Community Gardening Round up

Come and join in!

Community Gardening is really taking off in Whitstable. The raised beds outside the library are full to bursting and the Stream Walk Community garden is being transformed. But we still need lots of helpers to keep them going. Especially as both have been entered in the Whitstable in Bloom competition. Come and drop in to our sessions, meet new friends and feel part of these exciting projects.

  • Stream Walk has sessions on Tuesdays 12 – 4pm and the 3rd Saturday of each month 10am – 2pm. Tea provided! The Community Garden can be found along the Stream Walk footpath between Cromwell Road and Old Bridge Rd. in Whitstable. There is no need to book, you can simply turn up.
  • The Library raised beds next session is on 26 June, late morning to early afternoon.

See you there.

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Dirty Weekend a Great Success.

Lots of volunteers made the Dirty Weekend at the Stream Walk Community Garden a great success last Saturday. Everyone mucked in with building the raised beds and filling them with earth, compost and then seeds. Tomatoes were just one of the crops planted at the 1/2 acre site. For more info see the article on the thisiskent website.

Have a look at our calendar for volunteer sessions in the coming weeks, we will be there on Be Nice to Nettles Day on Saturday 28 May.

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Be Nice to Nettles Day

Saturday 28 May

Celebrate the common nettle as part of national Be Nice to Nettles Week and discover there’s more to nettles than just their sting!

Whitstable Museum, Oxford Street

Morning: Displays about the many uses of nettles, and hands-on activities.

Free, drop-in event for all ages(10.00–13.00)

AfternoonTalks:

13.45 – Grasping the Nettle: an Introduction

14.30 – Knitting With Nettles

15.15 – Nettle Folklore and Uses

Call 01227 276 998 to book the talks.

Adults £2.50, Museum Friends £2, accompanied children free.

 

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Latest News from Edible Whitstable

Read the latest Edible Whitstable Newsletter

Issue 8 : May 2011

Greetings food folk! Early spring and blossom which bodes well for later foraging. Lots of food news to note since our last issue; the anti-Tesco protest in Bristol last month, planning applications for battery rabbit farms across the country and allegations from Unite of sweatshop labour down the road at Thanet Earth. Locally there is distress at the doubling of allotment charges, while at national level it appears that the government might be having second thoughts about releasing local authorities from their obligation to provide allotments.

But there are reasons to be cheerful in Whitstable as Transition Town’s growing projects are blooming.

Dirty Weekend in Whitstable – all Welcome

You’ve seen the vegetable beds at the library, you love the Farmers Market – now we’re expanding to a half acre site for community use!

There’s a working day at Whitstable’s wonderful new Stream Walk Community Garden this coming Saturday, May 21st 10am-2pm.

Lots of compost to shovel, hedges to trim, tea to make as well as a bit of carpentry. More info at http://www.permaculture.org.uk/whats-going-on/event/work-day/dirty-weekend-whitstable-compost-shovelling-day-2011-05-21. We’ll be getting ready for planting the raised beds and building a compost loo.

If you can’t make it, there are regular sessions every 3rd Satuday of the month, 10am – 2pm and also every Tuesday from 12 – 4pm.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes the thought of having an allotment and either can’t move up the list fast enough or doesn’t want the full responsiblity of their own plot or doesn’t know how to get started with growing their own veg and fruit – or if you just want to come and join in with the community garden.

Hope to see loads of you there – whatever your gardening skills.

Becky and Bear

Community Gardening dates for your diary

Here are latest dates if you would like to get involved in the Community gardening activities in Whitstable.

Library beds, Saturday 30th April, 10 till 12, planting session. All welcome.

Dirty Weekend, delivering compost to Stream Walk Community Garden, Saturday, May 21st.

The regular slots at the Stream Walk Community Garden are:

TTW slots, Monday and Wednesday mornings (contact Becka on 264 575).

Social Enterprise Kent (SEK, formerly Kent Enterprise Trust) will be there every Tuesday plus the third Saturday of every month.

Come and help at Whitstable’s new Stream Walk Community Garden

Volunteer Gardening!

Come and help create a fruit and vegetable garden from scratch at Whitstable’s new Stream Walk Community Garden.

Appleseed’s team will be at Stream Walk on the 3rd Saturday of every month (and a few more in April to get started) and every Tuesday to lead the work and make you welcome. Everyone is free to join in and to bring your ideas. Bring a spade and wear strong boots and gloves. Tea provided.

Dates:

Saturday April 9th 10 – 3. Planting the jam, jellies and chutney hedge

Saturday April 16th 10am – 3pm. Building raised beds and filling them with compost. Planting fruit bushes.

April 23rd 10am – 3pm. Planting the beds with vegetable seeds and plants.

Other work this season will focus on vegetable growing, building a compost toilet, creating a pond, jam making and caring for young fruit bushes.

Appleseed is part of Kent Enterprise Trust– Improving lives by creating opportunities in the community.Phone 01227 844500 or email.

More info.

Permaculture Design Course May to July 2011

Southend in Transition are running a Permaculture Design Course May to July on alternate weekends. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in sustainable living in tune with nature’s patterns and systems.

The course will cover:  Permaculture design methods • Surveying skills • Soils • Kitchen gardening • Climate and microclimate • Forest gardening • Bioregionalism • Community development • Systems thinking • Transition Towns • Green economics • Sustainable building, energy and transport • Urban permaculture • Plus much more…

The course will be held in a straw bale building at Growing Together, a community gardening project in Southend. The main course tutor is Graham Burnett, an established Permaculture expert as well as experienced teachers James Taylor and Claire White. Participants can get OCN accreditation for this course.

You can find out much more about the course here:
http://www.spiralseed.co.uk/westcliffpdc.html

They are offering 2 places for the price of 1 for like-minded organisations, making this a great value opportunity!

Stream Walk Allotment-latest news

Great News! Stream Walk allotment will soon be under lease agreement from Canterbury City Council to Kent Enterprise Trust to run as a community allotment in partnership with Whitstable Volunteer Centre and Transition Town Whitstable.  The paperwork is in our hands and being finalised.

Once we’re in we can start work on making our vision into a reality – a community space to learn about growing food.  We will be able to have a place where we can hold events, volunteer sessions and attend/run workshops to improve our skills in all aspects of food growing as well as some other crafts and wildlife gardening.

Free Training to become a GrowCookEat Volunteer Champion Gardener

To help make this project a massive success, it will help if we have a core of people in our community who are really knowledgable in this kind of gardening. If any of you would like to train to become a GrowCookEat Volunteer Champion Gardener, there is free training available on Feb 23rd at the lovely Bore Place organic farm in West Kent, starting at 10.15am.  For further details and to arrange booking (and shared transport) please contact Christian Green.

If you are unable to attend this training, but would like to know more about Stream Walk and how to get involved, please come to the Coach and Horses, Whitstable on Thursday Feb 17th at 8pm to meet with the TTW food group at our monthly meeting.

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Latest News from Edible Whitstable

Read the latest Edible Whitstable Newsletter

Issue 7 : February 2011

Welcome to “Edible Whitstable”, the newsletter of Transition Town Whitstable’s Food Group, and our first issue of 2011.

Globally things are on the move. Who would have thought that the desperate self-immolation of a Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller would be one of the things to trigger a wave of revolution within several Arab states. This man, distraught when his produce was confiscated by the authorities depriving him of the means to feed his family, took desperate action and, in doing so, has become a symbol for the longing for change which is currently spreading across the region.

At home we have the “austerity” cuts – less dramatic but likely to produce irreversable changes to our public services. And all these kind of issues directly affect the way citizens here and around the world are able to experience their local environment.

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