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New Earth solutions look at climate change

New Earth Solutions take a look at the future of climate change by staging an event for Compost Awareness Week in conjunction with the National Trust's Kingston Lacy Estate in Dorset

New Earth Solutions, the biological waste treatment and recovery firm, is marking Compost Awareness Week 2007 with a children's activity and tree planting event, designed to underline the link between diverting mixed black bag and municipal waste from landfill and the long term reduction of climate change and global warming in relation to conservation, heritage, and learning.

The event, which is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 9 May, has been organised in direct partnership with the National Trust at Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset. Thirty school children from local primary, Wimborne First School are invited to learn about the significant impact of their actions on the natural environment, and will be encouraged to consider the effects of seasonal change on parkland and gardens.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Trust, and for the opportunity to show our support for what is essentially the largest conservation organisation in Europe”, says New Earth Contracts Director Peter Mills.

“New Earth Solutions is committed to helping local authorities meet tough landfill diversion and waste recycling targets, but it is equally imperative to encourage young people to consider where their household and general waste goes beyond the bin liner, and ultimately reinforce how small actions can reduce the impact of climate change for future generations”.

At the event every school child will plant an individual Field Maple seed in a recycled pot and attach a personal label, before each of the seeded pots is placed in the gardener's potting shed and reserved for planting as saplings in the Autumn.
The school children will initially receive a demonstration on the benefits of using old bark from the estate as a soil conditioner and water retainer for newly planted trees. Bark collected from the extensive parkland and gardens will be mulched into an organic matter by the head gardener, and spread across the freshly potted seeds.

“The Field Maple is an ancient tree and an iconic symbol of the West Country”, says Mills.

“New Earth Solutions were keen to support an initiative of long term value and it is hoped that the Field Maples will last for hundreds of years. The process of reducing methane and other harmful greenhouse emissions through the diversion of waste from landfill is inextricably connected to the safeguarding and protection of our historic buildings, countryside and quality of life. We are grateful to the National Trust for allowing us to explore some of these key messages with them, and quite literally on their doorstep”.

New Earth Solutions is currently overseeing all aspects of waste management on behalf of local authority clients, ranging from financing, land acquisition and planning to engineering, design, permitting and operations.

The firm is currently rolling out contracts for facilities in regions across the UK, and current clients include Bournemouth Borough Council, Bristol City Council, Kent County Council and Essex County Council.

1). New Earth Solutions Ltd

i) Technology
New Earth Solutions technology provides a proven solution for the treatment and recovery of source segregated and unsegregated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) via bio stabilisation and mechanical recovery techniques.

The technology is designed to maximise the diversion of Biodegradable Waste (BMW) from landfill via non thermal biological technology as assessed by the Organic Resource Agency (ORA), which is regulated by the Department of Rural Affairs for the Environment (DEFRA).

ii) Background
The company was founded by Bill Riddle, Chairman and majority shareholder in 2002 and following an extensive period of research and development began trading in 2005. In September 2005, Bill Riddle injected over £1 million equity into the company, followed by another £2.0 million from a private investor.

In 2006, project financing was secured from the German Bank, Nord LB, following a competitive tender to raise senior debt from a number of banks, including the Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays. The Nord LB facilities are available to draw down against Local Authority contracts and will support the roll out of up to ten 50,000 tonnes-per-annum facilities across the UK.

The firm has been voted number 12 in the CNBC European Business poll of the Top 50 Low Carbon Pioneers for April/May 2007. See http://cnbceb.com/2007/04/20/top-50-lowcarbon-pioneers.

iii) Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS)
New Earth Solutions processes are designed in accordance with the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS) which began on April 1 2005. For further information on LATS see http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste.localauth/lats/index.htm

Landfill was the dominant waste disposal method in 2005/6, making up 62% of the total and down from 67% in 2004/5. For the last 4 years the actual tonnage of waste being disposed of via landfill has deceased. For further information on landfill see http://wwwdefra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/waste.

iv) Waste Strategy Review (2007)
The Government is currently carrying out a review of England's waste strategy and recently consulted on a revision of the existing strategy with proposals to consolidate the current policies and tackle new challenges in waste management. For further information see http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/strategy/review.

2). The National Trust

i) Background
The National Trust is Europe's largest conservation organisation, and protects the country's most beautiful places – historic homes, gardens, ancient monuments, spectacular countryside and coastal areas.

ii) Kingston Lacy
Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17th century country mansion, with important collections housed within, and surrounded by attractive formal gardens and extensive wooded parkland. The stone encasing and building was designed by Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament. Collections include original works by Old Master painters, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel and a spectacular Spanish Room where the walls are hung in magnificent gilded leather. A children's adventure playground and Iron Age hill-fort can also be found within the grounds.

For further information see http://wwwnationaltrusr.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findplace/w-kingstonlacy/.

iii The National Trust Countryside Guardianship Scheme
The National Trust Countryside Guardianship Scheme was launched 15 years ago and now involves over 100 schools in respective regions across the UK. The m scheme concentrates on building a relationship between students and a local Trust-owned site over a number of visits and it is intended that children learn to value their 'own backyard', the future of the countryside and the wildlife that it supports.

iii) EXPOSED: Climate Change in Britain's Backyard In April 2007 the National Trust opened EXPOSED: Climate Change in Britain's Backyard at the Hoopers Gallery in London. The exhibition showcases a collection of ninety full colour images that show how, in countless, and often unexpected ways, climate change is affecting the country we live in.

Among images are innocent spring flowers emerging early and animals being spotted in unexpected places, to overflowing gutters causing damp, antique treasures ruined by invading pests and severe storms posing sudden danger. The exhibition also explores how the National Trust is rising to the new challenges, and adapting working methods to combat the effects of a changing climate.

National Trust wardens, gardeners, curators, entomologists, emergency planners, house managers and nature conservationists all have their own climate change story to tell:

“Gardens are really suffering from the intense summer heat, even here in the South East. It could mean we have to look at changing our planting, we are being as resourceful as we can. We harvest about 11,000 gallons of rainwater during wetter seasons off the roofs of the glasshouses and we are looking to double this amount. We are also trying to grow tougher plants which look after themselves and are more resistant to climate change,” Ed Ikin, Head Gardener at Nymans Garden, West Sussex.

For further information see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/exposed

3) The Composting Association

i) The Compost Association is holding its seventh annual Compost Awareness Week between May 7th – 13th 2006, and the theme is Add power to your flowers…Compost! Throughout the week, local communities across the UK participate in special events to promote the benefits of making and using composts.

The Composting Association is the United Kingdom's not for profit membership organisation for the promotion of the sustainable management of biodegradable resources.

For further information see www.compost.org.uk

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