Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Fly Tipping

If anyone has any information about this fly tipping (barbeque and gas bottle) please let me know on 390191.

Fiona H

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The next clean up day is planned for Sunday the 24th of October. This time work is to be concentrated at Pump Hill.

If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see done, what you might like to do or how this activity might be organised please contact the Clerk, Andrew Martin on

Final arrangements will be confirmed at the Parish Council meeting on the 13th of October.

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Memories of Parwich

We have received this lovely email from Anne F recalling happy Parwich days:

I discovered your website whilst thinking about my parents who met during WW2 at Parwich hospital !! My mother was a nurse and my father was convalescing and many wonderful and lasting friendships were made during that time. Parwich has always had a very special place in our hearts and I grew up visiting the village and Parwich Hill many times and hearing many stories which we continue to recall to this day. Mum died last year age 98yrs and we have been thinking about how we could perhaps donate something towards the village. We brought Mum for her last visit only several years ago and drove her up the back lane that winds behind the hill and parked by the stile that accesses the footpath across the fields and to the top of the hill. Many memories !

We don’t have a huge contribution and wondered whether we could donate something towards your planting in Pump Hill ? Mum and Dad loved Parwich and spent their lives walking and enjoying the countryside. It would be lovely to contribute something in their memory.Perhaps there may be room for some more woodland flowers ?

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Another Lovely Morning

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Thank You

Thank you Alan Smith for making such a great job of improving the stile to Dodds Hill. Isobel M

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Pump Hill Damage

Having read about the misuse of herbicide at Pump Hill I walked through there this afternoon. I was shocked at what can really only be called vandalism. Plants and shrubs which had been planted by volunteers and using money kindly donated by organisations and individuals have been wantonly damage. It is difficult to see how damage at this level can have happened by someone using herbicide on weeds and accidentally catching the occasional plant. This looks like an outright massacre. Fiona H

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It’s that time again! If you can spare an hour or two tomorrow (Sunday) morning please come the the bus shelter around ten or just find us around the village. Bring your own ideas and tools if you want or find ask of us who will help you find something to do. Gardening, litter picking, kerb weeding and putting up benches are all possible. Litter pickers amd bags will be available for those who want them.

All nice and outdoors and socially distanced.

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One Little Cloud…

Thank you to Alex S for this fabulous picture

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Cardboard Boxes

If you have unwanted boxes, rather than immediately recycling them please consider reusing as a first option. Mairi at Tissington Nursery is always in need for plant sales so either take them to her when passing or feel free to drop at Rookery House and I will deliver them when I go.
In addition I understand that On a Wick and a Prayer have bought a machine that shreds used cardboard for use as an eco friendly packaging material. So they could also be the destination for our used cardboard boxes. 
Thanks Sue H 334

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It is with great regret that we will have to cancel Open Gardens this year. Covid restrictions have created too many complications for our small committee to overcome alongside a smaller number of gardens able to open. This means that there will be no donations available for village groups again this year.

However, we are hoping to hold a casual evening event in July where we can open gardens for folks from the village. 

Definite plans (Boris permitting!) include the Produce Show on September 12th, a talk in October and the Bob Matthews Quiz on November 20th in the Legion. Looking forward to seeing you all then. 

Next year is the 70th anniversary of the Society and with your help we hope to have a bumper year! 

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Thanks to Helen P for the following:

Severn Trent have been out to the footpath between Japonica/Dam Farm to Flat Style. They have cemented around the raised manhole cover and use some of the remaining cement in one of the holes on the path. The footpath is currently roped off. The rope will be removed tomorrow morning.

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Pump Hill Tidy Up

With the weather set fair for the next few days Lynette is planning to do some tidying around Pump Hill and would welcome any willing volunteers to help her. If you want to help you’ll find Lynette either at home or at Pump Hill, trowel in hand!

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Spring has Sprung!

Massively excited to hear curlews across the fields towards Bradbourne this morning.

Spring is not far away👏

Jill L

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We’ve received a number of reports concerning dog fouling around the village. There are numerous signs and bins around the village like this one-

Whilst recognising that the majority of dog owners in the village do clean up after their dogs it is sadly not everyone. Please remember to bag it and bin it.
Also there seem to be a number of dogs allowed to wander free around the village. Please accompany your dog at all times otherwise there is a risk of it fouling around the streets and also getting into fields with stock. During this lockdown there are very few visitors in the village so we can’t push the blame onto outsiders.

