Carlisle is the county town of Cumbria in the N.W. of England and the administrative centre of the City of Carlisle. It sits on the confluence of the rivers Eden, Calder and Petteril a few miles from the Scottish border. It is a growing city of around 108,000 and attracts many tourists because of its rich history and proximity to Hadrian wall. It has a compact historic centre with many medieval buildings including the Carlisle castle, the cathedral, the guildhall, Tithe barn, and the Citadel towers as well as its semi intact city walls. It also boasts the Carlisle railway station, considered by Historic England to be among the most important early railway stations in England and which continues to be an important transport hub to the north.
Sustainable Carlisle are a network of local people and projects who want to make our city more sustainable for ourselves and following generations. Along with the Carlisle One World Centre, COWC, we are working to set up a Carlisle bottle refill scheme and have the support of the local council, and PACT ( Penrith Action for Community Transition). We hope this scheme will be part of a Cumbria wide development and link with CAFS (Cumbria Action for Sustainability).
We will be launching information of the scheme at our local Unity festival in the town centre on the 14th of July which will be followed by volunteers visiting shops and businesses in the city centre over the following weeks to sign up those interested and hope to develop a wider network over time. Support from and inclusion in the award winning City to Sea scheme is very important for us from a national perspective and to help encourage others across the country.
We feel there is much support for such a scheme and have already seen some shops etc try to reduce use of plastic straws, cups etc.
All this work relies on volunteers and supportive businesses.