Latest news from Macctastic Eco Network
September 2021
Image: Dandelion seed head in the sun, Gordon Richardson
Image: Dandelion seed head in the sun, Gordon Richardson 

We hope this newsletter finds you and your families safe and well.

It's encouraging to see there has been a lot of 'green' activity over the past few months, several new eco-groups have formed to help make Macclesfield more eco-conscious and sustainable. Read on for a summary and don't miss Green Fest this Saturday, 18th September at Chrtistchurch. Meet Macctastic and many other local green groups to ask questions, raise ideas or get involved! 

As we slowly move back towards pre-Covid life, (while still taking necessary precautions, of course) there will also be future opportunities to meet face to face. Macctastic will be out and about over the coming months, supporting Cheshire Wildlife Trust's Wilder Weekend Macclesfield (24th -26th September), there are plans afoot for an Eco-Hub at the October Treacle Sunday and finally, we are very pleased to announce, our next open meeting is scheduled for 16th November at St Michael's Church. More details to follow soon.

All this comes in the run up to the COP 26 in Glasgow (Nov 1 - 12th 2021), which we will be marking with a special newsletter and the launch of our 'Information Exchange', where we focus on different sustainability topics and make suggestions about further information and learning. So watch out for this and details of our open meeting in a few weeks time.

 Green Fest 

Macctastic are pleased to announce we will be appearing at Green Fest, an event happening this Saturday, 18th September in Christchurch and the surrounding gardens. The event aims to bring together groups and businesses from across the area committed to living and working in a more eco-conscious way. There will be stalls from a variety of groups and businesses  including Scoop and Scales, Kate Ellis with TerraCycle, MaccWild Network, MaccLitterMap and many more besides.   
It has been organised by the ONE Project (a joint venture between Grow Macclesfield and Macc Plant Swap) in partnership with the Roe-naissance Project, who aim to preserve Christchurch while making it a viable space for the community to use.

 Repair Café  

After a few months of hard work and organising, Macclesfield’s first ever Repair Café launched on Saturday September 11th at the Old Heritage Centre. Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers we were able to offer:

- Electronic repairs
- Mechanical repairs
- Textile repairs
- Upcycling advice 

We welcome anyone with any faulty items to come down and have a chat at our future events on:

- 9th October
- 13th November
- 11th December

We will try our very best to fix anything that we can! The idea is that anyone can bring their items for free; we will sit down and show you how to fix it step by step. We are fully PAT certified, with a PAT tester on site to make sure any electrical repairs are done so safely.

Scoop & Scales have given us a page on their website where we will continue to provide up-to-date information on what we’re up to, as well as information on local repair shops – if for any reason we can’t fix something, we can refer to local trades people.

As well as the website, we are also active on Facebook and Instagram, where you can get updates on what we’re doing and what we have planned next! 

Instagram - @macc_repaircafe
Facebook - @MaccRepairCafe

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 Macctastic Transport Group 

20splenty for Cheshire East – the campaign to reduce speeds in residential and shopping areas is still active and remains a vital part of the wider campaign to reduce emissions, reduce accidents, increase active travel, and improve the health of all in the community. At the moment, Cheshire East council is conducting a review of their Speed Management Strategy. The results should be reported to the new Highways and Transport Committee on 16th November 2021. Introducing a default 20mph limit on all residential and shopping streets would be the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way of improving the quality of life where we all live, work and shop; but we need to tell the CE councillors and officers that this is what we want.

Please email any or all the members of the committee to tell them that your community wants lower speeds:

·                                 Councillor Suzie Akers Smith   

·                                 Councillor Mike Benson   

·                                 Councillor Craig Browne  (Chair) 

·                                 Councillor Liz Braithwaite   

·                                 Councillor Barry Burkhill   

·                                 Councillor Laura Crane  (Vice-Chair) 

·                                 Councillor Hazel Faddes   

·                                 Councillor Allen Gage   

·                                 Councillor Les Gilbert   

·                                 Councillor Mike Hunter   

·                                 Councillor Mike Sewart   

·                                 Councillor Don Stockton   

·                                 Councillor Phil Williams   

For more information contact or go to

 The Great North Cycleway 

Proposals are in place to extend this route to Macclesfield from Prestbury and Wilmslow along the Bollin Valley, creating an invaluable and exciting route for commuting and leisure cycling. Funding will come via the building of HS2. There will be an opportunity to see the plans and give our views at a consultation on Thursday 30th September between 12noon and 8pm at Ashley Hall. The transport group will be giving their verdict – the route into Macclesfield from Prestbury should follow the Bollin Valley Way, for example – but all are welcome to attend and give their views.

To get involved with the transport group contact the Chair David Mayers.


Update for Terracycle is that we have two new waste streams open, both by Warburtons.

1. Warburtons Wax Wraps from their bread packaging. This is brand only.
2. Warburtons Bakery Packaging for bakery-based products, for any brand.

Terracycle will be at the Green Festival being held at Christ Church on 18th September. Terracycle sorting dates are soon to be released so keep a look out for these on Facebook. 

 Cheshire East Climate Alliance 

Several of the Alliance’s member organisations are planning events to raise awareness of climate change issues in the run-up to the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. Congleton Sustainability Group is planning a week-long climate festival 23rd-29th October, culminating in a Green Fayre on Saturday 30th October. Esther Bird, who gave the opening presentation at our own Eco-Summit in May, will be contributing to Congleton’s festival along with other members of Macclesfield Eco-Youth Group. Transition Wilmslow will be holding their own festival throughout October, to provide a month’s worth of free events aimed at helping people to combat climate change. Activities will include music, food harvesting and cooking, debates, poetry, guided walks, bike rides, and more.

Meanwhile, in the south of the borough, Audlem Carbon Emissions Reduction Project (ACER) will be holding a Climate and Nature event on Saturday 18th September as part of the national Great Big Green Week celebration (18th-26th September).


MaccWild – or Macclesfield Wild Network, to give it its full name – has now been formed as a charitable trust and is about to have its own bank account – both of which are essential for funding projects.

The group’s vision is to make Macclesfield and surrounding areas greener, more biodiverse, and resilient to the effects of climate change, for the benefit of the people of the area. So, how will this be achieved?

The first project is to re-wild the grounds of the leisure centre, starting with a new mowing regime that encourages wildflowers and pollinating insects. This is under way, with support and encouragement from the centre management, ANSA, and Cheshire East Council. The next phase is to create a wildflower-rich area outside the squash courts, and to identify spaces for additional conservation seeding and tree planting. These wild areas could have potential for physical and mental health therapies, and inputs from Macclesfield Lifestyle Group and a local GP will help to make this a successful reality.

Other projects in the pipeline include a network of wildlife friendly footpaths and cycleways in the town, plus plans for wildflower planters in the town centre as part of next year’s Britain in Bloom activities.


Macclesfield’s army of volunteer litter pickers continue to do fantastic work, making our town a cleaner and more attractive place. The map of cleaned areas shows just how much effort goes into keeping our streets and open spaces tidy and safe but, sadly, there is always more to do. The group’s website provides helpful tips on what to do, while the Facebook page (MaccLitterMap) keeps volunteers up to speed on local litter-picking activities and other essential information. 

So, if you already go out and pick litter up – a heartfelt thank you; you’re doing a great job. If you feel you would like to get involved, check out the website and Facebook page, and join our team.

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