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March 2018

In this month's newsletter:

  • repair cafe

  • In Our Hands – film

  • vegan talk

  • growing more, losing more trees

  • food production emissions

  • cherry laurel


Green drinks

In March, Ed Ram will provide an overview of the Farnham Repair Cafe, which has been running for nearly three years on a monthly basis. The idea is to start a similar operation in our area. The aim is to reduce waste and save resources – and money – by prolonging the life of things and by sharing skills. You can find our more about repair cafes in general here and about Farnham Repair Cafe in particular here. No need to RSVP, just come along, enjoy a drink and a chat about repair cafes and other green things. 7.30pm Thursday 1 March 2018 at the Mill Tavern, Liphook Rd, Linchmere, Haslemere GU27 3QE.

At April green drinks, we will be showing In Our Hands, a film by The Land Workers' Alliance – an organisation of people making their livelihoods from producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods. The film tells the story of small producers challenging the need for the industrialisation of food production and the need to maintain the fundamental link between people, food and land. Ed Brooks, local vegetable grower and member of the Alliance, will answer questions after the screening.
We are holding the event in association with St Stephen's Church – the first church in Haslemere to win an 'Eco Church' award.
Thursday 5 April, St Stephen's Church, Church Road, Haslemere GU27 1NS. Drinks and chat from 7pm; the film will start at 8pm.

May green drinks will feature a discussion on veganism – why and how to be a vegan. 7.30pm Thursday 3 May 2018 at the Mill Tavern


Link of the month: We are planting more trees – but not enough

China plans to plant forests the size of Ireland, while Latin American countries have pledged to restore 20 million hectares of degraded forest and African countries more than 100 million hectares. “We are seeing a great global attempt to plant and restore forest land but paradoxically we are still losing tree cover. The rate of global deforestation has slowed by more than half in 25 years but tree loss jumped 50% in 2016, and 2017 is likely to have been worse,” says John Vidal. Read the full article here.

Climate data: Food systems emission

Food systems contribute between 19% and 29% of total greenhouse gas emissions. About a third of all food produced is lost in the supply chain. Most losses in low income countries occur at storage, transport and processing levels. Most losses in high income countries occur at retail and consumer levels. More information here.


Tree corner: Cherry laurel


A constant green throughout the year is the cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). Often simply called laurel, it is actually a member of the cherry family. A native of southeast Europe and southwest Asia, it is most common as a hedging plant around Haslemere where it is favoured for its dense evergreen foliage, vigorous growth and robustness. Left to its own devices it will grow into a small tree 15 metres or more. The flower buds are just appearing at this time of the year and will blossom in early summer in spikes of pretty white flowers. Bees and wasps are often seen crawling around the underside of young leaves in the summer, which can be puzzling as the leaves contain cyanide and give of an almond-like smell if broken. The insects are after the nectar secreted from small glands near the base of the leaves – a common feature with cherries.

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