Free Food Growing Course – starting Sunday April 10th 2016

Free Food Growing Course for Croydon residents – now booking to start Sunday April 10th 2016

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If you are just starting out, or would like to get some more detailed knowledge of food growing, then this course is for you. Over 6 weeks you will learn everything you need to know to confidently grow your own fruit and veg. including:

– Preparing your growing area

– Planning what to grow

– Planting techniques

– Taking care of your plants

– Feeding your soil

– Harvesting and storing produce

Over the six weeks you will get hands on experience as well as theoretical knowledge and the support of an experienced tutor. This course is AQA level 1 certified. If you are interested in certification, please ask for more details.

Held at:  Wandle Park Community Garden, Wandle Park, Cornwall Road, Croydon, CR0 3RD

Dates:

  • Sunday 10th April
  • Sunday 24th April
  • Sunday 8th May
  • Sunday 22nd May
  • Sunday 5th June
  • Sunday 19th June

Time: 11am-1pm

Price:  FREE (£10 refundable deposit required)

To book:


food@ecolocal.org.uk
020 8404 1522

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Master Gardener programme in Croydon

Master Gardener programmeAre you a master gardener – or would you like to learn how to improve your gardening skills?

If so, why not get involved with the new Master Gardener programme in Croydon.

Come and meet Liza Scholefield, the co-ordinator of the Master Gardener programme in Croydon, on Tuesday 25th August to talk about the programme – come along to the Wandle Park cafe for 11am.

Liza Scholefield explains more:
“This exciting partnership between national charity Garden Organic and Public Health Croydon will see experienced volunteers support local residents to start growing their own food. These volunteer Master Gardeners, trained and supported by Garden Organic, will be working in community gardens and growing schemes around the borough. They will be sharing their skills with members of the community who are identified as being likely to benefit from gardening and food growing.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be:
• Looking for people to join us as Master Gardeners. We are looking for at least a couple of years of food-growing experience and a passion to share that knowledge with others. In return volunteers will receive free training and resources from Garden Organic, including a two-day induction course, held locally.
• We’re also looking for enthusiastic Food Buddies to engage the community and spread the word about the value of food growing. They don’t need to be gardeners, as we’ll be offering them training too, to take their own growing skills forward.
• Making links with services who can refer people to us from residents, community groups, third sector agencies, treatment teams, medical settings etc.

“Anyone who would benefit from getting outside and active, meeting like-minded people and learning more about growing delicious and nutritious food is welcome!”

If you’re interested in joining as a Master Gardener or a Food Buddy, or in referring people into the scheme, or if you have any questions, get in touch with Liza at lscholefield@gardenorganic.org.uk or 07584 474778, or come along on the 25th August at 11am at the cafe in Wandle Park..

Garden Party 2015 – Sunday 26th July

garden-party-2015-flyerJoin us this Sunday afternoon for the Wandle Park Garden Party. There will be lots of activities for all the family, plus music from Freedom of Expression.

Date: Sunday 26th July
Time: 1pm – 6pm
Place: Wandle Park, especially around the cafe, the community garden, the rose garden and the bandstand

Click on the flyer above to see more details and the music line-up.

You can also meet some of the Friends and find out how you can help support Wandle Park.

 

Laying Paving in the Community Garden

On the 15th of March 2015 the Wandle Park Community Gardeners got together to lay some hard standing in their social area, to improve the look of the community garden and better define the area.

Here’s what we did!

Before we start work the social area of the garden was just bare earth

Before we start work the social area of the garden was just bare earth

We laid out the slabs to work out where they would go

We laid out the slabs to work out where they would go

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Planting an Edible Hedge in the Community Garden!

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Edible Hedge Flyer

On Sunday the 22nd of February 2015 from 10am – 3pm we will be planting an edible hedge behind the Community Garden. The hedge will produce fruit and berries, to give food, the pleasure of foraging and boost the ecosystem in the garden!

All tools and equipment provided, as well as help and training from Ecolocal, a local charity that encourages people to enjoy their environment.

Warp up warm and wear stout shoes. The work may be a little muddy!

 

Wandle Park Community Garden

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Wandle Park has its own community garden! It’s a great way to learn how to grow your own food, and have a laugh!

The gardeners meet every Sunday from 10 am until around 12 noon, and have been supported by a local charity Ecolocal as well as receiving kind support from Croydon Council, on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are always on the lookout for new projects. Recently we have built 4 new growing beds, a couple of wormeries and we are also establishing a compost heap.

Next year the plan is to create a native soft fruit area, develop the social/meeting area and reinforce the infrastructure of the garden. We will also be experimenting with crop rotations!

Why not come down to the garden one Sunday and see what we do!

 

Community Garden is ready for planting

The community garden in March 2014The Community Garden is finished and ready for planting on Sunday 16th of March (2014)!

The Community Garden is now finished and is ready to be planted up. Tom will be at the garden from 10am on Sunday to help people plant their seeds/sets and give basic advice. There will be 2 hour sessions every Sunday for the rest of the Spring, for people to come along and plant, weed and generally garden.

The garden will be the focus for community growing, with flowers as well fruit and vegtables. Why not come down one Sunday, 10-12noon, have a chat and a cuppa with Tom and get growing!

Community Garden nearly finished

The community garden in February 2014The Wandle Park Community Garden is almost finished! Thanks to kind help from TCV volunteers the garden only needs the paths to be laid, the sign to be erected and the fruit trees to be transplanted!

Community Garden days will start on the 16th of March (2014) and will run weekly during the growing season, 10-12 on a Sunday.

Contact Tom, the Volunteering and Learning Officer, on thomas.smith@croydon.gov.uk to get involved, or just turn up on the day!