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November 2017

In this month’s newsletter:

  • foraged remedies

  • Christmas market

  • rewilding Sussex

  • disappearing insects

  • red oak

 

Remedies from the hedgerow, woodland and meadow

Join us for the last of our popular green drinks talks for 2017. This month herbalist and acupuncturist Tamara Kircher will explain how to make healing tinctures, teas and tonics from berries, herbs and flowers that you can forage locally.

Thursday 2 November, 8.00pm at the Station House, Haslemere. All welcome

December green drinks:

Green drinks on Thursday 7 December will be a social event. Join us for a festive chat about all things green. 8.00pm at the Station House, Haslemere. All welcome

 

Christmas market

Transition Haslemere will have a stall at the Christmas market selling mulled apple juice and secondhand books. The market – the biggest event in Haslemere’s year – will run from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 3 December. There will be lots of gift ideas and food and drink stalls.

You will find us on West Street with the farmers’ market stalls.

Rewilding Sussex

With fences removed and free roaming cattle, ponies, deer and pigs, a 3,500 acre former conventional mixed farm has seen a dramatic return of wild nature. Knepp Castle Estate owner Sir Charles Burrell will explain how a different kind of farming has created a haven for wildlife.

7.30pm Saturday 11th November, Village Hall, Selborne. Tickets £8.00 in advance or £10 on the night. For tickets or more information contact Trish at triciaoliver178@btinternet.com.

 

Link of the month: Insects warn us of potential ‘ecological Armageddon’

If you were wondering whether setting aside some of your garden for insect-friendly plants was worth it, or you have been pondering keeping bees, a recent study of showing that there has been a dramatic plunge in insect numbers should convince you. The study was covered by many newspapers, and you can read the original paper – More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areashere:

Tree corner: Red oak

Red oak (Quercus rubra) is a broadleaf deciduous tree native to North America and popular as an ornamental tree in British and European parks and gardens, especially for its rusty red autumn colour. It has the lobed leaves characteristic of oaks but much larger and more pointed than our English oak. It takes 40 years to develop a good crop of acorns, which have shallow cups and are knobbly.

The tree in the photograph is on the path above Swan Barn Farm.

October 2017

  • market garden talk

  • swap-it day

  • climate change update

  • Amnesty tree

  • allotment reflections

 

Making a market garden

This month's green drinks talk:

Ed Brooks grows vegetables on an acre of land in Liphook with no chemicals and little carbon. You may have bought bags of delicious Ed's Veg from a local shop, or enjoyed them with a meal in a local restaurant. Come and hear how he does it while caring for the land.

Thursday 5 October, 8.00pm in the cafe area upstairs at The Station House, opposite Haslemere station. Parking is available behind the building.

* Note this is a new venue for green drinks



November green drinks:

Remedies from the hedgerow, woodland and meadow – healing tinctures, teas and tonics from berries, herbs and flowers.

Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm, Station House

 

Chiddgreen Swap-it day

Here’s how it works: You bring along items that you no longer need but that are still serviceable and could be of use to someone else. Large items can be advertised on our website with a photograph. While you’re there, browse around, find items that you would like to take away and use. No money changes hands – it’s simply an opportunity to cut down on unnecessary waste. The aim is to reduce, reuse and recycle! No charge – just a donation tin.

Saturday 7 October, 10am sharp, Chiddingfold Village Hall

 



Link of the month: 1.5ºC could still be possible

A team of climate scientists has delivered a rare bit of good news: it could be easier than previously thought to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, as called for in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But even if the team is right — and some researchers are already questioning the conclusions — heroic efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions will still be necessary to limit warming.

Read the story here.

 

Tree corner: Amnesty tree

As part of the efforts to replace trees lost in the 1987 hurricane, the local branch of Amnesty International planted a tree in the centre of the Town Meadow. They dedicated it to all prisoners of conscience. The group continues to use it to draw residents' attention to current prisoners, such as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian mother imprisoned in Iran.

Amnesty believes the tree to be a swamp or red maple (Acer rubrum), chosen because of the boggy nature of the ground in the meadow. However, there is some uncertainty as to its species: it has a distinctive leaf shape not normally associated with swamp maples – see photo below. If you can throw any light on the species, please contact info@transitionhaslemere.org

 



Reflections on the first growing season



The Transition Haslemere Allotment Garden has been going for 6 months now and it has become, as someone commented, a beautiful garden as well as a productive one.

