In this month’s newsletter:
TH green drinks topic: keeping bees
TH summer barbecue
community allotment: wanted helpers and equipment
Green Drinks topic in May: Keeping bees
The theme of May’s green drinks is keeping bees.
Dave Elliott, Head Ranger, Black Down, National Trust, will talk us through the joys and practicalities of keeping bees. Thursday 4 May, 7.30pm, Royal Oak, Critchmere Hill
Future themes for our green drinks are:
Keeping chickens – Thursday 1 June, led by Jane Devlin
Trees and climate change – Thursday 7 September, lead by Clive Davidson
Running a small market garden – Thursday 5 October, led by Ed Brooks
July’s green drinks will be combined with our summer barbecue, on Friday 14 July from 6.30pm at Swan Barn, where the theme will be enjoying ourselves. All welcome. Bring your own food and drink. We provide the fire; the National Trust provides the view.
Soil – online resources
Notes from our recent informative and lively discussion on soil are now up on our website here.
Community allotment – helpers and equipment wanted
Want to be involved in growing a vegetable garden? Join our community allotment group – no experience necessary. We are planning to hold community working parties from end of this month. To find out about dates and how to join us for an event, please sign up for our TH Allotment Updates here.
You can register to join us on Saturday, April 29th here.
Also, we still need more garden tools, watering cans, plastic trays for seedlings, guttering (excellent for pea seedlings) and roof felt for our little palette shed. Let us know if you have any to offer or want to join us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanted – unwanted books
We sold nearly 40 books at the farmers’ market earlier this month and need to replenish our stock. We take all sorts, but are particularly looking for newish popular novels, children’s books and recent or classic cookbooks. A quarter of the profits goes to sponsoring trees in the National Trust’s orchard at Swan Barn and the rest towards our projects, such as our community garden. We will collect your books, or you can drop them off in central Haslemere. Contact us at email@example.com.
Come listen to the dawn chorus with us
Wake up with the birds and join us to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. This is the time of year when the birds are at their most joyously vocal. We will be gathering in a wood near Grayswood from 4.30am on Sunday 7 May. Followed by coffee and toast round the campfire. For details of where to meet and to let us know you are coming email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chiddgreen AGM will take place on Wednesday 10 May at The Barn (nursery and afterschool club) on Coombe Lane in Chiddingfold. Meet at 6.30pm for a bluebell walk through a woodland planted 20 years ago, followed by drinks and nibbles and the meeting. Please let us know you are coming by emailing email@example.com.
(Note that the date is different from the one in last month’s newsletter.)
Link of the month
Following on from our green drinks discussion, here is a short video about the value and importance of healthy soil:
Movie: Before the Flood
Energy Alton is showing Before the Flood, a National Geographic documentary on climate change featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Monday 15 May, 7.30pm, Wesley Room, Alton Maltings, GU3 1DT. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree corner: Wild crab apple
In among the hedgerows and woodland around Haslemere you will find the native crab apple (Malus sylvestris) just coming into bloom with its pretty white flowers. Although associated with love and marriage in mythology, wild crab apples tend to grow singly. They will live up to 100 years, becoming gnarled, twisted and crabby – hence, possibly, the name. The fruits can be used to make crab apple jelly, or for their pectin in jams, or added to ales and punches. They are often planted in orchards as pollination partners for cultivated apples (which originally came from Kazakhstan via the Silk Road and the Romans).
Photo shows a crab apple in bloom near Furzefield, Haslemere