Past Events

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Hayfield Smallholding Tour

Sat, 31/12/2022

Hayfield, Derbyshire
Organised by James Ellson
From £12/person

Are you interested in learning more about sustainable living, growing your own food, keeping chickens, and beekeeping?

James Ellson runs tours of his smallholding in Hayfield, usually on Sunday mornings, focused on sustainable living.

You will:

  • Tour the vegetable garden. Discuss permaculture, inter-cropping, perennials, no-dig, and pests. 
  • Tour the fruit and nut trees. Discuss growing, grafting and crossing apples and other fruit. 
  • Watch the bees and learn more about beekeeping. Try on a bee suit. Taste the honey.
  • See the solar panels, wood pellet boiler, smart meter. Discuss all the energy systems.
  • And more... 

More info: 

Sustainability Talks by James Ellson...

James Ellson is available for in-person or online talks (£75 plus travel from Hayfield) on a variety of sustainability topics. Talks available include:

  • Living sustainably – is it really possible? Tips for eating and living more sustainably in order to combat global warming
  • I Ate My Last Herefordshire Russet This Morning – An Introduction To Growing Apple Trees inc. a demonstration of whip and tongue grafting
  • A Turkey is Just for Christmas – Winter On the Smallholding 

More info:     



Refills on the Road

Sat, 31/12/2022

Various Locations in Derbyshire

Refills on the Road is a mobile zero waste shop visiting several locations around Derbyshire. The van carries 160 dry foods, 33 herbs & spices, 20 cleaning products, and a variety of plastic free toiletries and home items.

Bring your own container, buy by weight, avoid single-use plastic packaging. The van is now serving Duffield on a fortnightly basis.

Product list:
Location list:
Up-to-date information via Facebook

Sustainable Living Tour - Hockerton Housing Project

Sat, 22/10/2022

Organised by Hockerton Housing Project
Up to £20

Do you want to see what low carbon living might look like? The Hockerton Housing Project is a small community of five earth sheltered homes built in 1998 on the outskirts of Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, UK.

They are offering tours around their site on the following dates:

  • Saturday 5th March
  • Saturday 7th May
  • Saturday 11th June
  • Saturday 10th September
  • Saturday 22nd October

N.B:-  All tours start at 2pm.


Open Wild Gardens

Sat, 11/06/2022 - Sun, 12/06/2022

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, all day!                         
Various locations across Hope Valley                                                   
Organised by Hope Valley Climate Action

Gardening for wildlife is a growing interest.  However big or small your patch there are plenty of things you can do to support nature.  HVCA Land Group is organising the Open wild Gardens weekend and would like anyone in the Hope Valley interested in wild gardening to visit.  The idea is to see what others are doing, chat and share ideas.

All welcome. Contact the host of each garden to arrange your visit.

To book: Contact the host of each garden to arrange your visit
For more information about the houses:



The Practicalities of Delivering a Zero Carbon Home

Thu, 09/06/2022

Thursday 9th June, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Organised by Hockerton Housing Project

All new homes will have to reduce 27% less CO2 by June 2022 and will then need to achieve net zero. This is challenging designers and developers to consider more innovative solutions to reduce environmental impact. 

The Hockerton Housing Project (HHP) is a small community of five earth sheltered homes built in 1998 on the outskirts of Hockerton, Nottinghamshire, UK. They hope to inspire you to think outside the box with this masterclass. Ideal for developers, self-builders, landowners, planners, architects, buildings services engineers, and other building professionals.

Agenda includes: 

  • An overview of government targets for zero carbon homes and standards to meet.
  • Practicalities of achieving and living in zero carbon housing.
  • Strategies and technologies that can be deployed to deliver zero carbon homes
  • More:   



Introduction to Permaculture

Sat, 07/05/2022

Saturday 7th May, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Belper Lane End, DE56 2DL
Organised by Earthed Up!
£40 – £50
Earthed Up! are offering a one day 'Introduction to Permaculture' course – their first course!

