Your Hertfordshire Rural Affairs and News Bulletin
Welcome to our June 2019 eBulletin
CDA Herts Farmers' Cafes Update
FARMERS’ CAFES provide an opportunity for working and retired farmers, farm workers and their families to get together regularly to chat, share news and views and pick up information.
CDA Herts is working in partnership with FCN The Farming Community Network and there are now two Farmers' Cafes up and running both in East Herts. Foxholes Farm Hertford meets every fourth Thursday in the month and Church Farm Ardeley meets every third Wednesday.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and
Click Here to visit Foxholes Hertford website and Here for Church Farm Ardeley website and Here for the FCN website
Harry Bott's Farming, Wildlife
and Garden Reports for June
Harry gives an update on his Blue Tits and information on Butterflies. An anti-beetle spray has worked well on the Oil Seed rape but the pigeons devasted his Broadbean plants.
Click Here to read Harry's June Countryside Reports
Groundswell 2019 Programme Online
We are very excited to announce that the Groundswell Sessions Programme is now available to view online. With over 80 sessions running in 6 areas from 9am on Wednesday 26th June until 5.30pm on Thursday 27th June, there is plenty to see and do. Don't miss the Wednesday evening Pasture-Fed Spit Roast BBQ at The Earthworm Arms from 6pm. There are over 100 exhibiting organisations, a full list of which can be seen here. Click Herefor the Flyer for Groundswell at Lannock Manor Farm, Hitchin, Herts
Wow! it's been amazing! Three weeks packed with 160+ events across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages. We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. A huge thanks to all our sponsors, event organisers and all the volunteers that have made this landmark festival happen!
So what can you do now?
River Mimram (c) Peter Tatton Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Urge You to "Go with the flow"
Hertfordshire is home to some very special and rare habitats: chalk streams.
There are only 200 chalk rivers worldwide, of which nearly 10% can be found in Hertfordshire alone. Our chalk rivers come from the Chiltern Hills where rain water permeates layers of chalk to the aquifers below. From there the water emerges through fissures as springs, at a stable temperature, rich in minerals, pH-neutral and crystal-clear.
This creates the perfect conditions for a huge array of wildlife – from invertebrates to fish and birds such as kingfishers and herons as well as the highly-endangered water vole, a whole ecosystem depends on chalk rivers.
However, they are under pressure from Hertfordshire’s rising population and the associated increase in water usage.
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust is working together with farmers, local communities, river groups, the private sector and volunteers to restore our rivers, but everyone can help! Because much of the water for our homes, workplaces and schools comes from the same aquifers that feed our chalk streams, we can make a direct impact by using less water: Every drop you save at home will be one more drop for wildlife! Click Here for HMWT website
Little Hadham Farmers' Market Saturday 29th June
The Village Hall, Little Hadham, Hertfordshire SG11 2BS
Little Hadham Farmers’ Market promotes the best of local produce, and has a strong ethos of offering only items grown, bred, prepared or made by the stall holders as much as practically possible. Stalls include; meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread, cakes and pastries, coffee, honey, gin, English sparkling wine, cheese, Italian meals and artisan crafts. We also have a cafe that prepares fresh home cooked breakfasts from the stall holder’s produce.
Following the completion of an extensive refurbishment programme, the swimming pool at Tring Sports Centre will reopen to the public on Saturday 8 June. The new facilities will also be open this Saturday (1 June) for viewing and membership enquiries.
We've provided investment of £1.8million to modernise the pool and other facilities for the benefit of the community. Significant works have been carried out to transform the reception area, changing rooms and viewing gallery. The pool and surrounding walkways have been resurfaced and major mechanical and engineering works completed to improve efficiency and reduce running costs.
Drivers who toss rubbish from their vehicles could face fine of £150
Dacorum Borough Council'sroadside anti-litter campaign warns drivers they could face a fine of £150 for throwing rubbish from their car. Local authorities are now able to fine the registered owner of a vehicle if rubbish is seen being thrown out of their vehicle - regardless of whether it was them who threw it. However, 33 per cent of people do not know that drivers will be fined if they or their passengers are caught littering. The new campaign aims to help spread awareness of the fine, along with a hard-hitting message to the 'tossers’ who are treating our roads, towns and countryside like one giant litter bin.
At Cottingham Farm, Flaunden Lane, Bovingdon, HP3 0PD The local Safer Neighbourhood Team for Dacorum are holding a Rural Meeting with partners and the local community on Friday 14th June 2019. It will be a 0930hrs meet for coffee and a bacon roll followed by a Q&A at 10am. All are very welcome to attend and participate.
For further information contact:
Sergeant 1650 Jamie Bartlett, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Rural Operational Support Team (ROST), 01707 35 4704 or 01923 47 2007ROST@herts.pnn.police.uk
Learn life saving skills with free CPR awareness sessions
Practice live-saving skills with the help of Hertfordshire Fire Service. Free CPR Awareness sessions are being run by fire crews at Borehamwood and Elstree Fire Station in Elstree Way, and the Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership. At the sessions, participants will learn about the recovery position, how to deal with an unconscious person who isn't breathing, CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The sessions all take place at Borehamwood Fire Station:
Friday 14 June: 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Friday 16 August: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Tuesday 10 September: 7.00pm to 8.00pm, Friday 18 October: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Active North Herts is a Community Sports Network representing statutory, private and community organisations committed to developing and supporting sport and physical activity within North Hertfordshire. Key partners of Active North Herts include local sports clubs, leisure facility providers, NHDC, the Herts Sports Partnership and local Volunteer Centres. Active North Herts is responsible for administering grants, often provided by North Hertfordshire District Council.
How to Connect Rural Communities to Ultrafast Broadband
If you’re not included in any fibre rollout plans, or if you have fibre but want faster speeds, have you considered a Community Fibre Partnership with Openreach?
Wherever you are, and whatever you need faster broadband for, Openreach’s community fibre partnerships model brings fibre broadband to homes and businesses by building a customised solution to meet your needs. Wherever you live Openreach will work with you to find a way to bring superfast or ultrafast fibre broadband to your area. Where possible they bring together funding from Local Authorities, Government voucher schemes and other grants to help make things affordable - plus they contribute toward the cost in line with their own commercial model too. Tens of thousands of people have already benefited from faster broadband after their communities partnered with Openreach for a community fibre partnership. Could you?
Click Here to find out how to connect your community to superfast fibre broadband
Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed
In a bid to limit ocean pollution, the UK government will introduce new controls on single use plastic items next year. The measures cover plastic straws, plastic drinks stirrers and plastic cotton buds in England from April 2020. Only plastic drinks stirrers will be totally banned from sale - currently 316 million are used a year. Environmental groups have praised the move but say the government needs to take far more decisive action.
This month we feature Essendon in the Welwyn Hatfield district. Described as a small rural village, pretty and affluent with a cottage lined high street close to Hertford, Hatfield and Potters Bar. Full of history and tranquility it is the perfect place to bring up a family.
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Community Garden St Albans - Plots available
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