Donated plants now in the new raised beds

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 Summer Garden Party

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


Summer Garden Party

Can anyone smell garlic?

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.

Rosy Garlic

We’re compiling a page of all the wild plants we’ve discovered so far and what you might do with them.

Progress on the community garden

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!


Household sustainability talk

It’s quite hard to get your head around which of our actions create the largest CO2 emissions. Also how much do we need to reduce to keep temperatures from rising by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels?

Ian Smith’s talk on Household Sustainability at Nico’s Kitchen last Saturday provided some answers. Many thanks to Nico’s Kitchen for hosting.

The talk, which you can download below, encouraged us all to consider our personal contribution to global carbon emissions.

Did you know that travelling on a cruise creates more CO2 than flying in a plane?*

Also, turning your thermostat down by 1°C could save 8-10% on your heating consumption?*

However, we all need to make big changes to our lifestyles to reach the ideal target of 2 tonnes of CO2 a year!

Download Household sustainability presentation file.

*Statistics above and in the presentation come from Carbon Conversations.

We’d really like to hold some Carbon Conversations for local residents. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.

First Pot Luck Dinner a great success!

A great evening was had by everyone who made our first Pot Luck Social. Thanks to all for making it so special! Great food and exceptional company. Many new faces too.

There was a short session to tell people about transitioning and what the group in Hastings and St Leonards have achieved over the last year.

We discussed ideas for the future and ways the group can develop. Contributions included an update on the Greenway Group plans for Ore Valley, news on the Blueprint project for St Leonards and Zoom Arts new space at St Leonards Warrior Sq station.

A superb evening at Transition Town pot luck meal.Great to catch up with so many people.

Nice to meet you all tonight. Here’s the recipe for the love cake fans, before I forget.

Fruit tree planting at the community garden

Fruit trees donated by Keeper’s Nursery were planted last weekend at the community garden. Newly planted and young trees require frequent watering and we’ve been able to take a supply from the Southwater Community Centre. We’re really pleased to have support from the centre, although we hope to be installing water butts and collecting run off from a gulley on the slope near the tunnel.

Waste Meeting Minutes 24/9/15

As many more new people attended we introduced ourselves and what our interests are:

SM- Too much packaging on food! Discussed the over use of plastic bags and so HEN campaign was mentioned. Hastings Environmental Network wants to start a Takeaway Packaging Campaign.  Also, legislation will be passed on Oct 5th to have supermarkets charge for plastic bags. Food compost-where to put it? (Presently keeps it in freezer and a friend takes it away in bulk!) Would like to lobby HBC for food waste collection.

GH- Interested in everything TT/waste. Part of the problem is we’ve been brought up thinking a throw- away society was good, it created jobs etc.

FL- Just moved here as a HBC (Hastings By Choice), used to live in Germany where they had 9 bins outside for various recycling bits! Then lived in Manchester centre where there was no recycling at all…Interested in food waste collection too and in the sense of utilising left over but perfectly good food. Would like to form a partnership with COOP maybe, to use their food waste? (Rose Ratcliffe?)

KD- As an architect, interest in energy waste in buildings. Would be up for giving energy saving advice on old buildings.

David Almer- Interested in solar panels and other forms of renewable energy.

Tom- aerobic digester, small ones cost approx. £5,000, the problem is where to put them? Discussed how Government subsidies for renewables are being cut by about 90%. This will effect people’s investment in it in terms of buying into renewable energy and will impact the industry as many envisage their businesses ‘going under’.

AC- Heard on radio was saying Gov. subsidies too expensive as renewables have been so popular and proving efficient so too many people want the subsidies. (Wasn’t that the point!!).

William- Impressed by the book Waste by Tristram Stuart, William knows him and I thought we should connect him and Chris Coverdale together? Discussed how people are using old cooking oil to re-use and generate energy. Some guy from Rye is selling oil to takeaways, paying them back a bit to take away the used oil and then selling it on again as bio-deisel!!!

KD- talked about how to get oil tanks around Hastings for people to put their used cooking oil in, but it wouldn’t be enough for just residents it would need to be on a larger scale or not viable. And how would you police it? Someone will chuck something else in it. Talked about asking Southern Water to donate as they have problems with people putting oil down the sink-but it has to benefit people’s pockets for them to bother doing it?

Discussed Food compost campaign and talking to HBC
Discussed No Plastic Bags Campaign/helping HEN with theirs?
Discussed using food waste from supermarkets