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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 Mill Tavern, 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.

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