A round up on the Trust projects
Keep up to date with the latest news about the Development Trust projects.
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
Farmers Market 8.30am-12.15
March's much larger market felt so good! In fact, with 20 stalls and pretty decent weather, almost normal!
We’ve looked carefully at the Government's tentative programme for relaxing pandemic restrictions and it is clear that for April at least, things will stay the same.
Our "non-essential retailers" could return in May, but we don't expect to change anything else at that time. It looks as though we will operate with social distancing, hand sanitiser, etc until after June 21st.
All that suggests our re-launch could be in July, with perhaps just a few small changes in June. When that time comes we will begin to prioritise replacements for the stalls we have lost over the past 15 months, whilst trying to maintain a good balance of produce. Beyond that, we hope to broaden our range a bit too.
So for now it’s still 'business as COVID-19 allows', but last month you proved that you still know how to enjoy the joyful event that is "Ta-Da…"
MARKET DAY IN SEDGEFIELD!
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’re happy to register online go to www.sedgefieldweb.co.uk. Click on ENERGY SWITCH, ‘Free Sign up’, ‘Register Today’ and fill out details.
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
Our New Volunteers
A warm welcome to the new volunteers who have joined the project over the past couple of months, it’s great to see new faces and fresh enthusiasm!
At our last working session, we concentrated on litter picking and filled at least 10 bags of rubbish from the eastern part of the project site, a fantastic effort by all!
We are also excited to have a new volunteer who is carrying out a bird survey for the site. On his first visit he logged goldcrest, greater spotted woodpecker and goldfinches among many others - we very much look forward to reading his final report.
Hedge Planting Day
The project is receiving 420 tree whips from The Woodland Trust, with planting planned for Saturday 1st May. The new hedge will be planted along the new William Armstrong Way and the more hands helping the better!
Location: Woodland & Wildlife Site behind Discovery 1 & 2 buildings at NETPark (rough postcode is TS21 3FH) follow the green arrow signs from Discovery 1 & 2 car park.
Time: 10am until all planted, so stay as long as you like!
Covid: The event will be planned to keep everyone safe, but please do your bit by wearing a mask, keeping your distance and sanitising your hands and tools.
What to bring: If possible, bring a spade (although we do have a small number of tools available), work gloves and a drink.
The planting date is subject to change depending on delivery of trees, so look out for information on social media or email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org for up-to-date info.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
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