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
- 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.
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. There are three paid part time members of the team who structure our work and support our volunteers, board and project sub groups. So, our work would not be possible without our volunteers.
The Company Limited by Guarantee was formed on 1st December 2015 and became a charity on 11th September 2017. Members have a maximum liability of £1 should it go bust. Any resident aged 16 and over in the IV12 area can join. Those under 16 and those who live outwith this area can become non-voting Associate Members. Directors are elected annually at our AGM to form our governing Board – usually in late autumn – or can be appointed by a majority of the Board at any time.
The organisation began life with a small reserve fund of £300 and the prospect of £5,000 from Highland Council’s DAF Fund. It has since benefited from a number of grants which have enabled it to progress its members plans.
Our vision is to be a hub for the local community, build capacity and leadership in collaboration with existing interest groups, and through a focus on the environment strengthen and build the community of Nairnshire in an inclusive and sustainable way. We support local people in designing and running their own solutions to local challenges and our governance structure enables local people, specifically volunteers, to lead our work.
All of our projects are designed for maximum volunteer involvement and delivery of our work is entirely through volunteering days, which are open and inclusive to all. Some of our projects call for specific skills (sewing and gardening) and in these we call on specific volunteers for help and collaborate with other groups, such as Nairn Men’s Shed or Nairn Allotment Society.
Apart from the benefits for the town, we want eventually to provide training and placement opportunities for young and long-term unemployed people and to employ local contractors for some jobs. We’ve already employed contractors to build a fence round the Viewfield community orchard and to design our logo etc. For the time being we depend on grant funds and donations from individuals and businesses to undertake these projects and we work with other interested organisations to strengthen their outcomes. We’ve already worked with Nairn Sailing Club, WASPs artists’ Links Studios, Nairn Men’s Shed, Keeping Nairnshire Colourful, the Youth Forum, Millbank School and Nairn Academy and we want to do the same with many others.
People can learn more and keep in touch with developments via Green Hive’s Facebook:
Green Hive tweets here
Nairn River Enterprise is a registered Scottish charity – number SC047727, and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland – company No. SC521561