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Great news for the TH community allotment team this month!

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Thanks to Nikki Barton, Independent Surrey County Council Councillor for Haslemere, for awarding a £300 grant. The allotment team will use the money to buy gardening equipment and tools. We soon hope to welcome everyone, and we are happy to share gardening skills.

February 2017

 TH community allotment in the making

A few years ago TH put its name down for an allotment. Having all but forgotten about this, we were excited when some allotments came up at Collards Lane. Following a visit, we put forward our preferences and were delighted to be awarded our first choice plot.

So here we are, with a brand new allotment. It is a lovely plot, laid to lawn with a couple of small trees in the middle and some roses and other shrubs one end. A small group of TH gardeners met on Friday to discuss the way forward. Over the next few weeks we will have to clear rubbish, set up a couple of raised beds and a compost area, and start growing seedlings on windowsills.

To knock the garden into shape we need certain items, and before we buy anything we would like to ask if you have any of these that you no longer need:
– garden shed
– gardening tools
– wheelbarrow
– gardening hose

If the answer is ‘yes’, then please get in touch by emailing us info@transitionhaslemere.org.uk We’d be thrilled to hear from you!

In due course we will let you know about community gardening sessions. However, if anyone would like to commit to regular hard work right now, to get this off the ground and be part of the TH community garden from the start, you can contact us via email info@transitionhaslemere.org.uk, and we will let you know what we are up to. Also, we will hold a seed-swap at the next Green Drinks, a good opportunity to meet us!

 

Green drinks theme – Plastic free living

We are going to have a theme for discussion for part of the evening at our green drinks gatherings from now on. Starting in March, our first theme is: ‘How can we reduce the amount of plastic in our lives?’

Plastic is everywhere. The trouble is it doesn’t bio-degrade, it’s made from unsustainable petrochemicals and we are in contact with it so much every day that it is already in our bloodstreams. Brigitte Kaltenbacher has been on a mission to reduce the plastic coming into her home and will share practical ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use and what the eco-friendly alternatives could be.

Please join us at the Royal Oak, Critchmere Lane, on Thursday 2 March from 7.30pm

 

Tree corner: Buds prepare for Spring

One of the most conspicuous events at this time of the year is the emergence of bright yellow catkins dangling from hazel trees. These are male flowers carrying pollen. You have to get up close to the stems to see the female flowers, which are tiny with little red styles. Hazel does not flower if shaded, which is why you can often see the catkins on roadside trees open to the sun, but not in woodland.

It is also a good time to look at the buds of trees as they prepare to open into flower or leaf. The buds are often distinctive. Ash has black buds like dirty fingernails; oaks have clusters of little egg-shaped buds. Beech and hornbeam have similar long thin buds; the beech lying flat against the stem, the hornbeam standing proud. The king is the horse chestnut, with big fat sticky buds that glisten in the winter sun – see photo.

Green Drinks – February

We will be meeting for green drinks on Thursday 2nd February 7.30pm – 10pm at The Royal Oak in Critchmere Lane, Haslemere.

We have just been allocated an allotment in Collards Lane, Haslemere, and we will be making plans for how to develop it. If you are interested in community vegetable growing, please join us.

January

Happy New Year

Just a short announcement for now:

Due to bad weather, the AGM and Green Drinks have been postponed

The AGM and Green Drinks have been postponed. We will meet next week Thursday 19th January 7.30pm – 10pm at the Swann Inn in Haslemere.

 

See you next week!

December 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

AGM in January

The annual AGM will be held on Thursday 12th January at 7.30pm at the Swan Inn. Please come along!

Logs for Labour (L4L)

Follow the L4L events schedule -link to see a diary of woodland events set up by Jane; and please email jane.devlin@gmail.com to be added to the L4L mailing list if you are interested in joining.

Winter Wassailing at Swan Barn Farm

Swan Barn Farm, Friday 27th January, 6pm – 9pm

 

A free National Trust event which includes the traditional drink of the ceremony, the wassail, which is made with apples grown and pressed right on the farm. There will also be food and drink available for sale and live music. Children are welcome, as are dogs on leads. Please park in the pay&display car parks in town, from where it is a short walk to Swan Barn Farm.

SECONDHAND BOOK APPEAL

Are your bookshelves overflowing? Want to pass on books you have read and enjoyed? We need more stock for our farmers market stall where we sell secondhand books to raise funds for our projects as well as donating a quarter of the proceeds to sponsor traditional fruit trees in the National Trust’s orchard at Swan Barn Farm. We are particularly looking for modern novels and children’s books. Get in touch with us at info@transitionhaslemere.org and we can arrange to collect.

TREE OF THE MONTH: WESTERN REDCEDAR

Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) is native of the Pacific Northwest of America where it grows prolifically in forests and wet areas. A member of the cypress family rather than a true cedar, it can grow to 230 ft and live to a great age – the oldest verified specimen is nearly 1500 years old.

The scale-like leaves have a pineapple-like scent when crushed. The soft reddish wood contains a natural fungicide, which is why it is widely used outdoors for decking, garden furniture and cladding. Native Americans used the trees for canoes, totem poles, masks, utensils and many other things. The tree pictured is in the St Bartholomew’s Church graveyard. Western redcedar is not usually a Christmas tree, although this year the sculptor Antony Gormley has created a striking festive tree for the Connaught in London – see http://www.the-connaught.co.uk/christmas/christmas-tree/

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