FREETREE SEEDS

2015

WE STILL HAVE A FEW FREE SEEDS AVAILABLE TO SOW THIS YEAR INCLUDING CARLIN PEA , ASPARAGUS KALE AND GEORGIA CANDY ROASTER SQUASH.

A CHANCE TO SAVE AND SHARE SEEDS.
WE NEED TO URGENTLY PROTECT OUR BIODIVERSITY AND KEEP CONTROL OF OUR SEED SUPPLY. 

 

EVENTS

23RD MAY 2015 ANTI MONSANTO DAY

DEMO IN LONDON

Monsanto soon to receive 30 European patents on food plants

Coalition of No Patents on Seeds! publishes appeal to European governments

21 May 2015 “Act now – save the future of our food!” The coalition of No Patents on Seeds! has published an international call to European governments to stop patents on plants and animals. They are warning that international corporations such as Monsanto are taking more and more control of resources needed for food production. As recent research shows, the European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce.
Currently, there are signs that Syngenta might be taken over by the US company Monsanto. This would unite the pending patent applications as well as several hundred granted patents on plants already held by one of the corporations. Consequently, Monsanto stands to substantially strengthen its predominant global market position and would be able to control the resources needed for food production in Europe to an unprecedented extent. Patents granted by the EPO very often cover the whole chain of food production such as seeds, plants and the fruits.
At the end of March 2015, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO confirmed an unacceptable interpretation of the current European patent law. While processes for conventional breeding cannot be patented, plants and animals stemming from these processes are regarded as patentable. This is not only contradictory in itself, it also undermines the prohibitions in European patent law. According to the European Patent Convention (EPC), patents on plant and animal varieties as well as on essentially biological processes for breeding are prohibited. This decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal is binding for all similar patent applications, such as the ones soon to be granted to Monsanto and Syngenta.
“Farmers, food producers and consumers will be severely impacted by the negative consequences. Patents on plants and animals give corporations the power to decide what is grown in the fields and which price we all have to pay for it”, says Christoph Then for No Patents on Seeds ! “European governments now have to come forward to protect the interests of the general public against those of patent lobbyists and multinational companies.”
The coalition of No Patents on Seeds ! demands that European governments take an active role in strengthening the prohibitions in European Patent Law by changing the rules of interpretation in current patent law. National laws such as those in Germany and the Netherlands already prohibit patents on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding. Other countries could follow this example right away and go even further. In a next step, the text of European Patent laws should be changed to exclude all breeding processes and breeding material, breeding traits, genetic resources plants and animals as well as food derived thereof from patentability.
The coalition of No Patents on Seeds! is organised by Bionext (Netherlands), The Berne Declaration (Switzerland), GeneWatch (UK), Greenpeace, Misereor (Germany), Development Fund (Norway), No Patents on Life (Germany), Red de Semillas (Spain), Rete Semi Rurali (Italy), Reseau Semences Paysannes (France) and Swissaid (Switzerland). They are calling for a revision of European Patent Law to exclude breeding material, plants and animals and food derived thereof from patentability. The coalition is supported by several hundred other organisations.

 

 

AUG 30TH 2014

NATIONWIDE LEAFLET CAMPAIGN AGAINST TTIP Organised by 38 degrees.

21ST SEPTEMBER 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH -WORLDWIDE

 

OCTOBER 11TH 2014

TTIP DEMO NATIONWIDE.

 

The main threat to our food suply and MANY other matters of vital importance to our lives comes at the moment from TTIP or the EU/US treaty negotiations as it is called here.

Neo-liberal economics now dominate the EU, and the free movement of capital and labour has become more important. Capital looks for the best returns, which invariably involves finding the cheapest labour, and the lowest safety and environmental standards. Manufacturing is moved to Eastern Europe or the third world, and goods are then shipped – at great environmental cost – to the first world, where manufactured goods have greatly reduced in price.

Not all ‘goods’ are manufactured (e.g. services such as hospitality, health and care, farming etc) and these cannot be shipped across Europe. This leads to cheap labour being recruited in Eastern Europe, mainly by gang-masters retained by British and other EU companies.

