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?

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Apple Harvest Celebration Day

We're still reeling from how well the Apple Harvest Celebration at Windmill went on Saturday. Around 80 visitors and lots of our volunteers had a great day getting involved in lots of activities and enjoying fantastic food.

The fabulous spread of healthy home-made goodies

Rosy with the apple tasting table. 12 different
varieties from East Markham Heritage Orchard

Which one to choose first?

We were lucky enough to be joined for the day by Mark Manders, a local chainsaw sculptor who made the beautiful bench in Paula's garden, and did demonstrations in the orchard for us during the event. We also welcomed Friends of the Earth, who came with their Bee Cause stall.

Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause stall

Mark hard at work on the chainsaw sculpture

The finished sculpture

Scratting the apples before pressing helps to release the juice

Pressing apple juice was a bit hit with all age groups

Trying out the apple slinky maker (yes, it really does do that!)

New recruit Alex turned up to get the clay oven fired up, so we could have the first cooked food from it during the event. Sibel arrived to demonstrate how to make her famous shepherd's salad, which went down a storm, along with Jeremy's apple pancakes with toffee sauce and a huge range of other food which volunteers provided for the day, including parsnip and apple quiche which was surprisingly delicious and we think may be a new invention! The clay oven was fired properly for the first time, and we used it to cook pizza which disappeared as soon as each one came out of the oven, so we think it was probably quite good...

Jeremy hard at work making apple pancakes

The clay oven heating up - burning well

First pizza goes in the clay oven

First pizza, fresh out of the new clay oven

The site was looking fabulous because we had enrolled the day as an event for the Big Dig Edible Open Gardens project, which meant they helped us to advertise it, and provided some lovely bunting and stickers for each visitor.

The Breathe Easy group made a good start to our well-dressing
showing our Windmill logo

Filling in more detail on the well dressing

You can start to see the picture now - mostly done with
petals and peppercorns.

The finished well dressing - exhuberant rather than 
accurate - but beautiful non the less!

We were delighted at how many people entered our competitions. These were judged by Rosy, which was entirely appropriate as she has just become the Food Initiatives Group worker for the area (or Fig Local as it's known). We were also very pleased at how many people wanted to see how the clay oven was working and those who wanted to tell us about their experiences of using clay ovens in other countries. We are hoping to run the oven again soon, and we'd like to invite anyone who wants to, to bring along food to cook in it (let us know first, if you are interested).

Rosy took her job as judge very seriously!

Some of the competition entries

The winning entry in the best display of fruit and veg category
A well-deserve win by David Wile - 2nd Year in a row!

Stick the worm on the apple game - painted by volunteer Chris

Apple tasting
Thanks to all who attended and a huge thank you to everyone who helped make the day so much fun.

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