COVID-19 Corona virus update, 17th March 2020

Neil Mapes, Manager, Green Hive

We are all sending our thoughts and well wishes to everyone who has been impacted by the COVID-19 infection. We hope you, your family, colleagues and friends are all staying safe and doing what you can to keep well in these uncertain times.As an organisation that thrives on volunteer events, we want to let you know about the actions we are taking to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation. The health and wellbeing of our volunteers and supporters is our utmost priority and as such we have taken the decision to advise that all of our community activities events are being cancelled for March and April.

If you are feeling poorly or have flu-like symptoms please follow NHS advice on COVID-19 here:

We will be monitoring the guidance on COVID-19 closely, working with local partners to support local people and will be issuing further updates as and when the situation changes.  If you have any questions about any of our work or would like to help us in these uncertain times please get in touch –

To keep up to date with news about COVID-19, please check the Scottish Government wepage:

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Life before, during and after lockdown

Our March newsletter has been dispatched! Check it out here – you can also subscribe to future updates from Green Hive on this link.

Neil, Andy and Caroline are continuing to work from home and are keen to hear from you – do you have a creative project on your mind that you think we could help you with?

Please get in touch with Neil ( or Caroline ( and let us know what you are doing to keep busy at home.

Andy is keen to hear from people who are interested in finding out more about the workshop, would you like to volunteer up at the workshop once we’re up and running again? Or maybe you want to know what we have planned in for our Enterprise projects, you can get in touch with Andy by email at

We will continue to keep everyone updated on what we are up to, we are closely monitoring government guidelines and working on ways to stay in touch with you all in the coming days and weeks.

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Update from Green Hive

COVID-19 Corona virus update

As an organisation that thrives on volunteer events, we want to let you know about the actions we are taking to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.

Whilst we want everyone to participate in our fantastic events that we have coming up we would ask that if you are showing flu-like symptoms, please follow NHS advice on COVID-19 here:

We have hand washing facilities at our Hub in the Links school and our workshop – however if you attend the orchard, the nearest hand washing facility is located in the Nairn Community Centre.

As a lot of our events take place in outdoor settings, please take into account the weather and any underlying health issues. Safety of our participants and volunteers is paramount to Green Hive so we may need to cancel events at short notice, if this happens we will update our website and social media to keep you all informed with volunteers being notified by phone call or email if nescessary.

The Scottish Government has advised that events with over 500 people attending should be cancelled however we are continuing with our planned events for the moment and we will continue to follow the advice issued by the WHO and UK government and update all of our members and volunteers on any changes.

Thank you for understanding and we hope to see you soon!

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Dates for your Diary in March

Here’s what we have planned in so far for March!

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions @

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Unique handmade items from waste plastic

Green Hive Workshop is a not for profit community workshop space in Nairn set up by volunteers to facilitate the creative upcycling of waste in the Highlands.

We make hand made items from single use plastics, and other waste streams, from items collected and donated around Nairnshire and the Moray Firth.

We support a diverse group of volunteers, to learn new skills, build confidence, share conversations, experiences, and support a safe and inclusive workshop environment, focused on making new things from waste. 

Our waste plastics project ‘upcycles’ single use plastics into unique hand crafted items that we hope people will enjoy for many years.  Each clock is handmade by one of our volunteers. The variety of salvaged waste plastic we collect, means the colour mix of each clock is completely unique.

All profits from sales of our waste plastic items goes back into supporting Green Hive Workshop and other environmental projects in Nairnshire.

For more information on supporting Green Hive Workshop  –

For sales and micro wholesale enquires please contact 

You can follow us on
Instagram  @workshopgreenhive
Facebook @nairnsgreenhive
And subscribe to our monthly newsletter where we keep you updated on upcoming events and evolving projects.

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Workshop Wish List

Andy and the team of volunteers up at the workshop are about to start creating the first clocks on a regular basis, they have a tried and tested method and using your donated plastic they have put together this vibrant prototype –

Our workshop space is almost fully kitted out for recycling HDPE 2 plastic, there are a couple of things left on our wish list below – if you have an item that is on this list and you would like to donate it to Green Hive, get in touch with Andy by email or pop in to the workshop on Thursdays between 11am – 5pm

Workshop Wish List 2.0

  • Working Electric Oven (ideally under 2.2KW) fitted or freestanding
  • Magnification Lamp (desktop size)
  • Kitchen sink (stainless steel)
  • Working fridge
  • Some indoor plants for the workshop
  • Roll of Vinyl Floor covering to cover an area 2.5m x 2.5m
  • Working Hoover
  • Working Sawdust collector
  • Desktop vice (or engineers vice)
  • Stainless steel bowls, steel pans, baking trays etc

Let us know what you think of our design so far! You can pop in and see us at below address.

If you have items to donate from our wishlist we can arrange to collect if nescessaryand we are still collecting your HDPE 2 plastic at the workshop during our volunteer days –

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More experiments in recycled single use plastics

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Dates for February

Here’s what we have planned for February so far, we’ll keep you in the loop with any updates or changes.

Any questions or suggestions? Ping us an email

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