South Derbyshire Food Waste Project Scores Hat Trick at Green Apple Awards

A pioneering initiative to help drive down food waste in Swadlincote has scooped a hat trick of prestigious accolades at the Houses of Parliament. Waste Less, Save More beat off competition from more than 500 of the UK’s greenest organisations at the annual Green Apple Awards.

The partnership between South Derbyshire’s Environmental Education Project and Sainsbury’s was recognised for the innovative methods used to reduce food waste and save money through educational activities. Eureka Primary School, in Midway, has achieved a 37% reduction in food waste over just two terms.

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Does Your Neighbourhood Have LED Street Lights?

You can now find out if your street has LED street lights thanks to a new campaign from 10:10.

Low energy LED street lights cut carbon, save money and make people feel safer. Yet only 20% of street lights in the UK are LED. 10:10's new website let's you search by postcode for your street. If you don't currently have LED street lights there's a template letter to send to your local councillor asking them to pledge to switch your street lamps to fully LED in the next five years.

New Support Available for Community-Owned Renewable Projects in the East Midlands

Marches Energy Agency has recently secured funding to support communities seeking to set up community-owned renewable projects in the East Midlands.

During Spring 2018 we will be:

  • Holding a one day event for community groups, with speakers from a range of organisations with expertise in this area and time to meet others doing similar things. The emphasis will be on helping communities navigate and overcome barriers created by recent policy and funding changes that affect these sort of projects.
  • Organising study tours to inspiring existing community-owned renewable projects.
  • Providing some 121-tailored follow up support for a limited number of groups to help them get to the next stage in their project.

Caroline Harmon of Marches Energy Agency said:

'We are keen to hear from groups who would like take part in the training and study tours and be considered for 121 follow up support. We're especially keen to get input from those who would like to attend the one day event on what should be covered.'

MEA would like to hear from groups in or near the East Midlands who have a community-owned renewable already up and running and could inspire those attending the event or provide a location for an inspiring study tour.

Anyone who is interested should contact:


Save Serpentine Community Farm

Volunteers at Serpentine Community Farm in Buxton are asking supporters to sign a petition to save the site and get the farm a long-term lease from High Peak Borough Council.

Over the last three years, volunteers have brought a disused and derelict Council plant nursery in the heart of Buxton back to life. They already demonstrate good horticultural practice, develop skills and confidence, offer a therapeutic setting for people of all ages and abilities, grow produce, provide education and training, and organise events accessible for all.

They feel they can do more if they have a secure footing in the form of a long-term lease on the current site and original stone-built workshops and stores. Serpentine Community Farm could extend its activities, enriching individual and community life. Instead, a plan formulated by the High Peak Borough Council Executive Team to raise cash from residential development of the site jeopardises all the work and effort of the volunteers.

The petition can be found online