Willow Hey project: Its the community that makes it!

We don’t need bigger cars or fancier clothes. We need self-respect, identity, community, love, variety, beauty, challenge and a purpose in living that is greater than material accumulation.
                                                                      Donella Meadows

I arrived at the Willow Hey site at around eight fifteen only to find a note pinned to the gate stating ‘chickens have been fed and watered, cheers Dave’ Dave is a retired men who’s house backs onto the Willow Hey site. Dave initially offered to feed the chickens over the weekend to give us a few days off where we didn’t need to worry about feeding and watering the chickens.

And it is this natural pulling together of the community and their engagement with our project through acts like Dave’s that really fire us up to do more and to forge on ahead with our attempts to create resilient local food systems on the council estates of Bolton. Likewise Lisa a local women who runs the cafe across from the Willow Hey site has been supplying us with free cups of tea and coffee since we started the project in the autumn of 2014, Lisa also delivered a one pot cooking session on the site last week.

Similarly Ian our new volunteer come all the way over from Breightmet to help us out, and without prompting Ian gets stuck into his work and keeps the momentum up all day long earning him the nickname the machine. Once again I can only say a huge thank you to all who make this project work and grow. Anyway, I will leave you with some pictures I took on the site earlier today, thanks for reading and please tune in next week for more.

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