Transition Sherwood has sadly decided not to continue the Garden Share scheme, which was set up to match people with spare space in their gardens with people looking for space to grow food. Despite promoting this over several years, some generous offers of space in gardens, and several 'almost but not quite' pairings, we have unfortunately not been able to match up people into successful garden sharing agreements. We have now contacted everyone who was in touch with the scheme, and are discussing with Neighbourhood Office funders about use of remaining funds for other local food-growing activities.
Many thanks to everyone involved, especially Nicola and Joan M for persevering, people who have offered their gardens, Nottingham City Council neighbourhood office funding, and everyone who has helped to publicise the scheme. The Landshare scheme set up by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & co is going strong matching landowners and would-be food growers,and covers the whole country, with people exchanging information via the website at www.landshare.net/.
Several new people have taken on miniplots at the Transition Sherwood Community Food Garden recently after previous plotholders moved on. Although the ten miniplots are all now occupied, people can also join the general garden group and join work party sessions to help with developing and maintaining shared areas of the garden such as the hedgerow, fruit bushes and trees, and two shared plots - and sharing the produce! The group would like to thank Peter, Alison, Freecycle and others for donations of a water butt, hosepipes, and plants recently - the new water butt was installed in time to catch much of July's mega rainfall, and is helping enormously with watering the drier end of the garden.
The garden will part of Sherwood Community Centre's September Spectacular open day on Sunday 22nd September, 12 - 4.30pm. The open day has a books and stories theme, and the garden will be offering a display of gardening books linked to features of the garden, herb tea tasting, bee stories, minibeast hunts, and more.... If you might be interested in getting involved with the garden, either with gardening or events such as the open day, please do get in touch - or come and meet us on 22nd September!
Transition Sherwood is a group of local people coming together to help our communities become less dependent on fossil fuels, become more resilient, and reduce our impact on the environment. The group started in 2008, with an active group initiating a range of events and projects. This evolved into a smaller group concentrating on two community gardens from 2015.
Updates about local community and environmental events, and national and international climate change and environmental issues are currently shared mainly via our Facebook page.
Transition Sherwood is very pleased to be a member of the Nottingham Growing Network in 2016-17, with funding from the People's Postcode Lottery supporting sharing of skills and resources around a network of growing projects.
The website's title picture is part of a mural in Hood St, Sherwood, painted by local young people in 2008 - signatures below.