Yoga, curry and composting at successful Bulwell Forest Garden event

NHUD-Bulwell Forest Garden Open Day on Saturday'Youngster try out a little Yoga
NHUD-Bulwell Forest Garden Open Day on Saturday'Youngster try out a little Yoga

From yoga poses to rolling your own chapatis, it was all going on at Bulwell Forest Garden last weekend.

With over 260 visitors during the event, there was a whole host of activities available for people to have-a-go at in the joint initiative organised by the garden and Bulwell Forest Action Group.

“It was a truly wonderful day with people of all ages from across the community coming along and having fun,” said Bulwell Forest Garden chairman, Barbara Bates. “The weather was good and it certainly helped draw the crowds.

“It has been held previously at the Henry Mellish Centre but it was decided to move the location to open it up to more people and it seemed to work.”

Children joined adults to make a curry with some of the produce from the garden as well as zumba and street dancing displays.

Dr Bike was also on-hand to help fix and MOT bikes to get them ready for summer.

“It was a great day and we sold many plants as more and more people are growing their own in the current financial climate,” added Barbara. “And we are on hand to give people advice and support here at the garden to give them the confidence to try it.”

Yoga displays and workshops proved one of the day’s biggest successes with young and the not so young having a go.

“Everybody seemed to love it and it was very popular,” added Barbara. “It is usually seen as a middle class activity and so in an area of deprivation like Bulwell there isn’t much access to yoga as it isn’t subsidised.

“However we are now going to try and access funding to bring yoga to the garden so everyone can participate in the future.”

Bulwell Forest Garden which is sited off Austin Street has an event this Saturday too.

From 11am-2pm there will be a Composting Workshop for people to learn how to make a compost bin from wooden pallets, how to get the best compost, what to add to your bin and what to leave out.

“Free handouts and caddies will be available to take away too and if you haven’t got the space to make your own you can collect it and become part of the Big Community Composting Scheme, and empty your caddy with us.”