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February 2018

In this month’s newsletter:

  • green drinks

  • sponsored apple tree

  • allotment workday

  • how to use less plastic

  • 2017 second hottest year

  • dawn redwood

 

Green drinks

We will discuss our plans for the year at February green drinks, including the another series of our successful informal talks. Join us for green chat from 7.30pm Thursday 1 February 2018 at the Mill Tavern, Liphook Rd, Linchmere, Haslemere GU27 3QE.

 

We sponsor an apple tree at Swan Barn

Transition Haslemere sets aside a quarter of the takings we make on selling secondhand books at the monthly farmers’ market to sponsor trees in the National Trust’s restored orchards at Swan Barn. We sponsored our first tree in 2014 and this month we will hand over a cheque for £250 to fund the planting of a new tree. We are in the process of deciding which traditional variety to plant and will announce our decision shortly.

Allotment workday rescheduled

Due to very wet ground conditions and works planned by Thames Water in Collards Lane, we have been obliged to change the date of this activity. The Allotment Workday will now take place on 24th February – weather permitting.

For more information contact info@transitionhaslemere.org

 

Link of the month: How to use less plastic

It was encouraging to hear the Prime Minister talk recently about tackling the ‘scourge’ of plastic waste. Although the Government’s proposed measures are somewhat limited, we can do a lot ourselves to reduce, recycle and reuse plastic in our everyday lives. Here are three websites with tips and guidance on how you can cut your use of plastic

My plastic-free life

Life without Plastic

Plastic Free UK

Climate data: 2017 was the second hottest year

2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data. It was also the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of El Niño – a climate phenomenon that occurs every few years when water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean becomes abnormally warm. Remarkably, 2017 was also hotter than 2015, which at the time was by far the hottest year on record thanks in part to a strong El Niño event that year. You can read more about it here.

 

Tree corner: Dawn redwood

 

At this time of the year you can see the elegant outline of the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), a species originally known in the West only from its Mesozoic-era fossil remains. In 1946, a small stand of surviving trees was discovered in Szechuan province, China, and its seeds were distributed around the world. It is now often found in botanical gardens and increasingly popular in parks and domestic gardens for its feathery fresh green foliage in the Spring and summer, and red-brown colour in the autumn. Unusually for a conifer, and like its near relative the swamp cypress, it is deciduous. There was a dawn redwood in the Haslemere Museum garden, but died a few years ago. A few others, like the one pictured, can be seen in gardens around Haslemere.

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