Fantastic news to share at the very start of 2018! We are delighted to have been awarded almost £16,000 by the People’s Postcode Trust (www.postcodetrust.org.uk) a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery (www.postcodelottery.co.uk) to support our work in Hawick!
Thanks to funding from Awards for All we are looking to appoint a suitably qualified person to provide a Permaculture Foundation Course, for up to 15 participants.
The course consists of ten modules, ideally completed one module per week over a ten-week period, beginning in April 2018. Participants should learn the principles of permaculture, with an emphasis on creating food forests. The course should give a level of understanding that can be built on by trainees who want to go on to train for the Permaculture Design Certificate. It is expected that the trainer appointed by Abundant Borders to deliver the course will hold a permaculture diploma.
The course will be predominantly field based, with an emphasis on learning while doing. Some learning will take place in an informal, workshop style setting in The Salvation Army Citadel, Croft Road, Hawick while the majority will take place (weather permitting), at the Community Garden being created behind the Salvation Army Community Store, High Street, Hawick.
Tea and biscuits today at Linkim Court and a chance to share our story so far with residents. They can’t get out to see some of the other sites for themselves so wanted to see how the other projects compared to the transformation of their outdoor space.
So we made a picture slideshow. Click on the link to view the Powerpoint presentation.
Lots more work on the structure before we can start clearing and planting.
The stairs up to the garden were in some disrepair but hard graft and lots of sand did the trick!
Having cleared around the roots on the last visit, it was time to relay the paving stones. Ian was amazing – working like someone half his age!
And the end result is a lovely new path!
But Ian wasn’t finished – helping Annie to remove tree ivy which was stifling the tree. There is plenty of tree ivy left, particularly around the walls, to provide habitats for nesting birds in the springtime.
And a wonderful community volunteer brought chocolate bars for our coffee break!
The first wee shoots of the project to co-create a food forest garden here in Hawick started to grow this week. But it was more roots that were the main issue. The paths were overgrown and wobbly…
and it very soon became clear why!
The roots of the pine tree in the corner of the garden had spread across the surface of the ground, lifting the paving stones along the way. Shane and Tom were able to remove this small root and made a great job of the first section of path….
but this huge root will have to stay!
We’ll build plenty of sand over the root and re-lay the flags on top … and hope that the tree, or at least its roots, have done all the growing they need to do. And we made a start on cutting back the overgrowth too.
Thanks to everyone who came to Hawick today to hear about the new, lottery funded project to co-create a community garden. We have lots of work to do but the enthusiasm for the project was incredible, thank you!
And thanks to everyone who came to hear Karen at BAVS AGM in Duns. It is great to have the chance to spread the word and to receive such a warm welcome!
Working with the Salvation Army, we will be co-creating a community food garden behind the The Salvation Army Community Store in the town centre.
The start of the project will be to hold an Open Meeting so that the whole community can come together and decide just how we want the garden to look and, first and foremost, how we are going to get the land cleared for planting!
This is what the land looks like now – plenty of potential and lots of hard work ahead
In Hawick we are working in partnership with the Salvation Army as a direct contact to those in the town and immediate area who are using the food banks. Those using food banks will be offered fresh produce grown in the garden which will be created immediately behind the retail premises, and can sign up for the training courses and/or participate as volunteer growers. We are working in partnership with the Community Hub to employ a sessional worker to deliver healthy cooking and healthy eating initiatives in the town. In addition, we will share knowledge and experience in helping to grow the community garden space at The Hub.
As you can see, we have a big job on our hands to return this unused, overgrown space into a productive garden.