Community Planting Project continues...

The community planting project is going well for the Transition Town Wellington's Sustainable Food Group this winter. Lots of volunteers came to help us plant 15 trees and 15 bushes, of 8 different varieties of fruit, at the community woodland on Sunday 21st, and 12 morello cherry trees at the edge of the 2nd rugby pitch on the 14th. They won't produce any fruit this year, but as from 2017, you can just walk down there and pick plums, apples, greengages, and quince. The small bushes will eventually grow 5 feet or more tall and be laden with Aronia, elderberries and blueberries to gather. 

It is all in the aim to get Wellington more sustainable in its food production, and to share the joy of picking incredibly tasty fresh fruit from the plant. We will also be holding talks this year in how to grow organic vegetables in your own garden or allotment, starting with the first talk this Wednesday 24th Feb, at the Methodist church 6.30-8pm. We will be giving away free seeds leftover from the seed swap. Everyone is welcome, the talks are aimed at beginners, although there is always lots of tips for the more experienced gardener. It is free to attend, but the printed notes are £1. More tips and recipes can be found here»

Cherry Grove Planting Day

On Sunday 14th February, the Transition Town Wellington successfully planted 12 morello cherry trees at the edge of the 2nd rugby pitch, with 8 new people coming to help plant them too! By 2017 they will be producing sour cherries to use in cherry pies and jam, and we will encourage local people to come and harvest them, with recipes showing how to cook them on our website ttw.org.uk. They will also have beautiful blossom in the spring which you should be able see from the sports centre steps in the years to come.

If you would like to join in with more tree planting this week, we will be meeting at 10.30am on Sunday 21st February, at the community woodland, which is accessed from behind the sports centre, or from the 2nd rugby pitch. There we will be planting 8 different types of fruit for people to enjoy the harvest from in the future. Just bring wellies, maybe gardening gloves if you have them, and young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tidy Up & Grove Planting Day

The Transition Town Wellington has been running a project to plant edible trees and bushes in community spaces in Wellington. This is to help increase the sustainability of our local food production, and to make unused spaces more productive and beautiful. We have so far planted an orchard at trinity church and some currant and rhubarb bushes near the Bowles club. Now with the support of the town council, we will be planting a cherry grove and some more currant bushes at the 2nd rugby pitch. The fruit will be available for all the residents Wellington to pick in the future.

The sun came out finally on Sunday 7th Feb for our tidy up of the 2nd rugby pitch. We cleared lots of brambles in preparation for the planting of the cherry grove next weekend. It looked like a big job, but with 11 people on hand, we managed to cut and remove the brambles in 2 1/2 hours.

You are invited to come and help plant the trees and bushes on Sunday 14th at 10.30 am, we will demonstrate how to plant them, and provide tools, all you need to bring is wellies and some gardening gloves if you have them. It should be fun, and you will be able to see the tree you planted grow over the years. Children are welcome, but responsible adults need to come with young children please. 

So I hope to see you next week, Sunday 14th February at 10.30am, at the 2nd rugby pitch, near the park!

Rhubarb Planting Day

The Transition Town Wellington continued our community project by planting another fruit bed near the Bowles club in Wellington. Last year we planted gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants, and although the plants are still quite small, they produced enough fruit for some passers-by to pick in 2015.

As these plants grow bigger there will be more to pick! On Sunday 17th January, the TTW's sustainable food group planted rhubarb next to the first bed. This needs one year to get established before it can be harvested, and should be ready for the public to pick from 2017.

We want to show how ground that is otherwise wasted can be used to produce a useful food crop, helping Wellington become more sustainable in its food production. If you know of any areas you feel could be used for similar purposes around where you live, or would like to help plant more fruit trees and bushes around Wellington please get in touch.