A new chapter of “local environmental action” has begun in Alton as the founding chair of a green-minded group has given up her seat after five eventful years.

The saying ‘from little ACANs do mighty trees grow’ is apt as the Alton Climate Action Network has gone from strength to strength since its launch half a decade ago.

Further growth is on the agenda as there’s been a few changes at the top table with founding chair, Jenny Griffiths, stepping down at an extraordinary general meeting.

Sarah Gulliford thanked Jennifer and hailed the group’s “enthusiastic team of volunteers and new trustees” after taking the reins last Thursday.

She said: “Having been involved with ACAN since its first open meeting five years ago, I have been very impressed with the achievements of the team and its constituent groups.

“The current trustees have done a wonderful job and it’s an honour to be able to step in and help drive the next phase of ACAN.”

Laura Pambos and Louise Hilton have respectively landed the treasurer and secretary roles while Rob Painell and David Tickner were appointed trustees.

The outgoing chair said: “ACAN has developed into a powerful community network since its launch five years ago.

“I am delighted and very grateful a new group of trustees have come forward to write the next chapter of local environmental action – they have energy, new ideas and a fresh approach.”

For more details about the group and getting involved visit www.altonclimatenetwork.org.uk