Springing into Action at Slades

This weekend (28th-29th march) will be a great time to visit the Slades Farm Community Garden! We have some really exciting stuff going on!

Digging the wildlife pond

Saturday we are preparing the wildlife pond for our big pond filling event on Sunday.  The workday will start at 10am and you are welcome bring a picnic lunch and stay as long as you like.

The jobs will include cutting turf to edge the pond and creating piles of soil ready to level the pond as it as it’s filled.

On Sunday we’ll be kicking off bright and early at 8am getting the underlay, liner and extra protective layers in and final touches sorted before the Dorset Fire and Rescue arrive at 9:30am to fill the pond with about 40,000 letres of water!

wildflowersThen from 2pm we then have our Big Dig 2015 event, where we’ll be digging a bed and sowing wildflowers!

There will be LOTS to do on both days so please do come along and help us finally fill our much anticipated pond. Over the next few weeks we will be planting lots of native aquatic plants and creating a great wildlife haven for everyone to enjoy.

For more info about all of the event mentioned above visit:

Pond Filling Prep
– https://www.facebook.com/events/703511559767962

The Great Pond Filling!
– https://www.facebook.com/events/676401049138447

The Big Dig 2015 at Slades Farm Community Garden – https://www.facebook.com/events/1648380445385453

Transition Bournemouth present… VOICES OF TRANSITION!

You are invited to the only screening in this area of the award winning film Voices of Transition, to be shown by Transition Bournemouth on Tues 3rd March 2015 downstairs at Kino Lounge, Bournemouth, BH2 6DP at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00 pm. After the screening we would really like to hear your thoughts and reactions to the issues raised.

Admission free but donations much appreciated!

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE SO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET TODAY AT http://tb-voices-of-transition.eventbrite.co.uk (Booking essential)

VoT poster


Slades Farm Community Garden Design Workshop

On Sunday 8th February, we are having get together to review our plans for Slades Farm Community Garden. We will develop and agree our plans for 2015, and review and refine the overall design for the garden for the future.
We’ll be looking for really creative off-the-wall ideas as well as injecting a dose of practicality !

Please bring along any images or objects that you think will be inspiring, and think about any resources or skills you’d be happy to contribute.

Drinks will be available, at least from vending machines or water dispensers but feel free to bring a snack for sharing.
We will be gathering from 09:30 for a 10:00 start, and finishing by 13:00.

The venue for the workshop is room PG10, on the ground floor of Poole House (the main building, housing the reception area) of Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus (Wallisdown, BH12 5BB). There will either be signs to the room from Reception, or someone to provide directions.

A facebook event has been set up called Slades Farm Community Garden Design Workshop – please use it (if you use facebook) to let us know if you will be coming along.Tomatoes

Wildife Spotting at Slades Farm Community Garden

S0544420The Saturday, 3rd May, the Bournemouth Naturally Project, supported by the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, will be running a wildlife survey at Slades Farm Community Garden, from 10:00 – 12:00.

Everyone is welcome to come and join in.

Also, same place, same day, Bournemouth residents, who bring their current council tax bill, will be able to get their compost on a first-come first-served basis from the car park on Ensbury Avenue next to the community centre at Slades Farm from 09:00 until 1.00pm or when the compost runs out, whichever comes first. (In previous years, the compost has all gone by mid-morning!)

Residents will also need to bring their own bags or containers totalling no more than 70 litres for collecting the compost.

Bournemouth Council’s grand give-away is a as a big ‘thank you’ for residents’ efforts in recycling their garden waste.

Other upcoming events :

Birdtrail: a wildife walk on Sunday May 11th at 09:30am to see deer and birds in the New Forest, starting from Bolderwood Car Park  http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/EnglandHampshireNoForestNewForestBolderwood , attended by the chief ranger of the New Forest, the RSPB, and bird experts, and possibly Chris Packham! If you are interested in attending, please contact Paul Levey on 010702 545547 or birdtrail@outlook.com.

