There are always a few weekends in the year, often in the summer, that see lots of events independently congregate towards. This coming weekend is one such period. Transition Loughborough are involved in a number of projects being run between 10th and 12th June 2016, and some of the organisations we work closely with are also holding their own events.
On Friday 10th June, the Fruit Routes project at the University kicks off with an invitation to join them from noon in the Barefoot Orchard near the University Library for elderflower cordial, poetry and, later in the afternoon tea and scones. You can also book a tour of the University bee keeping setup. Then on Saturday morning from 10am to noon they will be walking the Fruit Route, followed by brunch in a yurt at the Barefoot Orchard. For more details see their website.
Following on from the Saturday Fruit Route walk on campus, our chums in the student Landscaping and Gardening Society will also be at their garden on campus from 1pm holding an Open Afternoon. There will be refreshments and plants you can take away, and if people are interested the potential for a BBQ in the evening. Here’s their flyer:
Back to Friday afternoon, the Transition Loughborough apple press will be paying an early season visit to the Long Lane allotments in Kegworth for their open afternoon/evening. We’ll be there from about 5pm to 7.30pm and will press as many apples as the allotment society can find for us! This is definitely by far the earliest we’ve been asked to do an apple pressing, so if you’re in Kegworth and have some really early apples you’d like juicing, pop along!
Moving on to Saturday 11th June, we’ll see members of Transition Loughborough and the Utilise Loughborough team in action at their base in Fearon Hall in the middle of Loughborough. They are providing meals made from otherwise wasted food donations as part of the All Saints Church Fete. The fete itself is taking place on the Parish Green between the church and Fearon Hall from 11am to 2pm. Enty is free and there’ll be the traditional Great British summer fete attractions to enjoy.
The Fruit Routes walk and LAGS Open Afternoon on Saturday are also part of a larger National Gardens Scheme open gardens weekend in the town. This is when local garden owners open their garden gates to the public. On Sunday 12th June we’ll have a Transition Loughborough representation in the shed at the bottom of the garden of 134 Herrick Road, so pop in and say hello! Entry to all three gardens is £3 per person (children under 16 years old are free) with proceeds going to charity. There will be refreshments available in the gardens as well. We’re just one of a number of groups taking part – there will also be artists, crafts, Master Composters and lots of gardening chat. Here’s the event flyer:
Phew! A pretty busy weekend and hopefully something of interest to everyone.
Also don’t forget that summer is in full swing now, so the Food & Gardens group are meeting regularly at the Transition Loughborough Community Allotment plots in King George Road on Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm (assuming its not raining at least). Lots of the veggies are growing away now and the flower beds are attracting pollinating bees, butterflies, moths and other insects. There’s still time to come along and help sow, plant, weed and harvest though, as well as a have a bit of a chat with other green fingered folk to help wind down after a day at work. I think the regular gang are keeping a close eye on the progress of the strawberries and raspberries at the moment…. not long now until its fruit fresh from the plant for Wednesday tea!