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Experts to put on renewable future talks

An array of experts in renewable energy, low carbon building and sustainable transport are coming together to put on events inFrome next weekend to discuss the future of sustainability.

Delegates from Frome’s twin towns in France, Germany and Poland will be visiting to take part in the two-day event, which will see experts speak on the future of renewable technology on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March.

Frome Town Council’s resilience officer Anna Francis said, “This is a unique chance to hear first-hand about some of the amazing things that are happening in Europe to cut emissions, enable energy security, boost the local economy and provide jobs and training.”

The weekend will be split into two events; the conference on Friday will run from 9.30am to 4pm at the Cheese and Grain and explore cutting carbon from buildings, producing renewable energy, and creating renewable towns.

There will then be a seminar on Saturday from 1.45pm to 4.30pm  at Rook Lane Arts focussing on how finance, policy, and planning can help support the initiatives.

Speakers will include Camille Dressler from the Isle of Eigg, which reclaimed its power as a community and produces all of its energy renewably; Professor Keith Barnham, author of the Solar Revolution; Professor Axel Goodbody from the University of Bath; and Jan Willem from Mongoose Energy.

There will be a number of other speakers from both home and abroad.

Other topics to be discussed will include local hydro power, community energy and biogas. A range of stalls and a vegetarian lunch will also be on offer.

Frome residents are entitled to a 40% discount on the full price of £15 (£10 concessions), and should use the code SWITCHFrome when booking online. Tickets for the Rook Lane  event cost £10 (£6 concessions).

For more information contact the town council on 01373 465757, go to or to book tickets search ‘renewable Frome’ at