MeadowWould you like to have a local Community Nature Trail? This is an idea being promoted by More Human, a nationwide community action group. The concept is to identify a route with significant areas or points of interest and then create a map of the trail. This could include trail stops and narrative details of things to see at the stops. These might be landmarks or significant planting or trees, etc. We would then produce a leaflet to be placed in venues such as the library, local community centres, shops, etc.  Find Out More Here

We will be discussing this (and much more!) at the next Nature meeting on 14th August. If you have ideas for a possible trail, please join us at the meeting.

Swift Update

During a recent Leek spotting walk lead by Kate Hamey of Swifts of Leek, we were delighted to see that the recently built Hen Cloud House on the Buxton Road has eight swift bricks. We spotted one bird peeking out, but it might have been a sparrow! We were also lucky to see scores of swifts soaring above the lime trees near the Haregate estate. Keep up to date with Swifts of Leek on Facebook.

Volunteering Opportunities...

Would you like to help restore wildflower meadows? White Peak Farmers are looking for help to gather seeds from meadows. Dates are 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 August, (all dates are weather dependent). If you would like more information, please email Ann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Himalayan balsam pulling (and other opportunities) in the Peak District National Park. They are currently looking for volunteers to pull up Himalayan Balsam at Lapwing Hall Farm, Meerbrook, and Onecote area. If you are interested in volunteering for this or any other Peak Park volunteer activities go to: https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/volunteering/ppcv/ppcv-individuals