May Newsletter Out Now

Our May newsletter is out now and is packed full of the latest information on local action and news on climate change. 


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Visit Hockerton Housing Project in Nottinghamshire

11th May, 2pm-5pm

Due to popular demand Hockerton Housing Project is opening its doors for one extra day this year. Intrigued by what an earth-sheltered home might look, or feel like, inside? Or wanting an overview of what it is to live sustainably? Join a small group tour, led by a resident of the project to give you a personal view on what it’s like to live in this sustainable co-housing project. This tour includes a guided walk around the site to learn about our food, water and renewable energy systems, a tour of one of the homes, and a presentation on the challenges faced during the build, and subsequent development, of the project.

Book tickets here

Belper Goes Green Festival

1st-2nd June 
Belper Rugby Club
Organised by Transition Belper
Adults: £2. Free entry for children, Transition Belper members and CAMRA members.

Belper’s Community, Eco and Arts Festival is a celebration of local living, which aims to share ways of reducing our impact on the planet, whilst connecting the local community in a relaxed, safe and uplifting way.

This year’s festival will have plenty of activities on offer for all the family: for the children there will be the Toy Library, a hand-powered vintage carousel, nature-connection activities, fairground games and hair braiding for kids and adults alike. In the well-being area there will be nutrition workshops, skincare demos and the return of the Native American medicine wheel. More is still to be announced!

The two music stages will feature local musicians and are solar powered.

More information.

Derbyshire Eco Centre Summer Brochure Out Now 

Sign for a course this summer. Learn how to build your own solar water heating system, forage for your own food, make a small wind turbine, self build with timber, and more!

Download a brochure

Hayfield Parish Council Declares Climate Emergency

Hayfield Parish Council has declared a climate emergency. The authority is now one of dozens around the country to adopt such a motion.
Sustainable Hayfield, which lobbied the council to take this action, said: ‘This is unashamedly good news… but it means nothing if not followed by hard work to develop a plan, consistent with the proposal to put to the Council, to limit the council’s own carbon emissions, so that they become a net zero carbon emitting institution.’
This follows our news item last month that Wirksworth Town Council adopted a similar motion and that the newly-created Derbyshire Climate Coalition has created a petition calling on the county council, and all district councils in the area, to declare an emergency and take steps to reduce their carbon emissions. Sign it here:

If anyone is interested in joining or helping with the campaign please contact Lisa Hopkinson at