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 23 May 2013

Visit from Year 5, Robert Shaw Primary

Since our Climate Friendly Gardeners scheme started, we have had a great relationship with our local primary school - Robert Shaw Primary. One of the great traditions we have developed is for pupils to start their Year 5 with a visit to us to harvest tomatoes and create a meal with them on site. Then in the Spring, they come and plant up tomatoes to provide a chance for the following year's pupils to do the same. This year, we're carrying on the tradition, and today was the first visit of 2, as there are 2 Year 5 classes at the school.

Planting the all-important tomatoes

The class split off into 4, with 2 of the groups weeding, whilst the others planted either tomatoes or sweetcorn. "Planting tomatoes" also included planting up hanging baskets, which we're keen to try so that we use the roof space too. The main tomato area is the polytunnel, but we'll also be planting outside as well, so it will be interestng to compare.

Jade helped her groups to set up hanging basket tomatoes

We do this on the cheap with plastic bag liners.

Jade shows off the completed hanging baskets

New volunteer Lizzy led the weeding team.

Trying out the tip tap for the clean up afterwards

One we had said goodbye to the class, we welcomed by volunteer Edith, who arrived with hot fruit pancakes and immediately got involved in helping, so we got loads done. Sadly, the afternoon class were put off by torrential rain and hail, but we'll hopefully see them after half-term.

Thanks to everyone for the big planting, and all the hard work. Now fingers crossed for the weather to make it all grow!

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