Nairn River Enterprise and Green Hive

Our legal name is Nairn River Enterprise. We operate as “Green Hive”. This summarises our aims – to do all we can to promote our environment, protect and improve our green spaces, focusing on action, learning and community connections.

Our guiding principles are

  • Community led
  • Not for personal profit
  • Action orientated
  • Environmentally sustainable

To create

  • Pride in Nairn
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Jobs and volunteering opportunities
  • Learning and development opportunities

Since our formation Green Hive has launched a number of environmental volunteering projects – more than 25 events in the 9 months to April 2018. Through our SEPA-registered community leaf mulching project, Nairn Viewfield community orchard, litter picks, fabric up-cycling project and “Art is Rubbish” competitions, we have made a practical commitment to the local environment.

All of our projects are conceived, developed and implemented by volunteers. Our board and membership are all voluntary and their decision making is steered by the feedback and consultation with our wider network of volunteers. Our ambition is to grow the community assets of our town, both physical assets such as community orchards and skills assets such as sewing and gardening, especially for those living in areas of deprivation.

Our immediate objective is to use the resources we already have to continue making an impact in Nairn and build our support and capacity to deliver.

Our longer term objective is to establish a community hub where people can meet up and think through ideas; a hub which includes a retail outlet to sell upcycled goods collected from the area, a workshop and store where the goods are brought, renewed and upcycled and where people can learn new skills and find routes to employment. 

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Season's Greetings from Green Hive

We have had a fantastically busy year here at Green Hive and we would like to invite you to our festive gathering on the 15th of December at our hub space.

Celebrating not only the festive season but all of the successes of 2019. There will be mince pies, drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring a drink or a dish along too. The more the merrier so do bring friends or partners – everyone is welcome!

Our doors will be open from 4pm – 6pm – please RSVP so we know how many mince pies to bring along – wear what you are comfy in, Christmas jumpers and cheesy tunes are not essential, but are encouraged!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out this year and all the years before – we would not manage to do the things we do without your continued support and input.

From our amazing volunteer board members to our industrious Bumblebag sewers and our hardy helpers at the Orchard and workshop, you have all helped us get to where we are and our future looks very bright because of you, so come along and see us on the 15th and let us celebrate your hard work!

If you haven’t had a chance to share your thoughts on where we should go next, take a couple of minutes to complete our consultation survey here – your feedback is really important to us.

If you have any questions about our Yuletide event, please email Caroline @ caroline@greenhive.co.uk

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Your Feedback is very important!

If you want to give us some feedback on our projects or potential future premises, we will be in the Nairn community Centre today until 2pm and we also have an online survey available for you to complete here: https://forms.gle/LaJ4PrFRrU1fWvh7A

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Building a Green Hive Hub!

Green Hive have commissioned a consortium of local specialists to undertake an “Options and Feasibility Study” which will help identify future activities and a main base for the organisation and to generate a commercial income.

A really important aim of Green Hive is to engage the local community in our projects, the consortium will be reviewing opportunities for Green Hive to retain this community engagement, grow income and assess the best premises to help support this activity.

To collect views on these opportunities, we are holding a community engagement event in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 30th November, the event will be in the crèche area.

It would be great to see you there and to get your feedback on the ideas for Green Hive’s future.

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Community Orchard update

Leaf Mulching day @ the Viewfield Community Orchard

We had a brilliant day at the Orchard on Sunday – the leaf bays were emptied and compacted and the Viewfield was picked clean of leaves by our fantastic volunteers.

We caned up the raspberries, gave the orchard a good tidy and mulched all the trees and herb beds!

The mulch is free for the taking so head along and help yourselves to the pile beside the bays at the Viewfield.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and made this possible, without the hard work and dedication from our volunteers this would not have been possible.

A special thank you to Robbie Barron who came along with his ride on lawnmower and Gordon Shearer who saved us a lot of work with his digger, it’s looking like we might have one more day of leaf collecting this year and we’ll let you know the dates shortly!

