WALK FOR ‘WILDLIFE”
The 17th annual World Wildlife Fund sponsored Walk for Wildlife takes place this year on 15th October with thousands of people all over the country risking blistered feet to raise money to save the world’s vanishing species.
There’s a walk to suit everyone, whether you are an enthusiastic, seasoned walker who fancies a 15 mile walk or a couch-potato who feels a walk to the pub is more your style. At locations ranging from riverbanks and towpaths to woodlands and hillsides you can turn up on your own or bring your family and friends to raise essential funds for endangered wildlife and have a fun day out at the same time. For more information see here.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
Holbrook, near Belper was voted the best kept village in Derbyshire in the competition sponsored by The Derbyshire Building Society.
Holbrook had already won the large village section of the annual Derbyshire Best Kept
Village Competition together with the £100 prize, before going on to compete with the other three categories to become overall winner.
John Oake, General Manager (Operations) at The Derbyshire, presented Holbrook Parish Council representatives with a further cheque for £250 and a framed certificate. Holbrook also gets a wrought-iron `Best Kept Village’ sign to erect in the village.
The Derbyshire stepped in as sponsor this year and substantially increased prize-money. At the Awards Evening, it provided a cheque and certificate for each category winner and runner-up. Othet. category winners were Lullington (Small Villages), Horiley (Medium) and Tupton (Most Improved). Runners up were Bradbourne (Small), Newton Solney (Medium) and Smalley (Large). If you want to learn something more about France villages check this compare marseille hotels website.
The competition is organised by thz Derbyshire Rural Community Council, which works to promote the welfare of rural communities in partnership with other agencies.
THE LONGHORNS OF MUGGINGTON BOTTOMS
A Derbyshire marsh has undergone a bloom boom thanks to the digestive habits of an historic livestock breed.
At Mugginton Bottoms, between Ashbourne and Derby, English Nature have declared longhorn cattle to be winners in wetland conservation. Thirty of the hardy beasts are munching their way through tough tussocks that tender-mouthed modern breeds refuse to tackle and their impartial grazing brought on a riot of colour in the summer as rare marshland, plants were given the chance to flower. If you are interesting in Europe cities go to http://www.europe-cities.com/ .
EN declared the marsh a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its unique range of wetland habitats. It boasts more than 100 species of wetland plants including southern marsh orchid, ragged robin and marsh arrowgrass.
The site’s owner, Mr Peter Hogbin, chose longhorns because he wanted to help preserve this ancient cattle breed, numbers of which were down to 120, 20 years ago.
English Nature is England’s statutory nature conservation service, working with others for the benefit of wildlife and natural features. The local area team for the Peak District and Derbyshire is based at Manor Barn, Over Haddon.