Category Archives: Spelthorne

Autumn 2015

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Planting spring bulbs – tulips.

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Planting over-wintering veg.

 

Tomatoes and courgettes from the garden…

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Used to make tomato and courgette bread!

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The beginnings of a bird scarer to protect the over-wintering veg.

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A finished ‘fish’ bird scarer. Recycling old CDs.

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The ‘cat’ bird scarer.

Sunbury’s got (natural) talent – health & well-being event

Sunbury’s got (natural) talent!

This weekend Sunbury Community Garden in Stratton Rd, showcased a host of natural talent, attracting over 75 visitors to congregate in the sun and celebrate the theme of health and well-being, while sampling homemade produce made from the fruit, vegetables and herbs in the community garden.

The line-up included the talented singer songwriter Brooke Mancini, as well as local entrepreneurs, herbalist Janine Gerhardt, therapist Astrid Mallan, artist Becky Morton and bread-maker Alex Sumner.

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At just 15 years old, shining young star Brooke Mancini wowed visitors with her acoustic performance on guitar, singing many of her own songs!

Younger visitors enjoyed a wide range of arts and craft activities with children’s murals painter Becky Morton from wonderwallsdesigns.co.uk. Activities included painting stones into mini beasts, decorating plants pots and sowing herb seeds. The children also enjoyed a magic show with Catherine Learmonth from www.crazycatsparties.com 

Local herbalist Janine Gerhardt, was on hand giving advice on natural remedies for many common ailments and Astrid Mallan gave visitors a relaxing treat with her Indian Indian Head Massage.

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Alex from Well-Bread.com, has a thriving small business she set up from home just a few months ago baking fresh natural specialty breads and delivering to the local area.

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“All the breads are all delicious but the fig and black pepper loaf is out-of-this-world. I have booked Alex to come along to our school Christmas fair”, enthused local mum Karen.

The free event, which took place in the garden adjacent to Hawkedale Primary School, Sunbury on Thames was organised by the community garden volunteers in association with Spelthorne Borough Council. It was supported by many local businesses and individuals who kindly donated time and items to the garden and event.

Clare Dorey who runs the garden said: “We held this event to bring the local community together in a non-commercial, relaxed environment. To give everyone the  opportunity to see first-hand what amazing talent we have on our doorstep. It has been a lovely chilled out day in the sunshine and this is what the community garden is all about.”

If you want to know more about any of the above please contact:

Clare Dorey
spelcommgarden@gmail.com
07771394810

Spelthorne Borough Council
Catherine Learmonth
01784 446453
C.Learmonth@spelthorne.gov.uk
Spelthorne Community Garden

Becky Morton Wonder Wall Designs
07779 026725
beckymortondesign@gmail.com
www.wonderwallsdesigns.co.uk

Astrid Mallan Therapeutic Massage
07576 315 725
mtm@therapist.net
www.astrid-mtm.com

Janine Gerhardt, Herbalist
07930901662
janinegerhardt@yahoo.co.uk

Catherine Learmonth, Punch & Judy/magic shows
07761 979245
punchandjudyparties@hotmail.co.uk
www.crazycatsparties.com

Alex Sumner, Well Bread
07587 184874
well_bread@btinternet.com
www.well-bread.com
077790 267725

Free event – Saturday 4th July 2-4pm – Herbs for health and wellbeing

Come along and join in the fun
EVERYONE WELCOME
  • Talk on herbs for health and wellbeing by local medical herbalist, Janine Gerhardt
  • Indian head massage by local therapeutic masseuse, Astrid Mallan
  • Fresh, locally baked speciality breads from Well-Bread
  • Arts and crafts activities including minibeast pebbles and make your own herbal tea bags
  • Punch and Judy show
  • Sample fresh produce
  • Free giveaways

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Sunbury (Spelthorne) Community Garden Hawkedale Infants School, Stratton Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6PG
www.vitamin-g.org.uk/category/spelthorne/ commgarden@gmail.com call 07771394810

In association with Spelthorne Borough Council

Sunbury (Spelthorne) Community Garden early summer 2015

 

Friday afternoon volunteers potting tomatoes, over 20 potted - Good job done!
Friday afternoon volunteers potting tomatoes, over 20 potted – A good job done!
Our hairiest volunteer helping to pot tomatoes.
Our hairiest volunteer helping to pot tomatoes.

 

Snail racing at after school club.
Snail racing at After School Club.