Aspiring green thumb? If you would like to help out at the orchard, or with Green Hive in general, take a look at our facebook page to see what’s happening and send us a message, or pop us an email to nre@greenhive.co.uk

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Want to join the Board?

We’re always looking for people to join the Board. This is a specially exciting point in our development and right now we’d love it if individuals with management and management committeee experience were to join and add their skills to those the Board already has. Although it’d be great if you were already involved with us, or had a general interest in the environment and our town’s development, we’re specially keen to recruit a new treasurer and a company secretary. So you don’t have to be a member to be considered.

Take a look at this description of what’s involved and get in touch with Simon Noble on 07766 237312 or simon@greenhive.co.uk

board member spec

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Volunteer Spotlight – what’s it like to volunteer with Green Hive?

Margaret has been part of Green Hive for the last year with the Bumblebags group, community orchard, New Friends and Natter meet ups and lots more! This is what she has to say about Green Hive.

“The ‘green hive’ offers a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and to experience the warmth and friendship that can sometimes be missing in our ‘fast’ society. Many people, including myself, have benefited greatly from the input and social intellect which comes with being a part of such a community. The Green Hive offers help when needed, guidance and support and support in knowing oneself and gaining a greater degree of self-esteem. We meet on a regular basis, chat, drink tea and coffee and have a great time using the sewing machines, which gives one a feeling of doing something useful. If you feel like a natter and some friendship, a good cup of tea and social interaction, come along and make some new friends.”
– Your friend, Margaret Rosemary Coyne-Dahm

Margaret removing Himalayan balsam from long Nairn Riverside

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Dates for your diary!

Queens Park Bulb Planting
Sunday 10th November, 2pm-3.30pm
Meet at the corner of George Street and Anne Crescent

In partnership with Keeping Nairnshire Colourful. Come help plant spring flowering bulbs. No experience necessary, just turn up and join in. We will provide gloves and there will be some snacks and drinks afterwards.

Queens Park Project Steering Group meet up
Thursday 14th November, 7-8pm
Army Cadets’ Hut, John Street

Do you live in Queens Park and would like to shape our work in your area? We will be meeting to look back at what has happened so far this year and make plans for our work in Queens Park and the Riverside for 2020. Get in touch with Kirsty to find out more.

‘New Friends and Natter’  

Friday 15th November
Friday 6th December
Green Hive Hub, Links Studios, Grant Street, Fishertown, 10am-1pm

Open doors at our hub space, a chance to socialise with other Green Hivers, have a nice cuppa and some cake. All welcome.

Workshop Thursdays
Every Thursday this month!
Green Hive Workshop, Balmakeith Industrial Estate, 11am-5pm

Get our plastics reforming and upcycling workshop in to shape. Sanding, cleaning and painting donated furniture, organising tools and the new workspace.

Community Orchard and Mulching day
Sunday 17th November
Meet at Viewfield Community Orchard at 12.30pm

It’s Autumn at Viewfield, and that means LEAVES! Lend a hand to collect leaves for the mulching project and help get the orchard ready for winter. Tools and gloves provided.

Bumblebags Sewing Group
Saturday 23rd November
Saturday 14th December
Green Hive Hub, Links Studios, Grant Street, Fishertown at 11am

Take part in our sewing group at the Green Hive hub, upcycle unwanted fabric to create reusable bags to be donated to local shops to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Nairn. Learn new skills and meet some new people.

Green Hive Community Hub Come and Talk
Saturday 30th November, 10am-2pm
Nairn Community Centre

Tell us your ideas for a Green Hive Hub! We will be at the community centre sharing ideas and options for our future development. Tell us what you would like to see Green Hive do next, help identify future activities and a main base for the organisation as we grow. More information below about this project.

For more information on any of these dates please contact us on nre@greenhive.co.uk or 07453912697.

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