Coffee, Cake & Connections
Around 25 local residents stopped by Sylvan Primary on 30th April 2011 to enjoy some tasty homemade cakes, to meet each other and to raise funds for a potential wildlife friendly community garden. Between the refreshments and the enticing raffle prizes, including two day passes at the Haven Spa and a big golden box of Lush goodies, we raised over £80 toward our goal of £300 for a full-scale wildlife survey of Turner’s Nursery. Not a bad start! More importantly, we got to meet each other and start to share our ideas about how we might create a community garden together.
A lot of people have been asking me, what are ‘they’ (the council) going to do with the spit of land known as Turner’s Nursery. It seems to me that what happens depends on what ‘we’ (the residents) decide to do. Both Sylvan and Branksome Heath headteachers have given their support for the vision of a space for school children and adult residents to grow food and to enjoy and wildlife. And many, many local residents are keen to enhance this bit of land. This large field could be many things for many people and for wildlife. Of course, there will be challenges: learning to work together to grow food, protecting the site from vandalism, working with the bored local youth who might be attracted to damaging things and maybe more. There will also be joys, as the people who work together at Tatnam Organic Patch can tell you. In fact, I went down there myself the day after the coffee morning to plant herbs, do some reading, catch up with old friends and enjoy the sunshine, trees and fresh air. It was a beautiful way to spend a sunny afternoon!
If you’re looking for inspiration, to imagine what a community garden in the heart of Upper Parkstone might look like, you might want to check out a couple of local open days coming up. As part of the Bournemouth & Poole Big Green Fortnight ( http://poolepartnership.info/BGF/ ), both the Tatnam Organic Patch and Mark Spencer’s forest garden will be open to the public. More details on those below.
In the meantime, I’ll be working on some possible designs for the site for all of you to look at and comment on. If you have any thoughts or expertise to share, please feel free to get in touch!
Friends of Turner’s Nursery
Town Forest Garden Open Day
Sun 22 May 11am-4pm Free
42A Gorleston Road, Branksome, BH12 1NW
Visit an unusual and inspiring ‘forest garden’ designed to encourage wildlife in an urban setting. Over 100 varieties of trees and shrubs. Light refreshments. Stall in aid of WWF.
Mark Spencer 01202 760621
Tatnam Oranic Patch Open Day
Sat 28 May 11am-4pm £1 donation
Tatnam Organic Patch,
Sherrin Close, Poole
An opportunity to visit this thriving half-acre urban community garden and organic allotment in the heart of Poole, recently adopted as a learning centre by the UK Permaculture Association.
Mark Spencer, 01202 760621, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Gary Finch, 01202 679517, email@example.com