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Several local residents of the Hampshire villages of Froxfield and Privett came together in 2023 to try to do something positive about the climate crisis.

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Our Story

It started when Jonquil and Julian Bond put an appeal in the Parish Magazine for people to work on renewables and the cost of energy in the Parish. Mike Orchard signed up and agreed to chair a local group - he put an appeal in the same magazine for other volunteers and the Froxfield & Privett Renewable Energy Group was formed.

Around 15 local residents made contact over the following months and we started to get together for meetings once a month in Froxfield Village Hall. After much discussion and research, we decided to create a Not-For-Profit Company called 'Village Greening'. 


Our long term goal is to ensure that there is sufficient energy capacity available through net-zero sources to meet the energy consumption needs of our villages by the year 2050. 

Our aims:

  • Provide information and advice about conserving energy to people living in the local area

  • Provide information and advice about renewable energy to people living in the local area

  • Audit and assess the total energy needs of the two villages

  • Assess the energy output of several renewable energy sources (wind, solar, air source and ground source heat pumps) and develop targets for each type

  • Work with experts to ensure that the renewable energy sources we develop can meet all compliance needs for integration with the national grid 

To have a local community that is fully informed about the climate crisis and actively engaged in saving energy and transitioning to renewable energy. 

Our Vision







Our Village Team

The Froxfield and Privett Renewable Energy Group is made up of three directors and a growing number of local members and volunteers.


If you're interested in getting involved, please contact us.

Mike Orchard

Mike grew up on the Isle of Wight and had lived in Froxfield since 2006.  He has worked in the music business, in the creative industries and as a musician throughout his adult life.

Mike’s own experience with solar power and an air source heat pump at his own listed building house has been both very positive and administratively complicated.  He firmly believes that we have to promote both good energy saving practice and green energy in Froxfield and Privett and that developing a positive attitude in the local population is crucial to Village Greening.

Alex Bamberg

Alex moved to Froxfield in 2010 and in the same year founded a business which was instrumental in the design and installation of the UK’s national electric vehicle infrastructure, it became the second largest Charge Point operator, saving some 5 million tons of Co2. He is passionate about reducing his own family’s impact on the environment, successfully reducing their dependence on fossil fuels.


His focus is currently the marine sector where he is responsible for the roll-out of the first global network of super chargers to enable the electrification of both commercial and leisure vessels within the marine sector.

Mark Wright  


Mark has been a resident of Privett since 2018, has spent much of his career in the travel industry and now runs a consultancy. He is passionate about sustainable travel and positive impact tourism as well as helping to make our villages run on renewable energy. 

"I drive a fully electric car and we have an air-source heat pump but I'm defiitely 'in at the shallow end' so far in terms of renewable energy at home. I'm determined to install either solar or wind power as soon as I can at home, but I have a longer term vision that our villages could run entirely on renewables"

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This is the space to introduce the business’s team and what makes it special.

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This is the space to introduce the business’s team and what makes it special.

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This is the space to introduce the business’s team and what makes it special.

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