News September 2022

Just a quick note in haste about a few events and activities coming up in the near future:

A chance to meet those involved - from academics to artists - in transforming and responding to the process of restoration of Bolton Fell Moss near Heathersgill. Monday Sept 26th

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is hosting The Big Buzz, national pollinator conference and fringe, Fri 23rd and Sat 24th September (Online and in person attendance)

Hexham Climate Cafe - Hexham Library 11am - 1pm Sat 24th Sept and then every fourth Saturday of the month. Get together with others over a cuppa and explore how we can meet the challenges ahead.
A similar event will take place at Brampton Community Centre at 6pm on 28th September.

The nationally coordinated Great Big Green Week runs between 24th September and 2nd October.
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And a trio of Haltwhistle Growing Together events:

Foraging and Feasting at Vindolanda
Haltwhistle Growing Together special Vindolanda session
Saturday 24 September 10 - 3
Vindolanda Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7JG England.

Join us for a special September session with the Vindolanda Trust.
Free but booking essential
Historical demonstration chef John Crouch will run a foraging session in and around the Vindolanda grounds, and we will use the Vindolanda facilities to do the cooking afterwards. John is a well known chef who has appeared on National BBC television, and BBC radio, featured in Cumbria Life Magazine and has edited a series of seasonal cookery articles for Country House and Home Magazine. His experience includes working with the National Trust, The Vindolanda Trust, The Wordsworth Trust and Newcastle University.

Spiders! And build a Bug Hotel

Haltwhistle Growing Together Free lunchtime talk in partnership with Northumberland National Park and South Tyne Sustainability
Saturday 1 October 10 - 2
Haltwhistle Community Hub (Library) Mechanics Institute, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 0AX to book

Spider-mania - Come along and discover the amazing and often complex world of these intriguing creatures - no Tarantulas or Black widows but many equally interesting species commonly found all around us….. Includes real spiders!! Bring a spider if you would like it identified by our spider expert. Free locally sourced lunch from South Tyne Sustainability (no spiders involved!)

Berries, Hips and Haws
Haltwhistle Growing Together Free Workshop
Tue 4 October 2 - 5
Hillside 33 Park Avenue, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9AU
Join us for our free October workshop which explores berries, hips and haws to book

Did you know? During World War Two people were paid 3d per pound (in imperial money and measures!) to collect rosehips from the hedges. These were used on an industrial scale to manufacture Rose Hip Syrup which is an incredible source of Vitamin C. This was then given out free of charge to supplement a diet short of fresh vegetables.
The government of the time was simply using age old knowledge that people in the countryside had used for generations to supplement their diets.
In this session we will explore some of the ways you can utilise that knowledge for yourself both to supplement the foods you eat and also how to create home made recipes and remedies from things you can find in the hedgerows.
A short break for tea and home made cake will be part of the session.

Please note: This session will be delivered by an enthusiastic amateur, not a qualified herbalist. No specific medical advice will be given. The session is simply an overview of what various plants and berries can be used for with the right knowledge. For medicinal herbal advice you need to consult a qualified practitioner.

Drought, What Drought?
Live and zoom Café Scientifique evening in Brampton Community Centre on Thu 29th September with Revd Rob Brown, hydrologist and resident of Bewcastle.

Tickets are £4 in advance (£5 on the night) and may be purchased at

Synopsis. Unlike floods, which are obvious to see, relatively straightforward to measure, and whose impacts tend to be immediate and sudden, defining 'drought' is notoriously difficult. Compared to floods they are drawn out with impacts that gradually build over time and you only know you're in one after it's been going for several months. But what is a drought? Is it a measure of rainfall deficit over a period of time? Or an extended period of low river flows? Or when water supplies become stressed? And how long does a drought last? When does it end? In the UK, 'drought' is defined by a committee of politicians and practitioners, the National Drought Group, but it is mostly water companies that bear the brunt of public anger when hosepipes are banned. This talk will look at what makes a drought a drought, with a brief introduction to the subject of 'hydrology', an overview of the water resources of the England and Wales, a look at the 2022 drought in the south east in historical context, and the possible impacts of climate change on the environment and future water resources across the UK.

Biography. Revd Dr Robert Brown studied geology and chemistry at Kings College London before taking a Masters in Engineering Hydrology at Imperial College London. He then worked at the internationally renowned UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK-CEH, then the Institute of Hydrology) before becoming principal hydrologist at WS Atkins, the UK's largest technical consultancy. In 1995 he set up his own independent consultancy, Hydrology-UK Ltd. He has acted in court as an expert witness in hydrology, and continues to work as the principal hydrological support for Northumbrian Water Group, with a particular focus on their southern operations, Essex & Suffolk Water. He is also the (part-time) Priest-in-Charge of the Bewcastle, Stapleton, and Kirklinton with Hethersgill parishes.

Generating energy and heat at home - options and constraints
We're planning this event in partnership with Haltwhistle Renewable Energy Group and would love to hear from anyone already using green technologies to produce energy or heat at home as we hope to be able to hear from those with personal experiences as well as experts at this event. Planned for mid November in Haltwhistle. Details to follow. Do get in touch if you can help or have questions you'd like the answered at the event.

We will have fresh beef available for delivery on Sat 22nd October and our order book for free range bronze Christmas Turkeys is open!
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