Next Meeting

The next SHFoE meeting is Tuesday 26th March, 7.30pm at Stephen’s House. Contact Stephen (Totnes 862123) for directions.


1.Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising (not already on the agenda);
2,Recycling – report of the action;
3.Motions to FoE conference;
4 Incineration update;
5 the Bee Cause – what we’re going to do with the campaign this year.
6. AOB

SHFoE’s day out…

The SHFoE trip to the dump resulted in a video and these photos of things in skips that should be somewhere else –  a recycling table perhaps? It is of course difficult to see the quality when you’re leaning over a skip and are being watched suspiciously, but some of these tiles looked as if they might have been OK.  So did the terracotta planters and the mugs and the glasses. Some things were just in the wrong place – like the plastic in the cardboard skip, and the  electrical thing  and the carpet  in the plastic skip.

Ash tree threat

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Ash tree threat
16 November 2012
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Our woodlands are facing perhaps their biggest threat since Dutch Elm disease.

Thanks to the Government’s dithering over ash dieback, the disease has taken hold and the costs of dealing with it are mounting.

But we can all do something to help.

Experts desperately need to build a better picture of where the disease has spread. So they’ve created the Ashtag website and app to help us all identify and record sightings.

Help Britain’s woodlands – find out how to use Ashtag

I’m leaving the concrete jungle of south London for rural Cambridgeshire this weekend, so I’ve already packed my camera in case I see any evidence of ash dieback. I just hope I don’t need to use it – and that the trees I see on Saturday are still there in five years’ time.

Good luck,
Ollie Hayes, Friends of the Earth


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The AGM will be on Tuesday October 23rd, 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Fore St., Totnes.

Phil Chandler will be talking about bees…

Phil took up beekeeping 12 years ago, having learned from his work in the anti-GM campaign how important bees are to the natural world and to agriculture. He started with conventional equipment, but soon began experimenting with less intrusive methods. In 2007, he wrote The Barefoot Beekeeper, which set out the principles of what became known as ‘natural beekeeping’ and helped to start a worldwide movement, establishing the ‘top bar hive’ as a viable alternative. He founded the charity Friends of the Bees and has campaigned for years against the use of pesticides – especially the neonicotinoids – recently launching the ‘Bee-Friendly Zone’ campaign to encourage pesticide-free gardening for the benefit of all pollinators. He lives in Totnes and teaches internationally.