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Mini-beast Adventures at the Triangle Garden

Monday, 16 May 2016

A large group of parents and children enjoyed a morning exploring the Triangle Community Garden; unearthing mini beasts and creepy crawlies in the garden itself and using sweep nets to capture and study aquatic life in our pond. Although the cool temperature meant that not much pond life was on show, families found LOTS of mini beasts hidden under rocks and old railway sleepers, sheltering under leaves, on the bark of trees and in the flower beds themselves.

Triangle Garden Club make town centre planters bee-eautiful

brick planter with bee-friendly planting
Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Last month members of our Garden Club took a break from caring for the Triangle Garden, to do a little planting in Hitchin town centre. Having seen the effect our green fingers have had on the Church House Courtyard Garden, Hitchin Initiative commissioned us to design and install a planting scheme in the two sad old brick planters outside Next on the High Street. 

Why do birds sing? And what are they saying?

listening to birdsong along the River Purwell
Monday, 18 April 2016

These were some of the fascinating questions asked of us by ecologist Dominic Coath on our recent Dawn Chorus Walk. It was a grey drizzly morning as we wandered along the River Purwell towards Ickleford, listening out for birdsong and pondering on the secret life of birds. Not all birds sing after all - ducks don't for example - but woodland birds (which we now think of as our garden birds) have territories to assert which represent their larder.

Planting Hazels in our Forest Garden

Sunday, 17 April 2016

On the last Sunday of every month we hold a volunteer activity morning at the Triangle Garden. This February was a planting day and the volunteers who came along, helped to planted some trees in our new extended Forest Garden. We planted three hazels, which will be coppiced in rotation to give us long sturdy poles to support climbing beans, and shorter pea sticks for our allotment. Have a look at our video of the morning:

Lighting Survey of Ransom's Rec

Monday, 14 March 2016

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?".

From small things, big things one day come!

seed mosaic decorations on a Christmas tree
Tuesday, 15 December 2015

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.

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