The Trustees met on October 3rd to consider recent representations and suggestions made on the web and by email on the future of this historic structure. They decided that the idea of using the current state as an exhibit to show how much the rest of the garden had been improved was not in the long term interest of the garden or in line with our objects. They did agree with the proposal that we obtain a fully costed estimate of restoration but that would best be done once vegetation had been cleared and the structure made safe to enter by removing the glass from the roof. It was felt that as the current structure is dangerous, it cannot just be left to deteriorate even further. And the general feeling was that unless we took action the possibility of rescuing a potentially fine asset would be lost for ever.
As of 18th October the process of clearance and removal of glass has been carried out by a small teams of volunteers working with extreme care after a full risk assessment of the proposed method has been carried out.
In line with this teams led by Neil Philpott and Tim Parkinson have completed clearance of vegetation and removal of the glass so that a full assessment can be carried out. The pictures below give some idea of before and after the work.
Here’s the team who worked so hard on Thursday, May 5th.
Very many thanks to them all
Photo: Martin Hewer
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 www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
Phew! Nothing was going to stop the volunteers from THE YORKSHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY: certainly not the weather though it was a nice dry if windy morning in the garden.
The volunteers worked with enthusiasm and even enjoyment in achieving a transformation of Greenhouse 4. Just look at the photos kindly provide by Martin and Joanna in the collection below.
We, the Community Garden, are very grateful indeed to the volunteers. Perhaps they will encourage others to come and give a hand and, at the same time, enjoy the fresh air and activity.
We have two raised beds uncovered by the enormous efforts of stalwart volunteers who cleared the brambles of the area. We now have the problem of digging the beds to clear the bramble roots and other undesirable weeds. This is a big task and we urgently need more members to help on Saturday mornings.
A little guidance if you can give us a helping hand (and foot!) gained from direct experience.
The soil beds are lined with a tough black membrane at a depth of about 10″ and the bramble roots lie along on top of the membrane. So I recommend digging solid clods out with a spade and exposing the membrane.
Then any roots lying along the membrane or, occasionally, coming through it can be cut off with the spade.
Then the clods can be broken up with a fork, roots, etc extracted and the soil replaced in trench.
This is hard work and takes time but does ensure most of the problem brambles are eliminated.
It took me 2hrs to do this amount.
The deadline date for having the ground prepared for planting Early potatoes is St Patricks Day, 17th March, so please come and dig if you can.
Here are Charles, Neil and Denys in and then on their rebuilt floor.
Well done indeed and many thanks to the three musketeers!
Thanks, primarily, to hard work by Charles Claxton and to all those who voted and encouraged others to vote for our application we have been awarded up to £1000 pounds.
1304 people voted for the scheme and you can see the full details here: Aviva Community Fund
Its not easy to find the info on the Aviva web site because its listed under Secret Garden!