Environment 2001

Keep Britain Tidy
In the 2000s everyone across Britain, including Stowupland, is being urged to reduce the amount of energy that they use at home and at work. This is due to widespread concern about global warming and the irreversible damage mankind may have caused to the planet. We are now reaping the consequences of the uncontrolled pollution of earlier centuries and decades.

Think about how many electrical appliances you have in your home and the amount of energy it takes to run them all. In the 1950s, in Stowupland, some homes did not have electricity and hardly anyone had a TV. Now nearly every home has a least one TV, and many of us use washing machines and dishwashers every day. We are using far more energy than ever before in human history! To create all this energy, coal and gas power stations are needed and these pump pollutants into the atmosphere affecting everyone, not just those who live nearby.

Local Impact

Damage to the environment is not really visible when you visit or pass through Stowupland but think! How are you visiting the village? Cars are a ubiquitous part of everyday life and have a profound impact on village communities like Stowupland. People use cars to get to work, to go to school or to do their shopping. This causes levels of air pollution to rise in the village. There are public transport links for Stowupland but they are not as good as they were in the 1950s. Buses and coaches do emit more pollutants than the average car but a bus may be transporting up to 50 people. There is also a social impact to using private transport as opportunities to meet other people are limited. You cannot bump into friends in the street or get talking to strangers on a bus if you are driving alone in your car. Litter is a problem in Stowupland and in many other places. Everything today comes in some sort of packaging: aluminium cans for drinks, plastic crisp packets, sweet wrappers, even apples in their own little trays with plastic wrap.

Action is being taken to protect areas of special interest. Stowupland has County Wildlife Site number Mid-Suffolk 180 in its boundaries. The site covers the verges of the A14 and A1120 and is noted particularly for the abundance of Sulphur Clover – once common in meadows and pasture until the agricultural revolution – and Pyramidal Orchids. The village greens in Stowupland are also protected and the construction of new buildings is fiercely regulated and contained.


This exhibition is part of a wider sustainability project delivered through the Rural Museums East Partnership. It is funded by Renaissance East of England.

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