Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

To continue with our recent photography theme, here is a beautiful ‘forest’ of wild orchids kindly sent in this morning by Martin C.

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Please take extra care on the B5056 towards the Bentley Brook, 2 lambs are out on the roadside just after the Chicks / Go Beyond driveway on the bad bends.

If you know whose they are please let them know asap.

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Many thanks to David G for sending thtough this cute but eerie picture

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Thank you to Clive M for the following:

There are two sheep out on the road halfway between Tissington Ford and Fenny Bentley. If anyone knows the owners, please pass this on.

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Two lambs have been killed with a third left seriously injured following an attack by a dog.

A walker has also been through a gate not on the public footpath and left it open, meaning the sheep have all been mixed up from their original groupings.

This has happened on the fields opposite the triangle at the bent (bottom of Highway Lane), the fields that the footpath to Ballidon cross and the fields behind them.

If anyone has seen anything at all then please contact Liz Edge on 07545 345 504.

Please also use this as a polite reminder that all dogs should be kept on leads as per the Highway Code – particularly at such a sensitive time of year when the sheep are in lamb.

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Thanks to Jill L for this amazing snap of her nocturnal visitor 🦔

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Plants are once again for sale outside Rookery House.

You will find divisions and seeds from our gardens, from the common to the slightly more unusual, yours for a fraction of the price you would pay in a garden centre, grown using peat free compost to protect our environment.

Sold in aid of Parwich and District Horticultural Society, enabling us in turn to support other village societies annually.

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Many thanks to David G for this great shot of a visitor to his garden.

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Another fabulous nature picture shared with us by David G.

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Violet Beauties

Many thanks to David G for these beautiful shots of violets taken on Monsdale Lane this morning

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With thanks to David G for these great pictures. His accompanying message reads: ‘At last, a treecreeper not camouflaged against tree bark. Note the size of the claws’.

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Many thanks as always to David G for sharing his fantastic shots with us.

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Huge thanks to John L for these amazing pictures taken at the birdfeeder

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Fresh Water for the Birds

Thanks to David G for sending in these fabulous pictures this morning.

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Rural Crime Reporting Form

A new crime form has been launched to encourage communities to report rural and wildlife crimes online.

Sergeant Chris Wilkinson, from the force’s Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Team, said “We want to reassure our rural communities that we are here to support you if you need us.

“By offering an online way of reporting these crimes directly to our team, we can take all the details we need to provide an efficient and suitable police response. This should also save time for the person reporting the crime.

“Whilst we do investigate these crimes thoroughly already, and put other crime prevention measures in place, we do know that rural communities can sometimes feel expected to put up with criminal activity. We are committed to proving that this is not the case.” Read the full article on our website: Specialist rural and wildlife reporting tools launched in Derbyshire | Derbyshire Constabulary

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Tissington Trail winter closures for tree felling work for ash dieback management

Sections of the Tissington Trail between Mapleton and Alsop-en-le-Dale will be closed during December 2022 to February 2023 as the National Park Authority undertakes tree felling operations for ash dieback.

The works are required to minimise the risk to trail users from weakened and potential falling trees affected by the disease. Much of the ash tree population of the Peak District is likely to be affected by ash dieback in the coming years, in particular in the White Peak area.

Many areas already affected by the disease have already been subject to felling operations.

Works along the Trail will only take place during weekdays, with weekends and school half-term periods unaffected and the Trail re-opened for use as normal.

Closures will happen in short sections with each area re-opening after felling is complete. An updated list of affected sections will be available on the Authority’s website and social media throughout.

The vast majority of the resulting timber and other material will be removed from the Trail. However, some small areas of habitat will be left to benefit wildlife. Replacement trees will not be planted, but natural regeneration will be allowed to take place. Routine safety and route management will be carried out where required.

A spokesperson for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Ash dieback sadly now has a firm grip in the Peak District, which is why the Authority and many other partners and organisations are undertaking felling works to tackle the impact of the disease.

“Our priority on the National Park’s popular trails network is to minimise the potential risk to trail users from trees within falling distance of the route. Taking comprehensive action now will reduce the need to return in the future and apply additional closures and disturbance to habitats.

“Whilst none of us wish to see the loss of wonderful native trees, we anticipate that felling along the trail routes will open up many of the dramatic views and vistas for visitors to enjoy that are not currently available due to existing tree cover.

“By only closing routes in sections and maintaining access during weekends and school holiday periods in the winter, we aim to keep disruption to a minimum.”

Visitors are being asked to observe all closures and not enter restricted areas at any time.

Smaller felling and ‘pollarding’ operations on ash trees will also take place around the Bakewell station area of the Monsal Trail, however this will not require closure of the route and access will be maintained.

