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Cheshire is composed of market towns, villages and hamlets. The historic city of Chester represents the administrative centre and is one of the counties largest conurbation’s. Cheshire is well known for it’s black and white buildings, it’s sandstone and it’s gritstone which help to create a landscape that evokes a sense of locality and distinctiveness.
The soils of Cheshire are directly related to the underlying rocks and sediments. Most of the county is underlain by red Triassic sandstone and this gives rise to a sandy soil as on the Sandstone Trail. However, in places the glacial sediments above these sandstones, have produced different types of soils depending on whether those sediments were a result of ice deposition, lake accumulations of organic material i.e. peat or wind blown sediments. This leads to a rich diversity of soils in Cheshire creating a fertile base for agriculture, tourism and biodiversity.
The Cheshire region has a distinctive and nationally important geodiversity. Geodiversity is the variety of soils, rocks, fossils and minerals as well as natural processes such as river processes, which are present throughout the whole county. This is obvious in the rich red colour of the rocks, soils, building stone and boundary walls. Geodiversity permeates every aspect of our lives. We use the resources, live on and travel across the land and end our days within it. The character of Cheshire is determined by its geodiversity and we must safeguard it for its intrinsic value, its ecological value, its resource or economic value and for its (geo) heritage value.
The most important landscapes in Cheshire have been designated as Areas of Special County Value (ASCV) in order to protect them from development which would adversely affect their character or the features they contain. In Cheshire, there are 15 ASCVs, designated because of their landscape quality.
There are over 5,000 listed buildings in Cheshire, of which over 100 are of exceptional interest, or grade I. There are around 160 built heritage conservation areas, over 5,000 sites of archaeological interest and 239 Scheduled Monuments across the county.
The County Sites and Monuments Record (CSMR) currently holds over 5,000 records ranging in date from the prehistoric period to the post medieval period. The CSMR includes information on earthworks, standing buildings or structures (including all pre-1700 Listed buildings), isolated finds and sites which are no longer visible. The main purpose of the CSMR is the protection of the County’s archaeological resource.
To support the UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy there is a suite of 68 national sustainable development indicators.
For information on national indicators, visit the governments sustainable development website
In an effort to put the UK’s progress in sustainable development into an international context, and to highlight worldwide trends and challenges, a set of international data has been compiled to complement the 68 national indicators of sustainable development.
For more information on international indicators visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Regional indicators for the Northwest
For each Government Office region a fact sheet has been produced.
The fact sheets include pie charts that summarise the progress in indicators within the priority areas of (a) sustainable consumption and production and natural resources, and (b) sustainable communities.
For more information on regional information visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Home Energy Conservation Act
Every local authority with housing responsibility is responsible for implementing an energy conservation report.
Contact your District Council for more information
Carbon Savings Trust
Work with business and the public sector toward a low carbon future.
Includes advice service through Action Energy programme or contact via freephone 0800 585794
Cheshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre
Work with a variety of partners to raise awareness of energy efficiency and provide free advice to homes, community groups and small businesses. Run a number of projects including the Rural Energy Action Project
For more information, email email@example.com or freephone 0800 512012
Department of Trade and Industry Renewable Energy Programme
The DTI’s Renewable Energy Programme provides support for projects that offer prospects for improving markets for renewable energy.
Cheshire Renewable Energy Initiative
The Cheshire Renewable Energy Initiative is a new partnership between Cheshire local authorities, government agencies and private companies. It aims to identify, assses and then develop the potential for renewable energy schemes in Cheshire. Currently, there are no sources of renewable (or “green”) energy generation operating in the County area. This initiative aims to address this whilst also helping to reduce Cheshire’s Carbon Dioxide emissions.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Acid Test Project
The Acid Test started in 1999 to involve young people in monitoring the pH of rainfall at their schools and to compare this with previous data to establish whether or not rainfall acidity has decreased. This website provides schools with all the information they need to repeat the experiment. This information can then be sent to Cheshire County Council to maintain our database of rainfall pH in Cheshire.
Energy White Paper
This government paper identifies the long-term vision for energy policy in the UK including environmental, economic and social issues.