On the whole we’ve had another lovely year in the Slades Farm Community Wildlife Garden, helped by around 70 volunteers over 2017. The fruit trees are growing well, the hedge is establishing well, the prairie garden was very colourful, the pond was choc full of frogs! I have never seen so many frogs in one space! If you like frogs, make a diary date to come along in March 2018!
We planted apple trees around the veg patch to train as espaliers, and put up the fence and training wires to make that happen. We had a fantastic harvest of beans and courgettes, a monster turnip, and the peas did well too!
However, after 5 pretty trouble free years, we finally have had a bad bout of vandalism. Most of it started after we installed a lovely picnic table and benches. A number of items got trashed – the water butt and two fruit trees – but the trashing of the fence round the veg patch was the final straw. Reluctantly, we have removed the picnic table and bench in the hopes that the vandals will now go elsewhere to congregate and cause mischief.
Still, we are looking forward to 2018. We have lots of hedging and bramble bashing to get on with, as well as repairing the damage the vandals have done. It may mean that the veggies get planted out a bit later this year – it all depends on how much help we get!
Have a look at our Slades 2018 dates and see if you are free to come along !
On the 25th June some members of Transition Bournemouth went along to an all day workshop in Southampton run by the international Transition Network. The aim of the workshop was to explore the idea of setting up a Regional Transition Network / Hub in the South of England.
Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Farnham and Petersfield Transition Towns all came together. We went through a series of excises to help us get to know each other, to discuss what helps our groups to thrive and the challenges we face and what a regional hub might look like and be used for.
It was a great opportunity to meet other Transition groups and to find out what exciting projects and events they have planned. Watch this space for more information about a possible regional hub and for invites to events hosted by our new friends!
Thank you to everyone who came along to The Henry Brown Youth Centre on Saturday for the Give and Take, Bournemouth Repair Cafe and Win On Waste!. This time our techie Fixers were kept particularly busy with a hoover, touch, dehumidifier, sewing machine, hedge trimmer and more! We also tightened the breaks and stabilisers on two kids bikes and fixed some trousers and a cardigan amongst other things. What a great event!
As always a huge thank you to our lovely volunteers for making this project possible and a special thanks to Gumtree UK for asking us to be part of #NationalUpcyclingWeek. See you all again in Boscombe on Saturday 5th August!
Our next Repair Café is coming up this weekend and it’s an extra special event as it is being sponsored by Gumtree UK as part of National Upcycling Week 2017!
Saturday 24th June 2017. The Repair Cafe will run from 2:00pm until 4:00pm (to link in with the other waste related events happening at the same time).
Henry Brown Youth Centre, Cunningham Cres, Bournemouth BH11 8DU. We will put up signs so you should be able to find us.
The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/373435719683156/. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family along too!
Transition Bournemouth will be running/attending a variety of events during 2017:
Sat 18 Jun – Moore Avenue Park Family Fund Day
Sat 24 Jun – Bournemouth Repair Cafe in West Howe
Sat 15 Jul – Kinson Festival of Music
Sun 16 Jul – Slades Farm Festival 16th July 2017l
Sun 29 Jul – Making Picnic bench at Slades Farm Community Garden
Sat 5 Aug – Bournemouth Repair Cafe in Boscombe
Sat 9 Sep – Cherry Tree Nursery Plant Sale
Sat 4 Nov – Bournemouth Repair Cafe in Boscombe
If you can lend a hand for an hour or two at any of these events please do get in touch! Comment below or e-mail email@example.com
We have some great news from our Count On Me campaign! You have been telling us how you reduce your carbon emissions because you care about the impacts of climate change. We want you to know that your actions do make a difference, together we have saved enough CO2 to fill the Bournemouth Balloon 50 times over!
If you want to reduce your emissions even more (saving a further 1600kgs of CO2 every year) and haven’t done so yet, you can still switch to a clean energy supplier. We have teamed up with Big Clean Switch to offer you the chance to make a difference and save money. Big Clean Switch have made it easy for you to compare four suppliers so you can make a choice that’s right for you. On average people switching save £170 a year.
This was the final activity in our ‘create a living fence round the veg patch’ plan at Slades Farm Community Garden. Having planted apple trees round the patch we now needed to put up a fence so we can train those trees into a fence-shape! So when the old fence finally crumbles, (in about 15 – 25 years time), the apple trees should provide a robust but also pretty and productive structure around the veg plot.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our amazing fencing fun day yesterday, particularly to all the lovely people who turned up to help. We had a fabulous day, a lovely time together, the weather was great, we had lots of cake and the fence looks AMAZING! We also did some pond-dipping, some wildlife ID-ing, planted out some leeks (thanks Angela!) and some celery (thanks Carl!) and lots of weeding and planting (thanks for the lovely plants Cherry!) in the prairie garden.
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Our friends from the Bournemouth and Poole Sustainable Food City Partnership have another year of foodie fun planned for 2017. If you love trying new restaurants who serve locally and ethically sourced food and drink why not go along!