Today our brave Sunday volunteers, organised and led by Garden Club leader Steve Granger, created a attractive and effective bank stabalisation structure from hazel and willow. Willow Spiling involves using stout hazel poles to create a line of uprights along the edge of the riverbank. These are set at an angle leaning away from the river. Wands of willow (which the Triangle Garden has in abundance) are then woven through the hazel poles to create a strong structure.
Here's a recent blogpost by our volunteer Karen Shields (left above with Project Manager and Horticultural Therapist Liz McElroy) for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare News all about her role in our Growing Health project:
"I qualified as a nutritional therapist in 2012 and joined CNHC that year and began practising at my own clinic. In June 2016 I started volunteering (in my capacity as a nutritional therapist) at the Triangle Community Garden in Hitchin.
Read all about what we've been up to this last year in our Annual Review - just follow the link below http://www.trianglegarden.org/events/agm-2017 and click on the link marked 'Poster' at the bottom of the page
As soon as he heard of the damage that had been inflicted on our Pollinator's Garden, Bearton Ward Labour Councillor Ian Albert offered to contribute to the replacement planting costs.
Although Cllr Albert voted against the Conservative Councillors' proposal to award themselves a pay rise, when the motion was carried, he decided to accept the extra allowance and use it to benefit community groups in the area.
As a part of our Social and Horticultural Therapy sessions at Growing Ability, we come across many situations whereby activities in the garden are used to develop our clients socially, physically and mentally. The sessions we provide aim to improve confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being. Project Manager Liz McElroy takes us through one such situation: