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October 2017

  • market garden talk

  • swap-it day

  • climate change update

  • Amnesty tree

  • allotment reflections


Making a market garden

This month's green drinks talk:
Ed Brooks grows vegetables on an acre of land in Liphook with no chemicals and little carbon. You may have bought bags of delicious Ed's Veg from a local shop, or enjoyed them with a meal in a local restaurant. Come and hear how he does it while caring for the land.
Thursday 5 October, 8.00pm in the cafe area upstairs at The Station House, opposite Haslemere station. Parking is available behind the building.

* Note this is a new venue for green drinks

November green drinks:
Remedies from the hedgerow, woodland and meadow – healing tinctures, teas and tonics from berries, herbs and flowers.
Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm, Station House

Chiddgreen Swap-it day

Here’s how it works: You bring along items that you no longer need but that are still serviceable and could be of use to someone else. Large items can be advertised on our website with a photograph. While you’re there, browse around, find items that you would like to take away and use. No money changes hands – it’s simply an opportunity to cut down on unnecessary waste. The aim is to reduce, reuse and recycle! No charge – just a donation tin.
Saturday 7 October, 10am sharp, Chiddingfold Village Hall


Link of the month: 1.5ºC could still be possible

A team of climate scientists has delivered a rare bit of good news: it could be easier than previously thought to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, as called for in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. But even if the team is right — and some researchers are already questioning the conclusions — heroic efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions will still be necessary to limit warming.
Read the story here.

Tree corner: Amnesty tree

As part of the efforts to replace trees lost in the 1987 hurricane, the local branch of Amnesty International planted a tree in the centre of the Town Meadow. They dedicated it to all prisoners of conscience. The group continues to use it to draw residents' attention to current prisoners, such as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian mother imprisoned in Iran.
Amnesty believes the tree to be a swamp or red maple (Acer rubrum), chosen because of the boggy nature of the ground in the meadow. However, there is some uncertainty as to its species: it has a distinctive leaf shape not normally associated with swamp maples – see photo below. If you can throw any light on the species, please contact info@transitionhaslemere.org


Reflections on the first growing season

The Transition Haslemere Allotment Garden has been going for 6 months now and it has become, as someone commented, a beautiful garden as well as a productive one.

Who are we? We are a handful of committed gardeners, from professionally skilled to complete novice. Personally, I am near the latter end of the spectrum. All of us share an interest in gardening organically and sharing skills as well as a little time together. Some of us have attended on a Wednesday morning, others on a Saturday morning, and so it is often just two or three of us – which means there is space for you to join, if you would like to. We like to chat or work quietly; we enjoy the fresh air and the peaceful site, and sometimes a flapjack and a cup of tea. There is always enough to do, but it never feels overwhelming.

Being in this setting is a joy, but allotment gardening also means work and commitment, so all of this is easier when shared. Over the months we have cleared rubbish and created beds, moved a tree, made compost, planted seeds, weeded, chopped back, and, best of all: harvested – pretty much continuously. I would never have thought that so much can be grown on so little land. I think that is been my greatest joy and surprise – and amazingly it keeps coming! In September, we served soup entirely made from some of our own vegetables at the Haslemere Food Festival.

For me this has been a thoroughly rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about soil preparation, the virtue of attending to the plot, and how all this pays off in the end. What we have is a beautiful space where people can come together, grow fresh food, and pick up know-how.

While the main growing season is now over, we will soon be sowing winter crops, and plans for next year will be discussed. This is a great time to join, and we would really like to welcome you to the allotment so we can share it with you!
To get involved email info@transitionhaslemere.org


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