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Dates for your diary!

Queens Park Bulb PlantingSunday 10th November, 2pm-3.30pmMeet at the corner of George Street and Anne CrescentIn partnership with Keeping Nairnshire Colourful. Come help plant spring flowering bulbs. No experience necessary, just turn up and join in. We will provide gloves and there will be some snacks and drinks afterwards.Queens Park Project Steering Group meet upThursday 14th November, 7-8pmArmy Cadets’ Hut, John Street Do you live in Queens Park and would like to shape our work in your area? We will be meeting to look back at what has happened so far this year and make plans for our work in Queens Park…

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Green Hive and [email protected], Durness

We had our second Green Hive team road trip on the 16th of October – all the way up to Durness to meet with Dr. Julien Moreau and Dr. Joan D’Arcy who are the founders of Plastic @ Bay – a community interest company aiming to tackle marine plastic pollution in north west Scotland and beyond – they turn marine pollution into unique, bespoke products at their Plastic Lab in Durness.Green Hive are launching a plastic recycling enterprise and reached out to Plastic @ Bay for advice and education on how to sustainably manage a workshop focused on recycling plastic…

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What can you do with your leftover squashes this Halloween?

It’s my favourite time of year again and I’ve done a lot of research into some quick, easy and creative ways to help you get the most out of your pumpkins and jack o’lanterns.Did you know an estimated 10 million pumpkins are grown in the UK every year! 95% of which will be hollowed out into lanterns for Halloween and the rest used in recipes – we’ve put together a couple of ideas to help you get the most out of our favourite seasonal squash. Delicious and healthy recipes Pumpkin is an incredibly versatile source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it’s both healthy and very tasty….

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Call out for plastic!

Donate your waste plastics to the Green Hive Workshop & support reuse, before recycling. What Plastics will the Green Hive Workshop accept? Initially HDPE Plastics.  That is anything with the number ‘2’ inside the recycling logo. HDPE is one of the most widely used plastics. It comes in a huge variety of colours and it is a perfect material for our workshop projects.  HDPE includes, milk bottles & lids, many plastic pipes, domestic bathroom & kitchen product bottles, and plastic containers from supermarkets.   It would be really helpful if any plastic items you are donating have film lids and labels removed…

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We're hiring!

We are looking for a consultant (or team of consultants) to conduct an options appraisal of premises in Nairn best suited to the community hub and waste reduction enterprises which are our long-term plan. As part of this we also need an assessment of the feasibility of our waste reduction enterprises to sustain it. Our ultimate goal is to establish a permanent hub in the community based around enterprises such as re-purposing waste plastic and growing mushrooms from waste coffee grounds. We are on the point of starting these projects at our premises in Balmakeith but long-term we want to be doing this…

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The Big Climate Conversation

Have your say on climate change! Green Hive are hosting a consultation session on behalf of the Scottish Government to help people in Nairn have their say on how Scotland should repond to climate change. Sign up to attend on Eventbrite.   Did you know that Scotland has declared a climate emergency? Would you reduce how much meat you eat? Would you give up your car to help stop climate change? Would you switch to renewable energy for your house? On Thursday 10th October Green Hive will facilitate an engagement event where we are inviting the public to come give…

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Getting to grips with Invasive Species -Top Five Tips for Balsam Bashing

Green Hive volunteers relax with James (SISI co-ordinator) on the  biggest balsam pile after our balsam bashing experience at the Riverside Fun Day We’re fast approaching the end of the season for Balsam Bashing – a massive thank you to everyone who has helped out and spent time clearing Himalayan Balsam this year, the Riverside and surrounding area looks completely renewed after all your hard work! Green Hive volunteers working alongside Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) have managed to clear over 2 acres of balsam from our banks! We would also like to thank James the SISI co-ordinator for taking…

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Setting up the Green Enterprise Workshop

We have taken occupancy of a unit in the Balmakeith industrial estate and are turning this big empty space in to a creative upcycling centre for the Nairnshire Community.  Specialising in the reforming of plastic, we hope to offer another option to consider, before recycling or landfill. But we need your help to get this space up and running! We are on the look out for some very specific items to help fit out our upcycling and plastic reforming workshop.  If you think you can help with a donation of any of the items on our workshop ‘Wish List’ please get…

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The rain didn't dampen spirits down at Riverside Fun Day!

Despite the rain there was a great feeling, engagement from local people and lots of positive feedback. From Green Hive’s perspective the day certainly boosted volunteer support for the riverside invasive species project and our engagement with people living in Queens Park, which surpassed what we were hoping to achieve when we originally thought of having a family day at the park. A fantastic £250 has been raised for future work in Riverside Park and that all certainly couldn’t have happened without the support from other local groups. We want to say a big thank you to all who came together…

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Welcome to our two new staff members!

Andy MacVicar and Caroline Woods Welcome to the team! Andy is passionate about working with recycled materials and as Enterprise Project Officer is helping Green Hive to set up our remaking workshop in Nairn. He studied a Masters in Fine Art Sculpture and has been a sculptor for over a decade. He believes creative making can have a positive cultural and environmental impact on our community. Caroline has returned to Nairn, her childhood home town, after living for ten years in Glasgow. The natural world inspires her to create and nurture bonds, especially the Queenspark river side where she grew…