Everything was sparkly and golden in the garden when we arrived yesterday. The sun was just burning off an early morning frost, and the last marigolds and nasturtiums were waking up. It all has a very end-of-summer feel now, with only the winter hardy veg looking positive.
The bonfire season is almost upon us! Come and join us for a family-friendly ‘Bonfire Day’ on Sunday 4th November, from 11 am to 1 pm.
There will be a campfire burning and FREE fun as follows:
Making hearty soup using garden produce plus damper bread
Home-made cakes – donations accepted for the garden
Story-telling and ‘make your own fire pixie’ from fabric scraps and natural materials for the kids
*Don’t forget, if you are free and feel like popping down to the community garden, our current volunteering sessions are as follows:
Wednesday evenings: 5.30 to 6.30 pm (17th and 24th October only as the light is fading)
Sunday mornings: 10 am to 12 noon until 21st October.
NB* from Sun 28th October when the clocks go back, the Sunday session will be from 11 am to 1 pm
The pace is relaxed with time for a cup of tea (don’t forget our friendly local café) and the garden is a lovely place to be. No experience necessary – guidance will be given.
Look forward to seeing you down there!
We had a very successful Open Day for Larkhall Festival on the Bank Holiday Monday. There were lots of very brave volunteers who turned out, despite the weather, to mind our plant and cake stall, and Tabitha ran two very successful workshops for children in our small marquee.
A big thanks to everyone who helped. We managed to raise nearly £100 for our garden development projects.
Wildthings – starts Friday 11th May, 10 -11.30 am
Wildthings, the wonderful outdoor playgroup held last year in Alice Park, is joining forces with Alice Park Community Garden to create:
Wildthings in the Garden!
Parents/carers will be free to volunteer and receive free training from Kathy Cook, our garden manager, while little ones are kept happy and busy with a outdoor playgroup, run by Tabitha or Hazel (of Wildthings).
Suggested donation: £2.50 per child or £4 for two children (to cover the cost of snacks, drinks & materials)
There are 12 children’s places available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are interested in joining.
A full list of Wildthings adventures are below
Friday 13th July 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild beasts!’ – featuring minibeast hunting and making minibeast homes
Friday 10th August 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild water!’ – featuring pond dipping and making pond mobiles (
Friday 14th September 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild harvest!’ – featuring pupkin decorating and the drama of the enormous turnip
Friday 12th October 10.30 – 12.00 pm ‘wild orchard’ – featuring apple tasting, apple bobbing and much more
To make the most of this lovely green community space, the Alice Park Community Garden project needs more volunteers. Tasks we need help with include:
1. Preparing soil, planting, weeding, harvesting, compost making
2. Carpentry – in particular using pallets, reclaimed wood, signage, seating
3. Helping out at events and activities
4. Fundraising – every bit helps
Volunteering at Alice Park Community Garden – what’s in it for you?
Learn new skills and share what you know
Meet like-minded people
Exercise in the fresh air
Unwind from stress in the peace and quiet
Access FREE training if you sign up to just two hours a month.
Times for Volunteering:
Sundays: 10 am to 12 pm
From May onwards: weekday evening session Weds 6-7pm
May – October weekday morning session: monthly forest school session for under-fives while parents volunteer (details coming soon).
Please use our Doodle calendar to let us know if you can make it http://www.doodle.com/hcb9r4wcbadehteg
Become a volunteer
Sign up for as little as an hour a month or as much as you feel able to give.
For further information on the above sessions or to sign up, please contact Fiona Williams, Volunteer Development Co-ordinator on 07875 986 399 or firstname.lastname@example.org