The Sunflower Centre is investing in the creation of a kitchen garden to offer educational, wellbeing and mindfulness activities as well as an opportunity for local individuals to join in communal gardening. We would like to open this project out to local people and to offer the opportunity to learn, share and socialise in the community. We have a professional landscaper and a team of landscape/gardening students that you are welcome to join.
Elwood Amey is a local gardener who is also a trained homeopath and has run Forest Schools for children in his time too. Elwood is the person with the skills to lay out the side plot next to the Sunflower kitchen/staffroom to make best use of the space for an outside classroom with raised beds in a series of terraces making best use of the sloped ground. There will be a planted 'fedge' made of woven growing willow edging the plot.
Stage 1 - 21-24 Nov '17 - creating outside classroom area
Stage 2 - 4-8 Dec '17 - cut & fill terracing with sweet chestnut edging for raised beds
Stage 3 - 22-26 Jan '18 - new fencing & planting willow fence/hedge ('fedge')
Stage 4 - 5-9 Mar '18 - brick & decking seating area
FREE Gardening workshop: Seed propogation
Thursday 20th March 2018 11-12pm
Would you like to learn more about gardening, do you have your own allotment? Or would like one? No garden, no problem! Feeling lonely since since retirement, or currently unemployed or looking to gain experience for your CV? Need job skills ? or just a keen gardener looking to expand your knowledge. Come along to the Sunflower centres new outdoor edible classroom for FREE workshops. Over the year we will learn, discover and grow the community garden together. Have your say about what you'd like to see here. All voices and opinions happily received .
It's a great way to get outdoors, meet other people, learn new skills and be a part of the amazing Brockley community.
Workshops will include: growing from seed, planting out, potting on, propagation, green manures, composting, compost teas , pruning , identifying plants, weed workshops, how to garden organically, how to support the food soil web , no dig, encourage wildlife and biodiversity, pond care , garden design, permaculture principles, basics of medicinal herbs, how being in the garden can support your mental health and many many more.
Join us at the sunflower centre on Tuesday March the 20th from 11am to 12pm for a organic weeding educational, experiential weeding and sowing veg and herbs from seed , starting them off inside to give them the best chance. We may well (veg to be confirmed) be sewing Onions, chillies and peppers as well as herbs. I will also be giving a small talk about the vision for the sunflower garden. Free tea and coffee.
Workshops are run by Cat Flannery, trained Horticulturist and Permaculture guild graduate, employee of Living Medicine charity, and Permablitz London, Owner of The Mindfulgardener.org and mental health support worker with over 8 years of experience working in mental health.
Contact Cat on 07786 266 699 or email Catflannery@gmail.com
Ideas for the garden project so far:
Gardening Classes for Children
Mindful Gardening sessions
Courses in Medicinal Herbs - both how to grow and prepare remedies for self-care
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