The latest information can be found on the National Park Authority website at

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Another appeal to dog owners to please clean up after your dog – 3 days running now and it seems to be the same dog outside our window on Lenscliffe

This road is used by children as a route to walk to the school so please please clear up after your dog

Thank you

Simon L

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Today’s rain is a suitable reminder that the Flood Agency advise preparing in advance of any flooding rather than during it! The Parish Council has provided sand and sandbags in the store at the base of the Sycamore flagpole. These are available to anyone who feels they would be helpful. If you think you might need sandbags please feel free to fill and take some any at time. Then you will have them if you need them. They work best if they are about two thirds full.

The Clerk also has a small number of “floodsax’ provided as a free sample. These are easier and lighter to store. They can be quickly deployed at the base of a door where they swell up to reduce any ingress of water. These are also best collected in advance, so if you would like one please contact the Clerk on or 01335 216238 or call round at Fernlea.

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Village Clean Up Day

The next village clean-up day will take place this weekend on Saturday the 18th of June. Please come and help us if you can. Full details will be finalised at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday the 16th of June. You can either do your own thing locally or look for Councillors around the village from 10:00am and they will help you find something useful to do!

Please contact the Clerk on if you have any suggestions or questions.

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Village Clean up day

The next village clean-up ay will take place on Saturday the 18th of June. Please save the date and come and help us if you can. Details will be finalised at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday the 16th of June. Please contact the Clerk on if you have any suggestions or questions.

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Pump Shed

I’ve swept out the pump shed this evening and noticed that the garden chair and notice board have been there for some time.

If they belong to you, please could you collect them as soon as possible.

Thank you, Delia P

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Pick It Up!

To the dog owner –

If you live in the village hang your head in shame.

If you are visiting, don’t come back.

If your dog was wandering unaccompanied next time the dog warden will be watching

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Update from Parwich Parish Council Clerk.

Housing Needs Survey for Parwich is currently underway.

It is about halfway through and will run until the 22nd of March. 

Several questions have been raised by residents which I will try to answer for you.

Q. Will this result in new homes being built in the village?

A. Not necessarily. If there is a demonstrated local need then a housing association could apply for planning permission to build. If they did they would be subject to all the normal planning application processes. Without a demonstrated local need though a planning application would not succeed.

Q. How many homes might be built?

A. Developments are typically sized to address a third of the demonstrated local need.

Q. Will these homes be for those who identified their need in the survey?

A.  This is actually quite unlikely. Because of the time needed to develop new homes many people’s current needs may have been met some other way by the time they are built. Or unfortunately they may have found that they had to move elsewhere. The assumption is that if there is a need now, then there will still be a need when any homes are built. But it may not be the same people.

Q. Might these homes just end up becoming holiday lets?

A. Current legislation places restrictions on ownership and rental to prevent this. This restiction passess with the propoerty even if it is sold on. This was not the case in the past where ‘Right to Buy” legislation allowed some properties to end up in the rented holiday or second home sector.

Q. Would these just be starter homes for young people?

A.  No. They could be available to anyone will a suitable connection to the village who could not find housing here which was affordable. For example a relative who wanted to move to the village either to care for, or be cared for by, someone living here.

If you have any further questions please contact

Please encourage anyone who might have, or has had, a housing need which they could not meet in the Parish to complete the survey.

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Tree Blocking Monsdale Lane

Monsdale Lane is completely blocked by a fallen tree, just beyond Littlewood Farm. I have contacted the Council about it who have a lodged a report.

Best wishes
Aniela S (Littlewood Farm)

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Wigber Low

Thanks to Martin C for this atmospheric shot of Wigber Low in the morning light.

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As mentioned at our recent talk, Parwich and District  Horticultural Society plan to only sell plants grown in peat-free compost from 2022. That means that any plants you buy at Open Gardens next year will not have been grown using compost containing peat. The extraction of peat for use in the horticultural industry is destroying our low-land bogs, releasing Carbon dioxide into the atmosphere  and contributing to climate change.
If you plan to donate plants or seedlings for sale please could you ensure that you use peat-free compost. This is widely available but if you have any difficulties please contact Sue H (334 ) and we will be happy to receive plant divisions to pot up for you.
We hope that you will support us in this endeavor, especially as it would mean beating the Government’s deadline of 2024, when bags of compost that contain peat will no longer be for sale.

Peat Facts


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The clean up day is planned for tomorrow Sunday the 24th October and will concentrate on Pump Hill.

Please come to Pump Hill at 10:00am or find a member of the Council to discuss what you would like to do. The most useful task is likely to be the removal of invasive weeds.We will aim to finish by 12:00.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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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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