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Belper Goes Green 2014 ECO Festival
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Last Year's Attractions

Stalls and activities

Food and drink

  • Fresh Basil will, of course, be in attendance along with their huge paella pan and scrumptious food from the deli
  • Leafbone Pizza with their mobile wood fired pizza oven. More toppings than you could imagine and your chance to help make your own pizza.
  • Sound Bites - the Derby not for profit wholefood deli are back - why not order a food box delivery?
  • Veggies -  is volunteer-led, a community-based, social enterprise, promoting vegan catering and supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment since 1984. We are delighted they’ll be helping to feed our visitors
  • CAMRA Beer Festival - this year CAMRA will be looking after the beer and will have around 30 real ales available. Expect the beer to be in top condition then. This is in advance of the Amber Valley Beer Festival moving from Alfreton to Strutts in September.

Entertainment and kids

  • Acoustic artistes on two stages – line-up to be confirmed but including Leo Swarvett (poetry), Dave and Chris (blues), Fingers and Thumbs, Sophie Revell and Kai Swarvett
  • Folk Friendzy Dance Group - is a group of dancers aged between 4 and 17 years old who perform various styles of dance from Clog to Irish in their own entertaining way. Not to be missed
  • Feet First - Feet First Appalachian Clog Dancers from Chesterfield are a lively performance side who have appeared at many Folk Festivals around Britain
  • Drop Inn - will be leading several 'Bash the Trash' sessions utilising their own refurbished or hand-made instruments as well as a mind boggling range of things to bang being dreamed up by Lynne's upcycling team
  • Wildworks - forest skills including bug hunts. Activities are designed to foster the imagination, create and enjoy a bit of magic, and most of all, be fun. There are lots of opportunities to build and create all sorts of things, from weaving a panel using willow and other found materials to creating a dragons nest!
  • Junky Monkey – Emma will be leading a Scarecrow making workshop on Saturday morning and building a castle from trash on Sunday morning
  • Soft archery with 4th Belper Scouts
  • Giant draughts board - with Jo Kirk
  • DerwentWISE workshops. Full listing of activities is under Campaigns and Charity

Arts, crafts and recycling

  • Malcolm David Smith is back with his wonderfully crafted wooden furniture
  • Kitty Bea with her handmade gift tags and wrappings will be sharing a stall with Hidden Gemz Gifts who make soaps, bathbombs and the like.
  • Carole Beavis will be making something incredible with willow - last year's sculpture was a feature in the George and Dragon garden for several months
  • Yew Can't Cedar Wood Fir the Trees - Steve makes wooden toys using any scrap wood he can get hold of.
  • Book Crossing - join the movement, bring your old books and take away some new summer holiday reading
  • Rita Kappia - an art workshop making Happiness dolls
  • Abi Sawyer - Come and make a mosaic coaster
  • Magic Lantern - Fairtrade gifts and accessories


  • Glow-worm - our local boiler manufacturers will, once again, have the latest low energy boiler and water heating technology on display
  • City Electrical Factors will be bringing a range of LED lights and will have some special offers. You should be able to have a play at mood setting with a remote control
  • DKMY Architects - Richard will have some of the latest and most environmentally friendly insulation materials on show as well as being able to offer refurbishment help and advice.
  • Amber and Derwent Valley Community Energy - with news and exhibits showing progress with the hydro power scheme
  • T4 Sustainability - with information on solar PV, heat pumps and bio-mass systems
  • Transition Belper Energy Group energy saving and supplier switching advice
  • Westville Insulation – offering advice and installation services for loft, cavity and solid wall insulation

Health, wellbeing and growing

  • Hillside Permaculture - Nathan will be selling plants and sausages from their venture at Shipley. We're also looking forward to the return of the cycle powered smoothie maker and workshops with a chap with a pole lathe.
  • Green Emporium are another returning stall - this time for both days
  • Ultimate Healing are also returning along with the massage table - go on, treat yourself and sooth away those aches and pains
  • Lyndsay Palmieriis an independent NYR Organic consultant  giving advice on natural health and beauty, and discovering the benefits of choosing organic. Lyndsay also offers a range if treatments:- massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, ear candling, seated acupressure massage and holistic facials – Sunday only
  • Derma Enhance – A whole body deep moisturiser containing a high percentage of cranberry seed extract, specially formulated to visibly reduce the redness, scaling and flaked skin associated with psoriasis – Sunday only
  • Belper Gardening Club - Will be selling plants and holding an 'Ask The Gardener' surgery on Sunday

Travel and Transport

  • Juicy Bikes - another opportunity to ride around the field on an electric bike to see how easy it is
  • Cyclewirks – bikes, spares and repairs – Sunday only
  • Derwent Valley Rail Partnership – train information for the DV line
  • Wheely Fun Wheels - Dr Bike (Sponsored by the Co-operative) are coming with bike powered smoothies and a pop-up bike mechanics workshop - Saturday only 

Campaigns and Charity

  • Derwentwise Partnership - you can see the plans and get involved in workshops looking at preserving habitats and getting involved in local landscape of the lower Derwent Valley. There will be a number of activities for all ages , as part of the DerwentWISE launch. DerwentWISE is about inspiring and enabling people to care for the Lower Derwent Valley through conservation and management of the landscape. 
    All activities are free.

    Underwater & Waterlife - come and make a Cased Caddisfly Larvae to take home and  also peep into the pond it would live in! The project shows just a few of the underwater plants and creatures that live in our local ponds and streams. 
    Well-dressing - come and take part in this local Derbyshire tradition but with a twist: to link into the DerwentWISE theme we will be using leaves and plants from  around the Belper Meadow area to create the wonderful patterns and pictures.
    The  Understorey story - Light-boxes depict many of the plants that will be able to grow in local woods and meadowlands when management, conservation and clearance has been done - come and join in the drawing and colouring of some of these unusually named plants, such as Dogs Mercury and Enchanters Nightshade!
    ............are all suitable for children aged 5 upward. 
    The Understorey Story  Fibres - is a chance to see how nettles, cleared from the understorey , can be used to spin and make yarn. We used to use this for cloth - and people are starting to use this no-pesticide or fertiliser green alternative to cotton again. Have a go - we promise  you won't get stung!!

  • Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
  • Greenpeace
  • Belper North Mill Trust
  • Derbyshire Green Party
  • Derby Friends of the Earth – Saturday only
  • Oxfam – Belper shop
  • Belper Amnesty International
  • The Environmental Quality Mark
  • Red Cross
  • Home Schooler

The station mosaic project may depend on finding the last £1k of funding - we think we can get our hands on £2k and £1k worth is being donated in kind. The idea is that artist, Christine Gray, talks to primary (or even nursery) school children about trains, buses and taking care of the world we live in and gets them to draw or paint some pictures to illustrate these ideas. Taking a range of ideas Christine then designs a large mosaic for everyone coming to Belper Goes Green to contribute to putting together. Once complete the mosaic is mounted in place on the northbound platform at the station. Some of the pieces of art created by the children will be scanned, printed on a special material and then mounted on the station railings. This display could change over time.

Belper Community Art - Nicky Ward is experienced at community consultation and is a recycling artist and owner of the Bower Wirks - a gallery and workshop space in Wirksworth. Nicky will be making some large maps of Belper for those attending Belper Goes Green to add colourful notations of what they love and loathe about Belper. Time lapse photography will capture the development of the map board and could be added to the Belper Goes Green video. The finished board could be displayed somewhere in Belper for all to see and posters and postcards made of the final image - as long as we can secure the funding for the printing.

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