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 25 October 2014

Perfect Pumpkin Celebration!

Gorgeous pumpkins from Deborah Garlick and her daughter
We are still on a high after today's fabulous Pumpkin Celebration. We had a ball, and judging by the comments, so did those who attended. We had so much fun, with over 40 carved pumpkins to see, lots of delicious pumpkin foods to taste, even pumpkin spa products! Apart from that, there was apple pressing, 20 different apples to taste, apple bobbing, pin a face on the pumpkin, crafts, a feely box and a well dressing, amongst many other things (including some fairly dreadful pumpkin-themed jokes!). Prizes went to Lynn Taylor, for the largest pumpkin, and to Arpit from NTU, for his Minion 3D pumpkin.

Pumpkins ready for carving

The morning carving workshop gets going

Sharon's masterpiece - a fire-breathing dragon.

Ash gets his teeth into pumpkin carving...

A "Kathy Holmes Special" peeled pumpkin with Autumn leaves

Pumpkins in all directions!

The volunteers were brilliant, mucking in (and out!) to ensure that the event went well. Special thanks to Andrea who brought along her friend Vanessa, and did a grand job cleaning out the polytunnel, despite being full of cold. She also supplied a splendid banner for the day and helped arrange pumpkins in the orchard in a lovely display. Joyce (mistress of all crafts), Hassan (expert pumpkin display maker), Kathy (pumpkin spa and apple tasting expert), Mark (able to carve pumpkins and child wrangle), Jeremy (pancake maker extraordinaire), Ash & Rowan (master apple pressers), Rosy (maid of all works), Dianne (mucking in 1), Derek (mucking in 2) and Brian (good ideas bod) all made a great contribution, and their efforts are also hugely appreciated. Ni Claydon also deserves a mention for providing her famous pumpkin pie filling, which was much enjoyed. Tracey also had a great time carving pumpkins and pretending this was work rather than fun.

We'd like to thank all those who contributed the carved pumpkins to this event - those from Gateway to Nature, Nottingham Trent University, Edwalton School and our own Carving Workshop, who contributed carved pumpkins. We are also delighted by the support our local Coops have provided. Strelley Coop supplied pumpkins for the carving workshop, and Aspley Coop helped us with ingredients for the food - we've thanked them both by providing carved pumpkins to display (they seemed thrilled!).

We'll be adding some extra recipes in another post shortly, so keep an eye out for those.

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