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CODICOTE NEWS - November 2010

From Jan Muir - 30th November

On Thursday 18 November, Waste Not Want Not held an open day toSteve Reynolds celebrate Social Enterprise Day. This day is all about encouraging people to use enterprising ideas for social and environmental change. A number of local people attended including the volunteers and the event was honoured by the presence of the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Mr Gerald Corbett and Councillor Michael Dowling Mayor of Stevenage. A rather wet day to be outside, but the team organised a sumptuous hog roast superbly cooked by Steve Reynolds a Hog Roaster from Westmill.

From Jan Muir - 11th November

I take this opportunity to introduce the charity Waste Not Want Not. It is a horticultural based enterprise, which rescues plants and horticultural materials from landfill. Donations of horticultural items are always gratefully received. They are seeking projects where they can use their skills and materials. These are performed at very advantageous and economic rates.

At the nursery there is a chicken coup for rescued battery hens, together with assorted patches of fruit and vegetables, all organically grown. The main thrust of their work is the growing of trees, plants, shrubs and bedding plants which are sold at local markets, events etc. Alternatively customers can order by telephone or via their web site Click Here for items to be delivered directly to your home or business at a very low cost, dependant on quantity. Waste Not Want Not also create and maintain gardens and green spaces for individuals, charities, schools, churches and businesses.

The Waste Not Want Not labour force comprises volunteers from all sections of society. They have a wide range of volunteers from across the social spectrum in England and the world. They welcome volunteers from two schemes; World Wide Organic Opportunities in Farming and HelpX. In addition, Waste Not Want Not has volunteers from the local community who have a love and enthusiasm for horticulture or a wish to increase their horticultural knowledge and skills. They particularly welcome those who are seeking companionship; recovering from a life crisis and/or seeking a more enjoyable and satisfying life. They all work and learn together, practising language skills and learning about other cultures and having a lot of fun; gaining new expertise into the bargain.

Volunteers range in age from 16 years to more than 70 years and they are appealing for people to help with all aspects of the organisation - not just gardening but also administration, transporting volunteers, fundraising, site maintenance, etc. If you have some spare time and you would like to do something worthwhile please telephone Isobel Barnes on 01438 820154 or email to isobelbarnes@aol.com
Website at www.wastenotwantnot.org.uk

The nursery of Waste Not Want Not is based in a 1¼ acre field at Rabley Heath, between Old Welwyn and Woolmer Green. It is a delightful tranquil rural area, with a wonderful old English pub called The Robin Hood and Little John, right next door. The Nursery is open Weds & Thurs from 1Oam -3pm, Sundays 10am - 4.30pm. If the gates are open please come in and look around. During the winter they decamp to private greenhouses to continue the good work, and you are most welcome to join them there.

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