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 starting this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national Lockdown. Until things change and begin to open up we are abiding by all the Covid-19 Government guidance and for the foreseeable future only Rachel and Anne will be working, in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 for when we can invite the community to work with us.
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