 

Check out the Brooklands college hedgehog cathedral now! Lovingly painted by Becky Morton from wonderwallsdesigns.co.uk (children’s murals)
Check out the Brooklands College hedgehog cathedral! It’s been lovingly painted by Becky Morton from wonderwallsdesigns.co.uk (children’s murals)
Making clay hedgehogs  and cress heads at after school club.
Making clay hedgehogs and cress heads at After School Club.
Discovering how plants reproduce.
Discovering how plants reproduce.
Learning about a flower's reproductive system.
Learning about a flower’s reproductive system.
Watering the thirsty seedlings at Friday lunchtime club.
Watering the thirsty seedlings at Friday Lunchtime Club.
Planting seeds at Friday lunchtime club.
Planting seeds at Friday Lunchtime Club.
Yum yum! Stirfry made using kale from the garden.
Stirfry using kale from the garden. Yum yum!
Another yummy dish using the kale from the garden.
Another yummy dish using the kale from the garden.
Homemade pizza at gardening club. Pizza sauce made using herbs, onions and tomatoes from the garden.
Homemade pizza at gardening club. The herbs, onions, carrots and tomatoes from the garden were used to make the pizza sauce. All the children ate their veg without even knowing!
Pulling up the leeks!!
Pulling up the leeks!!

 

Small leek, big root!
Small leek, big root!
Making a wormery - layering soil, sand, shredded egg boxes,  fruit and veg peelings but NO onions or citrus fruit. The worms don't like them!
Making a wormery – layering soil, sand, shredded egg boxes, fruit and veg peelings but NO onions or citrus fruit. The worms don’t like them!
Release the beasts! And finally...adding the worms to the wormary.
Release the beasts! And finally…adding the worms to the wormery.
Tuesday evening picnic club - potting seedlings.
Tuesday evening picnic club – potting seedlings and sampling produce from the garden. Tonight’s dish – pea and mint dip.

 

 

Meet the Bees! – Free event

The garden was buzzing this weekend when over 100 local residents gathered to learn about bees.

 

Local beekeepers Tim and Sally Hutchinson from Bee Happy Products gave a fascinating interactive talk on bee keeping and the vital role bees play in pollinating our seeds, nuts, berries and fruits.

Richard from Shepperton said: “It was really interesting to see the bees in the observation hive and hear about the process of beekeeping. The honey was really tasty too”.

The session also covered some of the challenges facing the UK’s bee population.

Tim explained that Bee Happy Products take some of their bees to Kent every year to help pollinate the fruits in that region, due to declining local bee populations.

Younger visitors enjoyed a wide range of arts and craft activities including wood carving with sculpt-it.co.uk, painting the raised vegetable beds with wonderwallsdesigns.co.uk (children’s murals) and making bee homes for their own gardens.

As well as the bee products to sample there was also home-made produce using herbs from the garden. Jake, age 10 said: “The cheese and rosemary scones taste really good. They are delicious.”

Lorraine, local mum from Sunbury said: “We are very lucky to have the Spelthorne Community Garden. I have learned so much today. Events like this are a great way to bring the community together to learn more about the natural world.”

The free event, which took place on Saturday afternoon was organised by the community garden volunteers in association with Spelthorne Borough Council and supported by Adrian Hall Garden Centre who kindly donated bee friendly wild flower seeds for everyone to take home and grow in their gardens.

Clare, a community garden volunteer added: “Bees play such a vital role in nature. We wanted to give families a chance to learn more about the bees and to find out how they could do their bit to encourage the declining bee population. We plan to hold similar events in the very near future.”

A very big thank you to the many lovely people who helped out; donating their time, ideas, items etc. The event wouldn’t have happened without them!!!!

Sally and Tim Hutchinson Bee Happy Products for the interactive bee talk

Spelthorne Borough Council for supporting the event and community garden 

Adrian Hall Garden Centre, Feltham for the free bee friendly wildflower seeds and general support

Ruth Wheeler Sculpt-it for the children’s arts and crafts – wood carving, bee hotels

Rebecca Morton Wonderwall Designs (Murals) - for the children’s arts and crafts – decorating the raised beds 

Hawkedale School and Sunshine Nursery – various ongoing support

 Conkers Forest School – various ongoing support

Alan P Landscaping 07974 169228 – various donations

SDH Fire Protection – Helping with the arts and crafts 

Martin Dorey Home Refurbishment & Decoration 07771394810 – building raised beds, helping out on the day.

NPG Property Services – Nigel 07792 349721 – various

Spelthorne Community Garden – Spring 2015 update

Delivery of fabulous new items for the garden, handmade and donated by the carpentry students and teachers at Brooklands College, Ashford. Just need to decide where to put them all now!

 

Friday volunteers preparing Adrian Hall bags ready for planting potatoes and nasturtiums.

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Chitting potatoes at the school gardening club, ready for planting in the bags.

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The first raised bed made out of old pallets is finally complete…

 

February 2015

Lots to do to get the garden ready for the new year…

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