Apple Day Oct 8th

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Apples and bottles wanted for Apple Day , Oct 8th

This day is an annual event at the Farmers Market. Every year TT are invited to participate and we hold an apple pressing stall. Some of the juice produced is given away to shoppers and the surplus ( if any! ) bottled to drink later.

This year we intend holding the stall again – so please start collecting your surplus apples and empty plastic bottles to put the juice in. Windfalls are welcomed – any variety – cookers and eaters – as they will be mixed and crushed together. Bring your windfalls and turn them into delcious juice!

Volunteers to help on the day are also needed. Please contact  Sue if you can help. Email : info@transitiontynedale.org

Tynedale Fruit Map

For fruit foragers – the Tynedale Fruit Map !

2016 promises yet again to be a bumper year for fruit and yet again a lot of this will not be harvested and go to waste unless picked and processed. To encourage people to find and harvest the fruit trees we are planning to map the location of all fruit trees on public land, beside roads etc – anywhere that people are welcome to collect free fruit.

Do you know of any ‘wild’ trees or trees on public land that are freely accessible? If so please send details of the type of fruit and location and we will enter it on a google map for all to see. Fruit can include apples and pears, crabapples, damsons, sloes etc but not blackberries, mushrooms etc .

Please send info to : suehick3@gmail.com or a member of the Edible Hexham group

Many thanks and happy foraging !

 

Community garden clearup

Sat 17th Sept :   HMS community garden Big Autumn Clear Upf643b1e07496f8f6cbdc8a989e5cc86f     10.30 – 4pm

     Please come and help harvest produce and tidy up for early Autumn . Jobs include :
      – : Harvesting the last potatoes
           Tidying the herbaceous border
            Preparing a new area for 2017 ( previously asparagus )
            Pruning fruit bushes
            Cutting the hedge ( if not done by the school )
           – Any others that need doing !
Something for everyone including children !  Please come for as long as you can and bring a packed lunch . Tea and cakes provided in the afternoon.  All welcome.
If you have not been before this is an opportunity to see what has been happening all year, get involved, introduce friends etc.And have fun doing it !

Annual seed and plant swop stall

As part of our aim of encouraging local food production we are holding our annual plant swop stall at the Farmers market this year on

Saturday 14th May  9am – 2pm  

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This year we are teaming up with the North Pennines AONB and featuring not only the usual edible plants but also those which are attractive to bees, moths, butterflies and other pollinators.

Gardeners – don’t throw away all those surplus tomato seedlings – swop them for another variety or try something completely different ! Please bring any spare veg, fruit or flower seedlings to the stall to swop. Trees and wildflowers also welcome –it’s surprising what turns up !

2016 is United Nations International Year of the Pulse.  We are particularly keen on having plants and seeds of these to swap and we will have seeds available.

If you have nothing to swop but want advice and plants to start growing your own – this is the place to come !

www.getcomposting.com

Many household have now received notices about buying a ticket for your brown bins for garden waste from the council. But why not compost your own waste ? Not just garden waste but also raw vegetable and fruit waste from the kitchen – and feed your homegrown fruit and veg with the results !

This is the website to order home compost bins from the council. – ‘Dalek’ style bins, plus wormeries and accessories.

220l ‘Dalek’ bins start at 17.98 + delivery  Bins are made of recycled plastic. The website includes full instructions for easy composting.

energy saving devices for the home

We all know that saving energy is good for the environment and our pockets.  Here are a few new gadgets I came across recently, I would be interested to see if anyone has tried them and how effective they are :

‘Green plugs‘ from http://www.green-plug.co.uk   These are plugs designed to switch off automatically things left on standby too long and claim to save up to 41% of individual appliances consumption.

Hive active heating app and device from British gas.    www.hivehome.com

This device controls heating and hot water temperature from an app on your phone or computor. Remote control is supposed to save up to 150 pounds / year for the average household.

Water saving at  www.grohe.com   The Grohe hand held rainshower adapts your shower by adding airbubbles to make it more efficient and can save water use by 40%

Free apps from an app store :

Loop energy saver app – this personal energy assistant monitors your energy use throughout the day.

Energy saver app – calculates the full statistics for your annual or daily consumption and gives tips on saving energy.

British gas app to compare your consumption with other similar houses in the neighbourhood.  Hopefully your house will be in the highest ‘smug mode’  !

Joulebug app – a game to teach children how to save energy

Massive People’s Climate March – Nov 29th

There are moments in history when the very act of people coming together can force change. Sunday 29th November, the People’s Climate March, could be one of those moments.
In just over three weeks’ time world leaders are coming together for the biggest climate meeting of the decade – the Climate Summit in Paris. The day before they meet, people across the globe will take to the streets. It’ll be the biggest climate march in history – aimed at convincing politicians to do what’s needed.

It’s a huge task to drown out the lobbying power of the super-rich dirty coal and oil industries. Which means thousands  need to hit the streets. Will you join too ?

Transition members have a strong track record of coming together to protect our environment. We’ve been fighting battles one by one. But this is a huge global moment and all concerned citizens  need to come together.  This global march is one such moment.

Please come and  join the Newcastle march. Here are the details :

Global Peoples Climate March
to be held in Newcastle (and all over the world) on
Sunday 29th November (the day before the summit opens)
-Assembling in Princess Square, beside the City Library, from 1.30pm
-marching at 2.00pm to an open air meeting at the Civic Centre.

Please invite everyone you know. Photos of our event will be beamed to Paris, along with those from many other countries.
Help is also needed with stewarding the march, kids activities, placard and banner makers, ‘flash’ dancers, jugglers , musicians etc. if you can help please contact:

Tony Claydon,   ACT!
Web: act-ne.org
E-mail: info@act-ne.org

For the sake of our children,  grandchildren and theirs.!

Edible Hexham 2015

Edible Hexham :  As the season draws to a close many thanks are due to the stalwart few who maintain the various planters and beds around Hexham. They have looked ( and tasted !) good all year and we have had many favourable comments by visitors and locals alike.
We are now making plans for 2016 so if anyone has ideas for new areas to plant, or would like to help in any way then please get in touch – we need you !  We already have several areas in mind and a generous grant to share with other food related projects. We need people to plant and maintain small areas and also to help publicise our work – one of our aims is to show how easy it is to grow your own food and to think about buying local produce before dashing to the supermarket.
For a full report on the years activities please see minutes of the latest meeting attached below.
To volunteer in any way please email Sue or Rosemary at info@transitiontynedale.org.