Past Events

Torrs Hydro Study Tour

Sat, 17/03/2018

10am - approx. 12pm
Torrs Hydro, New Mills
Organised by Marches Energy Agency/Community Climate Action Network
A chance to visit one of Britain’s first community-owned hydro projects and hear from those who made it happen. Torrs Hydro is owned by more than 200 local shareholders, sells the power it generates to the local Co-operative supermarket and has given grants to many local community projects. Come and meet ‘Archie’ (the single archimedes screw turbine) and hear from some of the volunteer Directors who make the project happen. This tour is specifically aimed at those who are thinking of starting their own community-owned renewable project (whatever source of power you’re thinking of using) and would like to get inspiration and advice from those who have already done it. Book your place:
We have a small fund available to assist with travel costs to the event, if travel costs would otherwise be a barrier to your attending. Please email Caroline Harmon for more information:
A case study of Torrs Hydro will be available on our website soon:

Bird Box Building

Sun, 11/03/2018


Inspire Community Garden, Chesterfield


A demonstration, discussion and practical building of different types of box for specific birds and bats. Book your place:

Propagate, Prosper, Preserve - A series of Workshops

Sat, 10/03/2018


Organised by Whistlewood Common with Ryan Sandford-Blackburn

Cost: £35 per workshop or £95 if all 3 are booked

Includes handouts, some plant takeaways, food and home-cooked lunch at all 3 workshops.

(a limited number of concessionary places are available)


The first of three workshops

  • Propagate - Sat, 10th March. The underlying theme of the first workshop will be proliferation. It will cover planning your growing space and plant propagation.
  • Prosper - Sunday, 10th June. Bring life to your soil to grow healthy food for you, your family and friends. This workshop will cover ‘no dig’ garden beds, composting and mulching and green manure.
  • Preserve - Sunday, 9th September. Plan what to do with your harvest. Learn about making preserves and juice, as well as drying fruit. We can also cover setting up social systems, like small community groups, to help preserve and share abundant harvests.

No Fracking In Notts: March Action Planning Meeting

Mon, 05/03/2018


Lincolnshire Poacher, 161-163 Mansfield Road, Nottingham


Latest meeting to plan action to stop fracking in Nottinghamshire.

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Sun, 04/03/2018


Inspire Community Garden, Chesterfield



A demonstration, discussion and some practical pruning of established apple trees and the apples, pears and plums planted last year in the garden, which were two-years old at the time of planting. Book your place:    

Frack Free Notts Alternative Market Stall

Sat, 03/03/2018


Sneinton Vegan Market


Drop off your spare pallets, building supplies, firewood, food donations and pennies for Misson Springs Protection Camp. Free anti-fracking info for every visitor.

Dry Stone Walling – Lantra Level 2

Fri, 23/02/2018 - Fri, 18/05/2018

Thursdays & Fridays, 9am-4:30pm
£590 (concessions of £550 and £290 available)
Develop your existing dry stone walling skills by learning how to build a wall end to a high standard. Book your place: 01629 533038 or

Democratic, Decentralised and Decarbonised Energy Systems

Tue, 13/02/2018


Energy Technologies Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Organised by Regen and Western Power Distribution (WPD)
This interactive event will explore:

  • What the shift from DNO to distribution system operator (DSO) means to you
  • How we can best work together to achieve a more democratic system
  • The latest WPD innovation projects and how you can get involved
  • The learning from inspirational and innovative community energy projects
  • Local energy market platforms – what they might look like and how you can help shape them

Speakers will include Ben Aylott from Carbon Co-Op, Dr Lewis Carmeron from the University of Nottingham and Yiango Mavrocostanti from WPD. We will also be talking with members of Project SCENe regarding their new housing development in the Trent basin that will demonstrate a new and scalable model of doing energy and housing more sustainably and equitably. Register here.

Talk: The Strutts and Waterpower

Sun, 11/02/2018

No.28, Market Place, Belper
£4 per person, booking essential
Organised by Strutt’s North Mill
Ian Jackson reveals his most recent discoveries on how Strutts used water to power their mills and how power is still generated today. Book: or 01773 880474.

Hedgelaying Course

Sat, 10/02/2018 - Sun, 11/02/2018

10am-4pm both days
Derbyshire Eco Centre, nr Middleton-by Wirksworth
£78 (concessions of £70 and £39 available)
Learn to lay a hedge in the traditional Derbyshire style, for the benefit of wildlife and the landscape. Book your place: 01629 533038 or