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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Young People’s Climate March

Nairn’s young people gathered on Friday 15th March in Nairn Town Centre to voice their concerns for our environment and demand action to be taken to stop climate change. Here at Green Hive we are very proud of the young people of Nairn for standing up for what they believe in a constructive and proactive way.

“Others and myself decided that not enough action was being taken by global and UK politicians on climate change, so we decided to strike to address the issue that will impact all of us, for the 15th, the future and our future. Not enough action has been taken, Myself and many students of Nairn Academy are sick of people with high authority not addressing this as an emergency. We need the government to declare a state of climate emergency and aim to get people talking about this crisis.

“I will continue to take action on making this public and helping in any way that I can.
If we do not take this seriously we will cause unnecessary suffering to people around the world from the effects of climate change including ourselves. People around me always tell me to stand up for something that I believe in, so I did that. ”

– Dayne Inglis, 16, 5th year Nairn Academy.

 

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Upcoming dates

Bumblebags Sewing Group
Saturday 9th March
Saturday 6th April
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 March
Friday 5th 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.


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.


Community Orchard Day
Sunday 24th March
Friday 12th April
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.


‘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.


Picnic in the Park
Saturday 13th April
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.


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Apple Tree Grafting and Pruning Workshops

The next generation of apple trees and apple tree growers have been nurtured over the last couple of weeks with our apple tree grafting and pruning workshops taking place. Nairn Academy pupils, staff and the farmer Jones Academy visited the Sandown Allotments and learned from experienced growers Jules, Des and Robert about permaculture and apple tree grafting. They will now take their trees, and knowledge back to start their own orchard at Nairn Academy!

We also had a session with Des and Robert for Green Hive volunteers, members and (potentially) future volunteers, including top tips for pruning fruit trees and how to create one apple tree with multiple varieties of apples growing on it. Now to put these lessons in to action in our own gardens and at the community orchard!

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A Hive of Scribes – Fundraiser

On Friday, 29th March forget about Brexit and come along to the Little Theatre where at 7.30 pm The Pen & I, Nairn’s creative writing group will be presenting ‘A Hive of Scribes’, 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, Nairn’s environmental charity.

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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 nre@greenhive.co.uk 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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