As a result, free trade has disappeared, and a quasi-totalitarian system taken its place. However, it is not governments who are running the system but corporations – multinationals and transnationals – mainly controlled by a small group of finance companies, many based in the US or a tax haven!

If, as expected, the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty becomes law, then the corporations will have completely taken financial control from elected governments. If a company thinks it has been treated unfairly in the awarding of contracts (including contracts for the NHS) it will be able to legally challenge any Government. But a legal challenge against the British Government, for instance, would not be held in a British cou

rt – but in a court somewhere else, made up of competition lawyers, and with no right of appeal.

Voters in the EU and the US will not have any opportunity to vote on TTIP – it’s happening behind closed doors in Brussels and Washington. The politicians and the corporations believe that there is nothing ‘ordinary’ people can do to halt the progress of this capitalist, corporatist behemoth.

(Mike Gold from radical soapbox june 2014)

2015

The fight against TTIP continues -in the US where Obama is trying to fast track the Treaty thro Congress again( which allows for no changes to the proposals) and in Europe where negotiations (between the Commission and the corporations) is finalising. Opposition is growing however following by many

NEXT NATIONWIDE DEMO APRIL 18TH

The PRM proposals preventing all but the corporations from trading seeds (which will become GM seeds) is also expected to make a return -watch this space -or follow us on Twitter.

 

 

Spring 2014

Free Heritage Veg and British Native Flora seeds available in small quantities, please see seeds available page.

It`s important to save and share seeds because our ability to do so has been threatened twice in the last year by large seed companies trying to take over the seed supply. The E.U. parliament has just rejected two attempts to make small companies, charities and private individuals unable to collect , sell, or supply seeds without a very expensive license.

So for the moment we have won but the giant seed corporations will never stop trying to take control of our seed supply, for example Monsanto has just been granted property rights over a purple carrot from Turkey having bought the seeds in a market and grown it on for a couple of years , they now `own` it!

So if you care about heritage vegetables and our diminishing wild flowers you can save and share their seeds free on this website.
Go to seeds (and trees) available, contact the person who posted ,and send them an S.A.E.The idea is that you save and then share (including via the website) subsequent seeds you have available.

You can also share rare vegetable seed and native wild flower seed from other reputable sources and ask for them on seeds wanted.

PLANNED EU LEGISLATION THREATENS HERITAGE SEED VARIETIES

Post from Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday)

You might have thought that would be the end of it. However, despite the clear vote from MEP`s , it looks like THE LEGISLATION WILL BE REINTRODUCED AFTER THE MAY EU ELECTIONS.

This is both an opportunity and a threat. Please lobby your MEP candidate to stop this legislation being sneaked in.

 

ANTI MONSANTO DAY 24TH MAY 2014 ......EVERYWHERE.

FreeTree will be giving away seeds, plants and seeds on sunday 25th

(best I could do folks ,) Lakeside , Llandrindod Wells , Freegle Tent.

 

 

 

 

GM in Animal Feed

  www.gmfreecymru.org.uk for details.


Investigative food journalist

Revealed: How Genetically Modified Food Is Finding Its Way Onto Your Dinner Plate

Posted: 17/02/2014 22:14

Genetically modified (GM) food is flooding into the UK through the back door with many consumers unaware that much of the meat and dairy products they eat may have been made from farm animals fed a diet containing GM crops.

Campaigners are so alarmed that they are now calling for a mandatory labelling scheme to be introduced which would force manufacturers and retailers to identify products made from livestock fed on a GM diet.

Cash-strapped British farmers also face an unpleasant ultimatum in 2014 - accept GM or go organic - as conventional non-GM animal feed becomes less and less available at affordable prices.

Unknown to many, about 30million tonnes of GM animal feed is thought to be imported into Europe each year to feed pigs, poultry, dairy and beef cattle, as well as farmed fish. The UK imports an estimated 140,000 tonnes of GM soya and as much as 300,000 tonnes of GM maize annually for use as animal feed.

