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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.


    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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