Update from the Community Gardens August 2019

By Ed Bowring | August 14 2019

Update from the Community Gardens August 2019

Blog Category: General updateBlog Tags: Children & Young People and Gardening & Food Growing

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    Update from the Community Gardens August 2019

                                       Just some of the produce from the gardens.

    Update     

    It’s harvest time in the community gardens and the produce has been amazing. Our volunteers have been working so hard bringing it all in to share and donating any surplus to local organisations. Apparently it really does taste as good as it looks!

    We have more courgettes than we can eat, runner beans by the basket and cut flowers to take away so do come by and see us.

      

    Tuesday afternoons at Oaklands Park Community Garden are in full swing for the season and Wednesday and Saturday morning sessions in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Garden continue throughout the year, so do come along as we’d love to see you.

    Regular Gardening Sessions

    Wednesday sessions in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Garden
    10.00 – 12.00

    Low impact sessions led by Ed, for those who like to work at an easy pace.

    Tuesday afternoons at Oaklands Park Community Garden
    16.00 – 18.00

    Vegetable and fruit gardening led by a member of the gardening team. All welcome.

    Saturday mornings in the Bishop’s Palace Vegetable Garden
    10.00 – 12.00

    General gardening led by a member of the gardening team. All welcome.

    All sessions are free, and we provide tea, coffee and snacks.

    Other Events and News:

    Community Open Day on Brewery Field

    Sunday August 25 from 12.00 – 4.00 pm.

    The event is sponsored by Transition Chichester and entry is free.

    The dray and horses from Fullers Brewery will be there offering rides on the dray.

    In addition around 15 local organisations will be present, showcasing environmental activities in and around Chichester. These will include the Chichester Repair Cafe, local growers Veg Out, Manhood Wildlife and Heritage Group, Friends of Centurion Way and many others.

    There will also be a Teddy Bears Picnic, and Caroline’s Ice Creams will have their ice cream van there for you to buy delicious ice creams. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it!

    More info and directions can be found here: http://www.transitionchichester.org/community-open-day-on-brewery-field/
    Transition Chichester Buckthorn for Brimstones Project

    Would you like to help the brimstone butterfly by planting one or more alder buckthorn bushes in your garden?
    Brimstones are beautiful butterflies. The yellow males can be spotted from February onwards, the females appearing a little later. The caterpillars of the brimstone butterfly are entirely dependent on two species of food plant: the alder buckthorn Frangula alnus or Rhamnus frangula and the common or purging buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica. Transition Chichester are hoping to increase the population of brimstones in the Chichester area, and have bought 100 alder buckthorn plants (probably more suitable than common buckthorn for planting in the soils in the Chichester area) which they are offering for sale at the cost price of £1 each. As well as supporting brimstone caterpillars, alder buckthorn bushes have small flowers that are very attractive to bumblebees, and red berries ripening to black which are eaten by thrushes in the winter. The bushes can be allowed to reach a height of maybe 5 metres, or they can be trimmed back so they remain only a metre or so tall; brimstones don’t mind!
    We hope that some  TC supporters may consider planting one or more alder buckthorns in their gardens. If you are interested, you may like to read the attached information sheet. If you would like some alder buckthorn plants please email TCBuckthornforBrimstones@gmail.com. Plants can be picked up from Central Chichester at a time to suit you.

    For further information contact secretary@transitionchichester.org

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Ed Bowring