Just back from holiday? Dreaming of your next trip?
Concerned about the impact of travel on the climate crisis?
Here’s some info to help guide you through this minefield – mostly taken from the book ‘How Bad are Bananas – the Carbon Footprint of Everything’ (1) by Mike Berners-Lee (which by the way is well worth buying as a solidly-researched source of information on all this stuff – and a surprisingly entertaining read!).
Susan and Ashley from Nature’s Rainbow are passionate about dyeing using their own home grown plants. Susan has given talks and written articles for crafters over the country as well as delivering workshops. Ashley has been growing dye plants for 14 years and writes about them in the Nature’s Rainbow blog; he also keeps bees.
Our trustees are currently reviewing the vision, mission and values of the Triangle Garden before writing a new business plan for 2019-2025. The draft vision etc is now out for consultation until the 10th March and we'd welcome the views of all our supporters. Please have a read of the attached pdf and email us your comments here.
That day in the summer of 2018 was Sunday 29th July, our last volunteer morning before the school holidays, and after weeks of intense and unrelenting heat the weather broke and gave us wind and rain! At ten o'clock we were all ready to cancel and go home, thinking that nobody would turn up when this happened...
This month a new group of volunteers from local building company Crane gave up their morning to help us give the interior of our Pavilion meeting room/workshop a new lick of paint. A few months ago a group of them had helped us prepare the interior and repaint the doors and skirtings white, but this time the transformation was striking!
This week we have been mostly making use of our produce!
Garden Club's principal jam maker Chris has been busy making Apricot Jam and Spicy Apricot Chutney from the Forest Garden's bounty. This will be available for sale every Friday morning along with Mary's delicious Red Grapefruit Marmalade and all our other delicious jams and preserves.
This week we began to harvest our apricots, jostaberries, and redcurrants. Our apricot trees, planted in our Forest Garden, are varieties that do well in northern Europe - namely Flavourcot, Tomcot and Orange Summer. It's the first of these that has had a bumper crop this year, also our most mature tree. These new cultivars have been bred to flower later than traditional varieties and therefore usually escape the late frosts that so often blight apricots in the UK.