Friday 22nd January 2021
Having looked at the weather forecast on Monday there was a predicted soggy day. Not wanting to miss out Anne and I decided to gather some of the inevitable clutter and rubbish from around the plot and store it in the greenhouse to dry off allowing us on the soggy Friday to just come and take it to the local tip.
Very glad we did as snow was on the ground when we reached the plot. We loaded up Anne’s car and off she went while I stayed behind to potter around in the greenhouse. Taking out dead tomatoes and gathering up canes, pots and watering cans, sorting the good, binning the beyond repair and piling up the I don’t want it but someone might. When Anne returned thinking we were going to have a coffee and go home, she found me happily pulling weeds and raking gravel and got stuck in. We decided to have our coffee break in the newly spacious greenhouse on some camping stools Anne had brought with her, using the highly appropriate John Shuttlesworth flask
Half way through our break Anne spotted committee member, Nicola, we said hello and quizzed her about how to let people know we had goodies up for grabs and found out that the table in front of the hut (almost within arm’s reach over the fence) is where people usually leave spare plants and useful things.
Looking round we realised that we had gathered another car load of rubbish so we decided that we would make another tip run and then call it a day. It really is cathartic getting rid of rubbish.
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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