Spring has sprung! April news from Forest Farm

Hello all!

There was much rejoicing when spring finally sprung this week- our seedlings have already started shooting up, and the Garden is already starting to get a bit busier. If the smell of spring has whetted your appetite for growing, come down to Forest Farm Peace Garden on a Wednesday or Friday to volunteer with us for a few hours. We’re open from 11am- get in touch with info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org for more info.

News from Forest Farm Peace Garden:

>>> GREEN CRAFTS SKILLSHARE DAY

Sunday 21st April, 11am – 3pm, Forest Farm Peace Garden

An interactive gathering for environmental groups in east London

Join us with permaculture teachers Graham Burnett and Glenn van Lint to celebrate the arrival of spring (finally!) at Forest Farm with a day of practical skill-sharing outdoors.  We will try out cleft grafting, charcoal making and cob building, all using plants and materials gathered from our 5-acre site. There will also be a chance to have a guided tour of the site, meet visitors from other environmental projects in East London, and cook and share soup around our open fire.

There are a lot of interesting environmental initiatives in the area, and this event aims to bring some of them together so we can develop the network a bit more. If you live, work or study in east London and are interested in the environment, or are involved in sustainability projects in the area- this event is for you!

This event is Free of charge but RSVPs are necessary as places are limited.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Natalie, natalie [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org

>>> SAVE THE DATE

for our annual summer open day: World Music Day on Sunday 23rd June. Join us to mark national Refugee Week with a celebration of the diverse cultures in our northeast London community- with food, music and workshops.

>>> CAN YOU HELP US OUT?

We’re very excited about our plans to build a cob oven at the community garden so we can make even more delicious food with the organic veg we grow on site (did someone say pizza?!)

We love local, so we’re using the clay subsoil from the Garden as the primary building material, but we also need a few other ingredients:

-sharp sand

-old bricks or cobblestones

-old (empty) wine bottles

-rough-cut sawdust

If you are able to help us scavenge some of these materials to recycle as much as possible as well as keeping costs down, we’d be very grateful. Please get in touch with natalie [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org if you have any suggestions or offers. Thank you!

>>> WELCOME and GOOD LUCK!

We’re also very excited to welcome Naomi as our new Ecotherapy Worker. She’ll be coordinating volunteers at the Garden, taking referrrals for our ecotherapy programme and overseeing the development of the Garden. You can reach her at naomi [at] forestfarmpeacegarden.org.

We also wish Mairead, who is the outgoing staff member, the best of luck in pursuing her permaculture diploma!

***Other Events***

>>> Check out these events at Grow Heathrow- a community and environment project in Sipson. It’s very far away, but it’s also very cool:

From the 8th-14th April we’ll be holding a working week to prepare a comfortable and safe space for the chickens to come and live with us. We’d love you to come and spend the week with us and get involved in clearing the space and making it beautiful as well as being part of the Grow Heathrow family and getting to know us and the site.

More info and events here:  http://www.transitionheathrow.com/grow-heathrow/

>>> The Redbridge Conservation Team are running a great series of conservation activities throughout the month- here’s a small selection, but contact the Team at nature.conservation [at] visionrcl.org.uk for the full listing of events.

Thursday 18 April: Woodland Copse Management, 10am-2:30pm

We’ll be tending to the young woodland copses planted last year, removing weeds and spreading mulch. Meet at: James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, IG8 7JQ.

Tuesday 23 April: South Park Conservation Workday, 10am-2:30pm

Come and lend the nature conservation team and the South Park Users Group a hand in carrying out some practical work including making improvements to the lake. Meet at: park entrance on the junction of South Park Road & South Park Crescent, IG1 1SS, near the toilet block.

>>> Barkingside 21 Public Meeting

Wednesday 17th April 2013

Find out about the plans for the “Better Barkingside” development project. Joining the meeting will be Project Manager Nigel Burch and Town Centre Manager Cathy Macbride.

Aldborough Room, Fulwell Cross Library, Barkingside 8pm – 9.15pm

htttp://barkingside21.blogspot.com

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