Will from Down to Earth Bushcraft is leading another bushcraft walk at Hengistbury head in association with the new visitors centre on May 18th. For more info or to book a place please call the visitors centre: 01202 420909.

A busy weekend ahead!

There is lots of exciting stuff going on this weekend!

Saturday 29th 

Cherry Tree Nursery Spring Plant Sale

Cherry Tree Nursery (Off New Road Roundabout, Northbourne, BH10 7DA) From 8am to 3pm

cherry-tree-logoA fantastic selection of high quality hardy garden plants including bedding, perennials, herbs, fruit trees and bushes, alpines, shrubs, climbers, roses and trees will be available. Everyone is very welcome. As well as plants, there will be a wide selection of stalls selling local, ethical and fairly traded produce. Free tea, coffee and squash will be available, and delicious barbecued food will be on sale. There will be live music from Cherry Tree’s very own band ‘The Propagators’. Not to be missed!

Cherry Tree Nursery was set up to provide sheltered work rehabilitation, in a supportive but realistic working environment, for people with severe and enduring mental illness. Find out more at www.cherrytreenursery.org.uk.

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean Boscombe, Bournemouth

Meet by Boscombe Pier
From 1pm to 4pm

1533841_10151888078921330_1360128403_nIn the wake of the winter storms that have been battering the UK SAS are calling for volunteers to take part in SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans on 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st March to help tackle the marine litter crisis.

Boscombe CF Steward Team, Community Event Network, Surfers Against Sewage & Boscombe Beach needs your helping hands! Join SAS and your local community on Saturday and be part of the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever!

Earth Hour 2014

From 8:30pm to 9:30pm

JEarth-Hour-Digital-Logo-oin in with WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s biggest celebration for our amazing planet!

It’s so easy to take part, all you need to do is sign up and switch off the lights for the hour, joining millions of people from across the world and helping to create a hugely symbolic and spectacular display. Whether you reflect under the stars or celebrate by candlelight, it’s a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day.

What will you do during the hour?

Sign up now here: http://bit.ly/SignUp2014

Sunday 30th

Slades Farm Community Garden Workday

Slades Farm Open Space in between Ensbury Avenue and Talbot Woods.
From 2pm to 4pm

If you are looking for somewhere to take your dear old mum on Mothering Sunday, (or need a good excuse to get away from your in-laws!), then why not come to Slades Farm Community Garden? The garden is greening up as Spring unfolds. The willows are fluffy with pollen and bursting into green, as are the hawthorns. Some of our fruit trees have started to flower. The currents are just about to break bud and the raspberries are opening their leaves. If you’d like to do more than have a look, we can offer some gentle pottering amongst the veg patches or some more invigorating exercise with hedge planting. There are still some winter greens and winter salads for harvesting, too.

If you would like to do some gardening, we will have a selection of tools and gloves available, but feel free to bring your own if you’d prefer. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Find out more at www.transitionbournemouth.com/slades-farm


Merry Christmas

We had another lovely day on Slades Farm last Sunday and we finished work on the fence round our vegetable plot in time for Christmas !


Many thanks to everyone who has helped with that task, or other tasks, or given us support over the year.

We plan to start the new year with a design workshop, to plan the next phase of the garden. It will be held in the members room in the North Bournemouth Allotment Society’s building in the centre of the allotments from 10:00 – 12:00 on Saturday 19th January. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome. The entrance to the allotments is on the far side through Cornelia Road, off Priestley Road, which is off Colombia Road.

Best wishes for the festive season!

Energy Descent

I am sure that many of you are aware of the “energy hierarchy” :

1. Reduce consumption
2. Increase energy efficiency
3. Produce renewable and sustainable energy

Sadly, reducing energy consumption appears to be politically unpalatable, but this is where the focus of our efforts should be going.

Here’s some interesting comments on emerging studies about energy trends.

A key part of transitioning from high carbon energy use to low carbon energy use is developing a robust plan of action for a community, known as an Energy Descent Action Plan. Transition Bournemouth are planning to host a series of public talks later this year, and energy is likely to be a hot topic.