What cheese do you use to coax a bear out of the woods with?
It’s finally March, safe to come out of hibernation with a favourite cheese joke.
Wise old gardeners say not to attempt to sow in the ground until you are prepared to hold your bare (not bear) skin against
the soil – only then is it time. Yet March is the month to really get going in the food garden so APCG has plenty of inspiration,
outdoor opportunities & some very good news….
‘Gardening as if the planet matters’
We’ve organised a programme of participatory events in the Community Garden: introducing ideas and techniques for home growers who want nutritious food with a low carbon footprint. These sessions can be booked in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org. No charge but donations towards costs appreciated (£5 per person per event).
Continuing with our theme of ‘Gardening as if the Planet matters’, we are planning to create, within the community garden, an ‘Edible Food Forest’, with support from the Bath & West Community Energy Fund 2020, administered by the Quartet Foundation. A food forest is an assemblage of useful, predominantly perennial trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs and ground cover that will, over time, yield edible fruits and berries. The forest garden will be a demonstration, on a small-scale, of a no-dig, low maintenance approach, naturally mimicking how woodland grows, enhancing habitats and storing carbon in the plants and soil.
Bath and West Community Energy Grant
The Community Garden is one of eight organisations which are helping Bath Area residents tackle climate change by
reducing carbon emissions. With a grant of £960 from the Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) Fund, our community
gardeners will adapt parts of the garden to low-maintenance food production.
Community Gardener Carol Stone said: “This grant will really boost our efforts to create an edible ‘food forest’ in the
community garden at Alice Park. We’re keen to encourage growing edible perennials, as a way of demonstrating a means of
reducing carbon emissions, and, to promote eating more plants in general. We’re excited about choosing suitable edible
trees and shrubs that will also benefit wildlife and attract pollinators. In February we’re developing a planting plan of edible
plants, and our community volunteers will be preparing space ready to receive the new plants in early Spring. This Summer
we’ll invite the community to learn about using some of the more unusual produce and to join us for a ‘food feast’, so
foraging and outdoor cooking will be on the agenda.
“We were particularly touched to learn that our grant was made possible thanks to the generosity of the family of a BWCE
member, who made the donation in memory of their loved one.”
Please get in touch if you want to be involved. Dates for workshops, skillshares and community feasts will be added in due course.
In other news Transition and APCG have been offering guidance and enthusiasm to a new Community Orchard up at the
Larkhall Allotment site over 30 people came together to prepare the site under a majestic old walnut tree with the most
amazing view. All welcome to be part of the care of the trees (& of course the harvests to come).Info on 07582 749865
For many years the Community garden was host to outdoor play sessions for pre-school children known as “Wild Things”. We are delighted to see the children making good use of the lovely garden.
Crafty Explorers runs sessions for pre-school children on Thursdays. Each week’s sessions are themed to inspire children’s curiosity and develop their self confidence as little learners.
The children, along with their parents/carers are able to explore the beautiful areas of Alice Park over the changing seasons. The sessions provide opportunities for creative activities, such as making woodland animals, leaf art, seasonal crafts and nature weaving.
Crafty Explorers is run by Debbie, a local Mum of three, who is an experienced teacher of 18 years. The sessions are held every week in term time, whatever the weather and seasonal changes may bring us! Sessions are available for online booking at www.craftyexplorers.co.uk.
For more information please email email@example.com
STOP PRESS STOP PRESS!
We are very pleased to have been selected as beneficiaries of the Co Op supermarket community fund.
Alice Park Community Garden has been chosen to benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.
The funding round opened on 27 October 2019 and closes on 24 October 2020.
During this funding phase, Co-op Members are able to choose us as their local cause.
Every time a member buys selected own-brand products and services, 1% of the money we spend goes to local causes in our community, so it’s important we raise our profile and encourage members to choose our cause.
To become a Co-op Member and contribute to the garden join online at https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration.
Last summer **FREE** Workshops and Courses for all ages
Thanks to the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme we are delighted to host a series of incredible FREE workshops. We invite you to join us in the Community Garden; this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved, learn new skills and meet new people.
- Keep on Growing with horticulturalist Carol Stone. Extend the growing season for fruit & veg. What grows now to keep you well fed during the winter months? This is a hands on course and will cover sowing, propagation, plant handling skills, planting out and crop protection. Hard to imagine in the summer heat, but gardeners are one step ahead and we’ll learn how to keep those frosts at bay!
