Empowering Our Communities Fund Open to Applications in High Peak & Derbyshire Dales

Electricity North West are offering grants of up to £50,000 for projects covering energy issues, supporting vulnerable customers and reducing fuel poverty. Applications will be accepted from organisations in the area in which ENW operates, which includes High Peak and some of the Derbyshire Dales area.

Free Tree Scheme is Back in South Derbyshire

Individuals and community groups have until 28th October to apply for free trees from South Derbyshire District Council who are working in partnership[ with the National Forest Company. As in previous years, two trees are available per households and 10 per school or community group. This year’s species are cherry plum, hazel, crab apple and holly.

Amber Valley Plans to Plant 2500-500 Trees Per Year

Amber Valley Borough Council is proposing to plant between 2500 and 500 trees per year over the next 5-010 years as part of its ‘Forest for the Future’ initiative. The council’s plans involve 40 acres of woodland in locations around the borough. The council believes that the tree planting programme would be capable of sequestering 6,400 tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of six years of the council’s carbon emissions. A full list of the locations throughout the borough is available here:

Nottingham City Council is a Climate Champion Finalist

Nottingham City Council is a finalist in the Guardian Public Service Awards because of it’s work on climate change. The council ring fences its workplace parking levy for renewable transport projects, puts solar panels on all council homes, has the world’s largest fleet of biogas double decker buses and is aiming to plant at least 10,000 trees by 2023.
Find out more in this video:

New Buxton Repair Cafe

A new Repair Cafe is aiming to stop a skip's worth of stuff from going to landfill in its first year of operation. Transition Buxton held their first Repair Cafe on 28th September and got off to a flying stat, looking at 35 items and mending most of them. Organisers said the smile on the face of a boy, whose pair of robotic toys were fixed, was priceless!

Buxton has joiied over 1500 other places around the world, and at least seven other locations in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, in supporting local people to extend the life of ‘stuff’ and save it from going to landfill. 
Their next Repair Café will be on 26th October at the Methodist Church in the Market Place. People are invited to bring along broken item(s) and the repairers will work with you to try to fix your item. There is no charge for the service, but donations are very welcome. Transition Buxton are very grateful to the Bingham Trust for a small grant to help get the Repair Café up and running.