A COMMUNITY organisation is calling for volunteers to help create Somerset’s own eco-centre.

The centre is set to promote sustainability, as well as provide help and information so residents can reduce carbon emissions and waste.

The project was initially formed by the annual sustainability show in Taunton (held 2012-2015), but now a new team has been at the helm of the project since autumn 2019.

“We want to create a centre of excellence, not only for Somerset, but for the whole of the South West,” said Sarah Leppard, director of the project.

“We want to inspire people, and make it easier for them to take the steps needed to tackle climate change and sustain the environment.

“Life has changed for all of us since the start of coronavirus. Aside from the horrible statistics, we have all spent more time in our communities.

“Many people have been walking and cycling more, trying to grow their own food and spending more time in nature. Hopefully noticing how important it is. We can all play a part on protecting it – working together towards a greener future. With your help and support we can do it.”

The project currently consists of four main plans:

• A visitor centre for demonstrating and promoting sustainable products

• A hub for developing sustainable products, technologies and enterprises

• Education and training resources for schools, students and the general public

• Supplying a café to demonstrate good practice in sustainable food production

Membership for the eco-centre is available for just £1 for anyone who lives or works in Somerset.

The project is looking for people to become members, as well as volunteers who can help get the eco-centre up and running.

“The eco-centre is moving forward at such a pace, we need more people to make it a big success and an amazing resource for the South West,” said Steve Howell, secretary.

“Now is a great time to join us, it’s the start of the adventure.

“Whilst it is hugely helpful if you can build websites or do accounts, we are also looking for people that are simply passionate about creating the sustainable future that we all desperately need.”

The team are meeting regularly to get the project moving. At the moment they are working on the following:

• Finding a property and/or land in the next 12 months

• Getting more people involved

• Buying a van/bus to take on a roadshow

• Planning an outreach programme/Roadshow of events

• Increasing our social media presence

• Making business plans

For more information or to get involved email info@ecocentresw.org.