Particular “hot” spots at the moment appear to be:
Area around the school;
The footpath beside Smithy Close;
Parsons Croft.

Thank you on behalf of all Parwich residents.

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The Clean up day planned for Sunday the 25th October will be going ahead with minor variations to comply with restrictions due to Covid 19.

Please come to the bus shelter at 10:00am or find a member of the Council to discuss what you would like to do. There are opportunities for litter picking, playground maintenance and management of vegetation.

We will aim to finish by 12:00.

Due to Covid 19 there will be no refreshments provided.

Would participants please see the Risk Assessment posted on the Parish Council’s website and note in particular the footnote which reminds everyone that.

“For the safety of all, Parwich Council expects volunteers to familiarise themselves with parts of this risk assessment relevant to any task they undertake and follow the associated control measures.”

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At last week’s meeting of the Parish Council the lack of a clean up day in the village this year was discussed. It was decided that the Council should be able to hold a suitably risk assessed and distanced clean up day to address most of the usual tasks despite the coronavirus restrictions. This will probably involve a little more pre-planning of who might do what than usual – but hopefully also make the most of flexibility around volunteers and weather on the day too.

The main date chosen for this is Sunday 25th October. It may also be possible/appropriate for individual tasks to be carried out on other days.

If you have any thoughts about what you would like to see done, what you might like to do or how this activity might be organised please contact the Clerk, Andrew Martin on

Final arrangements will be confirmed at the parish Council meeting on the 21st of October.

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Wasp Nest

Thanks to Carl W for this warning

Please be aware there is a wasp nest in a hole in the ground approximately one third of the way up the sledging field/Cowes Close. 

It’s on the right hand side quite close to the footpath.

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Jungle Clearance

The intrepid Phil K has been doing a fantastic job clearing this jungle aka a footpath. Can you tell where it is from these before and after photographs?


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PDHS Poster Competition


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National Park Authority confirms barbecues are not permitted anywhere in the open countryside of the Peak District National Park

Following a spate of damaging recent fires, the Peak District National Park has come together with its partners to announce that barbecues and open fires are not permitted anywhere in open countryside throughout the Peak District.

As landowner permission is required to light or tend a fire, the Authority has said that all major land owners and key landowner representatives within the Peak District have this week confirmed they do not give their permission and so barbecues and open fires are not allowed. The announcement follows a call from the National Park Authority on Monday 1 June for retailers across the region to voluntarily remove disposable barbecues from retail sale.

A record-breaking spring of prolonged sunshine, hot and dry weather and regular winds has created a perfect storm of conditions for fires in the open landscape. Within the last week, major blazes have taken place at Bamford Edge, Dovestone and Swineshaw. All are believed to have started from discarded or unattended barbecues.

Teams from the fire and rescue services, national park rangers, the Peak District Moorland Group, farmers and gamekeepers, water companies and conservation charities have all been involved in both  tackling the fires and speaking with the public having barbecues.

Major landowners – including the National Park Authority – have now come together to highlight the dangers of open fires in the landscape and leave the public in no doubt that items such as barbecues may not be used on access land or on footpaths in the Peak District:

  • Chatsworth Estate
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate
  • Haddon Estate
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Moorland Association
  • Moors for the Future Partnership
  • National Farmers Union
  • National Trust
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • Okeover Estate
  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Peak District Moorland Group
  • RSPB
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Tissington Estate
  • United Utilities
  • Yorkshire Water

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Setting Moon

Thank you to John L for this stunning shot of the setting moon this morning.

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Family Fun

Thank you to John L for sending in this sweet picture of a new family having fun in the sun.

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Saskia’s Good News Stories

No ‘good news’ stories? Well, I certainly have one: whilst clearing out one of my storage units in the pantry (a once-in-a-lifetime-activity for me), I came across a small tin of mushy peas, use-by date: March 2003. I don’t like mushy peas. Needless to say the contents were flushed down the toilet … but I’m really pleased with the extra space in my unit, thanks to Covid19.

