Model of a sustainable community
A unique village in North Yorkshire has been recognised as one of the best examples of a sustainable community in the country. The tiny village of Botton near Whitby has been described as an inspiration.
A North Yorkshire community, which includes and supports 130 adults with learning disabilities, has been selected for special recognition in a government award scheme.
Botton Village, near Whitby, is part of The Camphill Village Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the opportunities of adults with learning disabilities and other special needs.
Judges for The Deputy Prime Minister's Award for Sustainable Communities 2005 commented on the ethos of sustainability and mutual respect: "Botton offers both lessons and inspirations to the endeavour to create sustainable communities. Botton Village has demonstrated a long track record of working to realise the potential of all residents”.
The idea of sustainability has been key to Botton’s development since long before it was a popular buzzword. The Farm follows organic principles with the 650 acres cared for by the community showing the value of working with nature.
Food miles are cut down to a minimum too with vegetables, milk and meat all produced on Botton's farms.
Recycling is nothing new at Botton. Kitchen waste is composted and most of the village’s waste water is treated in a reedbed system. Paper, glass, cardboard, tins and plastics are all recycled.
Sustainability extends to energy sources as well. Work places within the community are all within walking or cycling distance of homes. And greater use of solar panels is reducing the need fossil fuels for heating. The solar panels help out stoves burning wood from the managed woodlands.
While many rural communities have declined, with increasing numbers of properties being used as holiday homes, community facilities at Botton continue to develop.
A new village store is under construction to sit along side the community’s Health Centre, Community Hall, Post Office, coffee bar, bookshop, gift shop and the village school.
Of course all new buildings, and the refurbishment programme, make use of natural materials and finishes wherever possible.
last updated: 31/03/2008 at 12:01