Local MP Andrew Bingham joined over 130 local Nestlé Waters employees, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust supporters, Buxton schoolchildren and members of the community as they descended on Serpentine Walk opposite the Pavilion Gardens on Thursday last week to take part in Nestlé Waters first ever ‘Get Better with Nature’ Community Day of Action.
The army of volunteers were joined High Peak Borough Councillors and other local community groups to create a new wet meadowland habitat in the famous town landmark. In addition to enhancing the local wildlife, the day’s activities helped residents to gain a better understanding of the importance and value of nature.
Hosted in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and High Peak Borough Council, the event saw community members clear away dead wood, grass mowings and scrub as well as plant nearly 600 bluebell and wild garlic bulbs as well as other wetland meadow plants. The result is the creation of a new wetland meadow for generations of Buxtonites and visitors to the park to enjoy.
In order to better understand how interacting with nature can have physical, mental and social benefits, participants took part in additional interactive activities such as wildlife observation and natural art creation, even contributing to make a 39m2 Get Better with Nature logo using organic material found on site. Two additional pieces of nature-inspired artwork depicting dewpond and meadow habitats were also created by children from Burbage Primary, Buxton Junior and Dove Holes primary schools. These will now sit in Pavilion Gardens for three weeks to stand as a reminder of the day’s activities and achievements.
Sian Chapman, Corporate Communications and CSV Manager at Nestlé Waters, said:
“We’ve been absolutely thrilled by the number of volunteers we’ve had at our first Day of Action. The level of commitment and buzz from Buxton residents as they worked to create this permanent fixture in this local landmark has been inspiring. As a water-centred business, health and nature - with the promotion of careful water stewardship and the protection of unique water sources - are at the heart of who we are. The work this community has done here today is an important reminder of the value of nature and the services it provides, and that it’s easy to for all of us to make an impactful difference right in our own backyards.
Matthew Croney, Director of Living Landscapes at the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said:
“Only by working together can we restore our wildlife habitats to create a truly living landscape. So we were delighted that so many people turned out to help one of our most threatened habitats, wet hay meadows, and it was great to see people having so much fun doing it! We hope that everyone will take inspiration from today’s event and continue to get out there to do their bit for their local environment.”
"I was delighted to take part in the exercise today. It was good to see Nestle Waters, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and the community working together, with local schoolchildren planting the bulbs.
"I look forward to seeing the bluebells blooming next year, when the children will see the results of all their hard work."
The Get Better with Nature campaign is a collaborative, long-term programme aimed at helping raise awareness of the value of nature and its services to health, wellbeing, communities and businesses across the UK. It looks to encourage them to make a positive difference literally, and figuratively, in their own backyards. With a focus on water in the landscape, the activities of the campaign also include educational materials with open forums for discussion, involving local schools, individuals, community groups and Nestlé Waters and Wildlife Trust employees.
The campaign was launched in September this year following research which showed that 93% of local Buxton residents understood the value of nature to society and health, but that nearly two-thirds of respondents thought this appreciation was being lost between generations.
For more information on the campaign, future activities or to become involved please visit www.getbetterwithnature.co.uk.
Local MP Andrew Bingham presented a cheque to High Peak Women’s Aid last week for the money he raised by hiking over 65 miles around the constituency.
The active MP did the gruelling hike over 5 days back in August, and raised a total of almost £5200 for the Glossop-based charity.
“I always try to do something each year to raise money for a local charity, and this year I decided to do another hike in aid of High Peak Women’s Aid. They are a very worthwhile charity – working hard to help both men and women who are victims of domestic abuse.
“I want to thank everyone who sponsored me – especially the many local companies who gave so generously. I’m delighted to have raised over £5000, which I know will go to help those in need. I always feel that by raising money for local charities, the money finds its way to the local people who I am proud to represent.”
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, in Tintwistle this Tuesday (7 Oct 2014) and showed him first-hand where the traffic problems are.
Andrew hopes that by seeing the area for himself, the Secretary of State will get a better idea of the problems that the traffic causes – not just for motorists, but also for local residents.
The Secretary of State said:
“I’ve come this morning at Andrew’s request. It is the routes and the villages in particular along the A57 and the A628 which gets the heaviest traffic, but that also has an effect on the rest of the area as well. So it’s not just those areas, although even on a damp morning like this morning you could see the amount of lorries that are using that particular road.”
The visit comes as the TransPennine Study into the traffic problems - and possible solutions - gets ready to report in time for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later in early December.
The Secretary of State added:
“I think it is right that we have a look at the longer term plan for the whole area. There would be huge consultation if a decision and a preferred route is brought forward and people will be asked for their views on that. So this isn’t something that is going to be imposed on people; we’ll work with people.”
“I’m very grateful to Patrick to coming here at such short notice. We as local people know the problems that the traffic causes here, but it’s hard for someone who doesn’t live in the area to get a proper idea of what it’s like without actually visiting, so I’m pleased that Patrick agreed to come and have a look for himself.
“Although the study hasn’t yet reported, I’ve been very impressed with the work that’s been done so far. The evidence it’s turned up at the moment is very much in line with what I expected it to be. It’ll report closer to the Autumn Statement and then we’ll see what happens and where it takes us.
“Rest assured though, whatever it reports, I’ll keep fighting and pushing for a bypass, as it’s been desperately needed for years.”
Andrew Bingham MP has this week welcomed the news of a consultation on Glossopdale Community College being re-built on the Hadfield site.
"I am absolutely delighted to hear that there are plans for Glossopdale Community College to finally be re-built. I have been pushing for this for years - indeed, I raised the possibility of rebuilding it during a debate in Parliament back in 2011. It is long overdue, so if the plan is approved it would be tremendous news for Glossopdale pupils and teachers.
"I'm also very pleased to see that Derbyshire County Council has continued the process that began under the previous administration - following pressure from myself and others at the time to get the whole process started - and that they are now wanting to take their plans to public consultation.
"I hope the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday approves the report, and I would urge everyone in Glossop, Hadfield and the surrounding areas to get involved in the consultation, as this will not only affect the future of our children, but will also affect local residents too.
"Following the public consultation, the plans will have to go to the Secretary of State for Education for her to approve them, and I hope to be able to work with the council to do whatever I can to help get her approval for these plans.
"This is about the future education of our children, and as such reaches across party lines, with both main parties having done work towards this at different times. This is an exciting proposal for the local area, and I'm very happy that it now looks to be within touching distance."