Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 2, 2015

HI everyone

We’ll be in the garden this Saturday 5th December back with our ever popular Christmas wreath making workshop.  A cheerful day of making something lovely for a just a tenner!
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We’ll start at 10am and the last entry is 3pm.  We’ve got lots of gloves and secateurs but bring your own if you’d rather not share and we’ve loads of lovely greenery but please bring along any berried bits and pieces you might like to add or share. Children are welcome but will need help. See you there!
 
Or  come and say hello at the Glos Rd central Christmas Party tomorrow evening 3rd December 5:30-8 where we’ll be with a veg-box-and-wreath raffle AND ….. our 2016 calendars!  Diane and the photographers have excelled themselves and it’s gorgeous and only a £5!  Lovely photos to celebrate a great year in the garden. Come grab one or get in touch to order one
 
And we’re on our winter opening times – 10am-3pm for December and January AND we’ll be closed on the 23rd and the 30th December but enjoying pizza and cake and a bit of a sing on the 16th during the volunteer day.  Come along if you can!  AND while there’s festive chat going on see below this email for lovely Christmas gift ideas that benefit our pals our at the Federation of City Farms and Gardens.
 
AND here’s something juicy for those already sick of the incessant jollity and compulsory fun of the season, check these guys out…

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Look tasty, eh? Just like shop mushrooms, eh? Found in the garden looking all innocent but they are… Destroying angels!  DEADLY!  So a timely reminder not to eat or touch ANY mushrooms you find in the garden!   Oh and the fierce wind blew down and smashed our beautiful sign!  Bah humbag! But let’s finish off with a pic of Pete about to show a pumpkin who’s boss.

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See you in the (festive but occasionally poisonous) garden!
 
Lucy  
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Lucy Mitchell
Community Project Worker

07506 905 394
 
Please note I work Part time usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
P.S Buy A Seed, Grow A Community

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens launches its Christmas appeal on December 1st (international Giving Tuesday), to support the charity’s work with volunteer groups in some of the UK’s most deprived areas. 

Twenty per cent of the price of special collections from seed suppliers Kings Seeds will go directly to the Federation’s work with community gardening groups and city farms which provide vital services to their local communities. 

These local groups allow people access to a bit of green space where they can grow their own food, get some exercise, learn skills, make new friends or just relax in peace. 

The Federation, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2015, supports hundreds of these groups – from small community gardens through to large city farms – meaning that thousands of volunteers and up to three million visitors a year reap the benefits.  

Chief executive of the Federation Jeremy Iles said: “We are calling on people to get their hands dirty by supporting our appeal this year. Their money will help us provide vital services and advice to grass roots groups, often in very deprived areas of the UK, which do so much to make their local communities better, healthier places to live.

“We thought what better way to do this than giving people the opportunity to buy some seeds and help build a community, with a oasis of green space right at the heart of it. It’s the perfect gift for gardeners among friends and family.”

Three discount seed collections are available as part of the appeal: 

•    The Stocking Filler Collection – a small salad-based collection of seed packs, normally £9.25 but available for just £5. Click here to order. Catalogue number: 19009

•    The Festive Flavour Collection – A herb collection, which would normally cost £14.25, but is on offer at just £8. Click here to order. Catalogue number: 19010

•    The Sleigh Full Of Veg Collection – A bumper crop of vegetables and salad items that would usually cost £25.25, but is on offer at £15. Click here to order. Catalogue number: 19011

Kings Seeds, which was established 125 years ago and is the UK’s oldest independent wholesale seed merchant, has issued special codes for the appeal to use when ordering the seeds. Go to the website at www.kingsseeds.com to make an order.