Here’s a write up from Kate at the Maryhill Community Central Halls, where they had some help from the James Chapman, the Seed Truck Permaculture teacher on designing the set-up of their new community garden on the 18th of October:
“The Maryhill Climate Challenge has recently started at Community Central Halls in Maryhill and aims to reduce carbon emissions in the area via food and energy projects. Community Central Halls has an in-built community of a nursery, elderly day care, after school clubs, The Princes Trust and many other groups. All of whom will be able to benefit from the creation of a food growing garden. The garden will be used to teach people how to grow their own, compost and cook with local ingredients.
Our garden site is on some industrial land in Maryhill and we have funding from both The Climate Challenge Fund and Stalled Spaces to create and run the garden.
We invited The Seed Truck to help us with our garden design. The group was made up largely of Maryhill Climate Challenge Volunteers and The Princes Trust Team. Braving the awful weather, James took us on a site visit, got us thinking about the garden space, what is in it, what is not in it etc. He then led an ideas session which allowed the group to come up with a list of essential things to be included in the garden. We then thought about local food (the tale of two teas) and where all of the ingredients / items involved in a cup of tea come from. We were invited to try some home-made herbal teas which were received with a mixed response! After lunch the group had a shot on the flour mill powered bike and then, exhausted The Princes Trust went home, whilst the adults stayed on to discuss design ideas further.
We have managed to create a design which incorporates all of the ideas of our community thanks to the session with The Seed Truck and would be very happy to have you back to help us with composting, a wormery and other food workshops should you have the time!
James was an excellent teacher, very patient, clear and concise in his explanation of ideas.”