July is usually the warmest month of the year so fingers crossed for fine weather over the next few weeks. To match the weather you'll find a 'warm welcome' at all of the events below, whether it's the National Trust's 'Countryside Crafts Fun Day' at Swan Barn Farm, or our 'Notable Tree Walks', which will no doubt feature this month's notable tree, the rowan.
Celebrate Summer at the 'Countryside Crafts Fun Day', Saturday 25th July
The National Trust's 'Countryside Crafts Fun Day' will take place at Swan Barn Farm on Saturday 25th July
and this year Jane Devlin from TTH will be there to demonstrate how to build a self-supporting reciprocal roof. The event is a wonderful day out for the whole family with traditional crafts, falconry and a bouncy castle. If you'd like to have even more fun on the day, you can help Jane build her engineering marvel. For more details contact us at email@example.com
Haslemere Notable Tree Walks, 25th and 27th September
As part of Haslemere's new walking festival in September, Transition Haslemere will be leading two walks: 'Notable trees of the town' on the afternoon of Friday 25th September
, and 'Notable trees of the woodlands' on the afternoon of Sunday 27th September
. We will be visiting the biggest, oldest and tallest local trees, as well as many that are simply lovely or interesting. A brochure with details for booking places on the walks will be available shortly.
Become a modern day 'Yeoman' with our Logs4Labour scheme
Logs4Labour is gearing up for the new wood fuel season and is looking for 'Yeoman' to help run the weekend events. As a Yeoman you would undertake training in woodsman skills (such as using an axe and bilhook) and help pass these on to others. To find out more about how to become a Yeoman, or the scheme in general, come along to our next L4L meeting at the Town Hall, 8:00pm Thursday 30th July, or get in contact by dropping us an email
Other dates for your diary:
Haslemere Food Festival - Lion Green, Saturday 19th September
Following last year's success we will once again have our stall at the 'Haslemere Food Festival' on Saturday 19th September
, and like last year we will be cooking up a big pot of vegetable 'community soup' on one of our Swedish Stoves. So if you have any excess home grown veg - frozen or fresh - you would like to donate to the recipe, we would be delighted to take it. Just let us know by by dropping us an email
Tree of the Month – Rowan
A rowan - called 'delight of the eye' by the Celts - on Lynchmere Common
Slender and elegant, the rowan graces the heathland and woods around Haslemere. Said to be the tree from which the first woman was made in Norse mythology and to afford protection against witchcraft and enchantment in British folklore, rowan was traditionally used for the carving of runes and for making spinning wheels.
The rowan is a small tree that is tolerant of shade and so is often found in the company of other woodland trees. It can live at higher altitudes than any other native species and is found throughout Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest.
The rowan produces large heads of creamy white flowers in the late Spring that by autumn become bright red berries that are rich in Vitamin C and are a favourite of chaffinches, siskins and other birds. They also make a slightly sharp jelly that is good on toast or with game.