Wellcome Trust Community Project at Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden

By James Baker | July 20 2018

Wellcome Trust Community Project at Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden

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    Over forty people came to help at the Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden from the Wellcome Trust over 3 days at the beginning of July. They achieved a massive amount of work, which included: building a Greenhouse, setting up shelving, creating a storage box from recycled pallets, stenciling information boards to use with schools and young people, re-mulching beds in the garden, planting and natural dyeing. They were a busy three days!

    The first day started with sorting the parts for the greenhouse and studying the instructions, undertaken by a crack team of instruction-decipherers! Everyone else set up to paint the greenhouse frame and in next to no time that had been done, with two coats of eco-paint with no VOCs and a claim attached that you could eat it without being poisoned (although you wouldn’t want to!).

    veryone then split into groups with some preparing information boards about mini beasts with brightly coloured ladybirds, centipedes, caterpillars and other insects. Another group began doing some natural dyeing and planting up some natural dye plants. And the final group worked on assembling the greenhouse, and amazingly by the end of the day the greenhouse was standing!

    The second day began with preparing the shelving to be painted and a small group finalizing the last pieces of the greenhouse, including the door that still needed to be added. The shelving was painted quickly with two coats and after lunch, screwed together and put in place.

    A group of people who wanted to work in the garden cleared a series of beds, removing old mulch and replacing with new much thicker mulch. Others added new plants around the garden, including re-planting a planter with Canna lilies and Begonias.

    Two or three enthusiastic painters re-painted the smoking area a smart deep blue, sanding, and painting two coats of paint in the course of the afternoon.

    More natural dyeing and stenciling to create a colourful, flower and bee filled board to show children how plants are pollinated was also done during the day.

    The third day began with learning how to use a ‘roughneck demolition bar’ to dismantle and recycle pallets. Once they had been de-nailed and sanded they were painted before being turned into a storage box to go alongside the greenhouse for compost and mulch bags. Another group also created a planter to go at the base of a trellis next to the smoking area.

    Once again a group prepared naturally dyed sample swatches of different plant-based dyes and there was a fantastic board painted with flowers and bees in lots of different colours.

    The greenhouse was finished off with some very careful sealing of the windows.

    All of us at Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden were astonished and thrilled by the amount of work everyone managed to get done over the three days. The groups from Wellcome Trust have transformed the possibilities in the garden, particularly with the greenhouse, which means we can now teach people how to sow seeds, pot them on and add as plants in the garden. A massive thank you to everyone who came.

    Susannah Hall

    Project Host, Cecil Sharp House Permaculture Garden

    July 2018

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James Baker

James B is a project manager at Semble, managing a number of their client campaigns, but with a particular focus on employee volunteering. Seeing passionate company staff and community champions collaborate to make a positive difference in local communities brings him no greater satisfaction. He began as an intern and has developed into his current role across 4 years with the company. In his spare time James is an aspiring cook and avidly supports Arsenal Football Club.