We are open for community gardening sessions every Sunday from 11-3pm in February (except 15th) . There is always a range of jobs to suit all from digging to making tea. There is no need to register in advance – you can just turn up on the day and someone will show you what to do!
Tree Planting and Winter Wassail, Sunday 15th February, 10.30-3pm
Scare away the spirits! Breathe life in to the apple trees! Join us in the the Rookery Orchard to take part in the ancient English tradition of wassailing… In the morning we will be planting new fruit trees and in the afternoon we will singing some songs to help them thrive in the year ahead. Folk singer Molly Carroll and musicians will join us to lead the songs and incantations. Tree planting from 10.30am. Music at 2pm. We will also be sampling the Streatham cider which we made at Apple Day last October so if you’d like a taste of this premium local brew – then you know where to find us! Make sure you bring a pot or pan or something noisy to help scare the sprits away…
Learning activities and workshops from March
Our former Development Officer Charlotte Dove now has a contract with Groundwork working in the garden, funded by Esmee Fairbarin . She will be organising programme of workshops throughout the year form March , including during the week. Some will be for regular groups of learners and some open sessions – Watch this space for details
As a registered charity we must hold an Annual General Meeting within 15 months of registration. Time has flown by and we will be holding our first AGM on 7th January at 7.30PM at the Railway, Greyhound Lane . Anyone can attend but you must be a member to vote. Members will get a special invitation soon. Join now if you aren’t a member.
The AGM will be a business meeting and followed at 8 pm by a public meeting to discuss our plans for 2015 – everyone welcome and and you don’t need to be a member to take part – come along and have your say!
Together with Growing Lambeth, and funding from the Esmee Fairbairn charitable trust we have an opportunity for a part time time Community Gardener – closing date 24th November. there is a similar opportunity at Rosendale Allotments.
Follow the link below for details.
November / December
We will change our opening hours to 11- 3 every other Sunday until February. Dates until Christmas are – 2nd November, 16th November, 30th November and 14th December.
In addition there may be some additional events:
Coming Soon – dates to be announced
Orchard Planting Day – once the frost arrive we can take delivery of our new fruit tree saplings to join those planted in the spring in the Orchard (behind White Garden and Community Garden). We are expecting this to be late November
Wassailing – around Christmas / New Year – a traditional festival to celebrate cider and look forward to the spring.
Open Meeting and AGM – January
Formal business for members( not a member – join up) and an open meeting to discuss our plans for the new year.
We had a fantastic day with plenty of chopping, crushing and pressing apples and now have 15 litres of juice on its way to being cider. Everyone who helped will get a share of the cider when it’s ready. Check back soon to hear about our wassailing event and see the pictures in our Gallery
Here are our forthcoming events and activities at the garden:
Produce sales – range of crops- whatever’s ready, just picked.
5th October 12 – 4pm “Bug Hotels” –
- Building structures to attract and house a range of invertebrates
- Active learning session for volunteers, led by experts.
- Tools and gloves provided but please wear strong shoes/ boots
- Joint project with Network Rail, London Wildlife Trust
12th October 3 – 5pm – garden review meeting
Opportunity for volunteers and members to give their views on how well the year has gone, planning what we might do next year – practical and innovative ideas for crops and improvements wanted.
19th October 12 – 4pm Apple Day
We are looking to top last year where we had apples from 12 locations – and we’ll be making cider this year. Event to include:
- Plans for new improved press.
- Anyone who brings apples contributes to preparation or pressing will have a choice of taking juice home – or waiting to collect cider later in the year.
- If you want juice bring your own clean (ideally sterilised) container.
- Recipes and cooking demonstrations of autumn produce – jams, chutneys etc (dependent on produce available).
- We will have a map of the borough showing where the apples come from
26th October 12- 4 pm
Volunteer garden sessions – seasonal tasks preparing for winter
November / December
Volunteer garden sessions every other Sunday (dates to follow)
11- 3 – early start to take account of shorter days
We sell our produce straight from the ground every Sunday to raise funds – so if you want really fresh vegetables and some unusual varieties pop in and see us 12 -4pm – and of course we’re always looking for volunteers and members!
August is the hight of the growing season so we will be harvesting plenty of crops –
- Tomatoes both with unusual varieties
- Runner beans and purple French beans
- Golden and red beetroot – golden beetroot is sweeter, softer texture and the leaves can be cooked like spinach.
- Possibly courgettes and salad veg
Volunteer tasks will include harvesting, weeding, thinning out crops where needed. Don’t forget our compost workshop on 31st!
After a late start, accommodating the Alice in the Rookery production team in our bothy, and some heavy rain we had another successful volunteer gardening day.
There were many beans – runners and purple French beans – to harvest as well as potatoes and beetroot, for which there were willing buyers amongst our visitors. We also thinned out our strawberry bed – the plants like it so much they keep growing. We have to thin them out to encourage them to produce fruit. 3 weeks out in the summer whilst our paths were laid meant we also had some very unruly tomato plants to tie up. As ever there was plenty of weeding to do too!
We had time to sow some extra crops to fill in the harvested vegetables – carrots for the autumn and spring onions, as well as some extra French beans to see us into the autumn. As a treat the volunteers got to share the figs from our own fig tree – very tasty they were too.
Next week will be more harvesting – Potatoes, more beetroot – red and golden, plenty of beans and we expect the first of many tomatoes – all sorts of unusual tasty varieties. there’ll always be weeding and if the sun keeps shining we’ll have to water too!
See you next Sunday?
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