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January 2019

Happy New Year to you all

In this month's newsletter:

  • favourite nature books

  • AGM and future plans

  • wassaill at Swan Barn

  • Agriculture Bill

  • Film: Metamorphosis

  • Climate change drawdown

  • holm oak


Nature books at green drinks

To give us time to recover from the seasonal festivities we will hold green drinks on the 10th of January. We will discuss our favourite nature books. Bring along your recommendations, or just pick up some tips of what to read from the discussion. We will also discuss plans to hold a public talk on the recent IPCC report on keeping global warming under 1.5C.
8pm Thursday 10 January, The Mill


AGM and the year ahead

We will combine February green drinks with our annual general meeting. The formal business part of the meeting will be brief. Then we will review our organisation and goals and make plans for the coming year. Come and help us decide where to focus our energy and efforts in 2019.
8pm Thursday 7 February. Venue to be confirmed.


Come wassailling

The National Trust invites you to come and learn the art of the wassail and join the wintry fun performing a traditional ceremony to banish the evil spirits from the orchard. Bring pots and pans to bash and sample the traditional drink of the ceremony made with apples pressed right there on the farm.
National Trust Swan Barn Farm, 6-9pm Friday 18 January. Free.


Amend the Agricultural Bill

The Landworkers’ Alliance, a grassroots union of farmers, growers and land-based workers with a mission to improve the livelihoods of its members and create a better food system for everyone, has been pushing for amendments to the proposed Agriculture Bill that will enforce UK policy post-Brexit. The amendments call for the bill to include support for agroecological farming and local food. We have great examples of agroecological farming and local food production locally, such as Edwin Brooks (Ed's Veg), an Alliance member, and Imbhams Granary. The bill is due before Parliament in early January. You can find out more about the amendments here and how to support them here.


Link of the month: Drawing down carbon

An international coalition of leading researchers, scientists and policymakers has come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change under the banner of Project Drawdown. From revolutionising how we produce and consume food to educating girls in lower-income countries, the solutions, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next 30 years, could not just slow the earth's warming, the group claims, but reach drawdown: the point when greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. You can find out more here.


Climate change documentary

In April, Haslemere Hall, supported by Transition Haslemere, will be showing Metamorphosisa poetic look at the global climate crisis and adaptation to this profound change. Make a note for your diary: 5pm Thursday 18th April. You can find out more about the film here and here.


Tree of the month: Holm oak


The holm oak (Quercus ilex), native of the eastern Mediterranean, is also known as 'holly oak' because its young leaves tend to be spiny and it is an evergreen like holly. The leaves are generally smaller and darker than holly with fine hairs underneath. The acorns are smaller and have a more pointed tip than those of the English oak and mature to a dark red-brown before falling. Holm oak wood is hard and strong and the Romans used it for making wheels of carts and carriages, as well as agricultural tools. Trees are resistant to salt spray and are often planted in coastal towns, but less common around areas like Haslemere.
The young tree pictured is in Chestnut Close, Haslemere.

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