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International Repair Day

This Saturday (16th October) is International Repair Day which celebrates the power of community repair, local repair shops, and more.

Across the country, more than 200 groups are already offering repairs to their local community, and more are forming every month. Locally, Transition Buxton’s Repair Café and Transition Chesterfield’s Repair Café have reopened regular in-person sessions. 

new briefing, published by The Restart Project, shows that Buxton Repair Café is part of a growing tide of repair groups showing the benefits of repair for our economy, planet and communities.

The briefing :

  • Manufacturing and extracting materials, including for new products, is responsible for up to 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide
  • The UK is the world’s second biggest producer of electronic waste per capita.
  • Repair, reuse and remaking could create 450,000 green jobs across the country.
  • 75% of the public think the UK Government should make sure products are easier to repair


Campaign on Rewilding the Matlock Wolds as an Alternative to building 430 new Home

Image by The Wolds Action Group

In response to long standing environmental concerns about a new housing development in Matlock, The Wolds Action Group recently commissioned an independent and detailed wildlife and flood risk report. This report was submitted to Derbyshire Dales District Council, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and the Members of the District Planning Committee.

The report highlights the threat to wildlife and biodiversity and raises the possibility of rewilding it instead. The report contains the first comprehensive species list for this site, many of which are legally protected.

Dr Stephen Martin (The Wolds Action Group) said “In contrast the evidence provided so far, by the Developer, is both partial and incomplete and hence provides no basis for assessing the loss of biodiversity arising from their proposed development.

We would ask the Local Planning Authority to seriously reconsider whether this site is a fit one for such a major development...”

Full Report

Making Homes Greener In Nottingham

Twelve homes, including five houses and seven bungalows, in Nottingham (Keswick Street) will benefit from improvement works that will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. The improvements include:  

  • An energy efficient heating and hot water system including Air Source Heat Pump
  • Super insulated wall panels
  • New doors and windows 
  • Solar panels & solar batteries for energy storage

Work is already under way with the first of the new super energy efficient wall panels craned in and installed on the council homes. 

This project is the latest phase of the award winning and pioneering Energiesprong scheme which will see 138 homes in Nottingham benefit from energy efficiency upgrades. The Energiesprong approach, pioneered in the Netherlands, involves upgrading a home with innovative energy efficiency measures to achieve a near net zero home.

‘Wheely Green' Solar Power Trailer

Transition Belper Energy Group, with the help of Transition Network Bounce funding, have recently completed its ‘Wheely Green' Solar Power Trailer. The Trailer aims to provide a totally mobile off-grid power source for outdoor events.

The trailer had its first outing on 12th September at the Transition Belper’s Eco Market - it powered a sound stage all day! Although it was cloudy all day, the trailer has battery storage, so they benefited from the previous Friday's sunshine.

The performance is still being evaluated but the unit should be able to deliver up to 3 kWh from the batteries plus whatever the 1 kW of solar panels can deliver during daylight (up to about 4 kWh/day).  Peak power output is just under 3 kW.

Originally designed for their Belper goes Green Festival, they are keen to open its benefits to other local community groups. If interested, please email Tony Cooper:

Together for Our Planet : The National Lottery Community Fund

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations have until 18th November to apply for their share of a £2.5 million climate engagement fund.

Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 are available for activities relating to the climate in one of the following areas:

  • Food.
  • Transport.
  • Energy.
  • Waste and consumption.
  • The natural environment.

Approximately 400 to 500 awards will be made through this National Lottery Community Fund, with each project required to meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Support the development of a longer-term climate action within communities after the COP26 event.
  • Encourage communities to plan for the climate emergency.
  • Celebrate the importance of community-led climate action and encourage more people to get involved.
  • Build resilience in communities hardest hit by climate change.
  • Provide jobs, skills or training opportunities for communities which support climate action.

It is expected that most of the funding awarded will be to support activities taking place after the COP26 conference, which runs from 1 November to 12 November 2021.

The funder is particularly interested in applications from groups who are starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities.