Welcome to the Secret Garden behind Bobber's Mill in Nottingham

Welcome to Windmill Community Gardens, home of the Climate Friendly Gardeners Project.

We are a group of local people, helped by Groundwork Greater Nottingham, who are resurrecting a wonderful community garden in the heart of the city. You'll find us at the South end of Ascot Road, near Collins Cash and Carry. The Gardens are a great place where anyone can come to find out more about growing their own food in a changing climate. We cater for all abilities and welcome any nationality or age group.

Why not come and join us?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Big Freeze 2012

After a week's break from Windmill, Tracey, Helen, Philippa, Rosy, Chris, Hugh, Ellis and Dan all turned out in force in what would be the coldest visit to Windmill so far for many of the newer volunteers.  When we arrived in the morning, we were greeted by a total white out, completely undisturbed snow which has lain there since the heavy falls of the weekend. This was a stark contrast to the middle of the city where there has been a steady thaw of snow over the past few days and was very unexpected indeed! Temperatures would have remained consistently below freezing since the snowfall, partly due to the fact that Windmill is situated away from the city centre and any roads and buildings.

The Windmill Iceberg - snowdrift along the side of the polytunnel
The extreme conditions meant that we could not do many of the tasks involving digging and planting so we devoted the whole session to tree felling, log sawing and pruning - work which would help us to keep warm - in between tea breaks and snowball fights it should be added!


Girl power! Helen and Phillippa sawing logs for the fire pit
Tree felling - Chris demonstrates brilliantly how to take down a tree with the extendable saw
Ellis and Dan cut the felled tree branches down into managable sizes
Tracey poses with the extendable saw

Despite the weather conditions, we could all agree that it had been a good day's work and we had made use of the time and activities available to us. Even the warm up in Collin's Cafe proved valuable as it meant that we could have an informal meeting to discuss and plan out dates when we would be holding our community events.

Arctic conditions - Windmill Gardens

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