Well our run of bad luck with the weather did not let up today either! If you have a group of 15 people on a team building day who are supposed to be painting raised beds, then repeated heavy showers is not what you want. Sadly that's what we got.
Fortunately Matt from the "Spots vs. Stripes" sports project* was kind enough to lend us his big gazebo so we were able to keep some of the painting area dry, keeping the rain off a few other areas with off cuts of polythene from when we put the tunnel up. (*Spots vs Stripes is a Cadbury project that Groundwork is running - find out more here - http://www.spotsvstripes.com )
The intrepid band of staff from New College Nottingham weren't put off by the weather, and all trouped in ready to get stuck in. We organised some of the group to paint the beds, some to weed the paths, another group to dig over the quiet area in the orchard so we can sow meadow grass there and a final group to paint totem poles in the polytunnel.
|mulching the squash bed|
|Getting the big weeds out of the contemplation circle.|
Everyone set too with a will, and did amazingly well, given the weather. They have left Windmill looking remarkably tidy and organised, with some great raised bed designs, mulched crops and a cleared and raked contemplation circle. We've also got some great totem poles now, which we'll hopefully put up next week.
|A fabulous Jamaican-themed totem pole|
We were also joined by Khaled, a new volunteer, who made a great start on getting the log pile cut down to size. Many thanks!
|Khaled takes on the woodpile.|
|The New College Team with one of their wonderful painted beds|
Thank you to everyone for making a real different - and we hope to see some of you at our celebration event on 21st July.