Thanks to all the hard work of our volunteers the community garden at the station is flourishing. The sunflowers are starting to appear as well as Cosmos, Cornflowers, Honeysuckle and Lavender and much more. We’ve lost a few things to the wildlife but we’re more than happy to share! In fact we encourage the local residents to help themselves. Get down to the garden and see if there’s anything ready – courgettes are looking good…
We’re teaming up with the Greenhouse Group in Alexandra Park and the Bohemia Walled Garden to put on some garden events in Hastings during Chelsea Fringe.
At St Leonards Warrior Square Train Station we will be hosting a garden swap shop and planting sessions for adults and children from 11-3pm. Bring your unwanted garden tools, plants, seeds and other garden related stuff. (read more about dos and don’ts for our swap shops).
Throughout the day we will be planting in containers so come along with your old teapots, wellies, tins and ceramic pots, anything waterproof and frost proof. Surprised us!
Also expect some musicians to drop by and play some tunes, share in a pot of tea and you will be able to try some produce, directly from the garden!
Last Sunday, in less than half a day, our team of eager volunteers put together a beautiful garden bench. We created a ‘Proposal Bench’ for the #JaneEyreProject which takes place in St Leonards from Feb 21 to March 7.
We are inviting visitors to the garden to sit, enjoy the space and write a proposal.
So come down to the garden at St Leoanrds Warrior Square (north platform), see what we’ve been creating and write some words.
Take a look at the video for the Hastings Midnight Run, an event we took part in last autumn. See if you can spot someone you know!
The Midnight Run is a walking, arts-filled, night-time cultural journey through a city. It gathers strangers and local artists/activists to explore, play and create whilst the city sleeps.
Commissioned by the Hastings Storytelling Festival, this event featured:
FILM MAKER – Joe Kaufman
BARGAIN STUDIOS – Alfie, Amy & Danielle
STORY TELLER – Gareth E. Rees
COMMUNITY GARDENERS – Transition Town Hastings.
MUSICIANS – MAGIC CITY MOONFLOWER – Lynda, James & Ross.
Facilitated by IMOGEN BUTLER COLE
On Nov 29, Rock House hosted an evening of short, PechaKucha style presentations. These are intended to inform, inspire and even include calls-to-action. Our very own Karen Simnett gave an excellent presentation about the work of Transition Town Hastings and what we have achieved in the last 2 years!
Please share this with anyone you think would be interested.
Great weather, wonderful food and great people!
On October 9th we celebrated our first harvest at the community garden. Self grown, free food was offered to locals passing by including squash, spinach and chickpea curry, freshly pressed apple juice, apple cake, artichoke cake and sweetcorn fritters.
We also raised over £75 which we can put towards our many expenses. Thanks to all those who came down to the station and supported us.
Last Saturday (August 6th) we planted beetroot, mint, tomatoes and more strawberries. We’ve got a number of volunteers giving up time during the week to water the plants. Let us know if you want to come along – all welcome.
The next work party will be on Saturday 6th August from 12pm til 3pm. Please come along to help finish the beds and begin planting out seedlings. We will be collecting some surplus plants from the Greenhouse Group at Alexandra Park.
If anyone has any spare plants, feel free to bring them along! We also need wheel barrows, use of a strimmer (we have no mains electricity…) and plenty of elbow grease!
We will also be having a conversation about what we’ve achieved so far and future plans.
Down at the community garden we’ve uncovered a wealth of plants with culinary and medicinal uses.
Here’s Naomi, a garden volunteer, trying out the Rosy Garlic. The bulbils are like miniature
Red Onions and are wrapped in a thin papery skin that peels away. It’s not uncommon to find it growing in the wild on the south coast, in rough or cultivated ground.
Our volunteers have taken some home to put in a vase or have a try at cooking with it.
We’re compiling a page of all the wild plants we’ve discovered so far and what you might do with them.