Much of the soya and maize used is grown in South America, including Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, where cultivation has been linked to serious environmental and human rights abuses.

In the UK, foods containing GM material for human consumption are currently required by law to be labelled. However, human foods derived from GM fed animals - meat, fish, milk and dairy products - do not need to be labelled. This represents a worrying loophole which means consumers could inadvertently be eating be GM products.

WHAT`S COMING AND WHY IT`S SO IMPORTANT TO STOP IT

There follows a series of extracts from recent news articles, mostly from US sources,demonstrating the dangers ahead.

New post on Seed Freedom Jan 2014

EU Seed policy and legislation -Challenges for Producers, Consumers and Citizens: Who will own the seeds

by admin

 For several years, the European Union has been working on the revision of the EU seed legislation. On 6 May 2013 the Commission presented its first draft for a new regulation on the marketing of seeds [COM (2013) 262] for consultation within the European Parliament and the European Council.

The new regulation is supposed to substitute 12 EU-directives and their implementation in Member States and contains stricter conditions and the further standardization of seeds. The legislation commodifies seeds and even the exchange of seeds will be restricted, i.e. life and the basis of our food becomes a part of market rules. For the distribution of a multitude of locally adapted, rare and old vegetables, fruit and grain varieties this regulation could signify bureaucratic and financial barriers that will be very difficult to overcome. But also the market access for new bred organic varieties may get more complicated after the centralization process. The Agricultural Committee of the European Parliament will probably vote on the Commission's proposal in January or February 2014 and a few months later in the Plenary in Strasbourg before they reach a final decision in the European Council.

With this time frame it is of great importance that stakeholders and citizens unify their efforts to lobby the European Institutions.
In spite of the financial crises, the trend of liberalism is unbroken. The tendency to commercialize seeds in the free market economies often ignores public health, biodiversity, ethical aspects of food production and common interests. Small-scale farmers and SMEs are in conflict with government policies which mainly favor global industries. An important question is finally who is taking care of the interests of civil society, citizens, organic farmers and consumers?
Since time immemorial seeds have been common goods, exchanged and traded locally, developed by farmers and cooperatives. Since the acceleration of global trade and business, big companies have identified the opportunity to privatize seed production, using high yielding seed varieties. They claim that the only solution to feed the the growing population is global market liberalism and high-tech investments.

However, genetically uniform high yielding varieties cannot not solve the hunger problem worldwide. In many cases, they cannot not adapt to the local conditions and needed high input fertilizers and pesticides. Moreover, they caused heavy losses, in terms of biodiversity worldwide.
Therefore organic, biodynamic and traditional farming plant breeders try to develop varieties which fulfil the needs of, and are adapted to, local low-input, organic and sustainable production. Considerable breeding progress was achieved in the last decades with regards to organic cereal breeding,but there is still a lot of work to be done for organic vegetable and fodder crop breeding. A very promising approach is the breeders and farmers research collaboration (participatory breeding).


