Nearly twenty people came to the Rugby Club on 10th February for a varied evening programme around gardening.
Mary introduced the Transition concept, then Gemma from Newton Abbot Transition told us about how they got started with their community garden and the progress made so far. We watched an inspiring 10-minute film about their garden and were invited to visit (people work at the garden on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings).
Next, Peter and Marion from the Broadmeadow Allotments shared their enthusiasm, highlighting aspects ranging from social BBQs to shed-building and what a good antidote to stress working on an allotment can be. We were told that there are currently long waiting lists to get an allotment.
We then moved into a circle to discuss possible activities, such as garden-sharing for which there seemed to be great interest and models of successful partnerships, continuing to work with Eastcliff, and making use of currently un-cultivated land. Note: Helen subsequently contacted councillors David Cox and Alex Cross to enquire about likely availability of land for allotments/community gardening.