Change to membership rules

At our January Board Meeting we resolved to change our “Articles of Association”. We were unhappy at the restriction on voting membership to certain districts of Nairn Town. We gave some thought to how to define the changes and in the end decided that we should expand the area we serve to everything within the IV12 postcode – so including all of Nairnshire, Ardersier and beyond. Junior and full membership rules remain unchanged, so anyone in IV12 over the age of 12 can join, while those 16 and over can be full voting members.


Community Orchard

Community orchards are a great opportunity for everyone to learn new skills – fencing, wildlife watching, horticultural skills gained from pruning and maintenance of the fruit trees and jam and fruit juice making skills, for example, once the fruit is picked. They benefit wildlife – a variety of flora and fauna – that can be supported by this environment – insects, birds, bees, bats, foxes and small mammals as well as wild flowers. An orchard need not contain more than 5 small trees, so isn’t the enormous spread we often associate with the word “orchard”. We have obtained permission from…


Viewfield Leaves

The story so far We have 6 storage bays built primarily through the brilliant efforts of Andy and Simon Randerson. Gordon’s Timber were tremendous and donated loads of timber. We got old pallets from Michael Jacks’ construction company and a few others. Our volunteers turned out on three occasions to clear the park. On the first day, back in November, we were amazed, and really pleased, to find work had started early courtesy of a number of mum’s and their toddlers – who needed the grown-ups? Robbie Barron came with his ride on mower to the last of our three days and, at…


Art is Rubbish

On 27th November, the Sailing Club and Kayak Club did a great job of hosting the beach and River Clean-up at their clubhouse and put on some welcome hot food and drinks for the 60 volunteers who turned out to take part. 61 bags of rubbish – and a few exotic items like a barbecue – were collected and later taken away by our local team of Highland Council’s Community Services. The volunteers were joined by two local artists who also organised the art workshop on 4th December and the competition and exhibition. The Art is Rubbish prize giving and exhibition took…


Last chance

Last chance to hand in your piece of art from stuff found on the beach or riverside is between 3 and 4 TODAY. Plenty of time….some pieces already submitted took less than 2 hours to make. Bring yours to Links Studios, Grant Street. More on www. Facebook.com/nairnsgreenhive 


Beach & River Clean-Up

A great community event organised by Green Hive with Nairn Sailing Club, Nairn Kayak Club and an artist from WASPS studios. It takes place on Sunday 27th November, starting at 10.30 at the Sailing Club. Don’t worry if you can’t get there ’til later – come on down when you can! The Clean-up and litter pick will cover the riverside from the Maggot, possibly as far as Riverside Park, the harbour, the central beach and dunes and possibly also the first stretches of the East Beach and its dunes. Whilst for health & safety reasons only Sailing Club members will work…


Viewfield update

We spent a fair bit of time in the Viewfield Park last week, as did a team from Community Payback. You’d hardly think we’d done anything there’s so many leaves continuing to fall. However, good news! Local contractor Robbie Barron of RBS Landscapes has offered to come down with his sit-on mower and spend half a day “hoovering up the leaves. He’s not sure when he can do it….maybe a week or so yet. This should make a tremendous difference to the situation – THANKS ROBBIE! Meanwhile three of us have been round to residents in neighbouring streets and cleared…


Viewfield Autumn Leaves

We’ve started our Viewfield Park project this week. Our chums at Community Payback came down on Monday and got things going and they plan to come down again. Mums and toddlers plus a bunch of Green Hive volunteers spent Tuesday morning tackling the main park. This is a BIG JOB and we’re looking for extra equipment to help. Relying on our volunteers, however cheerful and enthusiastic all are, it’ll take plenty long enough without some more kit! We leafleted ALL the residents whose houses back on to the Park and so far four have been in touch. We plan to…

litter picking

Balmakeith Litter

Eleven hearty volunteers rolled up their sleeves on a pleasant day last Friday to discover all sorts of abandoned stuff around the Balmakeith Industrial and Business Park. We were joined on the litter pick by nearby residents as well as members of staff from PHS who have a depot on site. Within an hour we’d collected what you see in the first picture on our Facebook page – here. We finished after three hours! Despite the enormous haul, we encountered loads of pristine sites large and small. Some of the rubbish clearly gets blown into corners by the wind, but it’s…

about NRE

Our first AGM

We held our first AGM on Thursday 6th October, marking 10 months since the organisation was formed. We now have 17 members and a number of other followers. Our Board of Directors was elected, now 4 in number and they will meet for the first time on 10th November. We’ll post more about the Directors after that. Our labours over the last months are beginning to bear fruit. On Wednesday last week Andy and Simon Randerson completed the erection of composting bays at Viewfield Park. We start gathering leaves there and from neighbouring residents from 8th November. We began a…