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Clevedon to grow from grass-roofs

11 February 2010

by Ed Beavan

CHRIST CHURCH, Clevedon, in the diocese of Bath & Wells, is to go green — literally — as part of a planned £1.5-million expansion scheme

Christ Church, an Anglican-Methodist Ecumenical Partnership, has submitted a planning application to build a new hall with meeting rooms, lavatories, and a kitchen. It hopes to cover the roof of the hall with sedum and grass.

The chairman of the Christchurch Regen Project, Hugh Stebbing, said that, as well as making the extension blend in with the nearby Mendip Hills, it would help distinguish it from the Victorian church building.

“The grass is hard-wearing and slow growing, and when rain falls on the roof it permeates slowly through the grass, unlike rain on a hard roof which runs off quickly and can cause drainage problems.” The grass roof also had good insulation qualities, he said, which would reduce heating bills.

The church is also considering instal­ling solar panels to generate electricity at a future date.

It has already raised £1 million to­wards the redevelopment, and submitted the planning application for the extension to North Somerset Council on Friday.

Exeter backs carbon fast. The diocese of Exeter is urging its churches to reduce their carbon footprint this Lent by taking part in Tearfund’s Car­bon Fast campaign, which suggests actions such as turning the thermo­stat down or buying local produce.

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