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December 2018

In this month's newsletter:

  • Christmas market

  • festive green drinks

  • wildlife proposal

  • allotment update

  • tree from Rome


Christmas market

We will be at the Haslemere Christmas market on Sunday 2 December from 10am to 4pm. Our stall will be in West Street and will sell good quality secondhand books, focusing on cookery, contemporary fiction paperback and books for children and teenagers. Stop by to find gifts or for a chat.


Festive green drinks and climate report

We will prelude our festive celebrations with a discussion on the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on maintaining global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. We will look at why this target is important compared with the 2015 Paris Agreement target of 2 degrees Celsius and the challenges involved in achieving it. The discussion will start at 8pm and last for an hour or so, after which we will celebrate the winter festivities.
(If you want to look at the report in advance you will find it at the IPCC website, click here.There are also a number of analyses and commentaries on the report on the web, such as the one from Carbon Brief, click here.)
8pm Thursday 6 December, The Mill, Camelsdale.


Wildlife proposal

The recently published People's Manifesto for Wildlife has many pertinent comments and constructive proposals for turning around the steady and alarming decline of wildlife in the UK. We are going to highlight some these in our newsletters over the next few months, starting with this from James Redbanks, author of The Shepherd's Life and Lake District Farmer:
“I, and thousands of other farmers, need your help to create a food system that values and rewards nature-friendly farming, and discourages and disadvantages damaging farming practices. This requires all of us rethinking the way we live, shop, cook, and eat, and vote. So that we wean ourselves off the damaging farming that has fed us cheaply, but at an appalling price to nature.”

Manifesto proposal:
“Pay farmers a fair price for the food they produce in return for producing it much more sustainably.”

You can read the full manifesto here.


Allotment update

In our nearly two years of operation, we have learned that ground conditions can be challenging at Collards Lane during the winter months, so outdoor allotment group activities are now closed until further notice. Instead, we will resume Green Coffees at Dylans on  the third Wednesday of every month, 10 am – 12  noon,  a chance to meet up socially and plan for the 2019 season. The first meet-up will be 19th December.


Tree of the month:


The young conifer pictured is from a fresco on the wall of a chamber in a villa on the outskirts of Rome that belonged to Livia Drusilla, the wife of Roman emperor Augustus. Painted around 30-20 BC, the conifer is among a number of species identified in the frescoes, including umbrella pine, oak, red fir, quince, pomegranate, myrtle, oleander, date palm, laurel, box and cypress. The semi-subterranean chamber was probably a cool 'triclinium' (dining room) for summer banquets. The Romans brought plants from the various regions of their empire and grew them in their gardens for their flowers, fruits, herbs and oils, as well as used them along with sculptures for symbolic meanings – much like we use Christmas trees today.
(Photo courtesy of Professor Timothy Kircher)

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