Welcome to the Secret Garden South of Bobber's Mill Bridge in Nottingham

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

We are a group of local people, who are nurturing a wonderful community garden in the heart of the city. You'll find us just South of Bobbersmill Bridge, on the allotment site at the South end of Ascot Road. 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?

Friday 2 February 2024


THE REALLY WILD SPACE 

 

  Our wild garden is beginning to take shape.  As you can see from the photo, we now have a wide wood chip path allowing access to the whole area and far less brambles than there used to be.  This is thanks to several work parties and our regular volunteers.  Volunteers from local companies have been the Good Gym and VF, clothing manufacturers, along with Lucy the Nottingham Forager's groups, and they have achieved more than we could have hoped for on our own.  So thankyou to all of them and to all the people who donated to our crowd funding last year.  We raised £6,725 (minus commission), which will buy a new shelter and other necessary items and help with match funding from grant funders.  The shelter will be a simple structure to replace the old shed and greenhouse at the back of the photo.

The Good Gym

Work Team from VF

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A donation to the Really Wild Space

As you can see from the photos, this is a wet space in the autumn and winter.  To aid drainage, someone has created two "wells", which are brick tanks.  One of them is filled in, but the other provided useful water in last years dry spell.  The plan is to repair the walls and fence them off to keep them safe.  We are hoping to have children's activities in the garden, so are aware of safety issues, as well as providing some "equipment" for them.  We have already been left a large pipe and are considering a tree swing and willow structure.  The plan is on going, so any other ideas are welcome.  The space will also be used for an adult quiet space and Lucy the Forager is creating an area that can be used for meditation etc.  She is also utilising two old coal bunkers to grow mushrooms in.



Lucy reusing an old coal bunker

Apart from the winter waterlogging, the main reason that we decided to create a wild garden, was the number of trees there.  There is a massive Ash tree on one side and there was also a large Eucalyptus by the opposite fence, which blew down in a freak hurricane in autumn 2022.  a blessing in disguise, as it was blocking a lot of light.  The allotment committee members very kindly chopped most of it for us and took it away, but left us with the stump and a piece that can be made into a seat.  Other trees, include a large Walnut, plum trees, a conference pear, an apple, two Contorted Willows, which unfortunately were knocked down by the falling Eucalyptus.  Also several Alders, which are a water loving species and some shrubs including red stemmed Dogwood.  We are planning on creating a small Willow Carr with more varieties than we have at present.  The stems will be used for willow weaving.

The fallen Willows and an Alder Tree


As well as existing trees and shrubs, there were a lot of flowers, native and garden, in the allotment when we took it over.  These include some impressive Elecampane which are much loved by our friendly herbalist, Katherine Bellchambers.  Snowdrops have just come into flower and we planted bluebells last year to add to the woodland ecosystem.  We are focusing on native plants which will be used by Lucy the Forager and Katherine the herbalist, but because it is an old allotment, there will be non native species too.




Now the flood waters have subsided, we are all keen to complete the basic work on the garden and are coming up with interesting ideas to make it enjoyable for everyone.  Please come and join in as a volunteer, or, if you are unable to do that, come and visit, or maybe consider using the space in the future.  Finally, many thanks to Tracey Lloyd, Mary Parkes, Lucy the Forager and the Windmill Gardens allotment committee, who have helped get this project off the ground.

Rosie Jarrett 2.2.2024.

Information on Foraging: https://www.facebook.com/Thenottinghamforager

Information on Herbal matters: https://www.nottingham-herbalist.co.uk/

















  

Tuesday 31 October 2023

The Real Wild Space

The Real Wild Space - https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/p/therealwildspace

Dear all,

I hope you are well.

I wanted to let you know we have started a crowdfunding Project for which we are aiming to raise £6,000. We would love it if you could donate using the link below to access our Project page. Donate what you can, any contribution large or small will be hugely appreciated. Thank you.

The Real Wild Space:

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/therealwildspace

Windmill Community Gardens


Saturday 23 September 2023

Another lovely volunteering day

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Another lovely volunteering day at Windmill Community Gardens we are open to all for volunteers to come and enjoy the great outdoors & help nurture the garden & make good use of its harvest.
Mondays 10-1 or Thursdays 10-4
Hope to see you soon 😊

Thursday 21 September 2023

Pumpkin Day 🎃

Date for your diaries ... Our Pumpkin Day 🎃 is back!!! Saturday 29th October.

Monday 18 September 2023

Harvest Festival 2023

What a lovely day at the Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Forest. Some people had come down especially, others just were curious what was happening as they were enjoying a walk, played sport, had family fun on the playgrounds.

Windmill Community Gardens stall we connected with some great people. Shared some apple or pumpkin pancakes, had fun with our magic apple peeler/corer/slicer ... apple bobbing & "did we beat the squirrels?" cobnut challenge

Monday 12 June 2023

 

BLAZING JUNE


Everything is having a go at blooming now, even the potatoes.  Please do come and visit if you get the chance.  Most of the sessions are spent watering at the moment and there is talk of maybe we are going to get another summer like last year.  Well there's not much we can do now except mulch and water and have a few cool rests on the veranda.  

If you are free on Thursday lunchtimes, we are having a Lithe lunch every other week, So June 22nd, July 6th etc.  Lisa gives us a very gentle armchair yoga session in the shade, then we eat a light lunch prepared by the lovely Riza. You can help with the cooking or do a little gardening while you wait.









Rosie Jarrett 12.6.2023


Thursday 20 April 2023

It's Spring 



Or it's supposed to be according to the calendar.  Our beds are all prepared for planting and the polytunnel is bulging with plants ready to plant out.  However we are doing this really slowly with the help of horticultural fleece, as there is still the possibility of frost.  We are lucky this year, in that we have three more beds in our newly acquired Bog Garden.  This will give us room for more variety of plants.  The long dry summer last year saw some of the beds in the photo above, becoming in need of constant watering, which was a problem with a hose pipe ban.  So far we have planted Beetroot, Garlic, Onions, Lettuce, Carrots, Broad Beans, Peas and Potatoes.  We have some plants to spare if you want to get in touch.  Mainly Lettuce, Beetroot and Peas. 

Carley cutting her farewell cake.


  Carley who ran the Thursday afternoon sessions and is part of Growing Forward, has finally had her leg operation and is no-longer able to run the Thursday afternoon  sessions.  She has been replaced by Tara, an experienced community gardener.  There is plenty of space for new volunteers on both Monday and Thursday, so please drop in, or get in touch if you want to help.  It's a really peaceful space to be for a few hours and the rewards come in the summer when there is fresh produce for us all.

The Boots Team taking a break

  We owe a huge thanks to  the team of workers from Boots who have just done a blitz on our newly acquired Wild Garden, which was full of rubbish, ground coverings and excess brambles until yesterday.  We are hoping to use this for children's Forest School activities, as well as for the fruit from the trees and wild plants for eating and herbal remedies.  Lucy, the Nottingham Forager is going to use the space as a base too, which will mean that it will be kept as natural as possible.

Future Activities:

Monday 8th of May.  .SSBC session for under 4s in the morning.

Eat and Exercise sessions will be starting soon, thanks to funding from City Homes and Castle Cavendish and will run through the summer on Thursdays.  There will be a cooked meal using our produce and an exercise session such as arm chair yoga or dance.

Saturday 22nd July - Art in the Garden.  If you are an artist or crafts person and would like to exhibit, or run a creative session, please get in touch.

Rosie Jarrett.  20.04.2023