News January 2023

Lunchtime talks - a Haltwhistle Growing Together initiative supported by STS and funded by Northumberland National Park
Following the success of three talks on hay meadows, peat bogs and spiders in 2022 HGT are rolling out a program of monthly lunchtime talks in 2023. STS will be providing local produce lunches - anyone able to help with prep, or serving and clearing up on the day, please get in touch. The main talk at each meeting will be given by an expert, generally but not exclusively, a NNP officer. There will also be a shorter element with ideas, relevant to the topic, for activism or getting involved. Suggestions for topics or speaker recommendations welcomed, please contact Abby

Garden bird identification
This talk will be an excellent opportunity to hone your bird identification skills in advance of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place the following weekend.

11am, Saturday, Jan 21st Community Hub (first floor of Haltwhistle Library)
FREE local produce lunch
AND making your own bird feeder - could be messy but fun!
Please email for further details or to book your free place.
For info about the Big Garden Birdwatch or to sign up for a free guide see the RSPB website.

Haltwhistle is Something Special Exhibition 2
The second set of posters for the walls of the Waiting Room on platform 1 at Haltwhistle station have been drafted by an ace group of volunteers. Each poster will feature an aspect of the history of one of the parishes in South Tynedale. The designer is well on the way to finishing her work and when the posters are printed TVCRP will launch the exhibition at an appropriate time with respect to the ongoing issues with strikes and train cancellations.

Haltwhistle Renewable Energy Working Group
Following on from the energy and money saving event held last year we're going to host a public meeting focussing on possibilities and constraints of generating domestic heat and power. We've an expert lined up to address the meeting and, with the help of Haltwhistle Film Project, are making a video to showcase the experiences of local people who have already adopted green technologies. Details to follow.

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.

Plastic recycling with Berry Global
Unfortunately our recycling project with the Berry factory has had to end. Whilst the factory has a machine to chop up hdpe plastic, chopping of used hdpe could be a health hazard as bacteria (such as Legionella) can be released into the atmosphere during the process. We understand that outdoor furniture corresponding to the plastic already collected will be supplied as promised but, as yet, this hasn't been finalised. This is a sad end to a project with potential and we thank everyone who spent time preparing and collecting HDPE plastic for this initiative.

Green Pioneers - A new Greenspace Network for Northumberland
Green Pioneers - Greenspace Northumberland Network is a pilot project funded by Thriving Together Northumberland for groups/organisations in Northumberland who look after/manage green spaces.
Groundwork North East and Cumbria are hosting the Network in its initial stages of development.
For more information and to join the network contact Groundwork's Community Project Manager, Laura Waugh:

Carbon Literacy Community Leaders Pilot
Are you interested in Carbon Literacy training? Northumberland County Council have been working with the Carbon Literacy Trust to create a Community Leaders Course. The idea of this course is to provide the basic climate change science and to help community leaders start to think about community action against climate change.
Ideally a couple of volunteers from each climate action group/community group will be trained by the Council. These people will then be able to come back and train the wider group or even community. If you'd like to know more about this opportunity please contact Julie

To STS member Linda France.
Between 2020 and 2022 Linda was Climate Writer for New Writing North and Newcastle University. Startling is a new collection of poetry arising from the residency. Linda has won not one, but two, accolades for other environmentally themed poetry collections this year:
  • Linda won the Laurel Prize, established by the poet laureate, Simon Armitage, to recognise excellence in nature and environmental writing, for The Knucklebone Floor.
  • Linda was named the inaugural Environmental Poet of the Year 2022-23 in the Michael Marks Awards for her portfolio of poems Letters to Katlia

Get in touch
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Please contact 07935 259416

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, 07935 259416


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