News & Announcements
The Leicestershire County Council Stepping Stones project is looking to recruit new Tree Wardens to parishes across the county. Tree Wardens are appointed by local parish councils to coordinate local tree based environmental projects. New Tree Wardens are particularly needed in parishes in North West Leicestershire, Charnwood, Melton and Harborough.
Local companies need to be aware of some new rules that kicked in on 1st October 2013. All UK incorporated companies legally have to include a report on their greenhouse gas emissions in their annual directors’ report. This is required by the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors' Report) Regulations 2013. The legislation applies to all UK companies listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, a European Economic Area market or whose shares are dealing on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. Companies not listed are encouraged to report voluntarily but are not required by law to do so.
We’re really excited about our ‘Green and Decent Homes’ project, which has been set up by the Council’s Housing Service to help reduce fuel poverty for our tenants. The aim is to test different technologies in a pilot project to help us decide which ones work best and which ones are most suitable for our tenants. We are looking for Housing tenant volunteers to come forward to get involved in the pilot, which will see renewable technologies installed in 12 different property types. Find out more and get involved!
How would you like your own oak tree in the National Forest? It’s easy! All you have to do is collect a few of the acorns that are around in the autumn, plant them and watch them grow!
Click on the link to download your ‘Grow a Tree from Seed' document, which gives you all the information you need on how to nurture and look after your young saplings for the first couple of years. When they are strong enough (usually after two years they will be able to survive in the wild, but still be small enough to transplant successfully) you will be invited to come along to a planting event in The National Forest to plant your tree/s.
Working with the National Forest Company again this year, we are looking to work with Parish Councils and Community Groups to establish and develop Community Orchards in North West Leicestershire. Up to 20 trees per community are available, if you or a group in your parish is interested in this scheme, please contact us with the following information:
- Parish Council/Group Name:
- Contact Name:
- Contact Number:
- Position in the group:
- Location of the proposed site/s:
- Who owns the site/s:
We will supply and delivery the trees, stakes and tree ties, you will be required to plant the trees and commit to the longer term maintenance and management of the trees. We have a limited number of schemes that we can support this year, so if you are interested please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Prescient Power, who are members of the Green Footprints Business Network and previously a finalist in the Green Footprints Awards. They have just been shortlisted for the following categories in the Solar Power Portal awards. We wish them lots of luck in the finals to bring the awards back to North West Leicestershire!
- ‘Best integration of solar as part of a total energy solution' for the installation they carried out for the the RSPB at Frampton Marsh
- ‘Most successful large-scale ground mount solar site' for the 6 site 247kW installation that they carried out for the National Trust, Wales
Are you a landowner, local group or local school and are looking to plant a new hedge? This year we are extending the very popular Free Tree Scheme by introducing a new ‘Hedge Fund', with the aim of planting up the National Forest even further.
We can provide up to 30 metres of native species hedging; this will be a 85% hawthorn and 15% hazel mix, with a hedgerow tree at 10m intervals.
The Free Tree Scheme, sponsored by the National Forest Company, is always extremely popular with local residents in North West Leicestershire. This year you can again choose two trees from: cherry plum; hazel; rowan; wild pear.
Check out our Free Tree Scheme pages to find out more on the trees on offer and to apply online.
Join the County Council‘s Choose How You Move team from 10am to 3pm today for a FREE festival of cycling. Explore Coalville‘s new cycle network, watch amazing stunt displays and have a go, or just come along and enjoy the atmosphere! The event is being held at North West Leicestershire District Council offices, Whitwick Rd, Coalville, LE67 3FJ. What‘s happening?
- British Cycling training bikes - take part in an Olympic-style challenge!
- Amazing stunt displays and workshops by 3Sixty and Keelan Phillips
- FREE Dr Bike service offering advice and minor repairs (pre-booking essential)
- Mystery treasure trails - cycling prizes to be won!
- Cycling games
- Bicycle smoothie maker
- Crazy bikes for you to try
- Race toy cars with pedal power
- Display of historic bikes
A case of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, has been confirmed in woodland in Leicestershire, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The Forestry Commission has confirmed the case but have not provided details on exact location.
Leicestershire is the 14th county in England where Chalara has been discovered in the wider environment (forests and woodland); the other counties are Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Dorset and Northumberland.
The disease has now been confirmed in 558 sites including 200 locations in the wider environment. Chalara was discovered in England’s woodland last autumn as a result of the intensive survey carried out of sites across the UK where ash trees are known to be present. As the trees are now in leaf, it is easier to see cases of Chalara and further sites are likely to be identified.
If you think you have spotted a case of Chalara, please use the Forestry Commission‘s symptom checker (see below) to doublecheck before reporting the case through their online Tree Alert form.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.