Free trees to giveaway by Charnwood Borough Council

2,000 free trees to giveaway

A scheme to give away 2,000 free trees to residents in Charnwood has been launched.

The borough council has teamed up with the National Forest and contractor idverde to run the free tree scheme and people have until November 16 to apply.

All they need to do is email the Council and each resident can request up to two trees.

Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for the environment, said: “We’re delighted to launch the free tree scheme in Charnwood and I would encourage people to apply soon as I am sure the trees will be snapped up.

“Charnwood is part of the National Forest and we want to make our borough even greener and this is one way to help.”

Residents are eligible to choose two trees and there is a choice of three varieties; rowan, wild cherry, crab apple.

Trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and distributed during National Tree Week which runs from November 27 to December 1.

To apply, email 

idverde manages the borough’s parks and open spaces on behalf of the Council.

The National Forest is right in heart of the country, embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and aims to link the two ancient Forests of Charnwood and Needwood.

Police Update to Stabbing in East Goscote

A 24-year-old man has been charged on Tuesday 16 October following a stabbing in East Goscote.

A male of Tinkers Dell, East Goscote, has been charged with one count of section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, one count of common assault and one count of possession of a bladed article.

He appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court  on 17 October and was remanded in custody.

The charges relates to an incident in Lilac Way, in which a 35-year-old man suffered a serious stab wound to his neck on Sunday 14 October.

He remains in hospital where his condition is now stable.

Changes to opening hours at county waste sites

Winter opening hours for Leicestershire’s recycling and household waste sites will come into force next week.

From Monday, 1 October, winter opening times will apply, with all sites continuing to open five days a week, but from 9am to 4pm.

The five day pattern of opening is arranged so that sites are open at weekends and a proportion of sites remain open each day for use by the public in the week.

Remember sites at Kibworth, Lount, Lutterworth, Melton, Shepshed and Whetstone are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Charnwood are delighted to welcome the fourth annual Loogabarooga Festival to our wonderful town of Loughborough.


This year, the Festival is celebrating 80 years of the iconic comic The Beano and is honoured to host an Exhibition of Comic Art by John Patrick Reynolds at the Charnwood Museum.

They are pleased to showcase local and nationally renowned authors, storytellers and illustrators, whose work gives Loogabarooga its unique and charming character and we’re thrilled to have the support of local businesses, who have thrown themselves into the Festival with enthusiasm and imagination.

Farmers’ Market Wednesday 10th October

The next farmers’ market will be on Wednesday October 10.

Producers from across the midlands come to Loughborough’s Farmers’ market to sell a wide range of interesting, organic and healthy food and drink.

We usually have around 15 to 20 traders attending, selling a wide range of excellent local produce such as meat, wine, bread, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, honey, eggs, homemade sauces and preserves.

Opening times:
9am and 3pm (this may change during November due to Loughborough Fair).

Charnwood Community Lottery

Tickets are on sale for the lottery, organised by the borough council, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes, charities and voluntary organisations

Among the latest groups to sign up are Bradgate Park, Falcon Support Services which helps people live independently and Fearon Hall Community Association in Loughborough.

For every £1 ticket, 60p will go towards helping a good cause and players can win up to £25,000.

To buy a ticket, please visit where you will be asked to create an account.

When a participant chooses to support one of the registered charities or good causes, the organisation will receive a 50p donation, with 10p going towards a central community fund. If no charity is chosen, all 60 pence goes to the community fund.


Views sought on polling districts in Charnwood

A consultation about polling districts in Charnwood gets underway on October 1, 2018 and people are urged to have a say.

The borough council is required to review polling districts, places and stations every five years to ensure voting arrangements are up to date and fit for purpose.

This is an opportunity for people to recommend new polling locations and the Council is particularly keen to hear views on any access issues.

Geoff Parker, electoral registration officer, said: “This is an important review and it gives people the opportunity to put forward suggestions to improve local voting arrangements in time for the local council elections due in May 2019.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people who may have views on access arrangements to polling stations as we want to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote with ease.”

There are more than 133,000 register voters in Charnwood and currently there are 76 polling districts.

Temporary Closure of Loughborough Tip

The work is to take place over a 12-week period and the site is planned to close from the evening of Wednesday, 26th September 2018.

Anyone wanting to use an alternative waste site during the closure period, can visit the nearby Mountsorrel site on Granite Way (LE12 7TZ) or the Shepshed  site on Hathern Road (LE12 9RP).

To minimise disruption, the Mountsorrel  facility will be open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week for the duration of the closure. The Shepshed site will remain closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Permits for the Loughborough waste site will be accepted at both Mountsorrel and Shepshed during the closure.