Fairtrade – good for people and good for the planet

New Mills has always cared about Fairtrade and was the first town in the High Peak to gain Fairtrade Town status. Fairtrade ensures a minimum price to protect growers but to gain the Fairtrade mark the farmers have to meet strict environmental standards. Many Fairtrade producers then go on to becoming organic farmers. Fairtrade producers …

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Love New Mills

The ever popular ‘Show The Love’ green hearts celebration for Valentine’s weekend returns to New Mills. Local artist and festival volunteer Deborah Pitman says “The displays last year were beautiful individual expressions of love for the green spaces around us and our green planet. We dressed windows, doors, walls and gardens, all looking stunning. Let’s …

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New Mills goes for a Royal Flush

Local environment and angling writer Andrew Griffiths talks to New Mills’ resident Charlie Copestake about novel arrangements in the ‘smallest room’. He may be no Dustin Hoffman but New Mills has its very own ‘Rain Man’ in the form of Spring Bank’s Charlie Copestake. Charlie collects rain by the barrel-load and while money doesn’t grow …

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