Things to do, places to go

Lots of things are happening, lots of things to do. We seem to have lurched from winter to spring in the space of a few days, though there are still occasional frosts. I think we’ll be clearing things out today in the station garden and sowing new seeds.

And it’s not just in the garden that things are happening. Elsewhere in Brighton & Hove, there are moves afoot to get community gardens together. Harvest, the edible growing part of Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, do a fantastic job of keeping us all informed about events and opportunities for networking.

We’re also joining Brighton & Hove’s Community Voluntary Service Forum, after Mary attended the Green Spaces meeting last week to support networking of gardening groups. We’re also applying to join the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom ‘-It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.

And here are details of some interesting events we hope to get involved in:

On Sunday April 1st 1- 3.00 pm, Hanover VEG, a community garden at the Hanover Centre, are having a Growers gathering. It’s an opportunity to swap seeds, seedlings and know-how with other community gardeners.

On Tuesday April 3rd 6.30 – 8.30 pm, The Food Partnership is launching its refreshed food strategy. They are inviting community food projects to showcase their work. The event is by invitation only, so e-mail Ann Baldridge, the Harvest Development Officer on ann@bhfood.org.uk to find out more. We’ll be sending in photos of the London Road Station Partnership, and hopefully someone can get along to talk about it.

On Tuesday 22nd May we’ll be finding out more about maintaining our cordonned fruit trees at Brighton Permaculture Trust’s community orchard training day course in Stamner Park. It covers the ‘basics of how to nurture newly planted fruit trees during their vulnerable first few years – watering, feeding, pest and disease prevention’ as well as ‘apple cookery, making juice on a traditional apple press, and other ideas for celebrating your apple harvest with your friends or community’. It’s open to anybody over 16, not just community groups.

And on Saturday 23rd June, we’re part of the Five Ways and Roundhill trail for the Brighton Garden Gadabout. We’ll be ‘opening’ the gardens to support The Sussex Beacon. We hope by that time, the cordonned fruit trees will have leaves if not blossom, and our veg beds will be looking lush with salads, kales, beans, onions and strawberries, together with pots for the sun-loving tomatoes, chili and peppers. The shady triangle should look beautiful too, its heucheras restored and replenished, its geraniums in bloom, more fuchsias and foxgloves, and perhaps some aquilegias and astrantia still in flower.

Finally, we’re very chuffed to have been invited to speak about the gardens at the Association for Community Rail Partnership‘s National Station Adoption Seminar in Manchester on July 18th. The visit to Manchester may provide an opportunity to visit the inspiring Incredible Edible project in Todmorden.

Time now to get down to real work – digging over a potato bed, planting marigold seeds and later this afternoon, the lovely task of turning over our compost.

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