Willow Hey project update

Site almost ready – We have spent the last year and a few months clearing the Willow Hey site of its dense jungle of marsh grasses, we made dozens of raised beds from old fencing from a local council estate, and we have grown food that we have shared out to members of the community who access the site.Within the next weeks our Hub shed will have a new roof on it and a small wood-burning stove inside, once the Hub shed is completed we can then start to deliver more workshops and sessions to the local community. To the right of our Hub building is our Poly tunnel in which we recently built a small classroom in, also another great space to deliver our sessions.

What we do – Underpinning our project are a number of interconnected elements, we seek to engage with and help to bring together disparate community members and to work with those who already part of smaller communities by helping these families and individuals to grow food in their gardens and yards. In the Long term we would like to develop local food markets in the areas where these Hub sites are situated as a means of bringing about food security for those who are adversely effected by austerity and cuts to social provision.

Our weekly sessions – We are running seed sowing and basic one pot cookery sessions every Tuesday from 4-6pm for people on the local estate. Our Thursday drop in sessions are open to people in the area who want to learn how to grow their own food, We are open on Thursday from around 9:30 til 3:45 and in early March we will be hosting a seed and plant swap event on the site (date to be announced very soon)

Workshops – Workshops on the site this year will include how to make a Rocket stove, seed bomb workshops for schools and children, cooking outdoors, jam and preserve making, and an introduction to Permaculture session which I hope to deliver in the summer. There will also be a Men in Sheds project beginning in late Spring, these weekly sessions will be held in our Hub building on Thursdays.


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