July Newsletter Out Now

Our July newsletter is out now, packed with all the latest information on community-led climate change action in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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Nottinghamshire Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund Open

The EnviroGrant fund has been updated to focus on projects that help Nottinghamshire to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It is available for not-for-profit community groups, schools and charities based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the city). The fund offers grants of up to £1,000. The next submission deadline is 11th October:

Map Jam Now Available for New Mills

Torrside Brewing is one of several local businesses profiled in the new map 

Transition New Mills has produced an online map jam that shows projects and businesses in the town that are helping create a more sustainable and resilient future. It includes local producers (including local farms, people selling eggs, and breweries), Incredible Edible sites, local renewable energy producers and balsam bashing areas. 

Help Build a Strawbale Building in Derbyshire

Whistlewood Common has an exciting opportunity for volunteers to help build their straw bale roundhouse this summer. The building will be sited on a community-owned woodland and used as a classroom, workshop venue, event space, theatre and arts venue, as well as being available to hire for individuals and groups. 

If you've always wanted to learn sustainable building skills this is your chance. The roundhouse will feature rammed tyre foundations, straw bale walls, a floor made from 9000 wine bottles, lime render (outside), lime plaster (inside), a shingle roof (local cedar), a timber frame (local timber), a verandah with a living roof and a stage facing an  amphitheatre.

Follow the group's Facebook page to be kept informed of opportunities to help with the build, inclduing fortnightly Saturday afternoon sessions.

You can follow the progress of the build on the Roundhouse Blog.

Tailored Support Available for Notts & Derbyshire Community-Owned Renewable Projects


Marches Energy Agency has funding to provide tailored support to community groups in the East Midlands that are planning a community-owned renewable project. Examples of the kind of support that could be provided include help choosing a suitable site and/or technology; helping designing a community consultation, or assistance with a feasibility study. This list is not exhaustive.

If you think your group could benefit from this help, please contact Phil Newcombe: