Thank you to all 13 of the lovely people who turned up to help plant bulbs and trees at Stratford Court last Thursday.
We were so efficient and well staffed today it took less than an hour to plant three magnificent trees (a quince, a medlar and a hazel) and dozens of narcissi bulbs, so there was plenty of time to play football, eat apple pies, stick feathers in our hats, ride in wheelbarrows and chat about seed saving, social media and 2016. Hurrah!
Hopefully some photographic evidence to follow soon.
Our next third-Thursday-of-the-month session will be on Thursday 21st January, but there will be two tree planting opportunities before that – on Saturday 9th January on our new plot in Stratford Park (to coincide with wassailing day) and the Thursday or Friday before that at Stratford Court. Look out for more info closer to the time.
It was quite exciting to see the next round of planting beginning, with some herbs, an eleagnus tree, strawberries and other soft fruit planted through the mulch, and groups of daffodils on the edges of the site. We also continued cutting back some nettles and mulching with cardboard and woodchips at the far end of the plot. And we found a frog, blew down the hollow stems of old cow parsley, swung on the swing and ate a whole bag of grapes.
Many thanks to everyone who donated and delivered plants, bulbs, woodchips, cardboard, tools and time and enthusiasm.
We still have loads more bulbs to plant, hopefully some more plants on the way, and a bit more clearing and mulching to do, so we thought we’d aim to have an extra work party on Thursday 29th October, which is half term. Come and play!
help us make a lovely edible area!
You (yes, you!) are invited to join us for a brand new monthly working and playing session down at Stratford Court, as we create and tend a beautiful edible landscape in the corner of the playing fields.
Barring extreme weather or other natural disasters, we’ll be down at Stratford Court every third Thursday 10am till 12 noon. There’s always something fun to do! Come along for as much or as little as you want and help to plant, maintain and enjoy this emerging oasis. Eat cake, chat on the grass or hunt for minibeasts in between mulching, weeding, trimming, planting and – in time – harvesting.
Everyone welcome, including children. Stratford Court is just over the road from Stratford Park on the Stratford Road. The next regular sessions will be on November 19th, December 17th and January 15th, but watch out for other ad hoc Edible Stroud happenings too.
Despite it being the summer holidays work has continued at Stratford Court mainly thanks to the wonderful Jessie and her children who have soldiered on and spread the huge pile of woodchip.
They have also cut back the pesky brambles and nettles that had broken through the first layer. See the photos for how it looks now.
We are expecting another delivery of woodchip in the next week or so. We plan to use some of this to create paths through the fruit trees that we planted in the spring.
Stroud District Council have also given Edible Stroud an area in Stratford park where we can plant some trees. We will be planning and raising money for this in the next couple of months ready to begin planting in the winter.
Woodchip down and a swing up!
Edible Stroud Update ~ April 2015
A small fruit and nut orchard has been established next to the mulched area, with the help of Stroud Valleys Project. Greengages, plums, cherries, hazelnuts and soft fruit bushes were planted out in their new home on a wet February morning.
In the autumn, bulbs will be planted around the fruit trees. This mini forest garden will grow into a magnet for wildlife and human life, creating food, shade, habitat and beauty.
Along the back of the small fruit and nut orchard and the mulched area a border of dogwood cuttings has been planted. As these become established they will act as a barrier against the invasion of brambles and sycamores into the forest garden area.
Work on mulching the brambled area continues, so let us know if you hear of a source of large sheets of cardboard, woodchip, shreddings or other mulch material.
Once again, thanks to all the volunteers who have helped so far!
Edible Stroud has an exciting new project on the go this winter. Working with the support of Stroud District Council, the volunteers of Edible Stroud have been helping to transform a previously neglected corner of Stratford Court playing fields into an emerging Edible landscape.
Stroud District Council manage Stratford Court playing fields for the people of Stroud. They began the work here, clearing back a large patch of bramble and nettle. The Edible Stroud team then arrived with armfuls of salvaged cardboard and wheelbarrows-ful of woodchip to cover the entire area with a thick layer of mulch. This mulch will stay in place for a year to suppress the weeds before planting begins in earnest one year from now.
Meanwhile, a small fruit and nut orchard has been established just next to this heavily mulched patch of ground, with the help of Stroud Valleys Project. Greengages, plums, cherries, hazelnuts and soft fruit bushes were planted out in their new home on a wet February morning. In the autumn, bulbs will be planted around the fruit trees. This mini forest garden will gradually grow into a magnet for wildlife and human life, creating food, shade, habitat and beauty.
All of this work has been carried out by volunteers – a big thank you to everyone who helped to make it happen.
We love recruiting new volunteers. If you would like to get involved with the Edible Stroud project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a Reply below