside other factors) on native flora and fauna- from beech trees to dormice to the common toad.



October 8 by coincidence was Apple Day and we’re really grateful to Selina from Slaithwaite Community Orchard who brought apples to share!

Down on the meadows by the River Holme, Kim Warren spoke passionately about the important work of the local charity River2015 in enhancing the River Holme and the project’s future plans.


The walk ended at Longley’s café for a post-walk chat over coffee. As Longley Farm installed the UK’s first commercial turbine back in 1986 (only to be replaced recently by a community turbine – thanks to the Hottwind initiative) it was the perfect location to end our ‘Nature and Clean Energy’ Walk.

Jim Dickinson (Owner and Managing Partner of Longley Farm) gave an interesting and entertaining talk about the turbine at Longley Farm. John and Janet from Holmfirth Transition Town shared interesting insights about their experiences of the community wind turbine project.


Throughout the event, we promoted the three main ‘asks’ of the ‘Speak Up’ Week of Action (MP Briefing – Speak Up! Week of Action (including low-carbon investment plan)):

1)      Let’s ratify the Paris Climate Agreement as soon as possible.

2)     Let’s transform the economy with an ambitious low-carbon investment plan.

3)     Let’s be a world leader in environmental protection.

We will create a collage photo record of the event and will present this to Jason McCartney within the next two weeks. Like other people across the country we will also ask him, to write to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask him to publish an ambitious low-carbon investment plan to transform the economy in line with the Climate Change Act.  

If you’re a Colne Valley constituent, please contact Jason McCartney to ask him to sign up to the Pledge for the Environment.




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