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Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds is getting a green upgrade

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West Suffolk Council has set out a scheme to improve green facilities at Nowton Park - as part of a £1.8m decarbonisation programme involving projects across the region.

£22,000 is to be allocated towards the cost of an air source heat pump for the park's café and toilets.

This is to replace the gas boiler the site currently uses, and will ultimately save management around four tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Nowton Park. Credit: West Suffolk Council.
Nowton Park. Credit: West Suffolk Council.

The council's decarbonisation agenda will save or offset a further 120 tonnes.

The programme includes the installation of solar panels on council premises in Mildenhall, Haverhill and Bury, as well as the replacement of a gas boiler at Bury railway station.

The council already operates Toggam Farm solar farm, one of the largest local government-run properties of its kind in the UK.

At present, the thousands of trees present in Nowton Park absorb large volumes of carbon, and it is hoped that the pump will make the site even more eco-friendly.

The council's cabinet member for regulatory and environment, Councillor Andy Drummond, said: "We are committed to action on climate change, to looking at ways we can cut or offset carbon emissions. This decarbonisation programme shows that even in our beautiful green parkland, there are actions that we can take to help the environment.

"As part of the wider decarbonisation programme already underway, this will help us take a significant step towards the Council achieving net zero emissions by 2030.

"But it isn't just about the Council’s footprint. As announced only earlier this month, we are also continuing our award-winning work to support residents on low incomes in low energy efficiency rated homes to cut their carbon emissions, save money and keep their homes warm.

"And we are supporting businesses achieve carbon and financial savings through actions such as our Solar for Business scheme."

The cabinet member for resources and property, Councillor Sarah Broughton, said: "By investing in our properties - both those where Council services are based and those that we own and lease to tenants, we will not only improve their environmental performance, but also deliver year on year financial savings.

"All of this will help support both the ambitions and the day-to-day work of the Council as we face the challenges ahead."