Free Cycle Stands Available For All Businesses in Derby

Businesses in Derby can claim up to five free cycle stands from D2N2. All you have to do is install them. Businesses, shops, landlords & not-for-profit organisations are all eligible. Secure cycle parking helps reduce cycle theft, encourages cycling and promotes your green credentials.

Permission Granted for Nine New Eco Homes in Nottinghamshire

Planning permission has been granted for nine new earth-sheltered houses in Eakring, Nottinghamshire. The eco homes have been designed by Hockerton Housing Project and will sit on the edge of the village. The homes were granted planning permission, despite being on a greenfield site, because of their energy saving credentials, as well as their affordability and appeal to both young people and downsizers. The development will also have reed beds which will improve the biodiversity of the site.

Matlock Food Assembly Launches

A new Food Assembly has launched in Matlock. Food Assemblies connect local people to their local food producers. It’s a combination of a farmer’s market and online shopping. You simply order online from a wide range of local products, then pick them up from The Remarkable Hare in Matlock between 5:30pm and 6:30pm each Thursday.
Locally, there are also Food Assemblies in Derby and Nottingham. If there isn’t one near you, then why not consider starting one:

Book Your Belper Goes Green Stall

Belper Goes Green, Belper’s popular eco festival, is taking place on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd June this year. If you’d like to book a stall then the online booking form is now available. Spaces tend to fill up fast, so book soon:

Newark Home Cuts Energy Used For Heating by More Than 90%

A home in Newark, Nottinghamshire that was retrofitted in 2010/11 as part of a Government-funded project is now using just 9% of the energy it previously used for space and water heating. Overall energy use has been reduced by 75%, with the carbon emissions from the remaining use offset by a cost-effective investment in off-site renewables. The home is using 47% less energy than official figures predicted it would post-retrofit.
The work was carried out by Hockerton Housing Project who have written a short blog on how the home is still using a lot less energy seven years later: