Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust

Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust was created as a charity in 2018 to greatly improve the energy efficiency of housing in Wirksworth and Middleton. Homes are one of our biggest sources of carbon emissions in the UK - accounting for nearly a quarter (22%) of all our emissions.

For various reasons, including the pandemic, they have been unable to start even a small project to build or retrofit any houses. They are now looking for existing local property to retrofit and make available to residents in need at an affordable rent. They are also planning some Zoom webinars to bring in knowledgeable people to share insight.

You can subscribe to their new newsletter to keep up to date on what they are doing:

Job Opportunities: The Green Meadows Project

The Green Meadows Project is a new community climate action initiative based in the Meadows area of Nottingham. Funded by the National Lottery Climate Action Fund, the project will work with the Meadows Community to develop new solutions, to demonstrate how an inner-city area can take on the challenge of climate change.

Several exciting opportunities for local people to get involved in the project:

  • Project Administrator
    Full Time
    Application deadline:
    Monday 22nd February
  • Community Engagement Officer Part Time
    Application deadline:
    Monday 22nd February 
  • Community Climate Mural Project Contributors

Any local people interested in getting involved with the project, please email for more information.

Torrs Hydro Community Share Offer Success

The Board of Directors of Torrs Hydro New Mills Ltd would like to thank everyone for their interest and support for their community share offer. 

They set an ambitious target of 25,000 shares to raise funds to pay for significant modifications to improve the plant's energy output. The share offer is now closed. They had over 50 share applications and have a board meeting scheduled for early February. Offer letters will be sent out as soon as possible after that.

They have also seen an increase in volunteers offering help. They are delighted to know that green energy and "doing your bit" for climate change is an important issue at a local level.

Sherwood Forest Trust Turns 25, Persevering Under a Challenging year

The Sherwood Forest Trust is a small local charity focused on landscape conservation and heritage. They work across the whole area that once formed the Royal Hunting Forest of Sherwood in Nottinghamshire. This year marks their 25th birthday.  

This past year, their usual means of raising funds and awareness via outdoor events, like the Major Oak Woodland Festival, were not possible. Help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Green Recovery Challenge Fund, and donations from supporters have offered a real lifeline. 

Thanks to these grants, they will be able to embark on a new heathland restoration and woodland planting programme in the spring. 

If you are interested in volunteering for outdoor work later this year, sponsoring them as a business, or making a regular small donation, email

Calling All Gardeners!

Help shape ‘Earthed Up!’ - a new worker’s co-op that will sell edible perennials and useful plants in Belper. The nursery team are all interested in growing naturally, as part of a wider food growing network in Belper. Perennials are great for soil life, can capture carbon, make gardening less effort, and with a good selection of plants they can encourage more wildlife into your garden.

They would like your input to shape the way they develop as a nursery by filling in a short survey about how, what and why you buy plants. You can enter a prize draw where you might win the gardening related prize worth £15.