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  • Rebecca Armstrong

Funding news and planting seedlings

This month we share some good news about funding and talk about what we’ve been up to in the garden, as well as reveal a new evening gardening session

We’d like to share some really good news with you. We’ve been approved for £500 of funding from St James Street Big Local. This money is for the TransMission Community Garden and will really make a difference to us.

A small volunteer group like Transition Walthamstow really struggles with funding, and creating a garden is costly. As individuals we do donate what we can to the cause, but we can’t do it all. We also do as much as we can to recycle and reuse materials for free – like our fence made from upcycled pallets.

But some things simply can’t be recycled, repaired or reused, and for these things we need cold hard cash. This is where funding like that from St James Big Local is so helpful and so appreciated. The main thing we’ll be using the funds for is more water catchment. The site has no access to water, so finding ways to capture and store it is vital.

We also want a couple more raised beds, and to create a network of wheelchair-accessible paths across the site. This latter is incredibly important to us as we want the site to be accessible to everyone.

So, a very big thank you to St James Street Big Local.

Garden work sessions

We recently held a seedling swap at the garden. This proved very popular and we had a lot of visitors come along for a chat and to pick up some seedlings and to leave their own offerings. AS had propagated a whole range of plants for the swap, including different types of kale, tomatoes, chard, echinacea, courgette and sorrel.

The plants that didn’t get swapped were earmarked for our newly filled raised beds. So on our last Saturday work session our main task was to get them all planted up. We also weeded the flowerbeds, dead headed the narcissi and generally tidied up.

Richard Couldrey of the Transition Network came along and helped out. It was great to meet him.

We’ve introduced a new evening work session in the garden. We had our first on Monday 3 June and the idea is to run them once a month. We recognise that Saturday mornings aren’t great for everyone so want to offer another option for potential volunteers.

There’s also a lot to do in the garden and we want to make the most of the longer days of summer. Five of us came along on this first session and we had a good go at tidying up the space and watering our seedlings and hawthorn hedge.

Upcoming events

We’re hoping to run these evening work sessions in the garden every first Monday of the month. The next one will be 1 July.

We’ve got our next general meeting on 10 June. This takes place at 7.30pm at Ye Olde Rose and Crown in Hoe Street. Our weekend garden session is on the following Saturday – 15 June.

Check out our Events page for more details.

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