Belper community group gets off the ground with ‘positive’ meeting

Fresh Ground, King Street, Belper.
Fresh Ground, King Street, Belper.

A new Belper community group held its maiden meeting recently, with progress being made towards creating a sustainable future for the town.

The Belper Community Development Co-op (BCDC) was formed as a new branch of Transition Belper at the annual Belper Goes Green event earlier this year by Andrew Huskinson.

Andrew’s aim was to create a ‘sustainable Belper’ for the future by engaging and bringing together the local community through a range of schemes.

The first meeting took place late last month at Fresh Ground, on King Street, and Andrew says the early signs are positive.

Andrew told the Belper News: “The first meeting was positive and informal and we had a general discussion about possible BCDC projects.

“We came to the conclusion that we should start with small volunteer-run projects under the ‘Transition Belper’ umbrella.”

A number of issues were covered at the informal meeting, with atendees discussing the possibility of locally-produced, community-run gardens.

Andrew said: “I reported on the first volunteer-run donated back garden with the aim of producing a veg box for a needy single parent family.

“One person offered to help but more helpers would be welcome.

“We will also look for land for a proposed four-acre 80 veg box community garden, run by one professional gardener.

“Derbyshire County Council announced on the day a fund to support Food Box production and a Food Bank hub at J29A on the M1.”

Andrew added that the group also discussed the idea of setting up a market stall as well as planting their own fruit bushes and nut trees.

The group’s next meeting is on Tuesday, August 25 at 7.30pm in the Fresh Ground meeting room.

You can also find out more information by emailing Andrew at sustainablevisionforbelper@outlook.com or svfb@outlook.com.