We are delighted that so much activity with a green focus is taking place in Hull in the autumn of 2011, activity which also provides a way for the various green groups to network.
The Raw Hull events – the Wild Exchange foraging event in September and the Green Exchange film & networking event in October – were really worthwhile and enjoyable. Check out Raw Hull on Facebook and Twitter, the Green Exchange at http://www.thehullgreenexchange.com/ and the wild food site at http://www.hullgoeswild.co.uk/ .
The Hull event organised by Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in October brought together different groups and started to map all the community growing initiatives across the Hull and East Riding area, of which there are an impressive number. For more info on FCFCG see http://www.farmgarden.org.uk/. For more info on the various local community growing initiatives, check out posts below on Green Bransholme, Densholme Community Farm, The Rainbow Garden, The East Hull Community Farm and the Pickering Community Orchard. For info on Sculcoates Cemetery see http://www.sculcoates.info/tag/cemetery/ We’ll post info on other projects as we find it out.
On the weekend of 22/23 October there was another great opportunity to get together when the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers held a Big Green Weekend event at Western Cemetery on Spring Bank. There were a variety of stalls and activities on offer including
- planting sessions
- an informative Tree Walk with an expert
- a chance to try green wood working
- demonstrations of chainsaw wood carving
- Birds of Prey display
- Bat and bat box display
- Scrap store’s activity sessions for children
- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust stall
- Transition Hull stall
- ‘Munchies’ refreshment van
- BTVC stall
Those who attended had a great time. We’d hoped to see many more people there though. Anyone interested in volunteering with BTCV see http://www2.btcv.org.uk
On 19 November, the great annual Hull Green Fair, organised by Friends of the Earth, took place. Traditionally the main get-together for groups and individuals with environmental and social justice interests, it was a great success again this year, with a wonderful variety of stalls, a popular veggie cafe, activities for children and live music. The Transition Hull stall made contact with a lot of a new people and signed up a dozen new members to the mailing list.