Garden Club members have spent several sunny Friday mornings clearing the Forest Garden and rediscovering forgotten plants amongst the undergrowth. It’s been instructive to see how the garden has evolved over the past year with minimal human intervention. Some plants have held their own while others have disappeared amongst the more vigorous weeds around them. As we cleared one sheltered spot of nettles and brambles, the unmistakable scent of mint hung in the air, reminding us of the mint that was planted several years ago.
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April is always a busy time for Friday Garden Club. The Forest and Community Gardens have been waking up since early spring with lovely blossom on the almond and apricot trees, ferns unfurling and sparkling blue and white anemones carpeting the ground. A few nettles and brambles are being cleared to allow shrubs, trees, herbs and perennials to hold their own against these more rampant plants.
Here's an update from our community events team on what we have and haven't been able to do this year:
As you can imagine this piece on events and workshops is going to be quite short but we hope you enjoy it and perhaps get inspired to join our merry band on the events committee!
Here's a short update on what's been happening at Ransom's Pavilion this year by Vicky Wyer of the TCG premises and safety committee:
After 2018’s injection of funding and redecoration TLC to our wonderful little Pavilion, we were able to really capitalise on its community value last year with a full calendar of workshops planned by Tuuli Parker Jewellery and dye-plant experts Nature’s Rainbow, not to mention the children’s parties that usually book out weekend afternoons. So much promise and so great to see the Pavilion finally being used by the community to its full potential!
If you've been wondering what's been happening at our Growing Ability projects since we closed the service in March, we have now reopened (in July) and here's an update from Project Manager Liz McElroy:
Never before has our project been of such benefit and importance to so many people in our community. With the life changing effects we have all been immersed in throughout the pandemic, individuals have come together to form stronger bonds of solidarity and register their appreciation towards the continued support and development of our projects.
In a short blog post Chair of Trustees Vicky Wyer considers some of the positives that have emerged over the last year:
This is the year the Triangle Garden should have been celebrating its 20th anniversary and the Pavilion its 10th. However it’s never good to dwell on what might have been, and a missed anniversary is a very small problem to have had. Let’s focus on the positives:
Change has happened so fast this past month it has been hard to keep up. No sooner have we held a Coronavirus meeting, revised risk assessments and issued communications than the situation changes, leaving hours of spent time useless in its wake. Obviously this is a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things but the need for decision making has been relentless, with the guidance often running two paces behind what has felt morally right, leaving organisations like us who work with vulnerable people, in a dilemma.