Down to Earth Hull – Discovery Workshops

Down to Earth Hull are running a series of Workshops at ‘The Plot’ – Down to Earth’s base, at the south of Edgecumbe street allotment site in Hull

Each 2.5 hour workshop is designed to provide a practical introduction to a different topic, across a broad range of conservation and growing themes. The sessions will be very much focused on hands-on learning and are open to adults of all ages and abilities. Light refreshments will be offered.

In order to ensure participants’ safety Down to Earth Hull are adhering to the latest government coronavirus guidelines; this includes restricting numbers of attendees at sessions and ensuring physical distancing during activities. Initial sessions are restricted to 5 participants per session, though the group hope to be able to make more places available on future sessions, dependent on the developments around Covid-19.

Tickets for each workshop will be priced at £10 and can be purchased via Eventbrite – http://d2ehull.eventbrite.com or via the organisation’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/d2ehull

The first in the series, All You Can Eat in Three Square Feet, took place in July, on growing things in small spaces. The next three scheduled workshops are

Thursday 20th August – Natural Feeds and Pesticides
An introduction to a variety of plants and materials that can be used to make homemade, chemical-free plant fertilisers and pesticides, including instruction on safe usage and the opportunity to make up some feeds and pesticides to take home.

Saturday 22nd August – Building Hedgehog Homes

An opportunity to learn how to make a variety of different types of hedgehog home for your garden or allotment, including practical work to build homes for siting on The Plot and a look at what else we can do to support this fast-declining native species.

Saturday 19th September – Capturing the Outdoors through Photography
An exploration of how we can connect with the outdoors by taking a more mindful and creative approach to choosing and capturing photographic subjects, including learning about some basic technical aspects of nature photography and the opportunity to submit photographs to a friendly competition.

For any general enquiries about Down to Earth Hull, please e-mail down-2-earth@outlook.com, send the group a message via their facebook page – www.facebook.com/d2ehull – or call Karen on 07531191867 or Andy on 07936006452 for a friendly chat.

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East Riding Tree Planting Fund

East Riding of Yorkshire Community Tree Planting Fund   

Deadline 30th August 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are being made available to private and public landowners, town and parish councils as well as other community groups in a bid to increase the number of native trees across the East Riding.

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/say/news/?entry=5ee34648a063462630dec19f

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England Tree Strategy

There is a consultation period about the England Tree Strategy, with a deadline of 11th September 2020

A new England Tree Strategy will be published later this year and will set out policy priorities to deliver an ambitious tree planting programme. It will cover expanding, protecting and improving our woodlands, and how trees and woodlands can connect people to nature, support the economy, combat climate change and recover biodiversity. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is inviting views on the strategy at   https://consult.defra.gov.uk/forestry/england-tree-strategy/consultation/subpage.2020-06-18.8820368597/

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Combating Ocean Plastics

The following is a link to an article on combating ocean plastics, published Jan 2020, entitled  OCEAN PLASTICS: THE ECOLOGICAL DISASTER OF OUR TIME

https://idiveblue.com/ocean-plastics-environmental-disaster/

It was sent to us by Nate Liebenberg,  Editor and Co-founder of  https://www.idiveblue.com/ . Besides its focus on scuba diving, adventure travel and gear for watersports, conservation is important to the organisation, and the article is a good examination of the issue.

Some of you may remember our meeting the year before last where we discussed 10 ways to reduce your plastic use, and I’ve added a link to the above article to the other links on this page:

http://www.transitionhull.co.uk/2018/10/05/10-ways-to-reduce-your-plastic-use/

 

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Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy

Hull City Council has published its strategy for Hull to be carbon neutral by 2030.  The strategy and associated documents can be found here:

http://www.hull.gov.uk/environment/pollution/hull-2030-carbon-neutral-strategy.

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Urban Tree Challenge Fund

Deadline 31st May 2020

The Forestry Commission opened  round two of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund on 30 March 2020, which is for community and volunteer groups, town councils and individuals to apply for a share of the £10million pot to increase tree numbers in urban areas through small scale planting projects. 

As Round 2 is partly targeted at community and volunteer groups, they are asked to adhere to government guidelines and not meet in person to discuss an application. Application forms are available online and can be discussed by your group virtually. Only emailed applications will be accepted during this time.

The successful applicants of Round 2 will not be expected to plant their trees until the next tree planting season (winter 2020/21), and it is hoped that COVID-19 will not impact on tree planting activity. However, due to the group nature of this activity, there will be a reassessment in the future to ensure government guidelines are being followed.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund

 

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CCA Quiz Night Mon 6 April

We have had to postpone this event because of the corona virus situation, but we hope to reorganise it for the autumn.

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Make-do and Mend Session

     Make-do and Mend Session, Mon 9 March 2020, 7.30 to 9.30 pm,        Friends Meeting House, Bean St, Hull HU3 2PR

Sally from Green Gardens and Fynn from Life and Loom will join Lausanne in offering a session where we will learn how to repair clothes, patch, mend, replace zips etc and make new things out of recycled material, depending on what participants want. Refreshments will be available. FREE entry, all welcome.

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Hull Seed Swap 2020, Sat 7 March

Hull Seed Swap 2020 

Sat 7 March between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm

Jubilee Central, 62 King Edward Street, Hull, HU1 3SQ

At this event, organised by  Hull Food Partnership and supported by Transition & Permaculture Hull, Jubilee Central and Timebank Hull & East Riding, budding and experienced gardening enthusiasts will have the opportunity to bring along surplus seeds to exchange. If you don’t have seeds to bring, don’t worry, there will be plenty available to choose from.

As well as lots of seed swapping there will be three talks by local experts:

Setting up a community allotment by Lausanne Tranter at 11.30 am   http://www.constableallotment.org.uk/

Botanical printing and natural dyeing by Sue Walsh at 12.30 pm   https://www.leafsong.co.uk/

The story of a woodland orchard by John Robinson at 1.30 pm  https://www.facebook.com/TheWoodlandOrchard/

Hull Veg City co-ordinator, John Pickles explains:

“Hull Seed Swap is one event in our year-long campaign to inspire everyone in Hull to grow, cook and eat more vegetables. Hull has a vibrant allotment culture and at this time of the year growers young and old are making plans and looking forward to the growing season. The seed swap is a great opportunity to not only exchange seeds, but also to swap tips and growing ideas as well. Growing your own produce can be very satisfying and the seed swap aims to encourage people to get involved in improving our food culture around growing fruit and vegetables, growing successfully at
home, at allotments or community gardens all round the city.”

There were 200 attendees in 2019 and the organisers hope to match that this year. Absolutely Cultured are providing a team of well-trained volunteers to help the event run smoothly once again and Timebank Hull & East Riding will be serving hot drinks and delicious freshly made soups and snacks.

Stalls this year inlude

Entry to Hull Seed Swap is FREE

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Mammal Jam 2020

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