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April 2018

In this month’s newsletter:

  • small farm film

  • going vegan

  • Spring at the allotment

  • Charter Fair

  • dawn chorus

  • biodiverstiy danger

  • flowering trees

 

People, food and the land – a film

At our April green drinks, we will be showing In Our Hands, a film by The Land Workers’ Alliance – an organisation of people making their livelihoods from producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods. The film tells the story of small producers challenging the need for the industrialisation of food production and the need to maintain the fundamental link between people, food and land. Ed Brooks, local vegetable grower and member of the Alliance, will answer questions after the screening.

We are holding the event in association with St Stephen’s Church – the first church in Haslemere to win an ‘Eco Church’ award.

Thursday 5 April, St Stephen’s Church, Church Road, Haslemere GU27 1NS. Drinks and chat from 7.30pm; the film will start at 8pm. Free. All welcome.

 

Going vegan at May green drinks

Why and how to be a vegan – an informal talk by Joyce D’Silva, who has been a vegan for 43 years. 8.00pm Thursday 3 May 2018 at The Mill, Liphook Rd, Haslemere GU27 3QE

Spring at our allotment

Spring has arrived after some very cold spells, and birds, bees and even

butterflies have emerged and are looking lively. As the ground warms up we

will be getting back to work on the Transition Allotment. There is plenty

to do, both in the way of getting ready to plant and construction of the

raised beds. We hope to welcome back last year’s participants, and invite

new members to join us at plot 13A, Collards Lane, on Thursday 5th April at 1pm, or Saturday 7th April at 10 am.

For directions or more information contact info@transitionhaslemere.org

Plants and books at the Charter Fair

Regrettably, we will not be at the farmers’ markets on 1 April. But we will be at the Charter Fair on Monday 7 May, 1-5pm in the town centre, where we will have our secondhand bookstall and have plants for sale.

Dawn chorus

We will be up with the birds on Sunday 6 May to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day in a wood near Grayswood. More details in next month’s newsletter.

 

Link of the month: Biodiversity in dangerous decline

Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, endangering economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four new landmark science reports. The reports also highlight options to protect and restore nature and its vital contributions to people. You can find the reports here. And a media summary here.

Tree corner: Flowering trees

Over the next couple of months, as trees such as cherry, blackthorn and rowan dazzle us with their showy blossoms, it will be easy to overlook the fact that all trees must flower to propagate as many of our native species do so inconspicuously. This is because they are wind pollinated so have no need of colourful flowers or heady scents to attract insects. Some species, such as hazel, alder and birch, dangle male catkins, but their female flowers are small, or tiny in the case of hazel. Others have flowers that are pale green and unobtrusive and you will have to look closely to find them, such as oak, beech and field maple, or the yew as in in the photo .

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