HALF-term events at Bulwell Hall Community Gardens this week showed how the site is being transformed from a ‘jungle’.
The ambitious project to restore the gardens, off Grindon Crescent, is led by Andrea Jones and Beth Hemus, who have set up a training company to work from the venue.
Their aim is to co-operate with groups across Nottingham to promote organic horticulture and environmental education.
The gardens were launched a few years ago but then fell into what Andrea described as ‘a horrendous state of neglect’.
Over the past year, Andrea and Beth have led a team of volunteers who buckled down to tasks which included de-turfing and re-seeding a badly decayed lawn, clearing a mass of brambles and replacing a ramshackle tool shed.
“We have weeded for England,” said Andrea. “On one occasion, we filled 10 refuse bins with garden waste in an hour.”
A five-year lease has been obtained to restore the gardens and the intention is that they will eventually be passed on to the local community.
This week’s ‘happenings’ have included jam-making and clay craft sessions, a wine workshop, ‘bug bedsits’ and Nottingham’s first community rocket stove workshop.
A rocket stove mass heater is a sustainable space-heating form of technology that embeds a stove in a thermal store.
Andrea and Beth would be pleased to hear from any groups or individuals interested in getting involved with the gardens. Contact can be made via the website www.grogarden.org.uk