News June 2022

On the Verge 2022
Please join us for one or all of our short, slow moving verge walks (1.5 mile there and back max) to identify and survey wild flowers on or near road verges near Haltwhistle.

Tues 28nd June 7pm:
Haresby Lonnen to Stanegate, GR: 790661

Tues 12th July 7pm:
South Tyne road edge to Featherstone Bridge, nr Park Burnfoot, GR: 680619

Tues 26th July 7pm:
Towards Ventner's Hall, park carefully at minor road junction half a mile north of Caw Gap, GR: 696675

Just turn up, no need to book. We'll be on paths and/or tarmac. We aim to finish by 9pm.
Any queries, please get in touch with Lesley Silvera: 07933326711.

STS & Haltwhistle Growing Together invite you to:

Lunch time talk - includes free lunch!
Thursday 7th July, 1pm for lunch, talk starts at 1.30pm
Community Hub on first floor of Haltwhistle Library

The Ecology and Importance of Bogs
Gill Thompson, Northumberland National Park ecologist

Peat free gardening - make your own compost
Libby Scott

This will be the second time we've partnered with Haltwhistle Growing Together to deliver a free lunch time talk on a subject that embraces ecology, sustainability and gardening. The first talk proved popular so HGT is hoping to secure a grant to run another series later in the year. Watch this space - with fingers crossed - for details of further events.

Do you know about the peace labyrinth at Walltown Quarry?

The labyrinth was created by Glynis Rose with the help of local volunteers and community groups some ten years ago. Glynis is keen for people to use the labyrinth for their own celebrations, meditations and relaxation. There's a gathering at the Labyrinth, sign posted from the NNP car park at Walltown Quarry, on Sat 16th July at 12 o'clock to hear from Rose about the project and to recruit volunteers to help with maintaining the structure and ensure it continues to be a valued community asset.
Bring your own picnic lunch - and a pair of secateurs, if you have them.

Haltwhistle Is Something Special - 1900 years of history

We're recruiting volunteers to work on the second poster exhibition in the waiting room at Haltwhistle Station. The theme, part of this year's Hadrian's Wall festival, is 1900 years of local history. We'll have one poster for each of the 11 parishes in the local area and each will focus on a particular aspect of that parish's history. At present we still need volunteers for Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh, Melkridge, and Plenmeller with Whitfield.
Please get in touch if you'd like to help.

Stomping Grounds are delighted to bring their free Family Fun forest school sessions to Haltwhistle, fully funded by Haltwhistle Partnership & Karbon homes.
The first FREE session will run from 10am-12pm on Sunday 3rd July, at the riverside park next to Haltwhistle train station. These sessions are the perfect way to spend valuable time in nature with your little ones.
Suitable for toddlers, pre-schoolers and children up to the age of 6. Play games, learn about nature, develop motor skills, splash in the mud, relax in a hammock, build dens, listen to stories, sing songs, develop and grow as a family and as a community.
To book please follow the link:
STOP PRESS - sorry this is now fully booked but by going to the link above you can add your name to a waiting list and, hopefully, there'll be another session soon!

CAfS Webinars

CAfS have an impressive range of webinars on YouTube covering various aspects of PV installation and retrofitting old and not-so-old properties.

There's still a chance to join in these podcast discussions run by local poet Linda France. The conversations focus on poems included in Linda's In Our Element - a poet's inquiry into climate change podcast, and issues arising from each episode.

Speaking of Nature - Finding language that affirms our kinship with the natural world

Here's an article by Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, that shows how the building blocks of English set us apart from nature and informs our worldview.

The seed co-operative

The Seed Co-operative exists to shine a spotlight on the vital but all-too-often forgotten role of the humble seed in building a resilient food system.
The future of food has to be rooted in democracy, diversity and health. That means diversity of ownership and shared knowledge, with diversity of genetics and wildlife. Working with diversity is adopting nature's way of nurturing the health of our planet and people.
Varieties that are open pollinated and adapted to organic growing systems are the essential ingredients in making this happen. That's where the Seed Co-operative comes in.
The seed cooperative grows, processes and sells organic, open-pollinated seed for the UK and beyond, and develops new varieties through organic plant breeding, to support the collective work of those striving towards making agro-ecological farming and food sovereignty a reality.
They say: "We're not interested in tricksy seed biotechnology, or dominating the world's seed supply. Instead, we believe passionately in breeding open pollinated seeds that everyone can grow, everyone can save for the next year, and everyone can afford. All our sustainable futures depend on it."

Award winning Seeds of Hope prints for sale in aid of humanitarian work in Ukraine

Julia was awarded Silver Gilt Medal at the RHS Botanical Art show for 'Seeds of Hope' which she painted to 'highlight the vital work of the Seed Co-operative.'
Julia said: "Since exhibiting my paintings of the Seed Co-operative seeds at the Royal Horticultural Society's Botanical Art Show, the 'Seeds of Hope' paintings have, I feel, taken on another narrative as the war in Ukraine rages in Europe. So, especially as one of my paintings is of a sunflower seed, I am raising funds by selling archival quality prints on 100% cotton, acid free, museum quality paper of the paintings."
All profits from sales of Julia's beautiful prints are going to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
For more information please go to her website or email her on

Grants for replacing domestic (and small business) boilers.

There are grants available of £5,000 plus for upgrading domestic boilers to greener options. This includes air and ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers. Changing to a heat pump as a source of heat often requires modifying other aspects of the system within the house as the heat is generally provided at a lower temperature. Biomass boilers, on the other hand, generally supply hot water for heating and general use just as regular domestic boilers and so no modification within the house is required. However, there are other issues in that the boiler is significantly larger, may need to be coupled with an accumulator and storage for pellets or logs is required.
We have had a log boiler here for a decade and would be happy to share our very positive experiences with anyone who'd like to chat about it.
Details on the grants available and eligibility criteria

Get in touch
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South Tyne Sustainability aims to reduce the impact of the community of Haltwhistle and surrounding villages on our environment. This will help individuals, families and our community save money and resources and ensure a more sustainable future for us all.

To join STS contact Sue Seymour, 016977 47359