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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Upcoming dates in May

Bumblebags Sewing Group
Saturday 11th May
Saturday 8th June
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.


New Friends and Natter
Friday 17th May

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.

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Annual General Meeting 2019

Thursday 23rd May, 7pm

Nairn Sailing Club, Nairn Harbour

Join us for a celebration of the achievements of Green Hive volunteers and in looking forward to what’s next as our organisation grows. For Green Hivers old and new!

You will hear about the work and achievements of the Green Hive team and have the chance to shape plans for our next year. We will be starting our first social enterprise project in the coming year, as well as growing our existing orchard project and Bumblebags up cycling project.

Join our membership by visiting our website or sign up at our AGM, to vote on who sits on our board. Board members are Directors and Trustees of the charity and oversee the work of the organisation on a regular basis.

Apply to be elected to our board and join this motley crew by emailing us at nre@greenhive.co.uk telling us a little about yourself and why you’d like to stand.

More information on our board of directors can be found here.

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Preserving Nairn’s orchards

Over the last couple of years there has been a growing partnership between Green Hive and the Nairn Allotments Orchard Group (NAOG). With NAOG helping us to set up the Viewfield Community Orchard by supplying locally grown trees and training volunteers, and Green Hive promoting NAOG’s work and contributing rootstocks.

NAOG are a group of apple enthusiasts based at Nairn’s Sandown Allotments that graft and grow local, heritage and generally useful apples, and encourage more trees to be planted in Nairn. Recently this lovely cooperation has enabled NOAG to graft scion wood from a very old local orchard that has an uncertain future. All trees in this orchard have now been grafted, creating a generation of new young apple trees and preserving these abundant and tasty fruiting varieties for the future. Nice work Nairn!

 

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Nairn River Invasive Species Project

This summer and over the next few years Green Hive are joining with the Spey Fishery Board on the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) project, a four year Heritage Lottery Fund supported project working to reduce numbers of invasive species present along our waterways. It covers a huge area, from Dundee in the south to the North coast of Sutherland.

Green Hive volunteers will help to clear the area of the river Nairn that runs through our town. We will be organising group volunteering days during the summer as well as a volunteer hit squad trained to tackle the more toxic dangerous species.

The genuine environmental benefits are huge in terms of biodiversity, public health, river stability and salmon habitat. For more information check out our Growing projects. To volunteer contact Kirsty@greenhive.co.uk.

 

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We are recruiting!

We are recruiting for two new part-time staff members to join our team. You will join a small but growing local charity and social enterprise in Nairn, and have a key role in supporting our community to get involved in environmental projects that benefit the natural environment and the people of Nairn.

Our Community Projects Worker role will be 14 hours per week and will support our volunteer community to be involved with Green Hive and coordinate project activities to take place.

Our Enterprise Project Officer will work 21 hours per week to help Green Hive set up our social enterprise projects.

Visit our Work With Us page for full information

Join the Green Hive team!

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Tradespark woods litter pick

A fantastic turn out last Sunday for the Tradespark woods litter pick. Around 50 people took part and collected in the region of 40 bags of waste. There were lots of drinks cans and bottles as well as buckets, a pitch fork, a solitary wellie and a Prestos bag. How long has it been since there was a Prestos in Nairn?

Well done everyone!

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Dates for your diary

‘New friends and natter’ 

Friday 5th April
Friday 19th April
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.


Bumblebags Sewing Group
Saturday 6th April
Saturday 11th May
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.


Tradespark Woods Litter Pick
Sunday 7th April, 10am-12pm
Meet at the picnic area on the moss-side road side of woods

Suggested by Lizanne after doing a litter pick herself and getting a lot of support online with many more people saying they’d like to clear the rubbish in the woods. We will provide bags and gloves and there will be some snacks and drinks afterwards provided by the local Co-op.


Community Orchard Day
Friday 12th April
Sunday 19th May
Meet at Viewfield Community Orchard at 12.30pm

Lend a hand to keep the community orchard maintained and thriving. Tools and gloves provided and no experience necessary, just come along and join in.


Picnic in the Park
Saturday 13th April 11am-2pm
Viewfield Community Orchard

As part of Nairn’s first food festival, A Taste Of Nairn, pick up some lunch from the artisan food market in the community centre and join us for a celebration of spring in the orchard, with games and activities for kids and big kids alike.


Beach and Riverside Litter Pick
Saturday 27th April, 10am-12pm
Meet at Nairn Sailing Club

Come help clean up Nairn’s beach, dunes and riverside and do something about the problem of marine plastic pollution. We will provide bags and gloves and there will be some snacks and drinks afterwards in the sailing club.


Green Hive Annual General Meeting
Thursday 23rd May, 7pm
Green Hive hub, Links Studios, Grant Street

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