Activity Log 2013-2014

February 2013 – Transition Buxton’s proposal for site was sent to High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) and received positively. HPBC were willing to work with Transition Buxton to develop the plan.

May 2013 – Meeting with a representative from the University of Derby expressing enthusiasm for being part of the project.

July 2013  – Agreed at meeting with Council Officers that given a description of planned use HPBC could cost out necessary refurbishment works for existing buildings.

October 2013  – Initial Working Group meeting with Transition Buxton, Council Officers and University of Derby on site.

February 2014  – Presentation to Buxton Town Team I&V.

March 2014  – Derbyshire County Council (DCC) survey of site estimates refurbishment costs at £275,000.

May 2014 – Site visit with HPBC and DCC.

June 2014 – Draft licence for land clearance issued and first Volunteer Day organised with insurance cover secured.  First Volunteer Day a great success: cleared the area between the perimeter wall and the greenhouse of scrub, saplings and plant pots; located fitting pipes, overheads and shelving for polytunnel; collected 3 pallets worth of plant pots. Twenty four volunteers attended and contributed a total of seventy three volunteer hours.

September 2014 –  Serpentine Project given award by East Midlands in Bloom judges.  Second Volunteer Day was very hot. Work extended into the main central area of scrub and plant pot clearance. Another 3 pallets worth of plant pots collected. Forty one volunteers gave a total of one hundred and thirty seven volunteer hours.

October 2014  – Apple Day benefited from loan of an apple press from a local group. Volunteers enjoyed lots of apple products. Collection progressed from pallets to builders’ bags: four bags worth of plant pots collected. Twenty three volunteers gave a total of ninety volunteer hours.

November 2014 –  Wednesday Volunteer Days launched. Despite attracting fewer volunteers, the additional time supports regular work on site, including Public Service students’ Day on 9 December 2014, when twenty eight students and their two tutors, cleared the felled trees within a couple of hours. By the end of 2014, Wednesday Volunteer Days had attracted a total of fifty volunteers with a total of one hundred and forty three volunteer hours.

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