The aim of the course is to explore the ethics principles of permaculture and see it applied in a small garden and nursery setting. No prior knowledge of permaculture or gardening is needed.

The course will be led by Ryan Sandford-Blackburn (former Strategic Communications Coordinator for the Permaculture Association) & supported by Cynthia Troche (an experienced teacher, a gardener and parent).

More info and/or to book:

Earthed Up! are a workers co-operative, based in Belper, growing and selling edible and useful plants, with a preference for perennials.


East Midlands Fixfest

Sat, 19/03/2022

Saturday 19th March, 11am – 3pm
Chesterfield Assembly Rooms
Market Hall, S40 1AR
Organised by Transition Chesterfield

This regional Fixfest is for anyone interested in reducing waste i.e. those who run or are considering setting up a Repair Café, repairers & fixers, upcyclers, waste reduction activists, policy-makers, and organisations in the East Midlands interested in moving towards a circular economy.

There will be space to display project ideas — either current or proposed.

Sessions include:

  • Networking for Repair Café volunteers
  • How to start up a Repair Café
  • Beginners Guide to Electronics (Hands-on-sessions)
  • Sewing Machine Maintenance

To book:

Any question:  


Derbyshire Eco Centre Courses

Sun, 06/03/2022

Want to learn something new in 2022? Derbyshire Eco Centre, a Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Centre, is the county hub for sustainability learning. Upcoming courses at the centre, near Wirksworth, include:

  • Hedgelaying
    Saturday 12th February to
    Sunday 13th February 2022
    9.30am to 4pm
    £46 - £91

    Learn to lay a hedge in the traditional Derbyshire style, for the benefit of wildlife and the landscape.

  • Practical Woodland Management
    Friday 4th March to
    Sunday 6th March 2022
    9.30am to 4pm (over 3 days)

    Learn how to fell small trees safely using hand tools and find suitable uses for the timber

More courses: 


Fantastic Home Vehicle in Derbyshire Dales

Wed, 23/02/2022

Organised by Derbyshire Dales District Council

Marches Energy Agency (MEA)’s Fantastic Home mobile exhibition will be visiting the following locations in the Derbyshire Dales:

  • Ashbourne Market
    Thursday 17th February
  • Bakewell Market
    Monday 21st February
  • Wirksworth Market
    Tuesday 22nd February
  • Matlock Market
    Wednesday 23rd February

In a fun & interactive way, the mobile energy efficiency exhibition – a “house on wheels” – hopes to engage visitors in various energy topics (e.g., energy efficiency, renewables, fuel poverty, and climate change).

It aims to actively show residents practical measures that they can take themselves to reduce energy bills and reduce emissions.

The vehicle will be staffed by energy advice experts from MEA and the Council’s Climate Change Officer who is keen to capture residents’ ideas on how we can work collaboratively to reduce emissions in the Derbyshire Dales.


Schools vs. Climate Change

Sun, 20/02/2022

Monday 10th January – Sunday 20th February 2022 (6 weeks)
Organised by Planet Super League

Represent your school, score green goals, play for the planet! Schools vs. Climate Change is a national schools competition ran by to raise awareness of climate action, whilst having fun and scoring green goals.

The aim of the competition is to educate pupils and their families to reduce their carbon footprint, as they represent their school. Planet Super League work with more than 50 professional football clubs to promote climate action in a fun, competitive way.
Every activity completed will score green goals and help your school climb the league table.
How does my school get involved?

  • Visit
  • Download the Letter to Parents template, Assembly, Guidance and Classroom packs free of charge to use as you wish
  • Promote the opportunity to children and staff through an assembly and encourage them to sign up at home for free
  • Complete activities in school & encourage children to score more goals with their families at home
  • Watch your school climb the league table and see the impact you are having.

Watch a case study video of Irthlingborough Junior School (Northampton) here.
For more information contact or visit