Community Garden

CHAPTER COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT

FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our second newsletter where we can capture and share your thoughts on the community garden project. Please remember there is no set agenda for the site. It really is about listening to you, the residents, and to see if there is a common aim of improving wellbeing in your area.

If you would prefer to talk to me about this project please do call me on 01244 344409

LITTER PICKING DATE

In just one hour in January, a resident and myself collected two bags of glass from the site.

Please join me on Saturday 27 February between 10am and 1pm for a litter pick session.

I will provide litter grabbers, bin bags for rubbish and lollipops! If you can wear protective gloves and suitable footwear, together we will keep the site looking spick and span. No need to book. Just turn up.


YOUR NEW NAME FOR THE SITE

Thank you to residents who have sent in suggestions. Let me know your top two favourites from the list below at sam.wilkinson@chaptermentalhealth.org

  • Newnham West Community Garden
  • Chapter Community Garden
  • Monks Marsh
  • Happy Place
  • Friends of Chapter
  • Our Patch
  • The Haven
  • Chill Out
  • Hope
  • Escape Wellies
  • The Rake

SAVE THE DATES

The Woodland Trust has donated native hedgerow species. We aim to dig these in 26 and 27 March 2021. If you would like to volunteer your time to help plant the hedgerows and trees, please contact me on 01244 344409. All ages welcome.

QUIZ CORNER – Did you find all 14 words in the grid in our last newsletter? They were: tree, pond, rain, petal, mud, spade, sun, rake, fence, calm, relax, tub, flower, air.

Try the questions below, write in your answers and check next time to see how you have got on.

  • The love apple is the original name for what?
  • How can you tell the age of a tree?
  • What is the art of cutting shrubs into ornamental shapes called?
  • Soil can be acidic, alkaline or what?
  • Which grain is used to make semolina?
  • Which television presenter and gardener owns a garden in Herefordshire called Longmeadow?
  • Which television presenter and gardener owns a garden in Herefordshire called Longmeadow?
  • True or false? Chelsea is Britain’s largest flower show.
  • For how long can seeds remain dormant? Months, a few days, years or one season?

Another thank you to all residents who have sent in suggestions for how the site could look. Some lovely drawings came in too. A local landscaping company has very kindly offered to draw up an artist’s impression for free. As soon as I have this I will post a copy to you all and ask for feedback. It is not too late to submit your ideas so keep them coming.

RECENT INSPIRATION

A walk around the well kept Whitby Park led me to their walled garden. Even though it was closed on my visit that day, it was lovely to peek through the gates and see what they are up to. They offer weekly drop-in sessions where you can explore seed sowing, flower growing, salad planting, being active and drinking tea. It’s an opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills. No experience is necessary. There’s no charge and everyone is welcome.

Contact Nina on 07533 352960 or email: mail@merseyforest.org.uk

Grozone Community Garden Northwich is currently closed but I was very fortunate to have a walk around before lockdown. Never did I think that a compost toilet could look so good; a mud kitchen for children would be so much fun and willow that can be grown and shaped into wonderful crafting objects is so interesting. It would be wonderful if we could arrange a visit to Grozone when it is safe to do so. Would you be keen to visit with me?

Drop me a line if you are interested email sam.wilkinson@chaptermentalhealth.org

Posted in Ellesmere Port, Wellbeing.