- This course is on four Sunday mornings: – 26th Aug, 2nd, 9th and 16th Sept. 10am – 12.00
- Willow Art Workshop with local artist Maya Wolfe. Using willow we will sculpt small garden ornaments of bugs and birdfeeders. You will create something beautiful to take home and we invite you to make something for the community garden. Maya will also spend some time repairing the stunning willow dome and you are welcome to help and learn along the way – bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the garden while making beautiful things.
- Sunday 9th of September, 10.30am start, or drop in later – we’ll be weaving all day
- CHILDRENS’ SESSION Grow, Cook, Eat – Summer in the Garden (for 8yrs and over) with community cookery teacher Lucy Holburn. Gather, pick and play; harvesting the season’s bounty to cook over open fires and eat together.
- Thursday 30th August, 10am – 12.00
- Fresh from the Garden – Eating and Preserving with community cookery teacher Lucy Holburn. Tasty ideas for using up seasonal gluts – cooking in the garden, eating together and making delicious treasures to take home and enjoy when the summer has faded.
- Sunday 2nd September 10am – 12.00
- Herbal Remedies for Summer and Autumn with horticulturalist Carol Stone. How to identify, collect and store herbs on site. Do’s and don’ts for the hedgerow herbalist and making samples for personal use, such as herbal teas, vinegars and oils.
- Sunday 16th September 2.30 – 5pm
- Carve a Wooden Spoon in a Day with Green Woodworker and Tutor Tim Gatfield. A day of practical spoon carving in the garden. Using fresh green wood to carve your individual spoon under the expert guidance of Tim. Enjoy the calm, reflective art of whittling whilst learning the safe use of a variety of tools and good spoon design.
- Saturday 22nd September 10am – 4.30pm
Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. These courses are fully funded by the Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and therefore we are not charging for attendance. We would ask that you commit to attending when you apply for a place and that if you are unable to attend you let us know in good time so that we can make the opportunity available for someone else. Thank you.
To enquire about a FREE place on a workshop or course please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival Fun at Alice Park Community Garden, Monday 1st May, 12-3pm
APCG are delighted to be part of the 5th Larkhall Festival event again this year. We are part of the garden trail with our gates open as usual all day long, while the party in the park provides that festival feeling.
Come along on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st 12-3pm at the Community Garden.
We’ll be offering plants and seedlings for our annual table sale, there’s a selection of special tomato plants this year, Orange Zebra, Yellow Cherry and a ‘Wild Tomato’ claimed to be blight free!
Please bring and buy Cakes, Bakes Preserves and anything we can grow
in the wonderful spring sunshine. Take a picnic to enjoy among the
broad beans and bees, do some tadpole spotting and admire the new edible
ornamental bed ‘Minimead’ developing in the main
Cake Sale and Hot Soup at Alice Park Community Garden – Sunday 6th November, 11am-2pm
We will be holding our annual cake sale on Sunday, 6th November, to raise funds for Alice Park Community Garden.
There will be cake, garden produce, jams, chutneys and hot soup for sale, as well as children’s activity at 11am.
Please join us!
Bath Area Growers: Grow It, Eat It Show 2016 Sunday 4th September 1.30-4.30pm
Bath Area Growers (a network of community groups growing fruit and veg around Bath) are holding their annual Grow It, Eat It show on Sunday 4th September between 1.30 and 4.30pm, at Lower Common West, BA1 3AR. Unlike any other produce show you’re likely to attend, it’s very informal and you, the public, are the judge. The categories are very easy and cover art and crafts, produce, food and drink – something for everyone. Everyone is welcome to take part. There’s a very simple entry form/label – it will save time if you come bringing one completed for each of your entries (though there will be blank ones available on the morning of the show). No age limit (though children’s ages should mentioned on the label). Bath Organic Group will be running a tea stall and there’ll be plenty of children’s activities, including pond-dipping and story-telling. For more information on the day, schedule of classes, and to print a label, please visit: http://www.bathareagrowers.org/giei-show-2016/
Tree Pruning Workshop – Sunday 7th August, 11am
A hands on opportunity to learn the skills and gain confidence in training espaliers, cordon and fan shaped trees – perfect for small spaces intensive and forest gardening and home fruit production.
Date: Aug 7th 11am
Duration: 1 hour
Venue: Alice Park Community Garden
Trainer: Neils Corfield of Edible Cities (email@example.com)
Fee: £5 includes refreshments
For more info or to reserve a place please contact us here.
