Herbal Remedy Workshop Nov 2016

Winter Herbal Remedy Workshop

Sunday 6th November 2-4pm at the Zoo Café, 80 Newland Ave HU5 3AB

Down to Earth are facilitating a fun, hands-on workshop, run by qualified medical herbalist Bryony MacFadyen. She will be teaching participants how to use simple herbal remedies to boost immunity and treat common winter ailments. During the workshop two remedies will be made: a herbal cough syrup and herbal tonic vinegar. Every participant will receive a gift bag with these two remedies to take home. The workshop will be raising funds to support the Down to Earth community herb garden. The cost is: £12  – full price, £6 – concessions, FREE – Down to Earth volunteers. For more info please contact Down to Earth on 07922 950311. Purchase tickets in advance for this event online at: http://winter-remedies.brownpapertickets.com

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Hull Green Fair 2016


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Volunteer Opportunities in October

Volunteer Opportunities in October

 Constable Community Allotment

The volunteer sessions at Constable Community Allotment are continuing into the autumn, and we would be delighted if you could join us on Saturdays from 12 noon onwards. Hot drinks provided, bring a packed lunch if you like.

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be building a compost toilet, which may be of interest and you are also welcome to come and watch. Other autumn tasks will include planting spring bulbs, creating no-dig beds, and harvesting anything remaining of this first year’s produce. More info from Lausanne 07816 141169. Constable Community Allotment is located on Constable St, off Cholmley St, Boulevard, Hull HU3 3DF.  https://goo.gl/maps/hC1HMv77x5y

Down to Earth Herb Garden

Regular Thursday sessions 1-5pm, plus special session Sunday 16 October from 10.30am if you’d like to come along for a look around and find out more about our project to create a medicinal herb garden for the city and/or to help out.

Tasks will include building raised beds, creating barked pathways, sanding and painting furniture, preparing firewood, digging and weeding. Volunteers will need strong boots or wellies and warm clothing; all other equipment will be provided. We can provide hot drinks and light refreshments but bringing a pack-up or lunch money is advised for anyone planning to stay for a few hours. The garden is accessible via the university car-park on Salmon Grove, off Cranbrook Avenue – HU6 7SX. If you have any difficulty locating us feel free to call 07936006452. Andy & Bryony

Oppy Wood litter clearance Wed 19 October

There will be a session to clear litter from Oppy Wood, off Dane Park Lane, between Orchard Park and Cottingham on Wed 19 Oct at 10.00 am.

The session has been organised by Jeannie Webster and volunteers from the Rainbow Garden. The wood contains a tribute to Hull’s war dead, and is named after a First World War battle site where many died. The wood is a wildlife haven and a pleasant place to walk round. Some fruit trees were planted last year and there are plans to install benches at the site. More info from Jeannie on 852081.

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Permaculture course in Hull Oct 2016


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Frack Free Parade, Driffield


And just in case you need convincing fracking is not a great idea, see

Australia: Victoria state bans fracking


USA: Oklahoma orders shutdown of 35 wells after earthquake

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Permaculture Update


Transition & Permaculture Hull is now a project member of the Permaculture Associationhttps://www.permaculture.org.uk/

Four people from Transition & Permaculture Hull attended the Permaculture Convention, joining 300 other people, at the beginning of September.

One outcome is that links have been made with permaculture enthusiasts in York, and some informal joint activities are planned.

The next meeting of Transition & Permaculture Hull, which will take place on Mon 10 October (7.45 pm Boulevard Village Hall), will feature a feedback session in which those who attended will talk about what they found particularly interesting or inspiring about the convergence, and will report back on the projects which impressed them most.

There will be an opportunity to learn more about permaculture at the two-day Introduction to Permaculture course being run in Hull on Sat 8 and Sun 9 October 2016. For more information on this course contact Lausanne on 07816 141169. Further details about the course will be posted on the website and mailing list shortly.

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Hull Harvest Feastival 2016

Harvest Feast16

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Mutual Aid Network Summit in Hull

The 1st European Mutual Aid Network Summit 2016

This be taking place in Hull between 5th and 10th of September. The aim of the week-long summit is to bring people together to learn, share skills and look at ways of strengthening and empowering communities through building alternative economies. Information about the Mutual Aid Summit and the registration link can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bYC3aJ  and the timetable for the event here: http://bit.ly/2bCpNZN

The summit has been organised by TimeBank Hull & East Riding http://www.timebankhullandeastriding.co.uk/index.html 


As part of the summit, Hull Growers’ Network will be hosting several events:

Thur 8 Sept 12 – 5 pm – Skillshare event @ the Down-to-Earth Herb Garden Everyone is welcome to come and learn about building raised beds using railway sleepers. The Herb Garden is near the University, off Salmon Grove, Hull HU6 7XS

Fri 9 Sept 2 – 4 pm – Mapping & tools @ the Hive (Community Enterprise Centre)
Learn about mapping for food growing from the experience of the Madison mutual aid pilot site. Discuss how mapping tools can help Hull Growers’ Network to increase local food production.

Sat 10 Sept  10.30 til late @ Frith Farm, Beverley, HU17 9FS  Outdoor event :

  • 10.30 – 12.30 Discussion forum on mutual aid in local food growing, or free discussion space
  • 1.30 – 3.30 Hull Harvest Feastival event planning, or free discussion space.
  • 4 pm Tour of Frith Farm and discussion about sustainable farming techniques.
  • 5 pm Food and campfire.

Hull Growers Network is at http://www.growersnetwork.org.uk/ and this year’s Hull Harvest Feastival will be on Sat 1 Oct 2016

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Pickering Orchard Harvest Dates


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Rainbow Garden Award

Congratulations to the Rainbow Community Garden!

The Rainbow Community Garden is at the end of Levisham Close, off Endike Lane, North Hull (https://goo.gl/maps/sN4HvqtJkox ) and it has once again been awarded The Green Flag.

The Rainbow Garden was a forgotten neglected piece of land until a group of residents and young people cleared it and began planting it up. The garden officially opened in October 1998. They grow native trees and plants to encourage wildlife, and have lots of vegetables, salad, and herbs growing, which are shared with local residents.

As well as volunteers, users of the garden include Social Services, Schools and Youth Justice. During the school holidays they hold various family activities including arts and crafts and multicultural days. They offer advice on “growing your own” and are willing to share seeds, cuttings etc. Awards they have gained in the past include various Hull in Bloom Awards (Best Community Group) and Best Contribution to Wildlife.

Recently the co-ordinators of the Rainbow Garden have acquired extra land, which is being used to grow fruit and vegetables, and they could do with more volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer can visit the garden from 10 am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information about the garden, see the City of Culture Case Study at https://www.hull2017.co.uk/guides/community-brand-case-study-rainbow-garden/ or contact Jeannie Webster,  01482 852081

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