By Editor, September 10th, 2010
Posted in: royal tour
Nottingham was the first stop on the Start Royal tour today, where The Prince of Wales met residents from the Meadows, an inner-city residential area of Nottingham of around 3,800 homes.
The community joined forces in 2007 to form the Meadows Ozone Energy Services (MOZES) company to provide sustainable energy for local residents. The aim of the business is to enable people initially in the Meadows, and subsequently in other areas, to access affordable energy. The ambition is to enable the Meadows to become self-sufficient in its energy use, and then to become an energy generating community, which will in turn reduce the community’s carbon footprint.
During his visit, The Prince enjoyed a cup of tea with a resident who has had solar panels fitted to her property by MOZES. He also visited the Arkwright Meadows Community Garden, which has been regenerated into a cherished community facility from wasteland. Here he met community groups in a disused church to discuss the future of the building.
Then it was onto Birmingham and the Working for a Smarter Future Exhibition at the Thinktank Science Museum, at Millennium Point.The Prince toured part of the museum and joined in a lesson for local school children about transport past and present.
He also watched a fashion show featuring clothes made from recycled material, gave a speech to business leaders and accompanied a group of children on the first ever Start trail in the museum.
The Start trail guides young people around the various exhibits in the museum which relate to sustainable living and includes a recycling machine and arguably the world’s first hybrid car, the Lanchester Petrol-Electric Mark 7 Prototype Car, built in 1926.
Finally, he met TV presenter Gaby Roslin, Mulberry founder Roger Saul and TV presenter Kevin McCloud – before they raced the royal train back to London in eco cars.
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