‘Spring Planting Session’ Compost List

Following on from our ‘Spring Planting Session’ at Leigh Community Centre yesterday, one of our committee members has drawn up a list of items which can or cannot go into a compost bin. There’s more that could be added but it’s a good starting reference for beginners.  Ideas are also in the pipeline for a more child-friendly one or even create a game/chart?   Download Link … [Read more…]

Gozo Growing #5 : Plants, Pots, Bologna

You know what it’s like. You find yourself standing outside high garden walls, catching tantalising glimpses of what lies beyond. All the while wondering what must it be like on the other side of those gates and hoping to someday get the opportunity to look around the place! This became reality for us recently, when we managed to get through the gates of the working estate and gardens of Villa Bologna in Attard on Malta. I’d been intrigued by the place for a while, and was keen to discover more about the history of the fine 18th century Maltese house, gardens and grounds. The visit proved an ideal opportunity to learn more about the ongoing efforts by a small team of staff and volunteers to restore the gardens using organic growing methods. On arrival, we were met at the Villa’s imposing gates by Emanuela, the enthusiastic estate gardener and our “tour guide” for the morning. She accompanied us around the gardens and introduced us to the team of volunteers helping with the many and varying tasks that maintaining such a large garden demands. We were also joined by unofficial tour guide, Lula, a rescue dog found living rough under cars outside the Villa. … [Read more…]

Southend Radical Fair

Come along, get involved and start to make a difference! 2017 looks set to be a historically turbulent, crisis ridden year. It would be easy to give up on any attempt at changing the world for the better. Fortunately, there are a number of groups and individuals in Southend and the surrounding areas who see things differently. They’re working at grassroots level on projects to bring about change. We’re holding the Southend Radical Fair to let people there are positive alternatives to the prevailing climate of despair – this is your chance to see what’s on offer. There will be stalls by active local groups, meetings, workshops and coaching sessions to inform you and help you to get involved in changing the world. The event will be held upstairs, we apologise for the lack of disabled access and aim to do better next year. Download PDFs to help publicise the Fair: A5 Flyers – Two Colour Front A5 Flyers – Black Back Radical Fair Programme Download Programme   … [Read more…]