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 18 September 2014

Harvesting, Pizza and Compostology with Robert Shaw Primary

Robert Shaw School Visit Windmill

Had a super day today with 2 classes from Robert Shaw Primary who made their traditional visit today to make pizza using our tomatoes, learning a few lessons about sustainability in the process.

Making pizza

Picking tomatoes for the pizza

Pupils first of all found out a little about how we and why we compost on site, took the compostology challenge, then split into 3 groups to either make pizza and help harvest our crops, help us to weed and tidy the fire circle area or to harvest seeds and make seed bombs. Everyone got to try every activity, so it was a busy scene.

Enjoying sustainably-cooked pizza
from the clay oven

Collecting seeds and flowers 
Making seed bombs - messy but fun!

We were thrilled when some of the party said they didn't want to leave and we were pleased that so many of the groups enjoyed their pizza and had taken on board the idea that we are cooking with energy stored in the last few years by our own trees (or those at Attenborough), instead of using fossil fuels.

Harvesting is always fun!

Some of the pumpkin harvest

Thanks to the volunteers who make this kind of visit possible. Chris did a great job supervising the weeding, Hassan managed to beat the clay oven into submission, so we could get the pizzas cooking, and Joyce did a great job with the seed bombs. Thanks also to Brian for turning up to finish fixing the ceiling in the shed, and to Guy for continuing the battle against the bramble invasion in the orchard.

We like growing in tyres at Windmill....

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