Monday 18th January 2021
Although it is cold the sun is shining this morning as we venture onto our plot No.33.
Rachel is very much the horticultural expert, I am the enthusiastic amateur who has lived by my mum’s gardening tip….shove it in and with a bit of luck it will grow! So, I am already beginning to learn by my mistakes and learn so many good things from Rachel.
The site is quite overwhelming as it is some-what neglected but we are attempting to do small and often. While Rachel did the back breaking dig-over of a metre square of couch grass filled earth (mmm is it pronounced cooch or couch??) – there is no easy way to get rid of it – I was on my hands and knees using a butter knife to clear the pathways (what else would you use?)
So lovely to be up there in the open air, particularly at the moment. Good that social distancing is no problem .. so much space.
We started to clear some of the rubbish that has accumulated, and while pulling up an old wrecked tarpaulin… Rachel’s eagle eye spotted this little frog, now safely moved and hidden under some undergrowth.
We also cleared out the Greenhouse guttering in an effort to get the water flowing into the second waterbutt. The first one is lovely and full. This is an ongoing project and will require some further work.
During our coffee break we chatted and dreamed about the possibility in the future of building a wind turbine or installing solar panels so we can have electricity on site, particularly for some of our possible creative workshops. We also talked about facilitating windmill making sessions ( a Festival Stoke standard) to create colourful bird scarers. Our heads are popping with ideas.
For the moment we must keep to little and often to get the site sorted.
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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