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!

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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

Derbyshire Resident Publishes Think Like a Tree Book

Sarah Spencer, a Derbyshire resident, is publishing a practical personal development book called Think Like a Tree: the natural principles guide to life, which includes discussion of climate change solutions. Published on 1st May, the book aims to reveal the underlying principles of nature’s secrets of success by drawing on woodland examples from around the globe.
Sarah lives with her family on a smallholding in the National Forest in Derbyshire. She turned to the principles she observed around her in nature when she was suffering from a rare chronic illness to actively design her way back to health. She now shares her insights to help others via Think like a Tree workshops for adults and children.
During April, Sarah is offering free review copies of the book to anyone willing to write an impartial review on Amazon. More info:

New Nottingham Air Pollution Group Launches

A new community group is aiming to tackle air pollution in Nottingham. Green Lights Notts is a new community-based research, evidence-based lobbying and public campaigning group that aims to improve people’s quality of life through the reduction of air pollution. The group is doing this in three key ways:

  • City Council monitoring & reporting
  • A research project  
  • Community & public engagement activities

The group is next meeting on Monday 29th April at 7:30 pm at the Vat and Fiddle. For updates on air pollution readings and events in Nottingham follow the group on twitter via @NottinghamAir or Facebook via @greenlightnotts”. To get involved sign up to the groups mailing list by emailing: