Growing Forward have added a small polytunnel in the area to the left of this photo and are planning new activities for the coming year. Vic has left for a new job and has been replaced by Rachel, an experienced community gardener. Some of their ex clients have become involved with the main gardens and one of them – Becky, is helping to organise another art event in July. Assia too has been really involved, particularly helping James with woodwork and volunteering at events.
We had a major loss in a storm last autumn. A freak gust of wind blew through the allotments, knocking down a wall and our mighty Eucalyptus tree. It also damaged a Contorted Willow nearby and part of our fence. Fortunately the allotment committee were on the job straight away and cleared most of the timber, leaving us with this stump and a large log to make into a bench. To be honest. it was a blessing in disguise as the tree was blocking light from the south.
One big change at Windmill is that we can now be warm in winter, thanks to our super shed and this great woodburning stove:
It is super-efficient and doesn’t waste any heat, so has made break times and indoor jobs like sorting our seed collection, much more enjoyable. We also have a dry, rodent-proof, space for storage. Thanks Tim!
Our fruit trees and bushes have been receiving some attention, having been tickled and sung to during the Wassailing event, and are now being pruned. The joint Wassailing and Lohri event was well attended and enjoyable, apart from an un forecasted rain storm in the middle. Many marshmallows were toasted and bikes serviced. We also had an informative talk from Her Lohri, explaining how they help girl orphans in India.
Volunteers from Her Lohri providing food.
We will be holding two more events this spring – A celebration of all things Japanese, instigated by one of our volunteers, John, on March 4th. Also a Nowruz celebration around March 21st, the Spring Equinox, date to be confirmed. This is a Persian and Kurdish New Year celebration. Of course you are always welcome at our regular sessions on Mondays 10 to 12pm and Thursdays 10 to 4pm. You can just pop in for a warm up and look around if you don’t want to garden.