Bishop of Tewkesbury to open eco-loo at Elkstone Church

A grant of £5,000 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust will contribute to the funding of an eco-loo at the Church of St John the Evangelist at Elkstone, between Cheltenham and Cirencester.

At nearly 1000 feet above sea level, Elkstone church is the highest in the Cotswolds and is famed for its Norman architecture, stone carvings and golden light.

The ‘green loo’ building which is situated in the churchyard, has been created in green oak, which has a natural appearance and may stand for hundreds of years.

The eco-loo will be officially opened by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the right Revd Robert Springett on 8 June at 12.30pm.

David Pierce,Churchwarden said: “With the increased use of the Cotswold’s parish churches for concerts and other community events, one of the problems frequently encountered is absence of any toilet facilities. These are difficult to provide because of the huge expense involved in connecting to mains water, power and sewage. We’ve overcome these problems by investing in a sustainable, green solution.”

The eco-loo, which was sourced from Finland, enables toilet waste to be used as a fertiliser for flowers and shrubs. The church has also developed unused parts of the churchyard to create a wildflower meadow.

Elkstone Church is very grateful for generous financial support from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, The Diocese of Gloucester Mission Fund, Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and the fundraising support of local residents.

The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental (Gloucestershire) Ltd, which owns and manages waste management operations in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.

 

For more information about grant eligibility and the work of the Trust, please visit www.ge-trust.org.uk

 

 

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