MONSANTO
A CASE STUDY
Food & Water Watch
From its beginnings as a small chemical company in 1901, Monsanto has grown into the largest biotechnology seed company in the world with net sales of $11.8 billion, 404 facilities in 66 countries across six continents and products grown on more than 282 million acres worldwide. Today, the consumer advocacy nonprofit Food & Water Watch released its report,Monsanto: A Corporate Profile.
“There is a growing movement of people around the country who want to take on Monsanto’s undue influence over lawmakers, regulators and the food supply,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of the bookFoodopoly. “People need to know about Monsanto’s history as a heavy industrial chemical manufacturer; a reality at odds with the environmentally friendly, feed-the-world image that the company spends millions trying to convey.”
“At the end of March, the American public saw first hand the unjustifiable power that Monsanto holds over our elected officials when an unprecedented rider, dubbed the ‘Monsanto Protection Act,’ was tacked onto the spending bill to fund the federal government,” said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! “This is an outrageous interference with our courts and separation of powers and we cannot sit back and allow our elected officials to continue to take orders from Monsanto at the expense of family farmers and consumers.”
The report offers a timeline of milestones in the company’s history including chemical disasters, mergers and acquisitions, and the first genetically modified plant cell.
“Despite its various marketing incarnations over the years, Monsanto is a chemical company that got its start selling saccharin to Coca-Cola, then Agent Orange to the U.S. military, and, in recent years, seeds genetically engineered to contain and withstand massive amounts of Monsanto herbicides and pesticides,” said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of Organic Consumers Association. “Monsanto has become synonymous with the corporatization and industrialization of our food supply.”
The report concludes with recommended actions for the federal government to take to temper Monsanto’s anti-competitive practices and control over agricultural research and government policies. It also suggests steps that regulators should take to better protect consumers and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops.
“Even though you won’t find the Monsanto brand on a food or beverage container at your local grocery store, the company holds vast power over our food supply,” said Rebecca Spector, west coast director ofCenter for Food Safety. “This power is largely responsible for something else we cannot find on our grocery store shelves—labels on genetically engineered food. Not only has Monsanto’s and other agribusinesses’ efforts prevented the labeling of GE foods, but they spend millions to block grassroots efforts like California’s Prop 37 in order to keep consumers in the dark.”
“The chemical pesticide industry, with Monsanto leading the way, took over U.S. seed industry and engineered bacterial genes into food crops with the primary purpose of selling more weed killer that contaminates our food, water and bodies,” said David Bronner, the CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapsand leader in GE food labeling campaigns across the country. “Just like the citizens of Europe, Japan and China, Americans deserve the right to opt out of the genetically engineered food science experiment.”

Roundup Kills More Than Weeds

December 2009/January 2010
http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/roundup-weed-killer-toxicity.aspx
By Amanda Kimble-Evans
Widespread planting of GMO crops has led to a sharp increase in Roundup use. 


MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER

To protect our health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets maximum legal residue levels for every pesticide, for dozens of crops. But a new study in the respected journal Toxicology has shown that, at low levels that are currently legal on our food, Roundup could cause DNA damage, endocrine disruption and cell death. The study, conducted by French researchers, shows glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic to human reproductive cells.

The potential real-life risks from this are infertility, low sperm count, and prostate or testicular cancer. But, “Symptoms could be so subtle, they would be easy to overlook,” says Theo Colborn, president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange. “Timing is of critical importance. If a pregnant woman were to be exposed early in gestation, it looks like these herbicides could have an effect during the sexual differentiation stage. They really lock in on testosterone.” The bottom line is more research is needed before we can fully understand the effects of glyphosate exposure.

A Perfect Poison

The researchers’ most disturbing findings were not only the cytotoxic and hormonal responses to low-dose exposures, but the fact that the “active” ingredient — glyphosate — had much less of a toxic impact alone than the branded chemical mixtures sold to homeowners and farmers nationwide.

Solvents and surfactants, legally considered “inert ingredients,” are mixed with glyphosate in products such as Roundup weed killer to create chemical formulations that increase mobility and more direct access to the cells. “Those same factors that aid penetration into a plant, also aid penetration into the skin,” says Vincent Garry, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of Minnesota. “These chemicals are designed to kill cells.”

Despite being termed “inert,” these added (and usually secret) ingredients are anything but benign, as the manufacturers have claimed for decades. The new French research found the surfactants not only amplify the effects of glyphosate, but glyphosate also amplifies the effects of the surfactants. Basically, one plus one equals something larger than two.

Herbicide manufacturers are subject to fewer rules in the testing of inert ingredients than they are for active ingredients, explains Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, Calif. “The tests the EPA requires for inert ingredients cover only a small range of potential health problems,” Cox says. “Testing for birth defects, cancer and genetic damage are required only on the active ingredients. But we’re exposed to both.”

The Rise of Roundup

Glyphosate, mostly in the form of Roundup products manufactured by the Monsanto Co., has been widely used in the United States since the 1970s. Today, we spray more than 100 million pounds on our yards and farms every year, making it the most popular of the Monsanto chemicals. Monsanto continues to assure us its product is safe. “It’s used to protect schools,” a Monsanto spokesperson toldScientific American. Protect schools?! From what, killer weeds?

