A roller coaster into spring

Spring has been very slow to stabilise this year – snow, sub-zero temps, days of 15 degrees and LOTS of rain in March and early April. So much so that the ducks moved in!

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Great results from RHS Judging

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We are very proud to have received the highest rating level from the Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme – Outstanding.

We were also awarded a National Award of Distinction. This was awarded to only 12 It’s Your Neighbourhood groups across the country. An honour indeed and testament to all the hard graft put in by the team on the plot.

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Receiving the Awards

Presentation to show the judges what we have achieved.

We received 91 out of a possible 100 points covering Community Participation (36), Environmental Responsibility (27) and Gardening Achievement (28).

The judges comments:

  • The half-acre site is clearly laid out with different beds which allows for a general rotation plan to be implemented. The ornamental hedge shows forethought as it will provide a windbreak on this very open site.
  • There is a wide variety of planting which reflects the diversity of the group with more unusual planting (white aubergine, celeriac, purple carrots) alongside the staples (onions, tomatoes, leeks, beans).
  • The variety of flowers add interest, colour and attract insects (Cinnabar moth caterpillar, honey bees and many butterflies).
  • Events are held which create a sense of community eg a group picnic utilising food grown (beetroot hummus, pickled cucumbers, courgette fritters), pumpkin competition etc.
  • Upcycling is evident eg the bench from the town centre, old fence posts used for the fruit cage, donated greenhouses and wheelbarrows.

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First picnic of 2017

Not the sunniest of evenings but the sun did briefly make an appearance. We had a feast of dishes made using plot produce including cucumber salad, potato salad, mixed salad, courgette quiche, courgette fritters and beetroot hummus.

Summer flowers, fruit and veg 2017

Spring has sprung

Despite the plethora of weeds everywhere the flowers are putting on a good spring show. 

Sunflower Winner

Monika and the girls yet again smashed it in the Warfield sunflower competition.

This year their winning entry was 2.53 metres tall.

The summer hub in photos

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