Grow Your Own Lunch

A tasty afternoon snack of freshly picked carrots, lettuce, peas and broad beans. Children from St Saviour’s Infant School have started a programme of weekly visits to the garden as part of a project funded by Quartet Community Foundation that gives children and their families an opportunity to learn gardening and cooking skills in tandem through practical hands-on activities.image




Larkhall Festival

Freshly mown edges, perky peas and the fruit trees bursting with blossom, the garden looked lovely for a May Bank holiday.
The sun shone, faces were painted by the dedicated D of E team, Birdboxes created with Mark Vickers and a beautiful new Willow Den conjured before our eyes by Annie and Maya.

All this with some amazing background music from the parklife bandstand.
Thanks for all your cakes, jams & plants; we had a really great day.

(I’d love to show you some pictures but the website is playing up)

Vegetable Growers Beginner’s Course

Vegetable Growers Beginner’s Course
I have run an introductory vegetable growers course for Transition Larkhall and the Alice Park Garden during each of the last two years. They have featured raised bed gardening using organic and no-dig techniques. The courses have been intended to help would-be vegetable growers to become familiar with the basic techniques for use in gardens and allotments. The 2014 course will be a little different as it will combine practical time on an allotment and in Alice Park with emails keeping you up to date with the timing of many of the processes. There is no charge for Transition supporters.

As an example, I would be emailing out about now to suggest that this is a good time to start buying and chitting seed potatoes (leaving them indoors to grow shoots) in preparation for planting them in a few months. Next month I might be suggesting starting off seedlings on a sunny windowsill or starting to prepare seed beds outside. Timing will depend on the weather to some extent. There will be invitations to visit both my allotment (at the bottom of Claremont Rd near St Saviour’s Rd) and Alice Park Community Garden. Sessions on these will be on Wednesday evenings. The course will probably end around mid summer depending on growing conditions.

If you would like to be on this course , or simply to receive emails, please contact me at I expect to close the list for this year’s course around Feb 22nd.

Winter Fair Celebration November 2013

Winter Fair Celebration November 2013

We’re Back
Having spent a really pleasant day enjoying the benefits of our new shed, It’s clear the garden is in need of a little tlc.
But our winter salads are growing well and there’s always a leek for the pot. Winter favourite this year is the self blanching celery – so easy to grow and a leafy green that really packs a punch in soups and stews.
Sundays are running from 11am – 1pm in these cooler months

Transition news

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Saturday 8th February Publicity Event/Demo London Rd 10.0 am

Winter Fair – Make Your Own Seasonal Gifts!

Alice Park Community Garden present ‘A Winter Fair’

30th November, 10 am to 2 pm

at New Oriel Hall, Larkhall


Come and warm up at our first Winter Fair – under cover at the New Oriel Hall!  Thanks to Lottery funding, we are able to offer:

 * Free entry + free refreshments

* Free workshops – a chance to make your own seasonal gifts & decorations!

  • Willow-weaving
  • Green wood-working
  • Wreath-making
  • Cosmetics and cures from garden herbs
  • Plan for spring with our organic gardening guru
  • Crafts: jewellery upcycling and felt-making

* Free children’s activities from Wild Things

* Raffle with great prizes  * Seasonal goodies for sale


Volunteers and donations needed!

If you can spare some time, even half an hour, please contact Fiona Williams at or 07875 986399 – Free tea and cake guaranteed! Alternatively, donations of cakes, jars of jam or chutney, plants and seeds or anything else you’ve produced would be gratefully received for us to sell at our stall and raise much-needed funds for the garden. Thank you in advance.


Table-top sale – £10 for hire

*if you would like to set up your own stall/table to sell crafts or seasonal items at the fair, hire charge is £10 – please contact Fiona Williams at or 07875 986399


Winter Warmer 10th 12-2.30pm 2013

Winter Warmer 10th 12-2.30pm

Welcome all our fantastic volunteers for a fireside feast of home-grown fare. The garden is winding down for the year so we thought we should get together at a Sunday volunteer session for a pot of pumpkin soup while we consider our triumphs so far and what the new year may bring.

You can bring food to share and the garden session will carry on as normal from 11am with a special shed raising.

Do come if you can, meet some new faces and catch up on the exciting developments for the garden in 2014




Even though it was a dreary rainy day, we still managed to get into the garden to do some tidying up and pick some veg.

There’s lovage, mustard greens, nasturtium, and a frizzy red lettuce here.

Yellow courgettes, spinach & potatoes.

& a very dedicated volunteer who is working towards his Duke of Edinburgh award.


We have decided to cancel our Apple Day event on 19th October, and instead all go along to the event at Broadlands Orchardshare.  This will be a really fun event, and a great way to show our support for the community orchard.

Apple Day
Saturday 19th October

Picture 2pm – 4pm
folk music,
juice pressing, Treasure hunt, 

biggest apple and longest peel  
available, tea, coffee, cakes including vegan, gluten free, and raw fruit leathers, and other calorie rich cakes too!

In partnership with Babes in the Wood Forest School, with Liz Clarke, FREE CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES Apple printing and making Mr Apple heads, marshmallows on the fire and more.
Help us celebrate this Bumper harvest, or join us for an apple picking day.
Entry is £3 for adults or £2 for sponsors, and free for children.

Broadlands Orchardshare is on the A4, half a mile east of Bathford. The entrance is tucked away next to the sign for the Broadlands Cider Farm Shop, turn left immediately in front of the sign to the car and bike park.

Broadlands Orchard, Box Road, Bathford, BA1 7LR  |   Grid reference: ST 796 675

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