Who are we? We are a handful of committed gardeners, from professionally skilled to complete novice. Personally, I am near the latter end of the spectrum. All of us share an interest in gardening organically and sharing skills as well as a little time together. Some of us have attended on a Wednesday morning, others on a Saturday morning, and so it is often just two or three of us – which means there is space for you to join, if you would like to. We like to chat or work quietly; we enjoy the fresh air and the peaceful site, and sometimes a flapjack and a cup of tea. There is always enough to do, but it never feels overwhelming.

Being in this setting is a joy, but allotment gardening also means work and commitment, so all of this is easier when shared. Over the months we have cleared rubbish and created beds, moved a tree, made compost, planted seeds, weeded, chopped back, and, best of all: harvested – pretty much continuously. I would never have thought that so much can be grown on so little land. I think that is been my greatest joy and surprise – and amazingly it keeps coming! In September, we served soup entirely made from some of our own vegetables at the Haslemere Food Festival.

For me this has been a thoroughly rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about soil preparation, the virtue of attending to the plot, and how all this pays off in the end. What we have is a beautiful space where people can come together, grow fresh food, and pick up know-how.

While the main growing season is now over, we will soon be sowing winter crops, and plans for next year will be discussed. This is a great time to join, and we would really like to welcome you to the allotment so we can share it with you!

Jeannette

To get involved email info@transitionhaslemere.org



 

September 2017

In this month’s newsletter:

  • tree talk

  • food festival

  • tree walk

  • apple pressing day

  • rivers week

 

Trees and and climate change

This month’s green drinks discussion:

How did our woodlands evolve? Where did our town and garden trees come from? What will happen to them as the climate changes? Is climate change the bigggest threat to our trees? Why are trees important to our future? What trees should we be planting now for tomorrow?

Thursday 7 September, led by Clive Davidson

7.30pm in the cafe area upstairs at The Station House, opposite Haslemere station. Parking is available behind the building.

* Note this is a new venue for green drinks

October green drinks:

Running a small market garden – Thursday 5 October, led by Ed Brooks

Food festival

We will be participating in the Haslemere Food Festival on Lion Green on Saturday 23rd September. Come and try our homemade soup made with vegetables from our allotment, accompanied by a slice a bread from Imbhams Granary.

 

Tree walk

We will lead a notable trees of the town walk as part of the Haslemere Walking Festival from 10.30am till 12.30pm on Saturday 30th September. For more information contact info@transitionhaslemere.org or call Haslemere Visitor Information Centre on 01428 645425 to book.

 

Community apple pressing day

Saturday 30th September 10.30am-4pm, National Trust Swan Barn Farm.

Bring your apples and learn how to make apple juice and cider. Or if you don’t have any, just come along to join in the fun and help with ours. A family-friendly event where you can learn how to deal with the apple harvest. We will be chopping, scratting and pressing apples and teaching people how to make their own cider. The local Ranger team will be on hand to answer your fruit tree pruning and other apple related questions as well.

 

Link of the month – Rivers Week

Starting on September 16th, Surrey Wildlife Trust is hosting a week of events, walks and talks sponsored by Thames Water, culminating in World Rivers Day on Sunday September 24. Whether you are a keen river user, an active conservationist, or a family who simply enjoys a riverside walk, there will be an event to interest you. For more information, see:

http://surreywildlifetrust.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=49a562c0c3de3ff302b6a2593&id=d6b01dbab4&e=7918990487

Tree corner: Coastal redwood

Coastal redwood (Sequioa sempervirens) is a native of California and Oregon where it takes in part of its water requirements from the frequent fogs. It has spongy red fire-proof bark and small round cones attached to the tips of the leaf shoots. Now that the biggest Douglas firs and eucalyptus specimens have been felled, the world’s tallest living trees are coastal redwoods.

The tree in the photo is in the garden of the Haslemere Museum and will be featured in the tree walk on Saturday 30 September – see details above.

August 2017

This month’s events:

  • Green drinks topic: Trees and climate change

  • join us for the annual tree walk

  • Community allotment update

  • Food festival, and more!

