New Zero-Carbon Service Station

July 2023: CFG collaborating on Zero-Carbon design of Stannington Services, A1

Sustainable Energy Solutions

June 2023: CFG is proud to work on Neven Sidor’s RIBA award winning ‘Ponds Rough’

New Team Member

May 2023: We're excited to welcome Prue to the team to manage business operations

R&D Grant Received

Dec 2022: CFG awarded LoCase grant to develop decarbonisation platform

Smart Microgrid Audit

Dec 2022: CFG delivers asset audit for BRE smart microgrid project with Power Transition

Energy & Ecology Innovation

Dec 2022: CFG engaged to help plan Paragraph 80 projects in Northamptonshire and Suffolk

Solar Upgrade

Oct 2022: Bay Trust commissions CFG to implement solar upgrade to Pines Calyx

Carbon Capture R&D

Oct 2022: CFG undertakes R&D into a unique continuous-batch biochar kiln

CFG Against Greenwashing

Sep 2022: CFG Receives Anti Greenwash Chartership

RTAP International Launch

Aug 2022: RTAP is helping Canadian farm undertake greenhouse regeneration

Skilgate: From Good to Great

July 2022: Strategy delivered to empower a low emission farm to achieve net zero

The summit

This two-day summit showcases and celebrates cutting edge environmental design and enhancement, rural and urban sustainable dwelling, design and architecture for wellbeing and innovation projects co-created with communities that are impacting positively on sustainable community health and wellbeing across the lifespan in the UK and Europe.

Taking a problem-based approach, to tackle thorny economic, geopolitical and social issues of a lack of affordable housing, homelessness, fragmented social care, and intergenerational health care gaps, this two-day summit addresses the critical questions:

  • How do we create new vibrant communities; places to live, work and thrive together?

  • New places that tackle the thorny issues of a lack affordable housing and homelessness, fragmented social care and the gaps in healthcare from the outset.

  • How do we work more creatively to co-design and build communities that work for the residents, businesses, and people that live there?

  • What new business models do we need to encourage social enterprise generated by the communities themselves to sustain their own innovation and creative capital?

What will we do?

Over the two days enjoy opportunities to network with and hear from keynote speakers, participate in roundtable discussions, workshops and collaborative design activities. There will be prizes to take worthy collective innovation ideas to the next stage of development using a blockchain model.

Core themes

  • Building capacity for sustainable community wellbeing providing examples of urban and rural innovation

  • Building Design and Architecture - showcasing sustainable dwelling projects and cooperative housing model

  • Ecological design, making places greener

  • Enabling development of creative innovation catalysts for the future working with commercial sector and industry.

Who should come?

Anyone committed to improving lives through environmental enhancement, rural and urban sustainable dwelling, design and architecture, community and health and wellbeing.

Students are a really important part of this initial event as they provide the potential leadership for the future and this provides an opportunity to network and co-design with environmental designers, architects, academics, healthcare leaders, policymakers, business and industry experts together.

  • Members of the public

  • Patient leaders

  • Health professionals – public and private sector

  • Social care providers

  • Business leaders

  • Housing development/residential planners

  • Policymakers

  • Researchers

  • Social entrepreneurs and innovators

  • Voluntary and community workers

  • Artists, architects, and designers

  • Charities

  • University academics and leaders

  • Digital technology and social media experts

Keynote Speakers

Read more about speaker profiles here

Annabelle Filer - Architect and Cleantech Social Entrepreneur

Anthony Morgan - Master of Renewables and Director of the Carbon Free Group

Keith Morris - Leader of Dover District Council

Greg Chant-Hall - Chartered Sustainability Professional

Keith Harrison - Chief Executive of Action for Rural Communities in Kent

Kevin McGeough - Director of ‘Healthy New Town Programme’ at Ebbsfleet Garden City

Mary Rushton-Beales - Specialist in lighting for health and wellbeing.

Stephen Hill - Public Interest Practitioner working in the commercial, governmental and non-profit housing sectors

Summit Programme in Brief

Day 1: Urban

The future starts here! Beginning with a series of urban case studies where things have been done differently and with great success in solving one or more of the key issues this summit sets out to address.

Day 2: Rural

Collaborative rural innovation. Designing solutions together that we might then take forwards as projects.

Programme social activities

There will be an opportunity to visit and engage with a live building, environment and design events and activities in the Pines Calyx Gardens on site and an evening BBQ with Bar and Live Entertainment on the 18th June. There will be guided visits around the Pines Calyx.


Local hotels available in the area that are recommended: The White Cliffs Hotel

Students are welcome to camp at the Kingsdown campsite: Kingsdown Camping


Monday the 18th of June 2018 at 9:00am.

Tuesday the 19th of June 2018 at 4:30pm.

Additional Information

The following provides further event information:

Event File

Download the event PDF poster file.


The Pines Calyx