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.