Glyphosate use has skyrocketed in recent years because of the widespread adoption of genetically modified corn, soy and cotton varieties that Monsanto developed to be resistant to glyphosate, according to the Center for Food Safety. Although the companies promoted glyphosate-resistant crops as a way to reduce herbicide use, there’s actually been a sharp increase in use on corn, soybeans and cotton since 2002, thanks to the emergence of resistant weeds. Farmers are battling glyphosate-resistant weeds with more glyphosate and other herbicides.

Most of the food we eat that contains corn or soy was sprayed with glyphosate herbicide, and we’re being exposed to higher and higher levels of residue. In response to petitions from Monsanto, the EPA has approved up to 20-fold increases in the legal residue limits for food crops.

“Our bodies are gigantic spider webs of chemical communications that work in the parts-per-trillion range,” says Warren Porter, professor of zoology and environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin. “When you put so-called ‘insignificant’ amounts of toxic chemicals into the mix, you have a molecular bull in a china shop. The possibilities for impact are endless.”

Better Testing Coming

In response to growing public concerns, the EPA is getting ready to launch new tests on 67 potential endocrine disruptors. Critics say the proposed tests will cover only a portion of organs in the endocrine system, but supporters say it is at least a step in the right direction

A transatlantic corporate bill of rights

Investor privileges in EU-US trade deal threaten public interest and democracy

3 June 2013

This briefing analyses leaked proposals for so-called investor-state dispute settlement under the proposed EU-US deal and reveals a determined lobby campaign from industry lobby groups and law firms to grant unprecedented rights to corporations to sue governments for legislation and regulations that interfere with their profits.

The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US will open the floodgate to multi-million Euro lawsuits from corporations challenging democratic policies to protect the environment and public health.

The proposal, which has come to light in leaked versions of the EU’s draft negotiating mandate for the transatlantic negotiations, would enable US companies investing in Europe to skirt European courts and directly challenge EU governments at offshore tribunals. EU companies investing abroad would have the same privilege in the US.

Such far-reaching investor rights would bring a corporate litigation boom – that has so far mainly affected developing countries – to the US and Europe. Investor-state disputes have risen thirteen-fold from 38 cases in 1996 to 514 cases in 2012, often involving millions of dollars and regularly undermining democratic policies. In both Uruguay and Australia, US-based tobacco giant Philip Morris has sued over health warnings on cigarette packets; Swedish energy multinational Vattenfall is seeking $3.7bn from Germany following a democratic decision to phase out nuclear energy; and US-company Lone Pine is suing Canada for US$250 million over a moratorium on controversial shale gas extraction (fracking) in Quebec. 

Published by Corporate Europe Observatory and the Transnational Institute June 2013

UPDATE ON US TPPJan 2014

Congress has been asked by Obama to fast track this legislation , which means that they can`t table any ammendments only pass it in it`s entirety (or not ,but most of these large corporations are major donors to both Democrats and Republicans.)

NEXT ANTI MONSANTO DAY OCT 12TH

THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS SAVE AND SHARE SEEDS.

 

TREES

FreeTree began on this smallholding in mid Wales

Without stock, trees were starting to seed in from the hedges.The ancient pasture and hay meadow were too  precious to lose but I believe we need to grow more trees.

The first step to founding FreeTree was the inspiration to dig these seedlings up for better homes.

In a small garden nursery, they were grown on until they became large enough to plant out.
Now they are almost ready to be given away, costing nothing but a little time and space.
By itself this tiny nursery will make little difference to overall tree numbers but if lots of communities grow trees and rescue tree seedlings - together we can get more trees growing .
A website where people can find homes for unwanted seedlings will encourage more people to rescue them – and free trees should enable more people to plant them.
Growing trees is an uplifting activity – it can bring people together and lower their carbon footprint in a positive way.


FreeTree aims to get more trees growing by...

Helping volunteers to find and dig up (with the landowner’s permission!) small, unwanted self-seeding trees that would not be able to grow to adulthood in their current positions.

