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?

Thursday 10 March 2011

Putting up the Fruit Cage and starting the fedge

Today involved much head scratching and some words we can't publish here, but ended in great success, as we now have an almost complete fruit cage.

Us versus the wind - we all battle to construct the fruit cage while the wind battles to blow it down!
The first problem was that we put it up in a gale. We cannot recommend this! We also think it's not possible to knock the cage uprights into the ground despite what the instructions say, as any small stone in the ground will deflect them so they end up out of position. This is also an activity where size matters. If we hadn't had some talk folk, things would have been a lot more difficult! I should also say that all the shorter folk did sterling work as well, and it was a good job we had a crowd in, as we pretty much needed a person for each upright, as attaching one horizontal top pole tended to dislodge another....

Even tall Xavier needed a step ladder for this job!

Thank you to Phil, Helen, Xavier, Jack, Jonathan, Alison and Ellis.

Phil, Jack and Xavier also worked very hard to get in the main structure of the fedge we are making in the wild orchard, which Jake is hoping to finish off soon. We're looking forward to seeing it all sprout soon.  For those of you who are wondering what we mean by a 'fedge', well it's a combination of a 'hedge' and a 'fence' - basically a fence constructed using live willow sticks!

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