We are inviting all local residents to come along to a lunch picnic at Warrior Square Gardens on June 18th (1-4pm). We’re taking part in the UK’s annual get together organised by the Eden Project and Great Get Together (In celebration of Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common).
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!
We are currently in the planning stages of developing a campaign to support and encourage local takeaway food outlets to make the transition to sustainable packaging.
Too many times have we walked along the seafront and seen those dreaded polystyrene food containers blowing their way along the beach, or we go into a new and recommended cafe, only to be disappointed when they serve up your takeaway in a polystyrene box.
From speaking to businesses who’ve already made the transition, it was relatively easy and cost effective. Let’s make Hastings stand out as a green flagship town!
If you’d like to be involved please get in touch by email.
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.
Bohemia Walled Garden have produced the first edition of a Heritage Lottery Funded booklet. You can download it from their website. The final edition will be done during 2017 when the other deliverables have been completed.
They do have a few printed copies available and if you would like one of these, please email via their “Contact us” page.
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.
Bohemia Walled Garden is having a Summer Garden Party on Sunday 3rd July, 10am-4pm.
ADMISSION FREE! Includes music, tea and cakes, tombolas, plant sale and children’s activities.
It’s a beautiful community garden/allotment hidden inside Summerfields Wood.
The association recently had success with a Heritage Lottery Application. Read details of the project plan on Heritage Lottery Fund page
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.
Another great sun filled garden session
Last weekend, after making use of the donated compost from Gardenscape Direct volunteers enjoyed a cup of tea with doughnuts at Southwater Community Centre. They met a delightful Shiatzu practitioner who helped carry buckets of water out and pour it over the plants too! They also cleared some of the rubbish near the storeroom and planted wild flower seeds. See the gallery below.
News on next steps
The most urgent thing is getting raised beds made and in situ. We are in touch with Littlewoods fencing who are happy to donate materials. Then we need soil and plants to put in the beds. We have some plant donations ready and waiting but please get in touch if you have anything suitable such as edible plants, herbs and flowering plants.
Several committee members recently met with the Station manager, Natalie Leister. She is looking into supplying various items including high viz jackets, ID badges for volunteers, a promotional poster for the platform we can update regularly and a bin for the north platform (to encourage people not to litter). They are also planning to refurbish the buildings on the south platform in the near future.
They are also likely to give the go ahead for a mosaic on the wall to the left of the station entrance – more on that soon!