News & Announcements
Free remembrance trees for communities and schools are being offered by the Woodland Trust. The Trust has 4,000 packs of trees to give away this autumn. They come in three sizes – 30 saplings, 105 saplings and 420 saplings in various themes (hedge, copse, wildlife, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood and wetland). You can apply for more than one pack and theme with 420 saplings being the maximum quantity. If you’re interested in planting on a larger scale or on private land their MORE woods scheme might be of interest - the scheme will cover up to 60 per cent of the cost and landowners are being urged to sign up now.
The deadline for applications is 4 September 2014, but groups are being advised to apply sooner rather than later.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is a new incentive scheme open to all householders in England and Wales wanting to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme allows householders to choose one or both of the two core offers available and may also be eligible to claim up to £7,600 as a bundled package. The scheme opens in June 2014 for one year and offers guaranteed rates for the first £50m.
Please note - this scheme has now closed.
Coleorton Parish Council is inviting everyone from the parish of Coleorton to their Annual Parish Meeting on Saturday 17th May, 11am - 1pm. This will be held in Coleorton Wood to encourage parishioners to visit the area that the council bought, maintains and has secured for the future by designating it a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust. There will be trails, quizzes and games to encourage everyone to explore the wood and several local groups and clubs will have stalls and activities including Messy Church and the Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group. Roots Community Choir will be entertaining everyone too.
Sandra Broome of Ashby Woulds Allotment Society has been in touch to let us know how their new community orchard is getting on.
“I took a couple of photos today of our new orchard. All the apple trees are in bud and about to flower. We have also planted some soft fruit bushes and are planning to add a couple more trees."
The Allotment Society were one of ten community groups in North West Leicestershire who signed up to take part in the Green Footprints Community Orchard scheme, which has been possible thanks to generous funding from the National Forest Company.
Between the 6th May - 9th May 2014, the Council‘s Waste Services team will be holding Compost Roadshows on each day around the district – see attachment for locations.
We‘ll be providing information, tips and leaflets on home composting. We‘ll also be promoting our recycling kerbside scheme, and we‘ll have some recycling goodies to give away, so why not pop along and see us!
Congratulations to all the winners of this year‘s Green Footprints Awards, which were announced at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport on Friday 4th April. Well done to all fifteen shortlisted projects; we hope you had a wonderful evening. And many, many thanks to our sponsors - Radisson Blu Hotel; Quadrant Event Productions; Stephenson College; National Forest Company; Ourplace.
Almost half (48%) of the British public would describe themselves as energy conscious at home, whereas only 20% would say the same about their behaviour in the workplace, according to new research.The results of a survey, by OnePoll and electrical supplies distributor Rexel, reveals that this apparent “split personality" around energy usage is highlighted by the differences in their concern for energy wastage.
More than 70% claim that they are concerned about wasting energy at home, whilst only 43% worry about wastage at work.
.. to the fifteen projects that have been shortlisted for this year‘s Green Footprints Awards. Three projects have been shortlisted in each of five categories:
- Children & Young People
- Partnerships & Community Groups
- Sustainable Urban Design
The winners will be announced at a glittering dinner as part of the annual Civic Ball at the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, on Friday 4th April. Come back soon to find out who wins!
Are you a local community group and need support with your projects? Are you a local business and want to help support local groups and give something back?
Then join us at a very informal ‘Give and Gain' event at Stephenson College on Thursday 27th March, from 6-8pm. We‘re linking in with the national ‘Give and Gain' initiative that is run by Business in the Community. Lots of local community groups have already signed up to attend. Why not come along and find out more? This event is free and there is absolutely no commitment on any sides by coming along on the evening.
Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric racing series, has announced that its new headquarters and team facilities will be based within the grounds of the Donington Park Racing Circuit in the UK.
Formula E is a new FIA Championship using electric single-seater race cars capable of speeds in excess of 225km/h. Beginning this September in Beijing, the series will compete in the heart of 10 of the world‘s leading cities including London, Miami and Rio de Janeiro. Ten teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head to create a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans whilst accelerating the electric vehicle market and promoting sustainability.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.