A round up on the Trust projects
Keep up to date with the latest news about the Development Trust projects.
Farmers Market 8.30am-12.15
The gradual loosening of lockdown restrictions and the outlined plan ahead suggests that by June, a fuller, more normal Market might be possible. It is likely to still require social distancing and other well-practised precautions. Also in June we will begin to spread out the Market to accommodate more stalls.
However, the first step for Sedgefield Farmer’s Market will take place on Sunday 2nd May when the SDT’s Bicycle & Active Travel group returns to the Green to provide help with cycle maintenance. They will be set apart from the main market.
With energy prices rising again & our next auction on May 18th, now could be the time to join.
If you have not yet joined, why not give this popular scheme a try? Don’t just take our word for the savings you could make - you may have friends and neighbours who had benefited.
For new participants, if your current contract ends before the end of June, this is the registration period for you and if you have been part of the scheme before and your contract ends before the end of July, you will need to register again at this auction in order to receive your next offer.
Prior to registering, have to hand the following information from your latest statement or Annual Summary: name of current supplier, name of current Tariff, date when current Tariff ends, amount of gas & electricity used per year.
Registration opens on Tuesday 30th March and closes on Monday 17th May. Auction is on Tuesday 18th May. Offers issued from Monday 31st May, closure is Tuesday 29th June.
If you prefer to register and receive information by post, or need help, please call the Sedgefield Development Trust Helpline, 07980 134 594. Leave a message and we will call back. We can help or complete registration for you.
Woodland & Wildlife
Huge thank you to everyone today, great team effort once again! We now have a 100m hedge and 180 more oaks/silver birch planted on site, plus 3 oaks and a chestnut donated by Sedgefield in Bloom.
Our volunteers put many hours of dedication into taking care of the Woodland & Wildlife site and it is very disheartening to get on site to see that others haven’t been respectful to the area we love so much. Recently we have seen evidence of off road vehicles (see right), dumped garden waste, the leftovers of a night out (including a tent!) and the usual general litter.
The area is managed to create habitats for wildlife and the unwanted litter and garden waste can be very detrimental to the biodiversity of the site. Gardens often include plants which are invasive species. When they escape into wild areas, they can wipe out all other plants which are important to the life cycle of the insects, birds and mammals in that area. Volunteers have to spend many hours clearing away other peoples rubbish which has been dumped on site.
The solution to prevent vehicle access to the site is a tricky one, we are looking at ways to achieve this. Each incident of off road vehicles is reported to the police, who classify it as Criminal Damage. We would like to make this appeal to the public - PLEASE, if you see off road vehicle activity, inform the police or encourage any drivers you know to stay on privately owned land if permitted.
We've welcomed another couple of students recently, which is lovely.
We like to help people out with their learning whenever we can. If you'd like help with (or could offer to help with), contact email@example.com.
There is still time to sign up for the Footpaths Sustainability Course, designed for people who want to make changes in their daily life to reduce their carbon footprint.
We will have 7 sessions in total, each lasting 2 hours and taking place approximately every 2-3 weeks at a time agreed by the group.
The focus will be on 5 different topics - home energy, waste & water, transport, consumerism and food - all topped and tailed by an introduction and a ‘where next?’ session. Between sessions, participants will be encouraged to find out more about their own situation and look at changes they can make.
The focus is on achieving practical changes within a supportive environment. All the activities have been tried and tested in community groups in Leicester over a number of years and they do produce results!
There is no charge to take part, just a commitment to learning and a desire to make changes. We anticipate starting in April, and while Covid restrictions are in place, some of the sessions are likely to be online.
To find out more or to register your interest, please contact the organiser via Sedgefield News. Email