We're here every Wed 2.30-4.30pm. Do join us to garden or say hello. We've restarted the allotment with local residents at William Dunbar/Saville House. Best way to find us is to go up Albert Road and turn right just past the low building and look out for the greenery.
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I attended a residents association meeting on Wednesday and discussed the garden. There were some concerns around dog mess, the area having previously been used by drug users and needles being discarded and general security - however apart from that most residents were positive but no one so far has come forward to take a more active role.
We had our second work meeting on Saturday and dug and planted a third bed with raspberries and herbs. A few residents came to see what we were doing and were generally positive to see something happening in the garden. Children are always keen to help out so its easy to engage them We were able eventually, through Michael's contact with a resident he knew, to find the key to the storage shed! We were also able to then turn on the water!!! Much joy and celebration!!
The next step is to do a door knock of the blocks, hopefully with a resident, and have a personal discussion about the herbs that are already in the garden that can be used in cooking etc. If we are unable to engage a small group of residents who would be willing to take on a more active role we will think about widening the publicity out to the other blocks on the estate.
Currently myself and Michael with the help of the caretakers (who are very enthusiastic about the garden) are covering the watering but we really need more residents involved. I have been in contact with BHP about various practical isues. The sight is very windy and we could really do with a wind break on the planted beds.
We had our first work group yesterday at the garden. Very hard work as the ground was baked dry but with the help of strong volunteers we managed to clear two beds. A small number of residents took part and others came to see what we were doing. Everyone was very enthusiastic. We planted up the beds with spinach, beetroot, onions, shallots and garlic. I have sent an email to Jill Stringfellow at BHP seeking help with access to water and access to storage for tools. Everyone seems to have taken the week off so will have to wait until next week for a response.
Michael and I will cover the watering this week. Thankfully it is now a bit cooler. The next work group will be on Saturday 30 April between 11-1.00. Coriander has been requested by a resident so I will try and get some. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
The residents assocation are having their AGM tomorrow night which I plan to attend.
Have we confirmed this date now?
Let me know when it is and I'll put up an event on the website.
Do we want to get some flyers made up ahead of the 25th to put through letter boxes to let people know that it is happening?
I guess we also need to source some seedlings to plant!?
Maybe see you at Green Drinks tomorrow night?
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