JULY 2020

Wild about flowers

Tideswell Parish Council has agreed to work with Tideswell & District Environment Group (TDEG) to identify places for wild flowers and ensure that they are cared for. Lynn Crowe represented TDEG's wildlife project group at June's Parish Council meeting, via Zoom. She told members that numbers of wild flowers in the UK are in steep decline, to the serious detriment of insects, bees and butterflies. Lynn said: "There are things we can do about it. As well as encouraging more wild flowers in our own gardens, we should think about better ways of managing public spaces and roadside verges to improve them for wildlife."
Glasses for lions
Last month it was reported that you can recycle your old spectacles, cases and hearing aids through Tideswell Pharmacy. What happens next? The glasses are collected by Matlock Derwent Valley Lions. They forward them to a central Lions facility where they are sorted and graded before being despatched to areas of need around the world. Derbyshire Dales residents have contributed around 50,000 pairs in the last 20 years.
Fire fund launched
A new fundraising initiative has been launched by the Peak District National Park Foundation. The fund will support the issuing of fire prevention messages and post-fire restoration work. A combination of hot and dry weather and an increase in visitor numbers following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown has led to a spate of fires. You can donate to the fire fund at
Back next year
Two of Tideswell's most popular events, Last Night of the Proms and Bonfire & Fireworks, have been cancelled due to the virus awareness situation. Tideswell & District Community Association's Sandra Howard said: "We are very sorry that we had to do this, but thought it unfair to everyone not to make a decision. We will be back next year with a bang of drums and the bang of rockets."
Parking problems
Wormhill has coped admirably with lockdown but the scourge of tourist parking has returned, near Millers Dale station in particular. Cars are being left on both sides of the road, making it impossible for larger agricultural vehicles to pass. The Parish Council has been making the County Council and National Park Authority aware of the dangers, asking for action.

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