Monday, 16 March 2009

Listening to local green businesses in Attleborough

I visited two "green" businesses in Attleborough last Wednesday 11 March.

 

I visited 'Graham Hughes Organics' at the Rookery Farm Industrial Estate (in Besthorpe) in the morning. This is a local family business run by organic pioneer Graham Hughes who has been growing and selling organic produce for over 20 years.  It was great to meet Graham Hughes. Graham and his family have been leading the way with organic produce for more than two decades.

 

Later, I met the management of Liftshare at their national Headquarters in Attleborough. Liftshare is a 'web-based' company that specialises in finding car sharing arrangements for commuters all around the UK.  It is an oft-cited misconception that we in the Green Party are 'anti-car'.  In fact, the real message that we promote is asking ourselves if our trip by car is necessary.  'Must I drive a quarter of a mile to the local shop and back or could I walk or cycle it?  Could I get a bus into the city or town, or could I take the train, rather than having to take the car?  Are others also going to the same destination I am: could I car-share or 'liftshare' with someone and split the costs, financially and environmentally?'

 

Liftshare has been running now for over 10 years and is an effective means of finding others who are going to the same destination as you, for example, to work in the morning.  Liftshare makes travelling a more social experience, helps to make a real environmental difference, and helps people split travel costs, which makes great sense during these testing economical times. Probably for that reason, Liftshare are flourishing.

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I visited two "green" businesses in Attleborough last Wednesday 11 March.

 

I visited 'Graham Hughes Organics' at the Rookery Farm Industrial Estate (in Besthorpe) in the morning. This is a local family business run by organic pioneer Graham Hughes who has been growing and selling organic produce for over 20 years.  It was great to meet Graham Hughes. Graham and his family have been leading the way with organic produce for more than two decades.

 

Later, I met the management of Liftshare at their national Headquarters in Attleborough. Liftshare is a 'web-based' company that specialises in finding car sharing arrangements for commuters all around the UK.  It is an oft-cited misconception that we in the Green Party are 'anti-car'.  In fact, the real message that we promote is asking ourselves if our trip by car is necessary.  'Must I drive a quarter of a mile to the local shop and back or could I walk or cycle it?  Could I get a bus into the city or town, or could I take the train, rather than having to take the car?  Are others also going to the same destination I am: could I car-share or 'liftshare' with someone and split the costs, financially and environmentally?'

 

Liftshare has been running now for over 10 years and is an effective means of finding others who are going to the same destination as you, for example, to work in the morning.  Liftshare makes travelling a more social experience, helps to make a real environmental difference, and helps people split travel costs, which makes great sense during these testing economical times. Probably for that reason, Liftshare are flourishing.

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