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Mansfield 'Bee Kind' campaign, new electric vehicle charging in South Derbyshire, and more...

Local News in Brief (June 2021): 

  • 'Bee Kind' campaign to boost the number of flowers in Mansfield to attract more bees and other pollinating insects

  • Sixteen new electric vehicle ‘fast’ charging points have been installed in South Derbyshire.

  • £9,500 boost to plans for learn-to-ride cycle track in Mansfield

Nottinghamshire County Council Formally Declares Climate Emergency

On Thursday 27th May, Nottinghamshire County Council formally declared a Climate Emergency. A motion, unanimously voted for by councillors, set out a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

The new Transport and Environment Committee, chaired by Councillor Neil Clarke, will be responsible for delivery.

Transition Buxton’s Community Orchard is 10 Years Old!

Transition Buxton celebrates over ten years of its Community Orchard, where free fruit is available for anyone in the community.

In 2010, members of Transition Buxton searched for a single site in the town to start a Community Orchard. When this search proved fruitless (no pun intended!), a series of small locations around the town were used to create the 'Dispersed Community Orchard'.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Buxton Civic Association, five elegant information signs will be erected at five established sites. There will be a public unveiling of one of these signs at Cote Heath Orchard on Friday 25th June at 2pm. Local Councillors, Cote Heath residents, and Transition Buxton members have been invited. 

If you want to learn more, email

June Conversations | The Owl Hoot Podcast  

The Owl Hoot, produced by Caroline Norbury, is an environmental podcast and blog. Each fortnightly podcast episode features a guest who contributes in some way to protecting the planet, whether it's by providing useful knowledge, engaging in sustainable living activities, or inspiring others towards taking action too. 

Six episodes have been published so far, covering topics such as sustainable housing, protecting bees, and single-use plastics.  Caroline releases an associated blog where she expands on podcast topics on the weeks there is no new episodes. It is aimed at anyone interested in the environment.

June conversations are with Marisha Kay, co-owner of a low impact living shop in Belper, and Dr. James Dyke, Assistant Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter.

Derby City’s New eCargo Bike Scheme

Cycle Derby’s eCargo bikes are now available for businesses to try and half are already in use across the city. Cycle Derby was awarded around £42,000 to buy 8 electric cargo bikes from Department for Transport’s eCargo Bike Grant Fund.

This try-before-you-buy scheme aims to encourage local businesses and organisations to explore more sustainable methods of transporting goods and services around the city centre. 

Businesses can loan the eCargo bikes for up to 6 months for free. There are only 4 bikes left so any local businesses interested in trialling them are urged to register their interest by emailing: