Even better news!

Our district council has voted to trial alternatives to glyphosate and to phase it out by 2023.

Because we have kicked up a bit of fuss it looks like this village could the trial area in 2021. So pleased they have listened, and thanks to Labour counsellor Peter O’Brien for pushing this and for the cross party support which ensured the vote was unanimous.

More details will be posted when we get them. Thanks to everybody who asked for kerbsides adjoining their property not to be sprayed.

More good news

Derbyshire Dales District Council – going greener
It has been heartening to see in recent reports from our district council that support for green initiatives are getting agreed by elected members and often unanimously. Our District Councillors – Claire and Peter have been greatly involved in this. Here’s more information:

A climate change strategy for Derbyshire Dales

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/news-and-publications/latest-news/3164-climate-change-strategy-approved

Increase biodiversity in the road verges and open spaces the authority manages.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/news-and-publications/latest-news/3162-unanimous-support-for-biodiversity-project

Ban the culling of badgers on land the authority owns.

https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/news-and-publications/latest-news/3162-unanimous-support-for-biodiversity-project

 

First compost bin filled

After a spontaneous work party (Lynn, Nick and Colin) on 29 September 2020 the first compost bin is filled and active. The idea was to tidy up the area in front of the bins but ended up producing enough grass, hay, and nettles to make compost.

The grass in the central area of the Churchyard has not been cut this year due to Covid-19 so it grew well and is now part grass and part dried grass or hay. It looked like it would be a good mix of greens and browns which would compost well.

Using the push along strimmer (Thanks Nick!) an area was cut, raked, and piled. The bin was filled wetting the grass/hay mix as it was added. The next day the contents did not heat up most likely because the grass was too long and did not pack down enough.

After emptying the bin, shredding the contents, and adding shredded nettles the temperature went from 21C to 43C in 24 hours showing it was active.