The village hall, Ashton Hayes
Ashton Hayes shown within Cheshire
|Population||936 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Ashton Hayes|
|Unitary authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Ashton Hayes is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is located about 8 miles east of Chester on the B5393 road. The nearest villages are Mouldsworth to the north east and Kelsall to the south east. According to the 2011 Census it had a population of 936.  The main village in the parish - formerly known as Ashton - was renamed Ashton Hayes following a referendum, to avoid confusion with other places of the same name.
In November 2005, the Ashton Hayes Parish Council agreed that the village should try to become England's first carbon neutral village and launched a programme, starting 26 January 2006. The move is supported by the local community, businesses, the local council and The Energy Saving Trust. In July 2006 the total annual output of carbon dioxide from the village was calculated by students from the University of Chester at 4,765.76 tonnes.
With the aid of a DEFRA grant, a film was made explaining the issues and the villagers' efforts, and intended to receive its premier in the village on 25 January 2007. It is hoped that the film will increase awareness and encourage other communities to adopt the concept.
Measures taken to offset or reduce this have included installing house insulation, installing energy saving light bulbs and wind turbines, and a large number of trees have been planted. The local pub is also planning to become the first carbon neutral pub in England.
Medieval pottery kiln
In 1933 a pottery kiln, which had been in use between the 13th and 15th century, was discovered in the garden of Smithy House. When excavated, it was found to consist of an oval structure with a stoke-hole on the southeast side. It contained thousands of fragments of broken pottery. Some of these have been reconstructed, forming about 30 objects, mainly jugs and pitchers, which are now in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester. The site of the kiln is a scheduled monument.
In the media
- May 2006 Cheshire County Council: Wind Turbine And Solar Panel Plans For Ashton Hayes Primary School
- May 2006 Treehugger.com: A tale of Two Cities
- Feb 2006 icCheshireOnline: Village points way to a greener future
- Schlossberg, Tatiana (August 21, 2016). "English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up Its Own Patch". New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
- Listed buildings in Ashton Hayes
- Carbon footprint
- Bioenergy Village
- Sustainable energy
- Energy use and conservation in the United Kingdom
- Baywind Energy Co-operative
- 2000 Watt society
- 2011 Census: Ashton CP (Ashton Hayes), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 14 September 2014
- Ward, David (6 August 2004), The trouble with Ashton _, London: The Guardian, retrieved 29 January 2007
- Daily News: Green village to premiere 'eco-film', Energy Saving Trust, 5 January 2007, retrieved 29 January 2007
- North West takes on the climate challenge, Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (North West), 5 September 2006, retrieved 29 January 2007
- Students study 'green' village, Chester Chronicle, icnetwork.co.uk, 12 May 2006, retrieved 29 January 2007
- The Golden Lion – Aiming to be England’s first carbon neutral pub! (PDF), goingcarbonneutral.co.uk, retrieved 29 January 2007
- Pastscape: Monument No. 71295, English Heritage, retrieved 11 February 2009
- Revealing Cheshire's Past: Ashton Medieval Kiln, retrieved 11 February 2009
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