Free Summer Workshops at Alice Park Community Garden!
Five to Thrive Training Programme
The aim of this course is to provide training and inspiration for all those interested in growing their own food, encouraging wildlife and becoming more self-sufficient and self-reliant. It’s also great for anyone interested in the health benefits of organically grown fruit, nuts and vegetables. Choose from any or all of the workshops.
1. Introduction to organic gardening with experienced professional gardener John Ingham: 10 am to 3.30 pm, Saturday 21st May. To introduce enthusiastic beginners to the possibilities of growing (and preserving) your own, the workshop will take place at the trainer’s own garden at Eastbourne Avenue, Claremont Allotments and Alice Park Community Garden.
2. Herbs for health: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday 22nd May, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is medical herbalist Becs Griffiths of the Rhizome Clinic, Bristol (www.rhizomeclinic.org.uk). This workshop is for all those with an interest in herbs for improving health, and their use as medicines and in cooking. Practical and hands-on, the workshop will include a herb walk, samplings of herbal teas, advice on herb growing, and medicine-making. Course participants will go away with a medicine made on the day.
3. Wildlife gardening: attracting birds, bees, butterflies & more to your plot: 10.30 am to 2.30 pm, Sunday 12th June, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is Steve Pritchard of South West Ponds(http://www.southwestponds.co.uk/) The workshop is aimed at gardeners and allotment-holders who are interested in bringing more wildlife into their plots, encouraging biodiversity and improving yields. Practical hands-on training including assembling a nest box, plus advice on planting and pond-making.
4. Gardening for small spaces: windowbox, balcony & square foot gardening, 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday 3rd July, Alice Park Community Garden. Course trainer is Sarah Pugh, lead tutor & director of Shift Bristolhttp://www.shiftbristol.org.uk/ (T: (@ShiftBristol, F: https://www.facebook.com/ShiftBristol/?fref=ts) ). The workshop is aimed at gardeners with limited growing space who want to grow some of their own food. Practical hands-on training, advice on planting, introduction to small-scale intensive gardening and basic principles of permaculture.
5. Introduction to urban forest gardening: designing a garden or allotment plot that sustains itself: 10 am to 2 pm, Sunday 10th July, Alice Park Community Garden.
Course trainer is Sarah Pugh as above, lead tutor & director of Shift Bristol (http://www.shiftbristol.org.uk/). The workshop is aimed at gardeners and allotment-holders who are interested in promoting biodiversity, growing fruit and nut trees for food, and learning more about permaculture and agro-forestry approaches.
To book, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are coming to Larkhall Festival on Monday 2nd May drop in and see us at the community garden (behind the high hedge at Alice Park), from 10.30 am to 5 pm as part of the Festival Garden Trail and sign up, or pick up a flyer. More information is on our website: www.apcg.co.uk
A £5 donation deposit is required for all workshops.
Tuesday 29th March – Friends of Kensington Meadows Tree Planting Day
The Friends of Kensington Meadows are having a tree planting day on Tuesday 29th March from 9 am to 1 pm, meeting at the Morrisons entrance of the Kensington Meadows.
Join us and plant some trees to encourage wildlife and biodiversity and to eat up carbon from the London Road traffic!
Spades, shovels, wheelbarrows and gardening gloves will be provided.
Bring warm waterproof clothing.
All children must be accompanied by adults.
For more info please click on this link to the poster: FKM Tree Planting Day
Friday 6th November – Gleaned Harvest Supper and Film @ St. Matthew’s church, Widcombe Hill
Join Transition Bath food group for a gleaned supper – savoury dishes made from mis-shaped pumpkins and squash from the Community Farm, and apple puddings from our community orchards.
It’ll be followed by a screening of Agnes Varda’s 2000 film, The Gleaners and I, which explores the tradition of gleaning among France’s rural poor and its modern day equivalents including skip-diving.
It’s free to book, £5 pp donation on the door. Excess funds after costs will be shared between FareShare South West and Bath FoodCycle.
Advance booking essential, so that we know how many to cater for:
Saturday 14th November – Willow Workshop at the Holburn Museum for the Lantern Procession – all help needed!
On November 14th we are creating our own giant Alice Park Garden Lantern as part of the annual lantern procession through Bath on November 19th. It will be a drop in session all day so let us know if you’d like to take part and we’ll send the details. Contact us here if you can come along – we need as much help as possible!
