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BBQ

003 Last weekend LWCG and Walkley Bank Allotment Society (WBAS) held their second joint fundraising BBQ. It was a lovely afternoon with food, competitions, childrens activities, an auction and live music.

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It was great to see people that have been involved with the garden over the last 2 years and people that had no idea the garden was there so they were seeing it for the first time, and she was looking her best with all the tidying that had been going on, the seating that was out and the bunting and balloon decorations that had been put up.

Children were entertained with Lori’s excellent face painting and Amanda and Owen dug up some clay and showed the children how to make pots, an amazing amount of pottery was created by the children and all put on the tree to dry

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A huge thank you to everyone that came along and to everyone involved. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We raised £400 which will be split between LWCG and WBAS. Thank you !!!

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the developing garden

LWCG feels that it is changing quite quickly this year, although we have had just 2 official work days it seems that people are feeling more comfortable of taking ownership of the community garden as their garden that they can go to when they want and do some work there,  or just enjoy the peacefulness.

Work day 3/5/14

 

further section of the path laid, 3/5/14 work day

further section of the path laid, 3/5/14 work day

The group recently put in a bid for a large grant from RHS which would have provided the money to create raised beds, develop an eco water system and get a poly tunnel, we did not succeed in getting the grant which was a shame but it has not made any difference to what is happening at the garden, it just means being more resourceful to make these things happen. It is amazing what people can create with things that others will throw away,

section of the mandala garden

section of the mandala garden

The mandala garden was started last summer and Lori decided to develop it more this year to make it more of a feature, using recycled bricks that she has found in random places she is making the borders for each of the sections which will surround an archway in the middle,

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A storage hut for tools has arrived which was kindly given by Karen and David, it is great to have somewhere to leave tools and other things and a place to shelter from the rain! Just need to hook up some electric to it so we can make tea.

This time last year the site was still in a state of clearance and the aim was to just get things growing, to get some food produced and to stop the weeds coming back up. This year the garden is getting a more designed approach, our original idea was not to have the 4 plots working as 4 plots and looking like 4 individual allotments but to have the area working together as a whole garden, this is what it is developing into this year.

 

John Seymour

A friend gave me  “The self-sufficient gardener” by John Seymour about 14 years ago, it was written in 1978 and in it he talks about the change that took place from people using any land they had to grow food, to them becoming more interested in the status symbol of the lawned garden and how it was reverting back (in 1978) to self sufficiency again.

“But now, once again, the pendulum is swinging the other way. As food, and everything else, is becoming more expensive, there is coming about a great renaissance of gardening for self-sufficiency. People find that they are saving a significant part of their salaries by doing it, that their food tastes better and does them more good, and that their children are healthier. They themselves benefit from some hard work in the fresh air, and from being involved with the benign cycle of the seasons and with the satisfying process of helping nature create beautiful and nourishing food out of what is apparently nothing”.

All the benefits of growing your own food!

One of the massive benefits of lwcg is the knowledge that some of the people possess. It can be overwhelming when you realize your lack of knowledge about how food grows,how does the plant grow? how are you meant to look after the plants?, how do you know when they are ready to be eaten? where is the bit that you are meant to eat?…growing food as part of a community garden means you can share knowledge and also make less mistakes than you would if you were doing it by yourself. It is great that it allows people to learn about food growing and that knowledgeable gardeners can pass on their wisdom and experience to people that are eager to learn.