Consultation on upgraded walking and cycling facilities in Nottingham & Sustainable Hayfield's COP26 Talk....

Local News In Brief (Oct 2021)

  • Consultation on proposal for upgraded walking and cycling facilities in Nottingham.
    View the proposals in full and have your say. Consultation closes 31 October

  • From Iniquity to Integrity: COP26 and delivering on our climate commitments

    After Sustainable Hayfield's AGM last month, Professor Kevin Anderson, professor of Energy and Climate Change at Manchester University gave a presentation on the theme of COP26 which attracted a good deal of interest. The talk, and subsequent discussion, was recorded and is available to view at :

The Owl Hoot Podcast | Sept & Oct

The Owl Hoot, produced by Caroline Norbury, is a podcast and blog. Each fortnightly podcast episode features a guest who contributes in some way to protecting the planet.

Recent podcasts:

  • Jen Gale
    Founder of Sustainable(ish) - a social enterprise aiming to provide practical inspiration for those wishing to live more sustainably. 
  • Joy Carey
    Sustainable Food Systems Planning Consultant and founding director of the Bristol Food Network. Growing up in Kenya, her experience of rural farming influenced her career and how she values knowing where her food comes from. 
  • Helena Craig
    Chair of Black2Nature – an environmental organisation promoting equal access to nature for all

Job Opportunity - Climate Change and Biodiversity Officer (20th October)

High Peak Borough Council & Staffordshire Moorlands Council
Salary: £31,346 to £36,922
Location: Leek & Buxton
Duration: Permanent
Deadline: 12pm on Wednesday 20th October

A passionate and knowledgeable individual to help shape and progress delivery of the Councils' Climate Change and Biodiversity Action Plans.

Candidates will require a sound understanding climate change, sustainability, and biodiversity.


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...”

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