News & Announcements
Families have the opportunity to cycle with Santa on a festive themed bike trail around Coalville. The short ride is suitable for all ages and abilities and offers a chance to see Santa and his festive friends out on their bikes. Riders are invited to wear festive fancy dress and decorate their bikes ready for the ride, and prizes will be given for the best efforts. The ride will run from 3pm to 4pm, starting off at Snibston Discovery Centre. Dr Bike will be available from 2pm – 4.30pm, checking bikes to see whether they are suitable for winter riding.
Community energy projects are being given a boost thanks to a new £500,000 Community Energy Peer Mentoring Fund. Up to £50,000 is being made available for each group who can demonstrate that they will use social action to mentor other smaller community projects and share skills to boost the number of projects across the country. Currently, community energy groups work on a variety of different projects such as raising funds to get a solar panel on their community building or installing energy efficiency measures to help communities save money on their energy bills. The new funding is designed to help new groups get off the ground so they can start saving money and generating energy in their community. It will also help existing groups to professionalise, develop business plans and scale up their work.
The Free Tree Scheme is always extremely popular but this year we‘ve branched out and introduced the Hedge Fund also. The order line has now closed but we‘re delighted that nearly 10,000 trees have been ordered. If you have put in an order you will receive an email closer to the collection date telling you where and when to collect your trees on Sunday 24th November. The collection points depend on where you live:
- Ashby Library car park, North Street, Ashby de la Zouch on Sunday 24th November 2013 between 9.00 am and 10.30 am only.
- The Market Place, Castle Donington on Sunday 24th November 2013 between 11.00 am and12.00 noon only.
- Council offices car park, Coalville on Sunday 24th November 2013 between 9.00 am and 10.30 am only.
Please collect your trees on the day during the allotted time frame as we will not be able to provide them at a later date.
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 email@example.com
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.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.