Bring on the veg monsters!

September 29 2017

The Golden Hill Community Garden celebrated the coming of autumn with their Harvest Fair in September. Volunteers and members of the public braved the wind and wet weather on the day and raised over £600 in support of on-going community gardening projects.

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The Golden Hill Community Garden celebrated the coming of autumn with their Harvest Fair in September. Volunteers and members of the public braved the wind and wet weather on the day and raised over £600 in support of on-going community gardening projects. 

Lucy Mitchell, project coordinator, was delighted with the turnout. "It really was a very wet start so we truly appreciate those that came to support us," she said.

This year's Veg Monsters was a big hit with local children who made some fantastic creations with fruit and veg donated by Pawson's Greengrocers.

The Harvest Fair was one of the projects selected by the law firm Barcan+Kirby as part of its 'Growing Together' campaign. The campaign aims to support community gardens, orchards, meadows and a city farm located in proximity to the law firm's high street offices. Bill Willcocks, Managing Partner of Barcan+Kirby said: 

“We have always prided ourselves on being at the heart of the local community. The Golden Hill Community Garden was selected because it makes such a positive contribution to the local environment and the people within the community benefit through volunteering as they learn and develop new skills.”

The allotment centenary celebrations, funded by Heritage Lottery, continue unchecked with the Great Golden Hill Scrumping event, making good use of the many windfall apples by pressing them to make juice. This is something that the Garden community intends to be an annual event, encouraging the plot holders' families to take part in a fun community activity.

Golden Hill Community Garden has announced that they will be expanding their volunteer days and will be open to the public every other Sunday from 10-12 throughout the autumn. These will be communal gardening days in which volunteers can assist with growing, planting and harvesting crops in a friendly and welcoming outdoor environment. 

The gardening team are keen that these days attract volunteers who cannot attend on the Wednesday open day due to work. 

Pete Clee, from the garden, commented: "We welcome everyone from all walks of life, with any level of gardening experience. The site is wheelchair accessible and the straw bale house will have a cosy wood burner going on colder days."

If you are interested in attending, further information can be found at the Garden website or Facebook page. http://thegoldenhillcommunitygarden.com/