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

This Sunday 15 locals joined gardener Stephanie Hafferty to learn about no dig gardening. The No Dig Method is way of gardening without cultivating the soil (as in double digging and such like - for more info on no dig gardening see here). Held at the delightful Healing Gardens Cooperative, the participants were able to see the principles in practice.

The workshop began with an indoor session where Stephanie introduced her method of growing, gained from 20 years of experience in managing and building gardens. Stephanie is a small-scale commercial grower  based in Butleigh. She introduced the group to the concepts of living soil and how we can support all the organisms alive in our topsoil, feeding them lots of organic matter in the way of manure and compost. Impressive pictures were circulated of her abundant gardens and delicious veg.

She introduced her tools and practices and recommended lots of reading and resources. We then went outside and saw the methods at work. We mulched an area with compost and manure, layered with cardboard and planted potatoes directly in. We also made paper pots and our own copper dibbers. Of course Stephanie was inundated with curious questions from the group and she responded with insights from her own experiences while expressing the gardeners role of continuously researching what works and what doesn't!

Overall it was a great afternoon, with everyone taking some new ideas and inspirations away with them. Thanks again to Stephanie and to Juliet from Healing Waters for providing a lovely venue and inspiring gardens. Keep checking the Transition Glastonbury website for the latest updates on upcoming workshops and events.

Want to learn about pollytunels? Or would some creative container gardening suit your needs more? Confused about compost? If there's anything you'd fancy learning in particular let us know and as a food group we can organise it. Email:

See more photos from the day:

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