January 31st was Hedge Laying Day at the Triangle Garden and we've made a film about it! With help from David Cannon of the Countryside Management Service, and a bunch of willing volunteers, we spent the day laying the westerly section of our native mixed hedge.
On February 22nd we conducted a survey of people passing through the Rec between the hours of 6 and 7pm to see what they thought of the lighting levels through the park. We stood at the Nightingale Road park entrance and handed out a slip of paper to each passing person. Each slip contained a single question, preceded by a context statement, which read: "Unaccompanied children walk through here after dark at the end of after-school activities. Do you think the lighting in this park is adequate: Yes or No?".
This year our Growing Ability Projects entered a Christmas tree into the Holy Saviour Christmas Tree Festival in Hitchin (12/13th December). There were 50 trees displayed around the beautiful church and the overall effect was spectacular.
Our inspiration for this year’s entry was our own wonderful Triangle Garden mosaic which was created by community members under the guidance and support of Jane Visick, local mosaic artist.
Don't forget to stock up on our very own Triangle Garden Apple Juice to get you through the party season! It's ideal to take to parties especially for the drivers in your life, and can be made into a delicious non-alcoholic punch by adding sparkling water and a slurp of elderflower cordial (3:2:1 water:juice:cordial).
Our very own Triangle Garden Apple Juice was launched at Apple Day today! Made from Triangle Garden apples plus donations from peoples' gardens locally, it comes in two flavours: fruity and dry. It's totally pure, from unsprayed trees, and pressed for us by Chiltern Ridge Farm, Chesham. It will keep till Christmas 2016!
For all you butterfly lovers out there, we're delighted to announce that the beautiful hand-painted designs created by local illustrator Polly Wyer, depicting five UK butterflies found at the Triangle Garden, are now available as art prints.
Digitally printed onto high quality watercolour paper, these prints look stunning on the wall and make perfect presents. They come unframed in various sizes from 30cm square to A3, and will fit standard sized frames available from local hardware stores.
This autumn we have launched a set of greetings cards depicting the butterflies found at the Triangle Garden. Printed from hand-painted originals by local illustrator Polly Wyer, they are perfect for any greetings occasion, from birthday to a simple thank you.
We have a limited number of these beautiful and informative 'apple bibles' available for purchase. Please read Vicky Wyer's review on these wonderful books below:
My original copy of 'Apples a Field Guide' has been a well loved and well thumbed source of interest and information on all aspects of apples for me, since I bought it from the author Michael Clark around the time of the Triangle Garden's first Apple Day back in October 2003.
Once again you can support the Triangle Garden by buying our lovely Christmas cards, designed by one of our Growing Ability gardeners, Holly Calcraft. Holly has created four intricate and colourful designs on seasonal themes, which we're selling in packs of eight, two of each design per pack. The cards are A6 size on 350g silk finish card, and come with envelopes.
We are very proud of Holly's artistic contribution to our fundraising efforts and Holly is very proud that her designs can help to raise money for Growing Ability, our social therapeutic horticulture project.