The Abbot’s Mill Project Community Interest Company
The Abbot’s Mill Project was established in July 2010 as a social enterprise and Community Interest Company (not-for-private-profit).
Our Vision is:
“to be regarded as the UK exemplar for environmental and community sustainability; achieved through focusing on education and incorporating renewable energy, environmental science and technology.”
Our Global Vision is of:
“a world where humans live in harmony with their natural environment, non-human animals and with each other and fully understand the social and environmental consequences of their everyday actions.”
The mission of the Abbot’s Mill Project is to develop an urban hub of environmental and social excellence, powered solely by non-centralised, renewable energy, principally through installing a water-wheel on the River Stour. This will include an education centre about sustainable living, renewable energy and the importance of the River Stour in Canterbury’s past, present and future, a vegan community café, a community-led woodland/wildlife garden based on permaculture principles.
The Abbot’s Mill Project will be a Centre for Sustainable Urban Living, providing businesses with investment and profile-raising/show-casing opportunities through providing a platform for cutting edge environmental science and newly emerging sustainable technologies from across the UK.
The Project will be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources, principally from re-instating a water wheel into the old mill race on the site of the former Abbot’s (Denne’s) Mill (the seven-storey mill that once stood on St Radigund’s Street).
The Environment Agency has identified over 24,000 former mill sites in England, which could yield a minimum of 5% of our gross demand for electricity. This could easily be increased to 15% with the introduction of new carefully planned and more efficient, small-scale/micro generation sites.
Canterbury’s mill sites were created in the past as sources of potential energy; recently they have been used merely as the backdrop for residential development. This site with its clean, green renewable, power generation capacity is an opportunity waiting to be realised. The island site offers the last opportunity to harness the Stour for power generation purposes.
By linking the past to the present and future it will weave a common thread in terms of production, transport, distribution and energy generation.
The whole Centre will provide a positive community focal point and a destination of historical, cultural, ethical, environmental and scientific interest. It will demonstrate sustainable and ethical living in action and provide an inclusive, interactive and accessible centre of education.
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