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June Tanish writes. . . At the beginning of the month I was asked along to give a workshop at this year’s Trellis conference. These annual conferences are always excellent for ideas, inspiration and networking and well worth attending. I thought I would talk a bit about volunteering and offer some of my own experience in recruiting and motivating volunteers. One of the things that I thought would be interesting to show folk would be what some or our own volunteers thought, why they became involved and what they want out of their own involvement. Initially planning a short video clip on my phone (!) things spiraled into something quite… Read more »
Orchard beginnings… Its wonderful to see the start of our tree planting in the garden – we are setting out and planting our new orchard, some of the trees already purchased by our new members last December. If you haven’t yet been sent your certificate these will be coming out by the end of the month. The soil is quite compacted in this part of the garden so we will be digging biggish holes for these new trees and mixing the soil with lots of good organic matter before they go in. Our thanks to Diana Simcock for her generous contribution of a bulk bag from Garden Solutions to dig… Read more »
We have had a request from Gerd Schurig, a curator in the garden department of the Foundation of Prussian Castles and Gardens. He is also a member of the German Kitchen Garden Network. He is hoping to buy one or two patent Copped Hall grape bottles to exhibit in a historic reconstruction of fruit preservation in the garden at Sanssouci. If anyone reading this message has any Copped Hall grape bottles to spare would they please contact Gerd Schurig, wiss. Mitarb. Gartendenkmalpflege Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg / Gartendirektion PF 60 14 62 14414 Potsdam Tel. 0331 / 96 94 234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitchen Gardener (Part time – 4 days per week) 12 month temporary contract Salary: £16,800p.a. (£21,000 FTE) This is a wonderful opportunity to be a key member of our gardens team working at the award-winning Chiswick House and Gardens. We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated, reliable gardener to lead in the development and running of our productive kitchen garden. The ideal candidate will be an experienced gardener, with a good knowledge of growing produce and general horticulture. To apply: Please read the job description which can be found at www.chgt.org.uk Applications should be received no later than 9am on Monday 27th March, by CV and covering letter, explaining… Read more »
JAN/FEB 2017 MUSINGS by Maz Gardening Volunteer at Tatton Park Walled Kitchen Garden, Knutsford, Cheshire I start my blog with good wishes to all WKGN members for a splendid gardening year. My thanks to the lovely Elizabeth for her words of encouragement. A grey day didn’t dampen the spirits of 15 of the Tuesday Team as they started their garden volunteering year with a walk through the Parkland, passing the two herds of Red and Fallow Deer, and the Millennium Wood, to Knutsford for coffee at a Turkish Café, then back to Tatton for lunch in the Stables Restaurant. This now traditional walk gears us up to start back to work… Read more »
Our next Annual Forum will take place at WEST DEAN WALLED KITCHEN GARDEN on the 23rd and 24th of September. Further details will follow but in the meantime please contact Lucy Pitman at email@example.com if you have any queries or comments.
Our first newsletter of the year, February 2017 Wonderful to see our volunteers back at the garden last week for our first session of this new year. The garden felt wonderfully peaceful – just that point in the year when everything draws breath and you can almost see the natural turnaround towards spring. The snow drops around the house here are stunning and looking so bright and fresh in today’s brilliant sunshine – you can really catch the lovely scent of them in the still air and they are such a welcome indicator of longer days ahead. Our current volunteer session is still on a Thursday afternoon from 1pm till 4pm… Read more »
Gillian Blease writes. . . . . We are a small market garden in West Ardnamurchan growing and selling produce to local residents and visitors to the area. The Lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point has 3 wonderful walled gardens – originally used by the lighthouse keepers for crops and livestock – now currently empty – which we are planning to develop in partnership with the the lighthouse trust. There is a disused well in one of the gardens and a stone clamp/cold store in another. It is as far west as you can get on the British mainland with wonderful views and wildlife, and whilst it benefits from the mild temperatures… Read more »
This year the theme for the Forum was Community Gardens. SPEAKERS. BRIAN CORR, Head of Gardens Dumfries House. KATE RYCROFT, Amisfield community gardens. LOIS AMOS, Bedfords Park walled gardens. MARY DAWSON AND CHRISTINE MBYAE, Bohemia in Hastings community gardens. After registration on Saturday we were treated to talks covering the broadest range of projects, timelines and budgets imaginable. From massive to mini, millions to minuscule and months to ‘work – in – progress’, the speakers were all inspiring. Brian described the huge challenge of getting the then derelict gardens at Dumfries House into a state fit to be opened by Her Majesty the Queen within a very tight deadline. Kate gave us an… Read more »