Looking for a Plot

Started by Ray and Darren Marshall-Sewell. Last reply by Nancy Sampson Apr 14. 1 Reply

Good Evening All.We have been refused a local allotment is Wells (Wookey Hole).We are keen to find a plot somewhere that we can use to grow food etc. Happy for it to be a share etc.Can anyone help…Continue

Connect with your community

Started by Alive Feb 7, 2018. 0 Replies

Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

Tags: #givingback, #gardening, #volunteer

Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

Started by Alive Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

Join our volunteers!

Started by Alive Aug 17, 2017. 0 Replies

We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Last Sunday the Cheese and Grain hosted the third Frome Seed Swap and Potato day with more visitors than ever before.  The bunting was up and the late February sunshine brought crowds of growers to swarm around the tables choosing their seed potatoes, plants, and packets of all sorts of seeds ready for the new season.

Some signed up for the Get Set Grow course starting on the 19th March at the Key Centre garden, and volunteers from the gardening group were on hand to show off the progress made there over the past few years. 

Activities – a larger range than in previous years – included seed sowing for children with Frome Selwood Horticultural Society and making seedling pots out of waste newspaper with Andrew Hardy.  Speakers covered a range of topics from John Powell’s talk on natural beekeeping to no-dig gardening with Charles Dowding, and talks on the practicalities and politics of seed-saving.  It was great to see so many of all ages trying out the activities, enjoying the informative talks and discussions, sharing experiences and having the chance to meet some respected local experts.

Local businesses offered all kinds of green and garden-related goods including local veg boxes from Vallis Veg and Bluebird Tec’s moveable hen house which enables you to move your hens around the garden to eat pests and weed seeds and keep your garden healthy as well as providing you with fresh eggs.  Eva Warman offered free shiatsu taster sessions for gardeners whose backs were feeling the strain and Mary Cross of Organic Matters had a range of woven willow products for gardens. 

Most importantly of all, on a glorious early spring day, local gardeners prepared themselves for the new growing season by exchanging vegetable and flower seeds with each other and buying seed potatoes as well as flowers, shrubs, bulbs, onions sets, rhubarb crowns, fruit trees and bushes, tools, planters  ...  the new gardening year has begun.

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