We were lucky enough to have a group of workers from a company called RAPID7 help us at the charity allotment and Cornerstone for the day last week. The team split up, five of the team spent time at Cornerstone decorating two bedrooms and the garage door. While the other seven spent 6 solid hours digging and building down at the charity Allotment.
We want to say a huge thank you to Christina O'Conner who organised the day and to everyone who came and helped us on the charity allotment and at Cornerstone on the day.
Pictures from our allotment open day. John can be seen showing David Chapman (one of our volunteers) around our plot, as well as lots of pictures of our produce and beautiful flowers.
We are delighted to have won the cup for best overall plot - we will receive the cup at the September prize giving buffet evening.
This is just one days pickings of some of the produce from our charity allotment. Our allotment is a great way for our young people to learn how to be a little self-sufficient.
Our young people have been working hard on the charity allotment the last couple of months and its really paying off. It's not all work though - this is our young peoples idea of a joke, it's Patsy and John at our charity allotment :)
We've had a busy couple of months at our charity allotment...
As you can see from the photos, the young people have been working hard both on our plot and the communal areas, in support of the allotment community as a whole and their doing a great job.
Working on our charity allotment is a great way for our young people to learn how to work as part of a team as well as learn to be self-sufficient.
We are busy getting the allotment ready for spring and summer to grow new things. The young people like to help out and spend time at the allotment as they find it therapeutic. They say that they can forget life and just focus on what they are doing, they also like being able to see the outcome when they are finished.
Thanks to everyone who's donated to us recently. We've finally been able to buy a shed for our charity allotment, which the Young People get much benefit from - both from working down there and enjoying its produce!
Lawrence, one of our volunteers can be seen with Jack, one of our residents, preparing for and building our much needed shed below. Thanks again to everyone.
Our young people have begun work preparing the allotment for planting this years' produce.... and it's looking really good, but we'd love your input.
With the help of Lorraine, our Operations Manager, the young people headed to the allotment the other day to start weeding and digging so to prepare the ground for this years produce. As you can see from the photos below, they're doing a great job as it's looking really tidy and weed free - for the time being! Our charity allotment is a great way for our young people to learn how to work as a team as well as learn to be a little self-sufficient.
The big question now is, what shall we plant this year and when? Any budding gardeners out there fancy sharing your top tips with our young people for how they get the most out of their allotment with minimum input? What's the best soil preparation? What are the "in" things to plant this year? And perhaps what is best to plant when, for all year round produce?
Come and inspire our young people and share your thoughts and advice, they'll love it! And to be honest, we'll all learn a bit along the way too I'm sure :)
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