Encouraging people to become tree guardians, looking after newly planted trees. .

Since FreeTrees' founding, we’ve had help from Rhayader’s Transition Town initiative, who inspired us to grow fruit and nut trees too, to create productive community orchards in the future.

Just by gathering nuts from the hedgerows, enough nut trees can be raised to create your town’s community orchard.

 

2013

THERE WILL BE A CHANGE OF DIRECTION FOR FREETREE

WATCH THIS SPACE.

EVENTS DIARY AND NEWS FOR

2012

21ST APRIL ASHFIELD COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE

HOWEY

Great venue, see their website for more info

19TH/20TH MAY

SMALLHOLDERS SHOW BUILTH WELLS

more events tocome watch this space........

2011

3rd June

World Environment Day

FreeTree will be giving away trees at Llanidloes Town Hall 9.30-1pm

 

9th July

Rhayader Green Fair

 

28th and 29th August

Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains.

 

MINUTES FOR AGM 2012
  1. Jules presented her annual report and elaborated on the growing and exchange of trees. Also on expenditure – at present this is funded by Jules. This includes, to date, the cost of the domain, transport and cards. She said that FREETREE had had some donations but  it was agreed that Jules should not fund the organisation out of her own pocket. Jane said she had distributed some cards at a local green fair. It was decided that the members should distribute the remaining cards.
  1. The following members were put forward for the following positions and voted in...
  2. Chair - Jules Newman

  3. Secretary - Annie Kirkland
4.Treasurer - Kate Hawthorn
Events secretary – Jane Cooke

  1. It was proposed and agreed that membership of FREETREE should be optional. This should be £5.00 for life membership and include a window sticker or lapel pin.

For the time being this should be paid through Jules’ Paypal account or by cheque. Annie agreed to design the logo and look into possible tree labels, Jules agreed to look into prices of stickers and pins. It was agreed that Kate would look into prices.
Jules said that any changes to the website regarding membership details would be addressed by Nick. Members present thanked Nick for all his hard work in putting together the website.

  1. The possibility of a FREETREE account was discussed- a credit union or bank account. Jules said that the paperwork involved was a lot and that if everyone agreed , it was probably better to remain with a Paypal account at the moment as cash flow was very small. Everyone agreed and it was decided that the issue would be looked at at the next meeting. Meanwhile Kate and Jules would investigate the possibilities. Jules reiterated that FREETREE was a voluntary organisation, not a charity.
  2. Future events were proposed and discussed. These included Rhayader Green Fair – July

Talgarth Festival of the Black Mountains – August
The Big Skill Brecon
Rural Craft and Wood Fair – Powis Castle
Apple fairs
World Environment Day
It was agreed that all members would be involved in representing and promoting FREETREE when convenient.
Jules said that it was more fun to have at least two people at each event. Annie said that Powis was near her and she would be happy to attend that event. Kate said that she had some personal commitments but would attend local events whenever possible.
Jane explained her involvement in Eco-Therapy and its philosophy. She said that she would like to run workshops around the country and that tree planting was an activity that could be incorporated. Jane also spoke about Eco-Memoria – planting trees in memory of people of Chile who have disappeared. It was agreed that it would be a good cause to be involved with. Jane said she would e-mail them to see if they wanted to make a link with FREETREE.
Jules said she would like to have some help around the
Tree nursery – weeding etc – and that hopefully a WOOFer  would be arriving in November.

  1. Jules said she would like some help emailing around organisations to see if they would be willing to ‘link’ to FREETREE. Annie, Jane and Kate agreed to help.

Members also made suggestions about various ways in which FREETREE could become involved in community and other projects. Annie said that she would look into the possibility of setting something up with Rathbone, in Birmingham, she was to remain working there for a period of time. Kate said that there were some Community garden projects locally eg Rhayader and Pant-y-dwr that may appreciate some fruit trees. Kate offered to make contact. She also said that Rhayader primary school had an eco club. Kate agreed to make initial contact with Liz Dingle and Jules to follow up. Jules said that Builth High School had been interested in starting a tree nursery. Jules to investigate the possibilities.
Jules said that any seeds collected could be certified by the Forestry Commission if details were given to her.
Also that rescuing trees should be encouraged and that any surplus trees should be offered to James and Kate.
Jane said that she had a contact with Groundforce North Wales and would follow this up.
Jules said that the structure and branches of FREETREE  could be further discussed when Martin was present but it was generally agreed that organisations and leaders of projects should be encouraged to contribute a write up to the FREETREE website.

