News from the community garden

The Ruskin Park community gardeners held their AGM in September to understand what’s going well and what can be improved. Everyone agreed the garden is looking great and while productivity can always be improved, harvests have generally been good this year despite the constant battle against slugs. There is good traction with the public, the garden gets plenty of positive feedback and each week there are new volunteers coming to help out. The working atmosphere in the group is relaxed and inclusive, and everyone feels able to contribute. Next summer, the garden will modify its opening hours to avoid working during the hottest time of the day.
The gardeners celebrated the Harvest Festival on the 30th of September, with a delicious spread of dishes made from or including community garden-grown produce. Even the Pimms was chilled with frozen borage flower ice cubes and flavoured with mint from the garden! As well as a fabulous feast, there was a beautiful live music session with harp and cello recitals by our multi-talented gardeners.
There’s still lots of work to do in the garden over the winter so if you’d like to getinvolved, come along on any Saturday between 12-3pm. Sessions always end with a cup of tea, biscuits and a natter.
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