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.
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
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 !!!
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.
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
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,
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.
Lower Walkley community garden has been up and running for nearly a year now. The transformation that has happened in that time has been amazing (I think that was said quite a few times last year, usually after a work day).
I wanted to create this blog as a way of keeping track of the garden’s development; so much has happened in the first year that it is already beginning to get blurry in my memory what happened when and how and why…
So the garden’s history up to today is something like this – in Summer 2012 after a chance conversation with someone about the lack of available allotments on Morley Street and the frustration felt walking past a huge area of unused council land which could be happily used for allotments, a meeting was called and it became clear that many people felt that the land should be brought back into use for the community, but a large area of the land had been contaminated with asbestos some years previously.
Over the next 6 months a few more meetings were held to see what local people would like to do with the land, interesting conversations were had with various people that knew the history of the land and a committee was formed; a constitution signed in December and the council gave permission for an area of 4 allotments (which were not part of the contaminated land) to be used to create a community garden.First year, rent free. Whoop!