Sculpture Workshop Held

Turdcrete workshop was Held by Pete on the 1st of October ! : Turdcrete was a mixture of compost and cement. People made a variety of garden artefacts using the mixture and chicken wire for structure. This took place in our newly renovated large greenhouse, a great space for creative projects. Plant wall hanging pots proved popular . One young person created a lovely dragonfly.

Help us! Tesco grant of £8000 can be increased with your vote


We have been awarded £8000 by Tesco as a community group,  but if we publicize the project successfully and Tesco customers in our region vote for us we can be in line for up to £12000.  Can you help Blaise Community Garden by voting for us at Tesco Stores? The next paragraphs are Tesco’s official explanation of how it all works.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 31st October – 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Here is a list of Tesco stores that you can vote at between the 31st October and 13th of November



The link to the Bags of Help website is

Herbs and their uses workshop -by Ludmila


On Saturday 20th August Ludmila Draxlerová gave a fascinating talk on Herbs and their Uses with an insight into their medicinal properties.

Ludmila started experimenting with herbs – observing, and comparing results – from early childhood in her native Slovakia.  We heard how she saved her school friend the pain of having warts burnt off by treating them with Greater Celandine.   And how between one spring and winter she successfully treated her mother’s gall stones with Agrimony.  And then as a mother herself, how she made her own St. John’s Wort tincture and oil to relieve her children’s itchy chicken pox.

Ludmila answered all the questions we threw at her – from what books to read, which herbs to use for our own ailments to the impact of pharmaceutical companies on generations of knowledge being lost.

She showed us a selection of her own tinctures and mixtures.  And we finished with a stroll round the garden looking at, touching and smelling many of the wonderful herbs she’d talked about.

By Rebecca Wallace.

Growing in the heart of the community