During the week was really busy getting the plot ready for our event on Saturday 28th August ...which was a a bit of a celebration of our small grant from Get Creative (https://getcreativeuk.com)to buy some tools so we can extend our participatory activity. We invited people who have been involved(including other allotment holders) or have expressed an interest in Plot 33 to come along to have a nosey, participate in some activities and partake of some soup and cake made (as far as possible) from allotment produce.
In preparation there were trips to the dump to get rid of the rubbish we are pulling out of the top end of the site. We are clearing and digging it out to create a lovely space for our bespoke shed/compost toilet. There was lots of weeding and general tidying/sweeping of paths and the area around the greenhouse...it looks so much better. Wonder Women helped a lot and finished off some of the fence painting. We attached Wonder Women's decorated tin can planters to the fence.
Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny. We arrived early and set up the site using some flags and bunting made in previous projects and installed the more recently finished Mysterious Moth banners. Chris from Wonder Women came early too and while we set up some creative activities and the refreshments she harvested some tomatoes, apples, courgettes, petit pans and cucumbers for people to take away. In spite of being bank holiday we had 23 visitors over the day, 10 of which had never been before. All the soup (Golden Tomato and Shallot & Rosemary) and the Chocolate Courgette Cake disappeared. It was a really lovely day and we are very inspired by peoples comments and suggestions. This was us dipping our toe in the water to see what worked and what didn't. We are definitely going to organise further events. Watch this space!
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
We are started this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national lockdown. Gradually, as things begin to open up, close down and then open up again, Rachel and Anne abided by all the Covid-19 Government guidance, worked in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 so that they were eventually able to invite the community to work with them.
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