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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Dates for your diary

‘New friends and natter’  
Friday 5th July
Friday 19th July
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 July
Saturday 3rd August
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.


Nairn River Invasive Species Project
Himalayan Balsam pulling
Saturday 20th July
As part of the Riverside Fun Day, meet at the Green Hive stall at Riverside park at 12pm

Volunteers will be supported by trained members of the SISI and Green Hive teams and all protective clothing and equipment will be provided.


Riverside Fun Day
Saturday 20th July
12-3pm

Family friendly fun activities, nature trails and sports (more below).


Community Orchard Day
Sunday 21st July
Sunday 25th August
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.


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

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Riverside Fun Day!

Saturday 20th July 12pm-3pm at Riverside Park, near the Jubilee Bridge

Green Hive, the Nairn and Nairnshire Community Partnership and other local community groups with an interest in the Riverside Park are joining together to provide a free and accessible afternoon of activities.

Green Hive’s recent survey in Queens Park highlighted that the Riverside Area, including the play spaces and football pitch, were of value to the local residents.  It was apparent that people wanted to see more done to improve play spaces and promote a stronger sense of community. As part of the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, working to reduce species such as giant hogweed from our riverbanks, Green Hive was already planning a volunteer day inviting members of the public to help clear Himalayan balsam plants from the woodland area along the riverside.

“The idea for a fun day was suggested in a few survey responses. So it seemed like a good idea to turn our volunteer day in to a family friendly activity and invite other groups to join us to make this day a riverside park community event. Other groups such as Nairn PLAY, the Mill Road allotments, the Forres and Nairn welfare football league and Highlife Highland have been keen to become part of it and we’ve developed a really good network of people that all have an interest in seeing a flourishing riverside environment that provides a safe space to play and explore nature.”  

– Kirsty Ellen, Green Hive Development Officer

The Nairn and Nairnshire Community Planning Partnership (NNCP) is made up of people from the local council, health, police, fire, voluntary and leisure/culture/wellbeing services, striving to improve access to public services and promote equality. 

“We believe that community members should play an active role in shaping the future development of services and spaces in Nairnshire. As a Partnership, we hope to see a great attendance on July 20th, with many people engaged with the activities and groups present. We hope to gather community perspectives on how the Park should be developed during the event and to feed these insights into our Partnership planning and future actions.” 

– Rhona McNicol, NNCP Community Engagement Officer

Support for resources for the day will come from the Boy’s Brigade, St Ninian’s Church and Highland TSI who are lending a marquee, tables and chairs and notice boards, the Highland Council with bins and extra park maintenance and Nairn BID to coordinate food vendors. 

“So it’s a real community effort for this day to take place.” – Kirsty Ellen, Green Hive Development Officer

Park development:

“The Riverside is Common Good Land administered by local members and The Highland Council.  There is a need to improve the facilities in this area especially for the use of our citizens.  We will be having some fun on the day but also seeking the views of locals concerning how they would wish to improve this area for the benefit of all.   It would be good to develop a plan for the improvement of existing facilities and ensure they are maintained for the future.” – Cllr Tom Heggie

Engagement activity – The event is the first part of working together with the Places and Spaces group of the Nairn and Nairnshire Community Planning Partnership.   We intend to help each other enhance the riverside area and gain support from the wider community to develop activities and possibly annual events. During the day there will be the chance to find out more about the plans by Nairn PLAY and the Welfare League. There will also be the opportunity to contribute your ideas and express what you hope to see happen at the riverside park. If you are part of a community group that uses this area get involved by contacting Cllr Tom Heggie

Parking is limited so please walk if you are able to. The car park by the Jubilee will be closed to vehicles and the car park by the football field will be open with preference for disabled users.

Activities:

Inflatable kick darts

River dipping and nature trails

Himalayan Balsam conservation activity

Bunting making

Bushcraft

Mill Road allotment’s open day and treasure hunt

Highland cycle ability bikes

Fire Scotland fire engine

Bouncy castle

Rodeo bull

Facepainting

Raffle

Youth led sports and games

There will also be food vendors where you can buy snacks and lunch

 

 

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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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