2014

  • Our Hub meetings continued to tour the area and included presentations and talks, such as a talk by Mark Siddall from LEAP about passiv-haus retro fits at the Hive in Ushaw Moor, the story of Dark Mountain, a community bike workshop plan, fruit tree planting with the new Incredible Edible group based in Durham and a visit to the new Fruitful Durham HQ in Bearpark
  • We promoted activities by related projects and associated organisations including Coal Action Network, living willow courses by Joanne Bolton of Abundant Earth, the launch of the Ideas Hive, wild food foraging courses at Harehope Quarry, Potato Day run by the Durham Organic Gardeners Association and a Forest Gardening talk by Rachel from Old Sleningford Farm
  • Fruitful Durham go from strength to strength running a variety of events and courses which included fruit tree grafting and waissailing, as well as selling their jams, juices and chutneys
  • We supported the development of various new projects including the computer re-using project by Mark in  collaboration with the North East Linux User Group and Unite the Union’s Community Branch, a new upcycling project by Eve, the new Co-Housing group for Durham, Climate Change North East, plans to encourage Durham University to divest from fossil fuels and plans for the planting of fruit trees in Wharton Park as part of its refurbishment programme.
  • We co-organised the permaculture and transition area of the Newcastle Community Green Festival and once again ran stalls at the Neville’s Cross Eco-Festival
  • Our Book Group is launched to the wider membership with monthly meetings
  • Recyke Y Bike arrives in Durham next to the Bus Station, as does Club Resistance at the Peoples Bookshop
  • We hold our 4th AGM in December at Fruitful Durham HQ in Bearpark
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