Land on Melbourne Common

IMG_0396Melbourne Village Voice have featured our quest to buy land on Melbourne Common, and the fact that the group has been offered a generous grant from the National Forest Company to purchase the ten acre plot. We now have a dedicated website for the project which can be found at  – where you can find out more about what’s happening and how to get involved.

Meeting 15th May – Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping evening

Melbourne Area Transition will be hosting local natural beekeepers, Derby and District Beekeeping Project (DadBeeP) at their May meeting.  Natural beekeeping uses a sustainable approach to aim to maximise bee health and increase local bee populations. The use of Top-bar hives encourages the natural behaviours of bees, and are cheap to make from recycled materials.  Natural beekeeping is minimally invasive and is usually easy to learn for beginners.  Local sustainable beekeepers will demonstrate methods and hives and answer questions from novice or experienced beekeepers and from anyone just interested in supporting bees.   All welcome.  £2 entry to include refreshments.  Date:  Wednesday 15th May at 7.45pm at Church House (next to Melbourne Parish Church).  For more information see

For more information on natural beekeeping see: and www.biobees.comnatural beekeeping posterjpeg


Meeting Wed 17th April 2013

We have an exciting opportunity to purchase 10 acres of land on Melbourne Common, with assistance from a grant from the National Forest.  The meeting this week will discuss the way forward and how we can make this project a reality.  7.45pm church house.IMG_0259

Natural beekeeping hivemaking day

This was not a MAT event but I attended a great community hivemaking day on 6th April and thought MAT members may be interested in it.  The local natural beekeeping group, Derby and District Beekeepers held a great day making natural beehives from recycled materials.  Six full size hives were made, so six people have the opportunity to become natural beekeepers.  Natural beekeeping is designed to promote maximum health of bees, and occasional honey production, but is free from chemicals and other stresses.  This type of beekeeping is explained at  The hives are a very different design from “normal” hives, but allow minimal disturbance to the buys, and allow the bees to make their own comb in a natural way.  And the sun shone and we all enjoyed Alison’s superb hospitality!Beehives day April 2013

Derbyshire Climate Conference Sat 9 March 2013

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School forest garden digging day Saturday 9th February 2013

The "before photo"Saturday 9th February at 1pm – 4pm at Melbourne Junior School

We will planting trees, shrubs and creating a bug hotel and other things.

We need lots of help, so please bring as many people as possible.  Bring a spade, wellies, warm clothes and gloves.

Schools Preparation and Planting day Saturday 24 November 2012

See the Schools Food Forest page for further details and how you can help with this project.

AGM Wednesday 21st November 2012

This year’s AGM will include a review of the year, guest speaker and planning of the year ahead.

Swadlincote Apple Day

MAT will be making an appearance at Swadlincote Apple Day which is running on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October.  We will also be at Calke Apple Day on Sunday 14th October.  Swadlincote apple day 2012 Poster

Mig Holder – being creative with textiles 19 September 2012

What an inspiring evening, organised by MAT in partnership with Melbourne Festival.  The evening was sold out so a room change was required.  Mig is so knowledgable about textiles and the need to recycle everything that comes her way, turning them into beatiful new clothes, bags, jewellery rolls and much more.

If you have something in your wardrobe that requires alteration, or require Mig to carry out a “wardrobe blitz” then contact her via: .  She also runs workshops and one-to-one sewing skills sessions.