Eco Centre celebrates anniversary

AN innovative centre designed to protect Derbyshire’s rural heritage is celebrating its first anniversary.

Almost 800 people have taken part in 90 courses run at the Derbyshire Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth since it opened in September 2010.

The £1.4m centre – which boasts green credentials - was built to expand the number of courses the county council offers to help maintain the area’s rural heritage.

It also runs courses to help people gain skills to live sustainably including reducing energy use and recycling.

And to celebrate the centre’s successful first 12 months people are invited along to free workshops to create a commemorative mosaic which will go on display.

They will be held on Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 September from 10am to 4pm and no previous experience is needed.

People who would like to take part can pre-book by calling 01629 533038 or they can turn up on the day although children under 16 must be accompanied.