Monthly Archives: April 2013


April 25, 2013


Right then.  With a massive thanks to Karen D and co we have an amazing set of raffle prizes!!  including a 1st Prize of a 3 night off-peak stay in a yurt on an organic farm for up to 5 people at  The Yurt Farm, Crynfryn, Penuwch, Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales SY25 6RE ( and a 2nd prize of 2 weekend tickets to the Sunrise festival near Bath May 30th – June 2nd and prizes from River Cottage, the Relaxation Centre, the Community Farm, LornaLou Ltd, Cafe Maitreya, the Better Food Company, Harvest, the Watershed Cinema, the Tobacco Factory, Lush, Grape and Grind, Beast, Pearce’s hardware, Horfield Leisure Centre, Fizz Haircuts, Bliss, Vets4Pets, A E Huggins , Shake Wrap and Roll , Beast and others. Check out the full list below .

Tickets are £1 each and can be purchased either on the day or in advance directly from Paul on 0117 942 8003 or on Wednesdays 10-4 from the Garden OR Saturday the 4th 10-2 or keep you eyes peeled at the Picton St Market 4th May.

The prize draw will be held at 3:15pm on Saturday May 11th at our Spring Fair.  And if you are interested in helping us to build the cob Roundhouse as a community activity, get in touch!

1st prize a 3 night off-peak stay in a yurt on an organic farm for up to 5 people at  The Yurt Farm, Crynfryn, Penuwch, Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales SY25 6RE (

and a 2nd prize of 2 weekend tickets to the Sunrise festival near Bath May 30th – June 2nd

Other prizes kindly donated by local businesses (in no particular order) are:

2 x tickets for the River Cottage Autumn Fair at River Cottage HQ in Axminster on 7th or 8th September

A voucher for a spa day at the Relaxation Centre in Clifton

A  Gert British veg box from the Community Farm worth £15

£15 voucher to spend at the Better Food Company store on Whiteladies Road

A voucher for 2 Watershed Cinema tickets

2 tickets to see Napoleon: A Defence at the Tobacco Factory on Thursday 30th May

A voucher for breakfast for 2 at Café Maitreya

A Smatta from Lorna Lout Ltd (a mat for children to play with toys on so that they are easy to put away afterwards)

3 x family swim sessions from Horfield Leisure Centre

A gift box from Lush

A wicker trug from Pearce’s Hardware

A bottle of wine from Grape and Grind

A set of allotment inspired creatured postcards from Sheena Vallely

A carrier bag of goodies from Harvest

An alpaca fleece from Hidden Valley Yurts in the Wye Valley

2 x pot pourri holders from Bliss

A guitar lesson with Leo James

A t-shirt from Beast

A box of chocolates from A E Huggins

A box of chocolates from the Co-op

Wraps vouchers from Shake Wrap and Roll

A voucher for a consultation with Vets4pets including one vaccination

2 x vouchers for a haircut from Fizz

Home Brew kit from Brewers Droop


Music! Fun! Cake! and YOU!

April 15, 2013

 Hi everyone!

The sun’s shining, everything is sprouting and growing and the spring fair is just around the corner 11th May 1-4.  It’s all coming together!  The morris dancers have confirmed, we’ll have beautiful harp music, Irish music, a choir and hopefully a brass band.  We’re offering pond dipping and badge making for the littles and Tim Foster will be showing people how to sharpen their tools properly.  Four fabulous volunteers are busy badgering the merchants of Gloucester Rd for prizes for the raffle and we’re having a ‘Best vegetable JOKE’ competition!
Sooooo please let me know if you’re available to help out on the day or in the run up to the fair
I’m looking for
Someone to help with publicity – i.e. putting all our details out on various websites and what not
People to help putting posters up Gloucester Rd
If you live on a road near the the allotment and can deliver flyers up your street
On the day
Cake bakers!
Plant donators!
People to look after the gate for a hour or so
People to man the cake and tea seal
People to man the plant stall
Anyone who can help running pond dipping with kids for an hour or so
Anyone who can help making badges with kids/anyone for an hour or so
Face painters
People to offer to come early and help out up the bunting and gazebos from 10:30 clock on the day
Anyone can stay stay at the end to help get tidied up (this only took about 30 mins last time)
ALSO I was thinking that we might serve soup!  This is reliant on having enough volunteers to serve it as well as someone who likes cooking huge batches of soup!
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If anyone is happy and flexible to just volunteer where necessary and to do any of these things for most of the day that would INCREDIBLE!
We are also looking for gazebos, chairs. 
And for your efforts you are rewarded not just with the joy of being part of such a lovely event you’ll also get a free piece of cake (and maybe soup!) and a hot drink. This event is totally reliant on you folks stepping up to volunteer so if you haven’t managed to come down to the garden this is a great time to get involved
The garden is looking fabulous with all it’s new raised beds and the solar pump should be in place then so we can shake off that ‘building site’ look we’ve had for so long round the second poly tunnel.  In the next few weeks we’ll be busy tidying up, making signs, and carrying on planting, planting, planting!
Looking forward to all the offers of help coming flooding in!