This time last year our hopes for taking on a community allotment were a dream that was slowly becoming a reality we'd been offered plot 33 and were just a viewing and some paperwork away from getting our hands on the keys and starting a new phase of Greening Stoke.
After what seems a long break from the plot (covid, Christmas and life in general all pulling us away over December) Both Anne and I were keen to get stuck back in before our lovely groups start back up. We started where we first began by weeding the flower bed, thankfully it was a lot easier, warmer and with a lot less weeds than last year! So here are some of our favorite bits from last year
We have had so many highlights this year from the frosty January mornings drinking coffee in the greenhouse together watching the world go by, through to sitting in the sunshine sharing freshly picked salads with the Wonder Women. One of our favourite things has been to successfully growing loofahs on the plot - we produced 3 of these intriguing sun loving fruits that we plan to use in a little social enterprise project (watch this space)
So here we are at the end of January beginning to plan our next year. Our new artist (Richard Redwin) built shed is on its way and will be inviting more people onto Plot 33 to enjoy planting, growing, harvesting and eating together. We also have plans to extend our activity from the allotment into the community.
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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