Green drinks topic this month: Trees and and climate change

How did our woodlands evolve? Where did our town and garden trees come from? What will happen to them as the climate changes? Is climate change the biggest threat to our trees? Why are trees important to our future? What trees should we be planting now for tomorrow?
Thursday 7 September, led by Clive Davidson

October green drinks topic:
Running a small market garden
 
– Thursday 5 October, led by Ed Brooks

Both events will be at 7.30pm in the cafe area upstairs at The Station House, opposite Haslemere station. Parking is available behind the building.
* Note this is a new venue for green drinks

Food festival

We will be participating in the Haslemere Food Festival on Lion Green on Saturday 23rd September. Come and try our homemade soup made with vegetables from our allotment, accompanied by a slice a bread from Imbhams Granary.

Tree walk

We will lead a notable trees of the town walk as part of the Haslemere Walking Festival from 10.30am till 12.30pm on Saturday 30th September. For more information contact info@transitionhaslemere.org or call Haslemere Visitor Information Centre on 01428 645425 to book.

Community allotment – summer harvesting now

The allotment is thriving in our usual summer weather of sun interspersed with plenty of rain. These conditions suit some vegetables but not others. We have been harvesting plenty of curly kale, leaf beet, spinach, Swiss chard, parsley, pole beans, snap/mange-tout peas, carrots, beetroot and one cucumber. As the summer crops finish the beds will be cleared and some autumn/winter crops planted. If you like to join our community allotment group please sign up for our TH Allotment Updates here.

Link of the month – Transition Network

Transition Haslemere is part of a wider network of community groups developing local responses to the challenges of climate change and long-term sustainability. You can find out about the history of the movement, its underlying philosophy and what the many other groups worldwide are up to at:

https://transitionnetwork.org/

Tree corner: Cedar of the Lebanon

Cedar of the Lebanon (Cedrus libani) is a majestic evergreen conifer native to the eastern Mediterranean. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th Century and planted in the gardens of many mansions and stately homes. The tree pictured is in Redwood Manor, Tanners Lane, and is recorded as 250 years old. Its sheltered position means that it has survived the weather better than many specimens and is one of the most magnificent and elegant trees in the town. It will be featured in the Notable Trees of Haslemere walk on Saturday 30 September – see above for details.

July 2017

  • Transition Haslemere BBQ

  • September events

  • Transition Haslemere community allotment

  • and more!

    Transition Haslemere BBQ – all welcome

    We will be holding our summer barbecue at the National Trust’s Swan Barn Farm, Collards Lane, on Friday July 14th 2017 from 6.30pm. All welcome!
    Bring your own food and drink. The National Trust provide the fire and the view, we all provide the conversation. If you missed our green drinks talks, come by and ask questions, or simply enjoy a summer social evening in a lovely setting.

    We will also take a stroll to look at our community allotment nearby.

    Green drinks topic September: Trees and and climate change

    How did our woodlands evolve? Where did our town and garden trees come from? What will happen to them as the climate changes? Is climate change the biggest threat to our trees? Why are trees important to our future? What trees should we be planting now for tomorrow?

    Thursday 7 September, led by Clive Davidson, at 7.30pm at Royal Oak, Critchmere Lane.

    October green drinks:
    Running a small market garden
     – Thursday 5 October, led by Ed Brooks, AKA Eds Veg

    Food festival and tree walk

    We will be participating in the Haslemere Food Festival on Lion Green on Saturday 23rd September and leading a notable trees of the town walk as part of the Haslemere Walking Festival on Saturday 28th September. More details in future newsletters.

    Community allotment – harvesting now


    Would you like to join our community allotment group? Whether you are an old hand at growing vegetables or have no prior experience, we look forward to meeting you! To find out more, please sign up for our TH Allotment Updates here.

    Link of the month – Hard to recycle waste programmes

    Free national recycling programmes for typically hard-to-recycle waste, such as babyfood pouches, writing implements and biscuit wrappers. The idea is one person collects enough to send a package freepost to the recyclers. Transition Haslemere is contemplating becoming a ‘hub’ for some materials.

    www.terracycle.co.uk/en-UK/brigades

    Tree corner: sweet chestnut

    The sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) is conspicuous at this time of the year as the male catkins adorn the trees like a shower of pale green starbursts. The female flowers are quite small and can only be seen close up. Sweet chestnut is native to southern Europe, western Asia and north Africa and is thought to have been brought to Britain by the Romans. It coppices well and its wood is versatile and is still used for fencing, roof shingles, furniture and ecobuilding. It has distinctively large leaves with widely spaced teeth. Haslemere has many sweet chestnut woods, some still coppiced, others overgrown and neglected.

    The photo shows an avenue of sweet chestnuts alongside the Haslemere Recreation Ground.

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