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

Bumblebags Sewing Group
Saturday 9th February
Saturday 9th March
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 15th February, 10am-1pm
Green Hive Hub, Links Studios, Grant Street, Fishertown

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

Community Orchard Day
Sunday 24th February
Sunday 24th March
Meet at Nairn 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.

Apple Tree Grafting & Pruning Workshop *FREE*
Saturday 2nd March, 10.30am-2.30pm
Sandown Allotments, Sandown Farm Lane

Learn how to graft new apple trees, prune mature trees and take home a fruit tree to plant in your own garden. Spaces are limited and existing Green Hive volunteers will have priority. Places must be booked by email or call 07453912697.

Swap Party
Friday 15th March, 7pm-9pm
Green Hive Hub, Links Studios, Grant Street, Fishertown

Don’t shop, swap! A chance for a clear out of your wardrobe and to choose some ‘new to you’ items for free. Bring along your unwanted but still in a good condition clothes and household items at 7pm and add them to the rails. It’s free and environmentally friendly. Anything not swapped will be donated to local charity shops.

‘A Hive of Scribes’ fundraiser
Friday 29th March, 7.30pm
The Little Theatre, Nairn

The Pen & I, Nairn’s creative writing group will be presenting an evening of readings of poetry and prose. There may be a little music too. There will be a raffle and refreshments. The cost will be £8 payable at the door and all proceeds will be donated to Green Hive. No pre-booking, tickets at the door.

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Apple Tree Grafting and Pruning Workshop

Learn how to graft apple trees and some simple techniques to care for your fruit trees, and take home a young grafted tree of your own. Led by members of the Nairn Allotments’ Orchard Group and a Royal Horticultural Society trained gardener.

Places are free but limited so must be reserved in advance, existing Green Hive volunteers will have priority. Contact us at or 07453912697.


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200 bags and counting!

Think Green. Think saving the environment.

Think Hive. Think of busy bees.

Put them together and you get Green Hive. Put a group of busy bees together on a Saturday morning at the Green Hive hub at the Links Studios on Grant Street and soon you will have a Bumblebag. 

A small group of volunteers meet once a month to sew Bumblebags which are environmentally friendly in addition to being attractive and each one unique. The fruits of the labours can be seen in the window of Clarks of Nairn furniture shop or on display in Nairn Library several times per year. Green Hive volunteers are proud that 200 bags have now been completed and distributed to members of our community.

Clarks of Nairn and many local people kindly donate materials for the bags and the volunteers use hand or treadle sewing machines which have also been donated to the charity. Nothing is wasted. Scraps of material are used to create bunting.

There is a suggested donation of £3 for a Bumblebag but anyone is encouraged to take one and contribute as much as they can afford. Forget plastic unsightly, unfriendly bags and become the proud owner of a sustainable Bumblebag. 

If you enjoy making things, want to discover a new talent or just want to join in for fun, a friendly welcome, chat and a cuppa we are looking for volunteers that can help us set up, welcome new volunteers or support those that need some help to join in with our group. Maybe you are already good at sewing and want to share your skills or maybe you are good with people and like to help others to participate (if you can make a good cup of tea you are already there). If you can spare a few hours one Saturday a month to help our group meet up please get in touch or come along to the next Bumblebags session which is at the Links Studios at 11am on Saturday 9th February at 11am.

Written by Eve Evans


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Help design our Queens Park community project

Green Hive are building a new project and we need your help. If you live in Queens Park tell us what you think by completing a survey available from Nairn Library or Nairn Citizens Advice Bureau, or online here.

So far we have done litter picks, handy neighbour household DIY and a pop-up up-cycling stall.

What would you like to see Green Hive do next in Queens Park? How would you improve your environment? Get involved with planning a volunteer activity or public event right on your doorstep!


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A new year, a new hobby


Our first sewing group meet up will be Saturday 12th January at 11am. If you want to learn to sew or practise your existing skills come and join our other sewers and make some lovely Bumblebags out of old and unwanted fabrics.

Meet at the Green Hive Hub, Old Links School, Grant Street, Fishertown from 11 am.


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Christmas Get Together

Join us at the Green Hive Hub at the Old Links School this Friday 21st Dec 6-8pm.

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, all welcome! RSVP to let us know you are coming by emailing Kirsty.

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Green Hive awarded Big Lottery Funding

We have been successful in attracting a substantial two year grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) to start in January 2019.

This grant will enable Green Hive to expand the volunteer projects and activities it runs and through piloting social enterprise introduce regular volunteering and work experience opportunities in Nairn.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Nairn River Enterprise’s Green Hive project has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Green Hive every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”

Green Hive’s success will make a difference in Nairn with public events being held in Viewfield and Riverside Park, opportunities for local residents to learn skills in food growing, sewing and up-cycling, and employment being created in the area.

This new funding from the BLF will enable Green Hive to expand its development officer’s role to support, coordinate and build our projects with two new staff roles being created later this year. It will go towards the cost of renting Green Hive’s hub space in the Old Links School; public events, maintenance and resources for the Viewfield community orchard; food, refreshments and training for volunteers; as well as the set up of our Green Enterprise.

Green Enterprise will take waste materials and create usable useful products to sell in our community, such as growing mushrooms from used coffee grounds. Our enterprise project will adopt a social enterprise model meaning that any profit generated will be used to fund charitable projects in Nairn.

Green Hive Chair Simon Noble said “This grant gives us a fantastic opportunity to consolidate the achievements of the past 2 years. We’ll be able to build on the partnerships we’ve forged with the schools, local organisations like the Allotments Society, Men’s Shed and WASPs Studios, and we’ll be able to organise so many more opportunities for people to volunteer and later on offer work placements and skills training.”

Including this grant from the BLF, over the last two years Green Hive has enjoyed support from Scottish Government’s Voluntary Action Fund, The Davidson Trust, The Highland Council, The Pebble Trust, Foundation Scotland, Tescos Bags of Help and The Robertson Trust. This grant from the lottery will cement the progress they have assisted.

Green Hive is an organisation owned and managed by community volunteers. Our mission is to create more opportunities for the people of Nairn through action to protect and conserve our environment. We want to celebrate Nairn’s wonderful natural landscape and make Nairn a place where we are all proud to live. Green Hive coordinates the Viewfield Community Orchard and composting project, Bumblebags sewing group, community litter picks and ‘Art is Rubbish’ competition.

Find out more about Green Hive: follow us on facebook @NairnsGreenHive,, 07453912697

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