Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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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Free Top Soil

Friends of Pump hill have some loam left over. Please come and shovel your own if you would like some. Ideal opportunity if you are helping out at today’s activity morning.

Lynette C

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Pump Hill; the Place to be Tomorrow

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Pump Hill Activity Morning

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Ey up me duck!

Does anyone know of any ducks that need re homing? Investigations have suggested that one of the reasons that so much weed built up in the sheep-wash last year may have been that there are no longer any ducks there to eat it. As ducks have nested there in the past it may be possible to re introduce them. The remaining planting in the sheep-wash has been moved into a denser clump in the corner in the hope that it will create a safer and more attractive nesting space.

If anyone would like to try moving any ducks there please let the Parish Council know.


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Progress on Pump Hill

Despite incessant rain, work is progressing on Pump Hill. Many thanks to all who have spared time for weed pulling and path clearing. The best news is the work at the squeeze on the southeast corner. Jon M and Charles B have done a masterful job of creating stone cheeks to hold back the height of the land just inside the entry point.
Next step is to grade the slope a bit more and plant it up. Thank you to everyone who has so willingly pitched in. The Friends of Pump Hill.
Lynette C

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Managing Flood Water

The Parish Council has sent us the following useful information-

The recent rain and flow from springs has prompted the Parish Council to review the measures in place to manage the risk of flooding in the village.

Our lead flood authority is Derbyshire County Council and reports of flooding problems can be made to them here. Reporting flooding emergencies.


Useful information is also available available on the Parish Council’s own website here. Advice on flooding. This includes the availability of sand bags in the village.


Finally, like Derbyshire County Council, the Parish Council would like to take the opportunity to remind all land and property owners with watercourses of their responsibility for keeping them clear enough to allow the free flow of water. Watercourses include man made ditches as well as natural brooks and streams. Debris can be removed and bank vegetation cut back, but the watercourse should not be altered. If there is a watercourse on the boundary of your property you are responsible up to the middle of it. For more in formation see the government site Owning a watercourse.


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Activity at Pump Hill

As the weather looks like it could be reasonable this Sunday (November 17th), the Friends of Pump Hill are planning an impromptu clean-up of the Pump Hill area for a couple of hours starting at 9am.

We’ll be pulling up weeds and tidying up some of the wood and stone.  If you’d like to muck in, please come along.

Chris S


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New Peak District archaeology book – Reading the Peak District Landscape
A new book has been launched to help people understand how the Peak District landscape has been shaped over thousands of years by past generations.

‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’ has been written by John Barnatt who, prior to his recent retirement, worked as the Senior Survey Archaeologist for the Peak District National Park Authority for 27 years. Throughout the 272-page book, John describes many of the area’s archaeological sites and landscapes, illustrated with colour photographs, maps, plans and drawings, to help explain how places in the Peak District have come to look the way they do today.

The book explores how people have lived and worked in the landscape, from scattered farmsteads to Medieval villages, and industrial sites from different ages, where lead, coal and stone have been mined and quarried. Prehistoric sites, Roman, Medieval, and remains from later periods, all feature in the book.

Author and archaeologist, John Barnatt said: “Wherever you look in the Peak District landscape you will find that it has been influenced in some way by people. Whether you’re looking at the pattern of walls around a village that preserve the Medieval strip fields, or at stone guide stoops and hollow ways on the moors that show ancient transport routes, these are cultural landscapes which allow us to feel a connection with our past.I hope that people reading the book will be inspired to look at what is around them in different ways and start to read for themselves the evidence they can see in the landscape.”

Publication of ‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’ has been supported by the Peak District National Park Authority and Historic England.

Peak District National Park Authority member with responsibility for landscape and heritage, Ken Smith said: “The Peak District landscape is beautiful and appreciated by millions for its wild-looking moorlands, panoramic views and gorgeous dales, but the views everyone enjoys are largely the result of how people have previously managed the land as well as now. It’s important to understand that the landscape contains traces of past activity from different periods and that helps tell its story. This wonderful book is the culmination of decades of research and it explores how many generations of people and communities – from prehistory to post-industrial times – have shaped the land. It is packed with interesting case studies that describe and interpret the Peak District through time, explaining and mapping the landscape.”

The paperback book ‘Reading the Peak District Landscape’, priced at £20 as an introductory offer (r.r.p. £30), is available to buy from National Park visitor centres at Bakewell and Castleton, and online at






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Tuesday’s Stunning Sunrise

Thanks to David G for these fabulous ‘progress’ shots taken during this morning’s sunrise.

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The autumn Village clean-up day is this Sunday the 20th of October.

The start time had been brought forward to 9:30 am.

Meet at the Pump Shed to discuss who wants to do what or find a member of your Parish Council in the Village.

Refreshments at 12:30 in the Sycamore.

Jobs on offer include

  • Ivy growing in the wall at Nethergreen South.
  • Weed growing in the Sheep wash, Jubilee pond and the brook.
  • Review of hedges and trees.
  • General litter picking.
  • Link replacement and painting of playground equipment.
  • Trimming of hedge by playground. (Plus, consideration of additional planting).
  • Tidying of Pavilion interior and assessment of further work.

Please bring household tools and/or materials that will help you with any of the above,

Litter pickers and rubbish bags will be provided.


The Friends of Pump Hill are arranging a day’s work there on Sunday the 17th of November once the entrance have been prepared.


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Monsdale Lane now clear

Thank you to Phil K for his swift assistance

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The Parish Council’s autumn village clean-up day will be held on Sunday the 20th of October starting at 10.00am. More details nearer the day.

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Art Exhibition This Weekend

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Thanks to John F-S for these great shots

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Bee Orchids

Spotted on the trail earlier today, thanks to Dawn J for sending in these great pics

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