Now a more serious good-news story: I like this invisible benefit of less air pollution as a result of Covid19, clear(er?) skies, less traffic, birdsong is more obvious. I also keep wondering if the village can continue with some of the ‘silver linings’ of Covid19, e.g. the positive joint activities, like the Lester Lowe orders, that save numerous individual car journeys (= air pollution). I also like the idea of a village collection point for (small and light) parcels once life is back to normal. I know it’s been discussed in the past, but it would save the numerous delivery vans trundling through the village. I myself had 2 (small and light) parcels delivered over the past few days, one by the postie (fine – no problem), the other one by a separate delivery van. I would have been more than happy to collect it from a collection point in the village, thereby avoiding the delivery van having to drive up to my house. Have you had some similar thoughts and ideas as a result of the Covid19 lockdown?

And lastly another good news story: I’m delighted to hear that a certain DT is supporting trials to cure Covid19 patients by zapping people with a good dose of UV light and rinsing their inners with disinfectant. I’ve already been out in the sun (a lot), so that’s fine for the UV, and have a bit of Dettol left that I can use for my inners. (Please don’t try this at home).

Saskia T

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Fairies at Pump Hill?

I am reminded by Lucy M’s lovely suggestion that I have been dilatory in putting this on the blog.

This is a special invitation to the youngest members of our community.

Have you seen the fairy stools at Pump Hill Wood?  There are three little seats located in places where you can sit and look around to see if you can spot a fairy. Sometimes they dance in the sunbeams, or in a gentle rain. You can also sit here and see animals in the distance, insects, small birds and different kinds of flowers. You can also close your eyes and make a wish. This magical place is changing every day as Mother Nature has taken charge.

Note to parents . Please, for the next few months, keep children on the paths. We need to ensure that what is lurking below the loose soil can thrive as it comes through.In addition, brambles are starting to poke through. In the next week or so we will have to spray the nettles, so straying into the planted areas is not a good idea. We will as a matter of course advise everyone when this happens, through the blog and with gentle reminders at the two entrances.

Lynette C


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In view of the recent weather this information from Derbyshire County Council may be of interest –

At the Liaison meeting scheduled for Monday 30th March 2020, commencing at 6pm, at County Hall, Matlock, the Economy, Transport and Environment Department will be presenting information on the subject of flooding.

The council would like to draw your attention to the information currently available on our website Reporting flooding

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Parwich makes The Times

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Bags of ????

Please could whoever has left a number of bags of ??? at Pump Hill give Lynette a ring on 381. Thank you.

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More Pump Hill Photos

Thank you to Richard T for these great photos

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Pump Hill Opening

Pump Hill was officially opened yesterday by the Chair of the Parish council Mick Edge who outlined the history of the site thanked everyone involved for their help.The garlands were cut by Maurice Foot and Robert Sheilds then everyone took advantage of a brief glimpse of the sun to have a look round and test drive the benches.

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Pump Hill Opening this Sunday

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Bird Boxes at Pump Hill

The days are getting longer and signs of spring are beginning at Pump Hill.

A little bird told me that having now been granted the wish of an Olympic sized bird bath cum water fountain, he/she would love a new house.

This is a chance for all creative handy people to build something for our little feathered friends. Robins, tits, wrens, barn owls, sparrows are all  looking for accommodation.

Not to mention insects and bees as well.  Do please get involved!

Lynette C.

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Bulb Planting at Pump Hill

There are still bulbs lying on the surface at Pump Hill waiting to be planted. If anyone has a bit of time to spare to pop a few in that would be great.
Thank you
Lynette C

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A Big Pump Hill Thank You

Saturday was a landmark day for all those involved in the creation of the woodland walk at Pump Hill. The path system is finished. The earth sides of the path at the north entrance have been bolstered up with spare stone from the former footpaths laid out by Dorothy Littlewood.  Some of her paths can still be found amongst the planted areas away from the paths.

The dirt spoil from the footpath excavation has been spread and raked around the site, bulbs replaced and the first hedging plants dug in. Already signs of spring are appearing with bluebells, daffs and snowdrops putting their heads up.  We heard lots of birdsong as we worked and are hoping that they will all return this year.

At this point I would like to thank all those who worked so selflessly on this project, either with gifts or labour:

Robert S for funding the stone walling by Ian P  in creating the two main openings; for the stone and membrane material, the removal of green waste, the removal of a large stump from the wall shared with the school and the rebuilding of that wall. Also for his knowledge of plants, insects and general interest in the project.

