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.