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Buy a Personalised Tile for the Whistlewood Roundhouse Floor


The Whistlewood Roundhouse is a new building sited in a community-owned woodland in south Derbyshire. It will have a beautiful tile floor with bespoke tiles designed by Andy Mason, talented local potter and Whistlewood member. Each tile will have native leaf species, laid directly under the roof lantern, casting light onto this beautiful feature.
 
Personalised tiles are available for purchase to help fund the project. Your initials will be engraved into the front of the tile, so that you can leave a lasting legacy that you can come and visit for years to come. You can buy tiles for all your family and as gifts for other people. Just £8 per tile or £30 for a family of four. The floor will be laid in September 2018. 

Serpentine Farm in Buxton Gets Reprieve from Eviction


A community-owned growing space and garden which was under threat of eviction from the council which owned its land has been given a reprieve. The volunteers running Serpentine Farm have spent the last year fighting the possibility of eviction by High Peak Borough Council who wanted to sell the land for development. Now they have been given a lease until at least December 2019 and begun looking into the possibility of raising funds to buy the land as a group.
 
The farm, which has links with nurseries, schools, a local college and university, plus mental health services and JobCentre Plus, is always welcoming new volunteers.

Belper First Town in Derbyshire to Launch a Refill Project


Belper is the first town in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to launch a Refill project to reduce plastic bottle use in the area. Refill projects across the country are asking cafes, shops, hotels and businesses to offer to refill people’s water bottles with tap water for free. An app and window stickers show the location of all the businesses participating.
 
Refill Belper was launched in June by a local teenager Charlotte Creed as part of her Bright Green Future Environmental project. In partnership with Transition Belper, a local environmental community group, Charlotte and her family have already signed up 12 locations in the DE56 area.
 

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45,000th LED Street Light Installed in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire got its 45,000th new LED street light during July, marking the latest stage of the County Council’s street light replacement project to convert all old-style, low pressure sodium lights to new, efficient LEDs. Mansfield residents, including Lonan Close, Forest Town, where the 45,000th LED light was fitted, are benefitting from a full conversion of all 13,500 lights to new energy-saving LED street lights and up to 500 new columns across the town.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s energy-saving project to replace half of the county’s 94,000 street lights is already saving tax payers around £1.5m each year in reduced energy bills, enough to power over 3,500 homes for a year or drive an electric vehicle more than 2,200 times around the world. Carbon emissions have been reduced by 12,000 tonnes. The new LED’s require very little maintenance, are generally between 60-70 per cent more efficient and have a longer lifespan.