The TTW's fourth annual seed swap was a big success on Sunday 12th February. The Dolphin pub were the perfect hosts again, and over 40 people came through the doors, with at least a third of those being new visitors to the event. We were very pleased to meet new gardeners, two new volunteers interested in joining the Sustainable Food Group, and also heard of a new patch of wasted ground in Wellington, currently brambles, that could home a potential new fruit bed! Many seeds were brought along to swap, both home-saved and shop-bought, we even had some camomile lawn plants! If you missed it this year, we aim to hold it yearly on the second Sunday in February.
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»
The TTW's third annual seed swap held at the busy Dolphin Pub on Sunday 14th February, was a great success, with lots of people coming along, bringing home gathered seeds, and going home with new varieties to try. There was quite a selection too from the heritage seed library, from many varieties of tomato, including tigrella, (a stripy one), lots of sweet peppers, a blue chilli (!), flowers, herbs and too many more to mention! As some people did not have seeds to swap, we raised £44 from their generous donations, to help with putting on more workshops on cookery and veg growing.
If you would like to learn how to grow organic vegetables, or the seeds you have collected from the seed swap, a series of 4 free talks throughout the year start on Wednesday 24th February, 6.30-8pm at the Methodist church. Everyone is welcome from the very beginner to the more experienced gardener. Leftover seeds from Sunday will also be available to collect at the veg talk. It is free to attend, although the written notes are £1. We would like to encourage everyone to experience the joy and reward of growing things, so we hope to see you there!
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.
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!
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.
Transition Town Wellington had a really busy day on Sunday 8 February. First of all planting community fruit bushes in the morning,outside the Bowls Club on Corams Lane in Wellington. We planted a bed of blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes. Having obtained permission from both the council and the Bowls Club, we hope this bed, on the way to the sports centre, will be well used by the public.
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, please get in touch by calling Kate on 01823667170. If you fancy some fruit for your crumble pudding, just help yourself in June, before the birds get it!
... AND IN THE AFTERNOON
We held a seed swap at the Dolphin pub - a great success, with around 60 people dropping in! Many seeds were brought, from flowers and lots of vegetables, including some heritage varieties. There were also seed potatoes and flower plants, plus full grown bare root apple trees on sale from a local grower.Children made wild flower seed bombs, to be thrown in the next few weeks to increase native flower diversity. Lots of fun was had> TTW would like to thank everyone who attended and helped us to raise £73 for the Transition Town fund, to help us to put on many more events like this in the future.