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July 2018

In this month's newsletter:

  • summer barbecue

  • allotment report

  • countryside crafts day

  • climate change and me

  • Portugal laurel

 

No green drinks this month – instead …

 

… Summer barbecue

Join us for an informal and convivial evening in the lovely setting of the National Trust's Swan Barn Farm centre. Bring your own food and drink. We provide the fire. Children, families and friends welcome. From 6.30pm on Friday 13 July. For more information email info@transitionhaslemere.org

 

Allotment report

Despite marauding pigeons and slugs, and a few disappointment and failures of some seeds and plants we are just as enthusiastic about the allotment. We have already harvested salads, rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries. This month's tasks are:

   – continuing with raised beds
   – weed spotting
   – clearing the fence line
   – getting a few last seeds and plants into the soil
   – watering!!!

We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it at one of our regular allotment meet-upsThursday 1pm – 3pm and Saturday 10am – 12noon. You can use this link to sign up for allotment updates.

 

Countryside crafts day

The National Trust is holding a family friendly day of traditional craft demonstrations and with opportunities to join in. Have a go making roof shingles, willow weaving, pencils and fencing products. There will also be falconry displays, bats, reptiles and amphibians, with refreshments available. Swan Barn Farm, 10.30am to 4pm, Saturday 28 July.

 

Link of the month: Climate change and me

A Radio 4 podcast in which series five eminent scientists describe the dramatic changes to the natural world that they have witnessed on the ground and tell how their eyes were opened to global climate change. You can listen or download it here.

 

Tree corner: Portugal laurel
 

Splashes of yellowy-white have dotted Haslemere over the past few weeks as Portugal laurel (Prunus lusitanica) has flowered spectacularly. Although usually planted as a hedge for its attractive dense foliage, which is a soft shiny green and reddish when young, it becomes a shapely tree if left to grow naturally. The small white flowers with yellow centres grow on long racemes, or stalks, that droop like a waterfall. The show of colour, plus the heady scent and the buzz of insects after the nectar makes the tree a rich sensual experience at this time of the year.

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