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Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]


Community resources[edit | edit source]

  • Sharewear clothing scheme
  • Whistlewood Common, ten acres of community-owned land in Melbourne, South Derbyshire, designed along permaculture principles (a sustainable design framework) so that it will work for people, for wildlife and be a welcoming space for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Visions[edit | edit source]

New Mills 2030,, added 10:53, 11 January 2022 (UTC)

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Hope Valley Climate Action
Authors: Steve Shelley, Jun 15, 2021

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Nottinghamshire Bee-Roads
Authors: Nottinghamshire County Council, Sep 29, 2021
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The Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust founded in 1963 is a wildlife conservation charity working to protect and enhance the wildlife and habitats of Nottinghamshire. They care for over 60 nature reserves covering more than 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of wildlife habitat ranging from wildflower meadows to wetlands to ancient woodland. Key reserves are Attenborough Nature Reserve and Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

They engage the local community through events, information, volunteering and education opportunities and seek to ensure the county is a healthy and wildlife rich place to live. They are one of the 46 members of The Wildlife Trusts and have 11,000 members.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust also advise other landowners how to manage their land to benefit wildlife.

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Attenborough Nature Reserve is a nature reserve at Attenborough, Nottinghamshire, England, located 5 mi (8 km) south west of Nottingham city centre. It is owned and managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, supported by Broxtowe Borough Council, following the completion of purchase from Cemex UK in December 2020.

At its centre is a building called Attenborough Nature Centre, comprising visitor services and educational facilities.

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The Idle Valley Nature Reserve, also known as Lound Gravel Pits or Sutton and Lound Gravel Pits, is a wetland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) situated north-west of the town of Retford in the Bassetlaw district of north Nottinghamshire. The nature reserve is situated along the western bank of the River Idle and east of the villages of Sutton cum Lound and Lound. The nature reserve is managed by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

There are two nationally designated areas of outstanding natural beauty - the Peak District and the Lincolnshire Wolds[1]

Groundwork in the East Midlands

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

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The National Forest is an environmental project in central England run by The National Forest Company. From the 1990s, 200 square miles (520 km2) of north Leicestershire, south Derbyshire and southeast Staffordshire have been planted in an attempt to blend ancient woodland with newly planted areas to create a new national forest. It stretches from the western outskirts of Leicester in the east to Burton upon Trent in the west, and is planned to link the ancient forests of Needwood and Charnwood.

In January 2018 the UK government unveiled plans to create a new English Northern Forest extending from Liverpool to Hull. It will shadow the path of the east-west M62 motorway.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Loundsley Green Community Trust, Chesterfield

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

One East Midlands, regional network

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Torrs Hydro, New Mills, Derbyshire, community owned hydro electric scheme. Torrs Hydro is a community share scheme supported by local action group, H2OPE and the Co-op Community Fund. The community group of 230 members invested over £125,000 and then raised the remainder of the scheme's full cost (£330,000) from community bank loans and grants. The scheme earns an income from the energy exported to the local Co-op supermarket. According to DECC "This is a clear example of the power of local action and the sound investment from hydro projects that can be rolled out across the UK."[2] October 28, 2010

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Localism[edit | edit source]

Supporting community business in the East Midlands,, added 11:51, 13 November 2021 (UTC)

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Grantham Canal, (Wikipedia): Since the 1970s, the Grantham Canal Society have been working towards its restoration, and two stretches are navigable to small vessels.

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]


Derby Mini Maker Faire

News and comment[edit | edit source]


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'Natural Health Service': Derby approves UK's largest urban rewilding project, Nov 11[3]


Returning Land Back to the Commons.[4] Feb 10


Swadlincote to make waste history: Sainsbury's awards the town £1 million to become the pioneers of wasting less and saving more, December 1[5]

Transition Buxton take on former council plant nursery, January 14[6]


How a community association can spark community action, December 4[7]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Cycle Map,

Past events[edit | edit source]



June 3 - 5 Belper Goes Green 2016 ECO Festival


August 16 - 17 Umbrella Fair Festival, Northampton

About the East Midlands[edit | edit source]

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The East Midlands is one of nine official regions of England. It comprises the eastern half of the area traditionally known as the Midlands. It consists of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except for North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland. The region has an area of 15,627 km2 (6,034 sq mi), with a population over 4.5 million in 2011. With a sufficiency-level world city ranking, Nottingham is the only settlement in the region to be classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

The region is primarily served by East Midlands Airport, which lies between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. The main cities in the region are Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham. The largest towns in these counties are Boston, Chesterfield, Coalville, Corby, Glossop, Grantham, Kettering, Loughborough, Northampton, Mansfield, Oakham, Swadlincote and Wellingborough.

Near you[edit | edit source]

Lincoln - Nottingham / Leicestershire

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Created June 17, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified February 6, 2024 by Phil Green
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