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?

Saturday 17 September 2011

A Grand Day Out!

Today Windmill went to Woodthorpe Grange Park to the first "Grow Your Own" day. The weather was a bit mixed - windy and sometimes quite wet with short, sharp showers, but Tracey, Dan and Ellis battled on and managed to create a rather nice display to show what Windmill Community Gardens can do.

Over the last few weeks, Helen, Lisa and new volunteer Meirion have worked on a display for us to have for events like this, and this was its first outing. It looked pretty good, and fortunately the Groundwork boards stood up to the weather, which kept trying to blow everything down.

Very professional looking display board - some pictures may be familiar!

We also used a basket of Tracey's and some of our produce to create a "horn of plenty" effect which showed it all off rather nicely. The aim was to give a lot of the produce away for donations. Dan and Ellis got a great double act going with Dan touting our wares, and Ellis plugging the gaps in the display with the extra produce.

Horn of plenty display - fruits (and veg!) of all our labour

Windmill did rather well. We got the prize for Best Representation of a Project and a £25 voucher for B&Q came along with the certificate. Of course we had our secret weapon - a "Guess the weight of the tomato" competition with the largest of our Brandywines - (that weighed 20oz, by the way!) And another triumph - Dan's entry of a mutant double courgette won the prize for the strangest veg! Apart from that, we took over £50 in donations for our produce.

It was a really good day, with lots of networking with other groups and a chance to get ourselves better known with the public. Well done to all that helped either beforehand or on the day

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