John P for digging out the soil near the two new entrances, raking it back into the site and removing a couple of large stumps that blocked the route. His expertise using Maurice F”s digger was remarkable to watch. Practically danced around the site.

Maurice F for donating the fabulous gate posts at the two new openings.  For his and his assistant Martin’s time in bringing them to site and inserting them into the prepared holes dug out by John P. Robert G for his donation of the stone step.

The Community Safety team who spent most of the last two weeks digging out the paths, laying membrane and three 13 ton loads of stone. The lads and gals worked hard and diligently, with great spirit, always polite and helpful.  They were supported by Mel and Elaine their supervisors for the project.  Altogether they donated 415 hours to Pump Hill. We could not have done it without them.

Jon M and Charles B for stone walling the retaining cheeks at the squeeze entrance.

Everyone who attended clean up days and gave up spare time when available to pitch in and deal with brambles, nettles, general brush and the baking gals who provided delicious goodies for the workers.

Peter E of Alsop Moor who repaired the gate going into the side access drive.

Jonathan Butt at Derbyshire County Council for accepting our application for assistance and being very helpful in ensuring everything was in order.

Stephen Clay from the RRP for providing the manpower and supervisors.

On behalf of The Friends of Pump Hill and Parwich Parish Council,


Lynette C


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Thursday at Pump Hill

These photos were taken on Thursday after our fabulous community team had finished for the day.  We have started plant Harts Tongue ferns in the stumpery . They are a bit brown at the moment, but with rain and warmth they should green upon no time.

The paths have all had a second layer of membrane added, the final finer grade of stone distributed  and mechanically tamped down.

The team were back today for the final raking and finishing the banking at the main entrance opposite the Hall. They have worked hard for us and have enjoyed the challenge. Lynette C



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Pump Hill Bird Bath

A big,very enthusiastic thank-you to Roger K who dropped off this absolutely marvellous galvanised dust bin lid for the bird bath at Pump Hill. It should be in place soon after an edge is welded underneath to attach it to the stump. We certainly don’t want it to disappear. Lynette C

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Bird Bath for Pump Hill?

A little bird told me it would love to have a bath at Pump Hill.

If anyone has an old Galvanised dust bin lid or shallow receptacle, lurking in their rubbish heap, attic, garage, barn, or in the pile of things to do, and you would like to rehouse it, please would you give me a call or drop it by Pump Hill.  Here is the sort of thing we want to make for all our feathered Friends. Thank you. Lynette C. 390381


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Sunday at Pump Hill

Sorry, no photos today, but lots more progress. The first layer of stone is down with a second delivery expected tomorrow, to be laid on Tuesday.

Due to the wet weather and mud sticking to everything and everybody on site, we called an early departure. However, the logs for the stumpery were arranged ready to be fused together with soil in which we will be planting ferns. If anyone has any they would like to contribute, please leave them at north end opening and we will get them rehoused.

Wednesday the paths will be compacted to receive the final topping. We will also be planting come hedging plants over the next couple of visits from the team.

Lynette C


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Pump Hill; the Place to Be.

Yesterday was an invigorating day for all. Huge progress, pleasant weather and a great team of lads and lasses who transformed the woodland. All the paths have been dug out to a depth of 6 inches, a membrane laid and then covered with rough stone to ensure membrane did not blow away over night. Many bulbs have been relocated, the area for the stumpery cleared for a creative arrangements of the logs.
A big thank you to Rob C. who baked an enormous of tray of delicious goodies for the team.

Lynette C

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Pump Hill Progress

The past week has seen much progress at Pump Hill. Derbyshires community service
teams have begun the task of digging out the paths for laying a membrane,
rough stone, followed by a finer grade stone and a special binding dust.
According to Robert S. who generously provided the stone, membrane and professional help, this dolomite will pack down and soon become green. This means a firm footing for prams, mobility vehicles and walkers.

This weekend work will continue with two teams each day. I would like to thank all
those who have helped in this community project with their time, supplies,
baking skills in providing refreshments for our hard working visiting teams,
plants and interest in general. Over the next couple of weeks we will continue to
publish photos of the days achievements. Also up and coming will be details of
the official opening of this lovely Woodland Glade for the enjoyment of our village.

Lynette C

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