Gardening season kicking off

This coming Sunday sees the clocks going forward and so the lighter nights will be with us again. In the Transition Loughborough calendar, this also means that the regular summer Wednesday evening meet ups at the Community Allotment plots in King George Road will be restarting!

The first of the year will be on Wednesday 29th March. As in previous years people start arriving between 5.30pm and 6pm at the site, which is accessed through the wooden gate at the bend in King George Road – we’re down the track and round the corner, with a greenish polytunnel, a couple of sheds and a large black fruit cage. We go on until it either gets dark or we get tired (or last year occasionally when it started to rain heavily!). During the meet ups we work on the plots, chat and share the produce we grow. Its a great way to meet other local gardeners and swap ideas, hints and tips.  Parents can bring children with them, but please note that it is a working allotment site so they will like get dirty and also need to be supervised.

To give you a taster, here’s what the allotments look like in their mid-summer glory:

This year we’re also going to have an informal meet up from 6pm on Tuesday 28th March in the Swan in the Rushes pub. This is so that we can plan what we want to do on the plots, discuss ideas for other Food & Gardens group projects and also let newcomers meet us over a drink. We’ll probably be there until at least 8pm, so don’t worry if you can’t make the start of the meeting – just turn up when you can!

And before all that, we’ve got another meeting you can come along to if you’re interested in some of the more “exotic” vegetables that are now being grown in the UK.  These have often come from abroad as communities have moved to this country, and after decades of growing and seed saving are now acclimatised to our British weather.  This workshop is being held at the offices of Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood at 66 Nottingham Road on Saturday 25th March from 10.30am.  It has been inspired by the “Charnwood Chai” project that some Transition members have been involved with, and hopes to bring together different communities in Loughborough to share their experiences of growing some of the less “traditional” vegetables.  As with the community allotment meet ups, this is free and open to all – see the attached poster for more details.

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