Information about the procession can be found here: Holburne Lantern Procession
Sunday 4th October 11am-2pm – APCG Fundraiser for Refugees
We are holding a fundraiser to support refugees on Sunday 4th October 11am – 2pm. Please join us!
We will be selling cakes, biscuits, soup, garden produce, and holding a raffle. All proceeds will be donated to Doctors of the World Calais Appeal (www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk), the only group providing medical help on the ground in Calais.
Please come along on the day to show your support if you can. We also need donations of cakes, biscuits, jams, chutney – any produce we can sell!
If you can do anything to help, please contact us here, otherwise we hope to see you on the day.
Photo of a refugees’ garden in Calais, taken by Doctors of the World
When: Wednesday 16th September, 8pm £6 entry Where: Bath BrewHouse, 14 James Street West
Pedal Folk is a musical collective who power their tours solely by bike, carrying their instruments with them as they go. Over the last three years they have played arts centres, folk clubs, festivals pubs, record shops and house concerts delighting audiences with a range of songs and tunes that reflect their journeying nature and love of folk music.
This September they hit the road as a five piece of guitar, violin, flute, ukulele and cello with multi layered harmony vocals from Bristol to Steep in Hampshire to perform at a special concert for the Edward Thomas Fellowship. Expect rousing shanties, songs of the land and the people who live upon it, tunes that will lift your hearts and carry you homeward with a smile as well as the warmth of these friends and musicians who love to travel and perform together.
For more info please visit http://pedalfolk.co.uk/
A date for your diary: Bath Area Grower’s 2015 show, GROW IT, EAT IT, will be held on Sunday 6th September at Bath Organic Group’s community garden. A fun show in which participants and visitors can take part commenting, tasting, practicing … Lots of activities for children and a tea and cake stall!
Bath Organic Group’s community garden can be found at the Lower Common West allotments, Upper Bristol Road, BA1 3AR
For more information please visit http://www.bathareagrowers.org/grow-it-eat-it/
Sunday 31st May – Dry Arch Planting Day
Can you help Dry Arch finish planting their Crops? They are having a community planting day on Sunday the 31st May from 11am-3pm. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. Refreshments will be provided at 3pm for helpers.
Dry Arch can be found at the end of Holcombe Lane in Bathampton.
For more info visit www.dryarchgrowers.co.uk Leaflet: http://www.bathareagrowers.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Planting-May-31st-2015-1-DAG.pdf
Monday 4th May – Willow Weaving Workshop, 10am-1pm, £5
Join us at the garden on Monday the 4th of May for a Willow Weaving workshop. Places are limited, for more information or to book a place, please contact Annie at email@example.com
Monday 4th May 10am-3pm – Larkhall Festival Garden Trail
The Community Garden will be open on Monday the 4th May, as part of the Larkhall Festival Open Garden route.
It will be a day full of fun for all the family, so please come along and visit us! There will be
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Cakes, jams, plants, produce for sale
- Willow Weaving from 10-1 (fully booked)
- Gardening advice
Wildthings at Alice Park
Wild things, an under 5’s outdoor play and exploration group, for parents, carers and little ones – is taking place again in the beautiful Alice Park Community Garden! We will be exploring this piece of paradise through digging and dipping, natural crafts, singing and story-telling and some cooking over a fire. There will always be a new activity or craft on offer each week, a sensory play area and child or parent led exploration of the many interesting sights and smells.This is a chance to be outside and explore our connection to nature going into the autumn season. It is a great time for outdoor crafts and play and there will always be a hot drink to meet you as the days get cooler. The benefits of time spent outside are many and include clearer heads, better health, a feeling of peace and a rich variety of play opportunities in a garden setting. We all do well in nature.I have been working in environmental education and nature connection for six years in many settings, and have a deep passion for this work. I have Paediatric first aid and Play Leader Level 3, and the garden is a well contained space for play.Wild Things sessions will run every Friday morning 10am-11.30am from 30th September until November 18th, as people may not be so keen to come out in the depths of December, but if they are, we can continue! The first two sessions are FREE TASTERS, on the 30th of September and the 7th of October and after that booking will open for the six week block at £5 per session. There will always be tea and coffee to drink and there is a shelter.Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org to book, or 07904 733482. Concessions available if needed.With best wishes,Claire EddingtonWild Things Play LeaderAlice Park Community Garden