Big changes at SCGP site
After a lot of hard work over the past couple of months, the new look SCGP site is almost ready.
The biggest change is the addition of two steel "cabins" to replace the wooden structures lost in last September's fire.
One of the cabins will be the new Smelly Welly Club HQ, the other will be used for training. Both will have electricity.
Other changes include re-siting some of the raised beds and taking down the brick wall that divided the site in two. The damaged polytunnel has also been re-covered and is already filling up with seedlings.
All in all, things are looking good for 2016's growing season.
What our volunteers say
"I went to the free Basic Horticultural Skills course at the SCGP and then I took on my own plot. The staff and other volunteers were a great help and I discovered that I was quite good at it. No matter the weather, there's always plenty to do at the Growing Project. I like working outside so it's perfect for me. I enjoy the company and I've made lots of friends. I have a lot to thank Sandy (sessional gardening support worker) for. He helped to build my confidence and encouraged me to move on to further study. I'm at college now, but still help out when I can." Tam
"Helping out at the Smelly Welly Club after school is a treat. We spend time sowing seeds, planting, growing vegetables then cooking and eating what we grew. I've learnt to make jam. It's great fun!" Gina
"I look forward to each day I spend at the allotment. I started a couple of years ago when I came to the free workshops to learn about gardening and food growing. At the end of the course I stayed on as a volunteer and I now supervise and support the Wednesday volunteer group." George
“I live next to the allotment and have a view of the community garden from our back window. What a difference the volunteers have made to the area around here. I’m not able to do physical work on the site but I volunteer in a different way. I love baking and I bake cakes for special events like the Family Fun Day and the Big Lunch. Sometimes, when I see the volunteers working on the site I bake some cookies and cakes as a wee treat for them. That’s my contribution and it’s a pleasure to be able to support the project in my own way” Anne
“My son and I enjoy working together at the allotment. We get a chance to spend time together, out of the house, meeting and mixing with other families while we learn to grow our own food. We both really liked building the archway for the Smelly Welly Club. This year we have our own plot and because we live very close to the project we will be able to pop in any time it suits us.” Bart
“When I get home from work and on my days off I like to head round to the Growing Project. Gardening is a great stress buster and if I’ve had a busy day at work I find it relaxing to spend time in the community garden or tending my vegetable plot. I even like weeding – it’s quite therapeutic. My favourite thing is growing geraniums, sprouts and potatoes. It is very satisfying digging up potatoes after planting them and tending to them for many months. They taste much better than shop bought tatties. Yummy!” Norrie
Volunteering is GOOD for you - volunteering is GOOD for the environment - volunteering is FUN - volunteering is for EVERYONE.
New volunteers are always welcome. To find out what's going on and how to get involved, call Marion Bate on 07530 985 483.
Potting on seedlings
Many seedlings benefit from an ‘inbetween’ stage where they are given more space to grow before being transplanted into their final location in the soil or large container.
Make a scarecrow
Making scarecrows is great fun. Do it at home, in school and at community events. Anyone can have a go at making these human-shaped deterrents intended to scare off birds before they can damage your crops.