  1. Date of next meeting – April 2nd 2012

 

 

HAY FESTIVAL 27TH MAY-6TH JUNE 2010

FreeTree will be at the Hay Literary Festival this year .We will be giving away  trees on the first and last weekend  helping to publicise the launch of our website.As part of the Permaculture display area we will be located near the main entrance. Come along and chat about trees.

Lots of people did.We had a great time - freed 40 trees and donated 2 dozen soft frit bushes to Hay Community Garden.

FREETREE NEWS

 

TALGARTH FESTIVAL OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS

SAT 28TH AUG (bank holiday weekend)

Increasingly popular festival -this year with a 1940`s theme.FreeTree will be there also showcasing locally made ceramics.

Great day, homed all the trees and had a lovely time.

BUILTH WELLS HIGH SCHOOL

Sept 11th 2010

FreeTree is starting a branch with the school eco club this autumn.

LLANIDLOES GREEN FAIR

Sat October 9th 2010

There will be short talks and demos too .This years `focus will be -practical solutions to enable more sustainable living.

  ROUNDUP OF 2010

Here`s our first newsletter from the home nursery:
Fairs –we were at the Hay Literary Festival The Festival of the Black Mountains and Llanidloes Green Fair amongst others this year (SEE ABOVE), altogether we gave away over 90 trees. We became a voluntary org and decided not to apply for funds because we have to do this for free!

We`ve got about 400 rescue seedlings in our nursery as well as cob nuts, sweet chestnut and walnuts .We`re also planting acorns with Builth Wells High School this winter.

HEARING FROM YOU- we don’t do an official membership thing but you`re still part of FreeTree so what do you you want? And what have you done this year? Please post your activities on the FreeTree Facebook wall, or mail contact@freetree.info

regards Jules Newman

(Chair of FreeTree)

NEWS FROM THE BRANCHES

Here are brilliant examples of what FreeTree is trying to achieve.

Norfolk Branch


Hello jules, i saw you at the newfoundlands festival last year, and you gave me a peach tree in a nice old terracotta pot, and told me the only thing i had to do was promise to plant it. Well from wales it went to the village of elm on the Norfolk Cambridge border where we live, via a few other places but that's a long story. it now resides on the sunny end of the drive way in a large half barrel and is doing very well.

the reason for this mail was to give you a little article or some pictures for your website. dale (my nearly wife) and i are getting married in September and are planning to give away saplings as favors instead of some novelty chocolate etc. and our reasoning behind this is very close to your own, and the peach tree we got from you only confirmed this as a good idea. all we ask is that people plant them. be it in the garden, along one of the many neglected Norfolk hedgerows or just somewhere on their favourite walk. we have been growing them for coming up to one year now and most are rather healthy, if i do say so myself. we've had a couple of failings and the horse chestnuts seem to develop scorched/burnt leaves but other than that very healthy. i think that i may possibly end up with 50 trees over if all goes to plan and wondered if you had any thoughts on green fairs/festivals that we may take them along to? i have attached a couple of pictures to this mail showing the peach tree being slightly overshadowed by a sunflower at the moment, and some of our baby trees.

Thanks for the inspiration


Chris pike

 

norfolk_01

 

 

Kent Branch

Thought you would be interested to know that  nearly all my trees disappeared throughout the afternoon…I  had begun to feel quite possessive.  I just put up poster with print out of your website as we were busy with family lunch as it was Philip’s last day and we had to get him up to Heathrow. 

kent_branch

This enterprising member put the print out with her trees outside her front gate.

 

 


 

 

read trees wanted

read trees available

read volunteers and guardians

post trees wanted

post trees available