Community Summer Activities Feedback

October 10, 2011 at 11:25 am (Uncategorized)

Young People’s Summer Gardening

Our (Grassroots Grants funded) summer gardening sessions for young people provided plenty of fun, exercise and learning for local children and young people.

We ran 7 morning sessions between 10 August and Sept 1st, 2011 and were open to local children as well as linking with nearby playschemes:

Springfield Club for Young People          http://scyp.blogspot.com

‘KIDS’ Disabled Children’s Playscheme

The Beis Rochel Community’s Playscheme for Orthodox Jewish Girls

After a slow start following the riots (it was eerily quiet in the area)  the numbers quickly picked up and everyone enjoyed exploring the sights and tastes of the garden, digging and discovering, watering and caring for the trees and plants, gasping at ‘the world’s biggest apple’, planting bee-friendly plants for our nectar border and using the Kelly kettle to make mint tea.

We were also able to help out High Hill Residents Association by weeding their Stepping Stones Garden which was done with great enthusiasm despite the presence of many spiders!

Many thanks to our regular volunteers who helped the sessions to run smoothly, especially to Pete for his Kelly Kettle skills and commitment.

Comments written in our book:

‘I have learnt that bindweed is not good for plants ’( Emmanuel, 12 years)

‘I had a good time digging, making tea, seeing the world’s biggest apple, love to come again’ (Adora, 9)

‘I have learnt to make mint tea and I am definitely going to do it at home’ (Basil, 12)

‘I picked carrots from the carrot patch and I picked about 6. They need washing, and one radish’.(Rebecca,13)

‘Our girls had a most wonderful informative time here’ (Mrs Hiley, Beis Rochel organiser)

‘The girls really enjoyed themselves especially smelling and picking some of the leaves and plants. Thank you’ (Eidy Peretz, Beis Rochel worker)

‘We had a good time clearing the garden although the huge spiders did put us off’! (Beth 14 and Kelly 11)

‘We had lots of fun and the one teaching us how to cut the plants she was nice and caring’  (Lorelle, 9)

‘I love the mini beasts’ (Jasmine,7)

‘I loved finding new things and a massive stone’ (Charlie,12 and Will, 10)

Katherine Jackson.

9.9.11

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