Community Trees Fund Now Open

The Tree Council Community Trees Fund is now open for applications. Community groups may apply for the costs of up to four fruit trees on semi-vigorous, vigorous and very vigorous rootstocks to be planted on publically accessible land during National Tree Week. Applications will be accepted until 31st March 2018.

Win Cash for Your Old Electricals in Derbyshire

Are you a Derbyshire resident with old, broken or unwanted electricals? Dig them out and take them to one of your household waste recycling centres in the new year for your chance to win one of fifteen £100 cash prizes.

From hair dryers to hedge-trimmers, fairy lights to fridges and toasters to TVs, there's a wide range of household appliances you can take to the recycling centres. From 2nd January, you can exchange them for a golden ticket - which means you could be quids in.

Simply ask for your golden ticket from a member of staff at any of the nine recycling centres, use your unique ticket number to enter the competition and find out if you're an instant winner. The more items you recycle, the more tickets you'll get.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said:

'This is a great way of putting unwanted electricals to good use − with the added bonus of a chance to win £100. It's a shocking fact that across the UK we throw away more than a quarter of the electrical items we buy instead of recycling them. We spend £20 million a year dealing with waste in Derbyshire which residents choose not to recycle.

'But if every Derbyshire household took just one electrical item to one of our recycling centres in January we could recycle an additional 333,000 appliances, saving not only tax-payers' cash but also the precious metals and other valuable materials they contain.'

The competition prizes are being funded by Advantage Waste Brokers who is the contractor that works on Derbyshire County Council's behalf to collect and recycle electrical items taken to its recycling centres.

Big Energy Saving Advice Available in Notts and Derbyshire This Winter

Marches Energy Agency has recently secured funding to offer energy advice sessions to those in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who are struggling to keep their home warm and/or to pay their energy bills this winter. We can visit groups of people who would like advice, offer one-to-one advice and can also offer free training sessions for Frontline Workers who regularly come into contact with people who are struggling. If you would like to know more or are interested in booking a session please contact Peter Burgess-Allen:

New Nottinghamshire Council Funding Scheme

Voluntary and community groups in Nottinghamshire are being invited to apply for grants from a new funding stream set up by the County Council. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their projects can deliver tangible, long term benefits for local communities by: Three year revenue funding of between £1,000 and £30,000 per year is available for running costs, alongside one-off capital scheme funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 per project. The closing date is 8th January 2018. More information and details of how to apply:

Local Councils Invest Almost £600M in Fossil Fuels

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils invest more than £600M in Fossil Fuel companies via their pension funds according to new data from Friends of the Earth (FOE). FOE believes that it is time for councils to divest their pension funds from companies that are driving the climate crisis, and instead work for a just transition towards a fair, renewable future. If you agree, you can write a letter to your local MP online.