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?

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Taster Day for Minority Groups

Today we teamed up with the Black Environment Network (BEN) to run a taster day for folk from black and other ethnic minority groups to show the delights that Windmill has to offer. We were also lucky with the weather, and attracted quite a few folk from several different groups. Marie and James from BEN came to support the day.

Touring the site - Tracey explains how to use
lettuce as a living mulch around courgettes.

The session began with a tour of the site, with Tracey explaining how we are working to make the allotment as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. She also spoke about the crops we are growing including those which might be more familiar to some of Nottingham's minority groups, like calalloo, shark's fin melon, methi and sweet potato.

We grow some of those weeds on purpose, honest!

Looking at the herb garden - the mint was a major hit

After that, we had a lunch which included food from Jamaican, Indian and African cuisines, followed by some gardening activities. One group made paper pots whilst another helped us to start planting our "Sowing new seeds" bed.


Marie shows how to make paper pots

Some of the younger members of the Somalian group help
to plant up the "Sowing new seeds" bed.

Ray and Philippa were on hand to help, and Shona from the Food Initiatives Group was brilliant, helping us to source food to appeal to a wide range of tastes, and even staying to do a bit of weeding afterwards!

Ray and Phil take a break from washing up to enjoy the sunshine

Shona helps with a bit of weeding

We're aiming to build on the success and hopefully eventually have a dedicated space for groups to grow their own crops. If anyone reading would like to know more about this project or about becoming involved, just contact us with a comment below.

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