02 August 2016

Fabulous turnout for the National Garden Scheme open day!

Sunday 31 July was a fabulous day for the National Garden Scheme Open Day.

Around 220 visitors came along to one if not all of the 6 local gardens and L8LS directly supported 27 local people to attend.

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins gave us the following summary of the day at Fern Grove Community Garden:

"NGS - it was a fabulous day at the National Gardens Scheme Open Day on Sunday. Hundreds of people visited some or all of the gardens open in our area (inc QBG, Refugees support, etc). Over 200 came to Fern Grove Garden, inc a big crowd to view the bee-keeping demonstration at 2pm.  It was a lovely day for being in the garden, sun shining all day. At FGG we had a BBQ with good value food cooked by Cllr Roberts, and samples of food made from local produce, inc sorrel soup (thanks to Viginija); 

Bee -keeping experts available all day - selling honey (a total sell-out!) and introducing people to apiary (courtesy of Martin swift and colleagues) with full demo of hive attracting lots of interest; and children's activities - thanks to Sarah McCollough.

Lots of people also took info on the L8LS project and asked about the way the community garden was set up and is run (cooperatively and very informally is the answer).

Special thanks to Terry Melbourne and Conal Devitt for much of the NGS day organisation. As local councillors it is a pleasure to support activity that so positively promotes our Lodge Lane and wider Greenbank area..."