Monthly Archives: February 2015

Spring News from the Garden!

February 26, 2015

Hi everyone

YAY! Spring’s here!  It’s official and if you’re in ANY doubt pop in to the garden and stand by the pond. Take a moment to listen and be calmed by the gentle chorus of croaks and splashes from the frogs in the pond. Yup they’re back, and there’s LOADS of them! Here’s a couple enjoying a piggyback.
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​More new beginnings with our new afternoon toddler group, every Tues 1:30-3!  It was great to welcome even more parents and more toddlers to the garden.  We’ve been running for a full year now and it’s been great fun and I’m massively grateful to the fab volunteers who make it happen. I should mention that one of the our biggest achievements is not losing the two little plastic men out of our diggers. Incredible!

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 And new season, new name – we’re still looking for a new name for our beloved straw bale building. Thanks for the great suggestions including the White House, the Straw House, the Eco Snug, the Cottage, Bailey, the Bale House etc… Let me know if you can think of any more and we’ll put it to the vote with the next email.
News flash! We’ll be running the Golden Adventure days in the Tuesdays in the Easter holidays (31st March, 7th April 10am-4pm)  but 5-12 year olds can expect more garden based mayhem, imagination stretching games, a giant badger and pizza. £25 booking essential!  We haven’t decided on a theme yet but here’s a picture to show whatever elaborate fun me and Clare dream up sometimes the best times are had when you spontaneously spend the afternoon in and out a bin.
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So things barrel on, the days get warmer and longer, green shoots appear in pots, new faces arrive in the garden and we’re all geared up for our fourth growing season, come get involved! The only cloud on the horizon is a local ginger and white cat has started climbing on our polytunnel for fun.  Claws + plastic = potential disaster!!
See you in the garden.

Birthday Bonfire! This Saturday 11-2! And pizza!!

February 6, 2015

dinosaur cake
Hi everyone and happy birthday to us!
3 Glorious years!  Here’s some stats….
Folks who’ve come together and volunteered to help make the garden so fab =447
People who’ve come along for visits/tours/pond dipping trips = 584
Number of school children who’ve fallen in the pond = 4 (arf arf)
Folks attending our 9 community events = 3015
Number of community events without biting winds or rain = only 2!
Average number of volunteers in a garden on a biting cold January Wednesday =20
Number of gorgeous strawbale buildings built = Just 1 but it’s a corker!!
Number of solar powered water pump allotment based water recycling systems in the UK =- 1!  And it’s ours!
Sooooo we’d love it if you came and celebrate with us this Saturday 7th Feb 11-2 , we’d love to see you if you’ve not been able to make it down in a while and we’d love to meet you if you’re coming for the first time.
They’ll be a bonfire, the pizza frog will be fired up and we’ll provide dough and sauce if you bring toppings!  They’ll be some gardening to do or we can suit around chatting and eating cake (any and all cake donations welcomed). We’ll have the stove on in the straw bale build to stay cosy and they’ll be tours for folks who’d like to learn more about the garden.  Everyone welcome!.
See you in the garden!