Nottinghamshire Environmental Association

by | 6 March 2024 | Environment, Heritage, Worksop

With a membership now standing in the high 60s, Nottinghamshire Environmental Association is going from strength to strength.

2024 sees the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Association in 1939 as part of the ‘war effort’. Set up as the ‘Nottinghamshire Rural Studies Association’ at the start of the Second World War, it was to encourage all households to do what they could to reduce the need for imported food. Lawns and parks were dug up and used to grow vegetables. Schools were seen as a way of transmitting this message and the Association was established in schools.

After the war there was a move away from rural studies with more emphasis on the environment. The current name is the fourth, with the emphasis now solely on the environment.

In spring and autumn, members are treated to a wide range of interesting talks by external speakers, usually accompanied by slides or / and artifacts. The next talk, on 7th March, is about ‘Footpads, Kings and Highwaymen’ with April’s talk titled ‘Medicinal Plants: A Medicine Chest in Your Garden’.

From May to September, the Association moves to outdoor visits – starting in May 2024 with a visit to Frampton March RSPB Reserve in the morning and the National Trust’s Peckover House in the afternoon.
Talks and visits are open to both members and non-members. Membership costs £10.00 annually, plus £2.00 per indoor talk which includes a drink and a biscuit. For non-members the talk fee is £3.50.

Indoor meetings start at 7.30pm in Hallcroft Community Centre, Randall Way, Retford. Doors open at 7.10pm and there is plenty of parking. Refreshments are served after each talk when members get the chance to chat.

For further information please contact: Adrian Blackburn – adrian.blackburn@sky.com or call / text on 07718 766873 or Paul Willcock – paul@paulwillcock.com or call / text on 07581 531595. New members are always very welcome.