Community News from Derbyshire County Council – 23 August 2023 🔹 Our Derbyshire Woodland Festival needs you! 🔹 Come on down to the countryside 🔹 We're asking for help to help clear snow 🔹 For the love of trees 🔹Pedal power boost for tourism businesses🔹Join the sing Viva Derbyshire Carers' Choir 🔹

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Our Derbyshire Woodland Festival needs you!

Fancy a free day out in the fresh air helping us celebrate sustainability and traditional and contemporary woodland crafts with great entertainment, green gifts and gorgeous food thrown into the mix?

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Then how about volunteering to help at our Woodland Festival at Elvaston Castle Country Park on Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 September?

To say thank you, volunteers get a Woodland Festival Weekend ticket allowing them and fellow occupants of one car free entry to enjoy the festival all weekend.

Volunteers must be over 18 or if 16 to 18- years-old they must be accompanied by an adult.

Roles include:

  • meeting and greeting visitors
  • helping to run activities and attractions on site
  • car park marshalling
  • ‘orientating’ visitors – i.e. helping them if they get lost!
  • giving information and getting feedback
  • setting up and dismantling of the festival gazebos
  • and more…

Tempted? We hope so. You can contact the Woodland Festival team by email at or phone 01629 533870 for an informal chat.

Come on down to the countryside

Stuck for something to do during the hols? Then roll up, roll up to our countryside sites. They are great places to visit any time of year.


Shipley Country Park has a different self-led trail each week – solve the clues and learn about nature both weird and wonderful.

Take a canal boat trip at Cromford, try paddle sports at Tapton Lock or have a feast at Wyatt’s café overlooking the stunning parterre gardens at Elvaston Castle. 

Have a go at being a blacksmith on the historic forge at High Peak Junction on Saturday 26 August and make a poker to take home and keep. (Participants must be 11+ years old. Cost £10 per poker. Booking essential on 01629 533298.) Or drop in at High Peak Junction anytime between 10am and 4pm on 24 August for ‘Engineering Thursday’, a free event where budding engineers can have a go with model kits and learn about amazing feats of engineering. 

We look forward to your visit.

We're asking for help to help clear snow

We know summer isn’t over yet but we’re turning our attention to colder weather  - could you help clear snow and ice from Derbyshire’s roads this winter?

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We'd like to hear from residents and groups interested in taking part in our snow warden scheme.

And we're calling for farmers with ploughing or gritting equipment to work as contractors to supplement work carried out by our own gritting teams and help keep roads safe and on the move when bad weather hits.

For the love of trees

If you’ve planted a tree in Derbyshire since June 2021, did you know that you can record it as part of a project to plant a million trees across the county by 2030?

It’s all part of efforts to help boost the environment and tackle the effects of climate change.

To date more than 312,700 trees have been recorded on our online map, which is great news!

As well as adding your tree to the online total you can share details of the story behind your tree too. Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories which range from trees planted in memory of loved ones, as part of a school project, as a tribute to fabulous characters in our communities or simply for the love of trees and feel-good factor of doing something positive for the environment.

We’ve read them all and you can too – just visit our Million Trees website and tap any of the pins placed on the map.

You can also sign-up to receive the latest news about the project straight to your inbox.

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Pictured: Residents who planted two trees in Draycott and recorded them as part of the Million Trees project.

Pedal power boost for tourism businesses

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We're working with Visit Peak District & Derbyshire to run a series of free, one hour cycling webinars in September and October to help tourism businesses benefit from being cycle friendly. The national cycle tourism market is growing rapidly and can increase the value of tourism, extend the visitor season and enhance an area’s sustainability credentials. Derbyshire has over 260 miles of traffic-free cycle routes to explore, and the webinars are part of our ambition to make Derbyshire the most connected and integrated county for cycling in England.

The five webinars will cover:

  • What cyclists want
  • Cycling for all
  • Enabling sustainable travel
  • The cycling pound: Wednesday
  • How to become cycle friendly

Join the Sing Viva Derbyshire Carers' Choir

Are you a carer who has a passion for singing? If so, the Sing Viva Derbyshire Carers’ Choir could be for you. 

The choir meets once a month in person at Derby University or you can join in online via Zoom.

No previous singing experience needed, just have a go and meet other carers too. To join, please email Hattie Coupe at

Watch the group’s latest production 

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