A Lovely Day in the Garden

A Lovely Day in the Garden last week, Music, Friends, Fine Wine and Cake.

Thanks to everyone for coming.

Garden activities continue through the summer with Wednesday and Sunday sessions and Wild Things on Friday mornings. We are sowing the path and fixing up the water butts alongside regular gardening.

Camp cooking workshop Aug 17th

Our Local Garden


Lunchtime at Alice Park Community Garden.

Our young gardening team from St Saviour’s Infant School harvested vegetables, salad, herbs and edible flowers to make beautiful and delicious salads to celebrate our last session in the Community Garden this term.

Alice Park Community Garden launch event 2013

Saturday 20 July, 1 pm to 3.30 pm

Alice Park Community Garden launch event 

We’ve come a long way!

Alice Park Community Garden, a local project run by volunteers in Larkhall, invites all to its official launch on Saturday 20 July from 1 pm to 3.30 pm.  The volunteers will be celebrating new Lottery funded improvements including a fabulous oak framed shelter.  Three years of hard work transformed the original piece of waste ground into a thriving community space used by people of all ages.

We’re excited to announce that the acclaimed local folk/gypsy jazz band Owl In The Sun (two members hail from Batheaston) will be providing the music! All welcome – come early and bring a picnic or alternatively buy your refreshments from the lovely Alice Park Café. Plus FREE children’s activities from Wild Things, the outdoor children’s playgroup which meets weekly at the community garden. The event will also feature the Amazing Wellstead Roundabout – bring your toys for a ride on the miniature roundabout!

More about Owl In The Sun:

“Absolutely gorgeous!” Fearne Cotton, BBC Radio 1

Selected to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury 2011, the band have also featured on the BBC Radio 1 playlist and were finalists for the UK’s Isambard Nu-Folk Award. Blending folky americana with a twist of gypsy jazz, their original songs feature a range of acoustic instruments with rich vocal harmonies.

Calling all volunteers: If you can spare half an hour or an hour on the day to help with the community garden stall or can donate cakes, jams, chutneys, plants or anything else you’ve produced, please contact fiona.williams@greenliving.co.uk or 07875 986399

Green Oak Bench

The Elegant oak shelter had left us with some chunky off cuts, but fortunately Dale showed up ready to turn these unpromising lumps of lovely wood into a super new bench for the garden.

Dale Stazicker has created big furniture before, Batheaston school boasts a wonderful carved storytelling throne.

We are delighted with our ‘two way’ bench for the social area. Thanks. 


Our Local Garden

The peas have grown! Already 2 inches tall and ready to transplant into raised beds. We saw how snails had eaten some of them, leaving their silver trails behind. Tiny lettuce seedlings are also starting to appear.

The group tried sugar snap peas and mange tout, delicious ripe strawberries. They carefully pulled up onions, laying them out to dry and harvested the rest of the radishes. The children smelt different herbs and looked at edible flours, also discovering some enormous stripey caterpillars!

Our Local Garden project




A group of children from St Saviour’s Infant school has been visiting Alice Park Community Garden each week this term, walking to and from their school with staff and parent helpers. They have been very busy in the garden, planting peas, sweetcorn and lettuce; harvesting and tasting broad beans, radishes, lettuce and fresh mint and last week took some freshly dug potatoes back to school which were cooked and tasted delicious!

The children have also been learning about wildlife in the garden and which creatures are the gardener’s friends and foes.

With the mixture of sunshine and showers, the pea and lettuce seeds are already coming up and in a few weeks will be ready to taste. Some ripening strawberries have also been spotted …


We had a thrilling day on Saturday as the frames were raised into place and the roof timbers put on top.  All the painstaking work to make the measurements exact and the joints really clean was really worth the effort, because it went together beautifully.  Come down and have a look, and I’m sure you will agree!

Don’t forget, if you’re coming gardening on Sundays, the hours have changed: 10am – 12pm.



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