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?

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Pumpkin Excitement Coming to Windmill Soon!

Not long now until we start to eat, sleep and breathe all things pumpkin!! We'll be making spooky decorations on Thursday 24th October between 11am and 3pm with Toni from Tiger Textiles - just drop in to take part (children welcome) as the lovely people from Nature in Mind carve their pumpkins. On Friday a group of Cubs and Scouts will be carving pumpkins by candlelight. On Saturday, a bunch of crack pumpkin carvers will gather at a secret location to carve show-stopper pumpkins, then on Sunday morning 27th, we'll hold a pumpkin carving class for adults and older children before we have our main event in the afternoon.

Hope we'll see you there!


Friday, 2 August 2019

Summertime is in full swing!

Realised we haven't put up a blog post for a while, so here's the latest seasonal offering from our resident poet, Stuart Vanner

 


Summertime

The summer season must be the best, 
For it is when with the world I am most impressed. 
It is time to be out and to have constant fun, 
To be under blue skies and the endless Sun.

Time for scorching hot days and muggy nights, 
To see smiling faces all filled with delight. 
It is time to relax and time to unwind, 
While all about you there is joy to find.

Time to visit the beach and be by sea, 
For colds drinks, ice cream and for feeling free. 
Once again we'll mention the sweltering heat, 
Since all the seasons it must always beat.

And it is time to look round and appreciate 
These summer moments and celebrate, 
For this lovely season shall in time be past, 
So remember - enjoy it while it lasts.


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Friday, 22 March 2019

Our resident poet Stuart has written us a new poem to welcome Spring.


Spring

We adore the spring, such lovely weather. When blue sky and sun come out together. The blossom blooms, as do the flowers, And we may expect some April showers.

See chirping birds and buzzing bees. Feel the temperate air and gentle breeze. View the plants and trees, we see them greening And this is time for us all to start spring cleaning 

What a perfect time to be outside.To roam this our wonderful countryside.
Yes we have so many a reason 
To love this beautiful special season.











Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Water Tank has arrived!

If your experience of last year was like ours, you'll have found that the rain water you saved in butts ran out surprisingly early in the season. In our case, we can store about 1200 litres of water on site, but we still ran out, so when we were offered a huge IBC tank from the Water Works project, we jumped at the chance.

It's a great addition and will add 640 extra litres to our capacity, and hopefully make us far more self-sufficient in water. If you do have a water but yourself, we'd urge you to add one or two more at least. The way the weather is changing means that it rains less often but in larger amounts at one time, so you need that extra capacity if you're going to make the most of the rain that does fall!

Thanks so much to the Water Works project and its sponsors, The Postcode Lottery.



Sunday, 24 February 2019

Some thoughts on thoughts


Our resident poet Stuart wrote these thoughts about a big issue for many people. He finds coming to the garden really helps him.

Obsession 


O yes, they can drive us really mad - our peculiar obsessions. 
Perhaps you are cleaning all the time or buying too many possessions.

Or are you being miserly and keeping all your savings? 
Or you need to do or see something to satisfy your cravings?

Perhaps your obsession is so odd so no-one can understand. 
May be it is has taken such a hold that it's getting out of hand.

What happens when you go cold turkey and you try to resist? 
Do you find the awful yearnings still seem to persist?

Does stopping it induce your mind to keep forever niggling? 
Or will you pace all about or endlessly be wriggling?

You could try to distract yourself, the obsession may diminish. 
And talking should help as well, then it might completely finish.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Wassailing and the Lohri Festival


Lovely to see so many people willing to come out on an overcast and chilly day to help us celebrate the Lohri Festival and Wassail our fruit trees! Thanks as always to the wonderful Prakash for providing the gorgeous food, and to Mark for bringing his drums to provide the heartbeat.


It was a good day for learning too. Tracey began the day being interviewed about what we were planning on Radio Nottingham, so at least 1 listener learned about the session and came to see what we were doing. And Tracey learned she's been saying "Lohri" wrong for quite a while - apparently it should be pronounced "Loiyi" - so hopefully she'll get it right next year! 

Making tickling sticks to use to wake up the trees.


Tracey leads the Wassailing

Adding the heartbeat.







Thursday, 13 December 2018

That's us done for this year now, following a wonderful Festive Fuddle. We were delighted to welcome many friends who have visited during the year to provide workshops as well as our wonderful volunteers past and present. Well done all for braving the cold. We hope you enjoyed making pine-cone owls, wreaths and home-made crackers (complete with a real snap!). 
Some of the fun crafts we made in the polytunnel.

Many thanks to the Small Food Bakery for the pizza dough which everyone loved - our resident cooks Zariffa and Mary also used it to make Zatar breads - delicious!  Well done to Hassan for stepping in to beat the clay oven into submission so the pizza got cooked! 

Hassan - maker of perfectly cooked pizza & only really warm person that day!
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire & some happy folk who can only
remember the first 2 lines of the song about that!
Thanks to David, Bryn and Jon for the "Christmas tree" - and for the decorations in the tunnel (thanks also to Ash for those).Great to see so many of you, and thanks so much for all your help and hard work this year. 
We're back on Monday 14th January, so until then - Happy Christmas to all, and a lovely Festive Poem from our resident poet laureate, Stuart.


At Christmas Time 
Christmas - a time which we love and adore. 
When we’re merry, excited and o so much more. 
It’s when certain magic can quite be believed, 
And when special gifts are sent and received. 

It is time for our families to all get together. 
To be merry and joyful whatever the weather.
It is time to put all our quarrels aside, 
And to have fun and laughter. 
There's no need to hide. 

It is time for us all to be cheerful and jolly, 
And even quite silly, perhaps full of folly. 
It is time to be thoughtful and time to be kind. 
It is time to relax and time to unwind. 

It’s a time to tuck into a fabulous feast. 
And as we indulge, all talk may be ceased. 
It is time to excuse one for having a drink, 
And then have another. There's no need to think. 

Then as this festive time starts to come to an end, 
Another year’s coming which we must attend. 
And then to the future we must start to look 
And begin a new chapter of our new book.