12 April 2014 – Hay Green Fair, Hay Castle
The Green Valleys were at at this event, specifically promoting our BeeCaring project.
A fun, informative day for all the family, which included workshops, craft sessions, wildflower garden sewing, how to make your own natural beauty products, demos, speakers, low energy transport and local foraging walks.
19 April 2014, 10.00-14.00 – Spring Swap Shop, The Old Museum, Brecon
The Green Valleys teamed up with The Old Museum to bring a SWAP SHOP to the Old Museum, Brecon on Saturday 19th of April, 2014.
We swapped good quality item fit for re-use… like baby clothes, toys, grown up clothes, tea pots, etc..
We also swapped last years seeds, seedlings, veg plants, gardening tools, compost, pots, etc…
15 March 2014 – Grafting Apples Course, Glasbury
This was a repeat of the course run last March when Tom Adam, a highly experienced orchardist, gave us a superb day of training in grafting skills.
09 March 2014 – Seedy Sunday and Beecaring
Abergavenny’s 5th Seedy Sunday took place on 9th March 2014 and was as busy as ever with over 130 visitors. Seedy Sunday was set up 5 years ago supported by Abergavenny Climate Action, and led by Richard Lewis who has a passion for the community sharing it’s wealth of healthy, strong seeds.
People bring excess seeds, cuttings and divided herbaceous plants, to swap or donation towards, and there is always a wealth of knowledge to share about growing and gardening.
Lynne Albutt (columnist for the Abergavenny Chronicle and the Western Mail) opened the event and spoke with passion about the importance of communities looking after over their own seeds, and defending themselves against the multinational companies whose aim is to patent and control seed production which could make an event like Seedy Sunday illegal. She also encouraged us to look after our bees through planting bee friendly plants and exploring natural beekeeping as a way forward.
Although Abergavenny Climate Action has become Transition Towns Abergavenny, it remains a community group withinThe Green Valleys CIC, and Seedy Sunday was an opportunity for us to launch our new project around natural beekeeping, ‘BeeCaring’.
For BeeCaring’s first year we intend to run a pilot project of maintaining 3-4 colonies of bees using Warre Hives and using a minimal intervention approach, where the aim is to strengthen our honey bee population by letting them do what comes naturally without excessively disturbing their hives or harvesting their honey. This will all be done with the supervision and support of our local bee inspector.
We will be holding a BeeCaring event on 13July for those who are interested in learning more about Natural Beekeeping. If you are interested in our event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Liz on 7807 136149
The Green Valleys held three juicing events as follows:
19 October 2013, 10.00-4.00, at Brecon Cathedral
27 October 2013, 10.00-4.00 at Abergavenny Transition Fair
3 November 2013, 10.00-4.00 at Talgarth Mill and Farmers Market
We enjoyed meeting many of you at these events and a good time was had by us all.
TGVHydro was at the Royal Welsh Show
If you visited the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd on 22-25 July, we hope you came to meet the TGVHydro team on stand GP5 in the Green Pavilion where they were explaining how you can turn water into electricity.
The Green Valleys Gathering took place on 7 April 2013. A follow up session was held to move forward with suggestions made by the participants.
The Woollen Line exhibition commenced on the 3rd March 2013
Seedy Sunday took place on the 10th March 2013
The Wild Garlic Festival was held over the weekend of the 13th/14th April 2013