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Changes in the garden space

For those of you who have kept an eye on the emerging green space behind Seaman's Hall last year, you may be wondering what has happened? Fear not! Due to soil quality (the land adjacent previously being gas works) we were advised that we should not plant anything directly into the soil for consumption. Our valiant volunteers last year endlessly tackled the emerging weeds from below the existing membrane so we opted to take the opportunity over the winter months to give ourselves a fresh canvas. With support from the wonderful Graham Nesbitt and some funding from Volunteering Matters: Action Earth fund we were able to scrape the soil back, lay a new membrane and create a more level and accessible surface.

We have received a few comments of concern regarding the environmental impact of our actions but rest assured that as spring emerges so will our green space. Our wonderful planter bench provided by Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation will be getting some colourful additions in the next few weeks and we intend to design a community garden space which offers greater accessibility with raised beds and pots. We look forward to watching as the community garden project evolves, if you have any questions do contact

Community Gardening Club

We are excited to announce that our gardening club will be restarting in March on a Thursday. We will publicise the start date in the next week or so. Sessions are open to everybody, no previous gardening experience necessary and gloves and any equipment will be provided. Every session starts with a cup of coffee as we make a plan for the day in the warm kitchen space of Seaman's Hall. No need to book, just drop in anytime between 10-12.

If you have any specific accessibility needs that we should be aware of prior to the session or wish to discuss your needs confidentially, please contact Caroline Woods by email.

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