MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Gardening is the most popular leisure activity in the world providing the perfect route for escaping stresses in our lives it defines the fragile balance between man and nature. The simple joy of growing your own home grown fruit and vegetables unites with the calm and rhythm of nature.
Tradition tell us Christmas is a time of rebirth; winter tells the gardener it is time for planning and preparation. The garden appears to be sleeping but the gardener knows nature is in control nurturing, nourishing and protecting through cold winter days. There are things we can do to help nature in her work during winter time.
If the ground is not too hard dig and manure areas as they become empty.
Clear all the yellowing leaves off brassicas as they can harbour bugs and encourage disease.
If you have artichokes cover with straw and maybe perforated polythene to prtect from frost and snow.
Put straw around rhubarb crowns and cover with rhubarb pots or loose black polythene.
Sprouting broccoli and other winter greens fall prey to ravaging pigeons and rabbits narrow strips of polythene tied over plants helps to protect the plant.
Prune autumn fruiting rasberries cut old canes to the ground.
Protect peas and broad beans sown in November from frost and snow, use cloches or twigs from deciduous shrubs stuck in the ground along the rows. Might be an idea to place a mouse trap amongst the twigs, covered by an inverted seed tray to avoid catching robin red breast. Mr Mouse is an ardent winter forager.
Wednesday 11th July
DBHS Spokesperson said, “I am happy to announce that the planning
consent for Podmore Gardens has tonight been granted. It is the right
decision for the land. After completing the lease agreement, our first
task will be to clear the site of fly tipping and littering and eradicate the mass
vermin infestation of site which has over many decades effectively
prevented natural growth of indigenous common wild flowers such as
clover, buttercup and daisy.
URBAN GARDENS on small plots for people to grow food and learn new skills.
GROWING your own food will empower you to understand the benefits of healthy diet healthy lifestyle.
DAWLEY BANK HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY have been working closely with the local authority over almost 4yrs to create A RAISED BED COMMUNITY GARDEN after achieving the most votes from Telford & Wrekin £s For Projects the initiative was awarded substantial funding.
DBHS was approached by people asking for plots to grow their own food; following public consultations the project is supported by Housing Trusts, schools, colleges, youth groups, pastoral centres and residents.
Growing call for allotments
Gardeners and green campaigners are calling for urgent action to create more allotments in Telford after new figures revealed 58 people are now waiting for the in-demand plots.
Details revealed through the Freedom of Information Act show Telford & Wrekin Council is struggling to cope with huge demand for its 142 plots.
The reports shows waiting lists have now been closed for plots at Wellington and Randlay allotments, with only Brookside’s list still open.
Medieval traditions, crafts, games and trades drew the crowds to this revived midsummer celebration organised by Rob and his band of minstrels. The silver sounds of Hadley Male Voice Choir, Wellington Wrekin View and Dothill school choirs and Wellington Brass Band could be heard in the sanctuary of All saints Church as visitors enjoyed beverages of home- made cakes and teas.
Under the DBHS marquee; The queue for smashing crocks grew ever longer mostly of men and boys although some maidens were also determined to smash those old crocks with their own fair hands. The sound of wood on wood and exclamations of glee from lucky winners of a coconut the prize for bowling down all the skittles mingled with summer sounds of traditional folk and maypole music. Hurling bean bags into a wooden bean bag box was also a popular attraction or maybe it was the offer of sweets or even a coconut if someone managed to get ten bean bags on target. There was increased demand for hand- made floral willow chaplets from young and younger visitors; when the completed floral crown is placed, eyes sparkle brighter than any summer sunshine, strands of unruly ribbons wrap around smiling faces; it maybe imagination but recipients did seem to have a dance in their step as they left. The only storm of the day waited until the medieval pageant began its journey through the streets of Wellington; Minstrels, maidens, King George, Queen Charlotte, Harlequin & Columbine, Venus, Cupid & Bacchus, Dr Witherington & the Wise Woman complete with foxglove and Jack the Jester. Dressed in medieval costume the pageant danced a merry path through the town centre with- out concern for gathering clouds. A circus skills workshop kept visitors enthralled throughout the day, stilt walking and club juggling, fire eating displays, bongo drums, Diablo’s twirling hoops and balloons deftly twisted into anything you fancied be it a bumble bee or sunflower.
Event day(s) Wednesday
Starts on 13/04/2011
Start time 10:30
End time 16:30
Category Family Event
Location Granville Nature Reserve
Join us in a family celebration of springtime. Take part in a treasure trail, make a giant bird’s nest and bounce around the woods looking for signs of spring!
All ages are welcome. Charges may be made for some activities and refreshments.Please come dressed for outdoor activity and bring a packed lunch and drink. All children must be supervised by an adult.
Meeting point: Granville Country Park car park TF2 8PQ, booking advisable on 01743 284280
Stirchley Pot Your Own Day 11th June 10am – 12.30pm
Wellington Midsummer Fair 11th June 10am – 3pm
Madeley Orchard Summer Picnic 18th June 12pm – 2.30pm
Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens Open Day
25th June 11am – 4pm
Hadley Village Green Fun Day 26th June 12pm – 4pm
Atcham Fete and Duck Race 3rd July
Upton Magna Village Fete 9th & 10th July 11am – 4pm
Stirchley and Brookside Fun Day 16th July 11.30am – 2.30pm
Hollinswood and Randlay Fun Day 17th July
Dawley Bank Horticultural Society Show and Bank Community Group Fun Day
3rd September 12pm – 4pm
Community day at Ercall Wood Technolgy Ccollege
Golf Links Lane Saturday 17th September