The ‘City Allotment Project’

The ‘City Allotment Project’ presented by Graham Burnett

In partnership with The Railway Hotel, they have created a raised bed garden using recycled wooden
pallets.

The idea came from discussions at the beginning of 2013 with the pub manager, Dave Dulake, who was keen to see the previously derelict pub garden used by the local community. All the construction materials used were donated free of charge by local businesses and the work was carried out either by their service users, or by regular customers from the pub who were pleased to volunteer their time and skills. A fund-raising benefit gig paid for the soil for the allotment beds and has also helped to raise the profile of the project within the local community.

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Natural Beekeeping

‘Natural Beekeeping’ presented by Spencer Christie, Lauriston Farm, Goldhanger. Situated right on the Blackwater Estuary, just outside Goldhanger, Lauriston Farm’s 225 acres are managed using Biodynamic Organic techniques and philosophy inspired by Rudolph Steiner’s agriculture lectures from 1924. The farm is home to Rare Breed cattle and sheep, bee hives, laying hens, vegetables and woodland. Eighty-five percent of the farm is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Within this, there are also two listed ancient monuments. www.lauristonfarm.co.uk The speaker starts at 8.00pm. VENUE: Cheryl Centre, Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. For a Google Map and Directions to the location; please follow this link. ADMISSION PRICE: Non-members £2.00 – everybody is welcome! EVENT CONTACT DETAILS: Carole Shorney (e-mail) 01702 201914 … [Read more…]

Growing Wildflowers in Urban Gardens, Allotments and Orchards

Growing Wildflowers in Urban Gardens, Allotments and Orchards, and what River of Flowers is trying to do in creating trails or “rivers” of native wildflowers as forage and habitat for pollinators’ – presented by Kathryn Lwin, Founder Director of the River of Flowers www.riverofflowers.org Meeting Poster Download The speaker starts at 8.00pm. VENUE: Cheryl Centre, Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. For a Google Map and Directions to the location; please follow this link. ADMISSION PRICE: Non-members £2.00 – everybody is welcome! EVENT CONTACT DETAILS: Carole Shorney (e-mail) 01702 201914 … [Read more…]

Local Food Roots – a film celebrating the local food movement

Bringing together the sustainable local food community, in one big celebration like never before! This film is the idea of Joy Carey, a member of f3 – the local food consultants who provide strategic planning and policy advice to develop sustainable local food systems, and practical advice to private food businesses and community enterprises. localfoodfilm.org.uk “Food really matters, how you eat, how you shop, crucially affects how the world is.” Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4 The film starts at 8.00pm. Poster Download VENUE: Cheryl Centre, Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. For a Google Map and Directions to the location; please follow this link. ADMISSION PRICE: Non-members £2.00 – everybody is welcome! EVENT CONTACT DETAILS: Carole Shorney (e-mail) 01702 201914 … [Read more…]

The Future for Allotments

‘The Future for Allotments’ presented by Dr. Richard Wiltshire, Senior Lecturer in Geography, School  of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s College London. Richard Wiltshire obtained a BSc from King’s College London before completing an MA at York University (Toronto) and a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He taught at the University of Washington and Tohoku University (Japan) before joining the Geography Department at SOAS, which merged with the King’s Department in 2001. A Japan specialist, working on urban and environmental issues, he is also internationally known for research and advocacy on community gardening. His research interests include labour mobility and housing within large organisations; allotments and community gardening; geographies of ageing and masculinity; Japan. The speaker starts at 8.00pm. Poster Download Here VENUE: Cheryl Centre, Growing Together Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG Please park in Prittlewell Chase and use the Fairfax Drive entrance. For a Google Map and Directions to the location; please follow this link. ADMISSION PRICE: Non-members £2.00 – everybody is welcome! EVENT CONTACT DETAILS: Carole Shorney (e-mail) 01702 201914 … [Read more…]