Businesses and community groups encouraged to be part of a ‘Go Green’ event in Matlock

Derbyshire Dales District Council is encouraging local businesses and community groups to take part in its very first ‘Go Green’ event in Matlock's Hall Leys Park on Saturday 30 July. 

The free-to-enter event will showcase solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis, encouraging residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their carbon footprint by making lifestyle changes such as generating less waste, becoming more active, encouraging biodiversity in their gardens and reducing energy use. 

It will also promote the council’s commitment to the climate crisis, highlighting current projects and initiatives and will provide an opportunity for council staff to actively engage with residents and businesses around climate change and biodiversity issues. 

A council spokesperson said:

“We are delighted to be holding this showcase Go Green event in Matlock and would like to encourage local businesses specialising in green technology or products and community groups who are passionate about climate change and biodiversity to come along.  Stalls are free of charge and can be booked by emailing climatechange@derbyshiredales.gov.uk”  

Those attending will include Marches Energy Agency and their Fantastic Home vehicle, giving free impartial energy-saving advice, and Moors for the Future and their ‘Bogstastic’ vehicle - the world’s first bog in a van, which is kitted out with artwork, sound and a spongey floor to emulate the experience of being on moorland.

Groundwork will be showcasing the work they do with volunteers at local sites and their Green Doctor energy advice service. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be there too, and The Energy Saving Trust will be answering questions about electric vehicles.

Artist Paul Evans will lead a fun drop-in workshop for all ages based around endangered species, including model making and drawing.

Derbyshire Climate Hub will hold a community assembly on 'How to go about making space for nature within Derbyshire Dales'. Look out for local suppliers of plastic-free products plus the district council’s own biodiversity and waste teams with recycling demos and a wildflower seed giveaway.

Find out more about the Go Green event.

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