Farmers’ Markets 2012

Leigh-on-Sea Farmers’ Market, run by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council, is held at the Leigh Community Centre (Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea) on the following dates: Friday 17 February, Saturday 17 March, Friday 13 April, Saturday 26 May, Friday 29 June, Friday 20 July, Friday 24 August, Saturday 22 September, Friday 26 October, Saturday 17 November and Saturday 22 December, 09:00 – 12:00. Rochford Farmers Market, supported by Rochford Parish Council, is held in the WI Hall, Market Square on (Saturday) 4 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November and 1 December, 09:30 – 12:30. This particular market is urgently seeking new stallholders. If you are interested, please contact Arthur Williams  or ring 01702 541892; mobile 07816 757022. … [Read more…]

3-day Wildlife Gardening Course at FSC Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Friday 02 – Sunday 04 March 2012 Led by Shirley Boyle Level O This new course, arranged in partnership between the FSC and the RSPB, introduces a whole range of ideas and techniques for designing, developing and maintaining gardens, large or small, in the most wildlife-friendly way – for birds, insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and for people to enjoy. Time will be spent in the newly created RSPB wildlife garden at Flatford to see how ideas and concepts can best be put into practice, and to provide an opportunity to see first hand which plants and habitats work to support garden wildlife. We’ll be exploring lots of simple ideas for using recycled materials in the garden to create habitat, as well as discovering more natural ways of providing food in the garden. The aim is to understand how gardens can be developed as entire ecosystems with the best possible range of habitat for our garden wildlife, whilst still being a pleasant space for people to enjoy. Gardens occupy 140 000 hectares of land within the UK, and therefore have enormous potential for wildlife, particularly in the face of intensifying agriculture and all the other challenges that wildlife in the wider countryside faces. About the Tutor Shirley Boyle has an honours degree in horticulture, and has worked for 10 years in the horticulture and design industry. Driven by an increasing concern for the natural world, two years ago she made a change into conservation. After retraining with the RSPB, she became head gardener at the new RSPB wildlife garden at Flatford. Here, she relishes the opportunity to teach and inspire as many people as possible to begin to make space for wildlife in their gardens and minds. The course will be comprehensive, informative and good fun, in a very beautiful setting in the heart of Constable Country. Shirley says she can personally vouch for the food and welcome at Flatford Mill! Shirley Boyle Flatford Wildlife Garden Project Officer Tel: 01206 391153 Mobile: 07803 116592   … [Read more…]

Benefits of joining SEEOG in 2012!

Discussion and advice with gardening problems Six informative newsletters per year Speaker at each bi-monthly meeting and opportunity to associate with like-minded people Books/publications/leaflets on relevant topics at each meeting Excellent selection of library books available to borrow at meetings Plants (sometimes produce) available to buy at meetings Outings to places of interest/events Free membership to schools! Facility of SEEOG’s website for placing events, etc. Reduced membership fee for families! You can download a SEEOG membership application form, here. … [Read more…]


The Food Co-ops & Buying Groups project presents its 2nd East Anglian conference: GROWING, SELLING, BUYING: IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY Linking up food co-ops, buying groups, allotment plotholders, community gardens, urban scrumpers, & small producers Monday 6 February 10:00 – 4:00 Sproughton Tithe Barn near Ipswich, Suffolk Presentations & Workshops from Abundance: Harvesting & distributing fruit that would otherwise be left to rot Maria Iacovou of Wivenhoe buying group: Troubleshooting & diversifying session for wholefood buying groups Eloise Dey – London’s Capital Growth project, supporting community gardens to sell surplus Meet the Local Foods Suffolk team Rebecca Tully – Cropshare stall selling allotmentholders’ surplus in Walthamstow Metfield Chicken Co-op & Suffolk’s Pig Clubs + Networking with local groups and Action Planning to help set up or improve your community food project + Delicious lunch of local seasonal produce This is a FREE event but booking is essential Contact: gemma@sustainweb.orgor 07971 863 586 More information and a toolkit showing how to get started is available at … [Read more…]