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 this November

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Apple Day at Viewfield Orchard 2018

This coming Sunday 21st October from 1-4pm

Celebrating National Apple Day! Bring your apples along and use our press to make juice. It’s also time to distribute the leaf mulch, so bring a bag to take some home for your garden.

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Green Hive NRE Annual General Meeting

Steer the work of Green Hive!

The AGM takes place this year on Monday 12th November, starting at 7 pm in the Green Hive Hub at the Old Links School, Grant Street, Fishertown.

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

Join as a member 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.

To become a member sign up here.

Apply to be elected to join our board by emailing us telling us a little about yourself and why you’d like to stand.

 

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What a load of rubbish!

More than 50 people got together to clear rubbish from the central and east beach and riverside. Hosted by Nairn Sailing Club, we ate lunch together to warm up and discuss who found the strangest stuff. But it was the usual cigarette butts, small bits of single use plastic and discarded barbecues that dominated the finds and the conversation. A volunteer on the day, Sharon has written a blog about how what she noticed has opened her eyes to the waste plastic problem, do take a read. 

Artists Elaine and Emily ran an ‘Art is Rubbish’ workshop on the day helping volunteers turn their finds in to works of art. Exhibition of artwork to be held on Sunday 7th October at the WASPS Links Studios 2-4pm.

Thanks to Highland Council for the use of gloves and litter pickers and collecting all the bags at the end.

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Kids Day at Viewfield

A big thank you to Nairn Book and Arts Festival for setting up Kids Day and inviting Green Hive to join with our activities. Around 100 adults and 50 children came along to our tent and tables, to enjoy the apple paint printing and apple juice press. It was a great way to spend a Saturday in Nairn and fantastic to see the orchard so full of people (and apples!).

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Picnic in the Park 22nd July 2018

A few snaps from today’s picnic. If you have any feedback or ideas for future events at the orchard leave us a message or email nre@greenhive.co.uk.

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Don’t shop, swap!

Join us at the Green Hive Hub on Friday 3rd August at 7pm.

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