Meryl Pays A Visit
The gardening children were thrilled by a visit from Meryl Tshiamalenge today who came along to share her love and knowledge of gardening with an inspirational talk on ‘gardening without any money’ (Meryl’s great grandfather built Keystone, the beautiful old building that was a Youth centre in the town for many years). The children listened with amazement at Meryl’s wonderful talk about making fertilisers from nettles (for vegetables that grow underground) and comfry for plants that we eat that grow above the ground. We found out that bananas make great food for roses and that old kitchen roll tubes make perfect containers for germinating large seeds. We look forward to a return visit from Meryl in the warmer weather next year. We were also very impressed by Meryl’s impressive cycle from Kettering in the heavy rain to see us!
The children enjoyed taking Meryl a guided tour to show her the apple and pear trees, flowers, vegetables and strawberries. Meryl was very keen to teach us how to take strawberry cuttings from the runners that were producing new plants!
A Rainy Start Back For The Gardeners
Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic group of children eager to get their willies on for their first session of the year. Lots of work was achieved including a tour of the vegetables, clearing the tomato patch, planting 4 trays of sweet peas (the wrong season but we like to experiment) AND painting some autumn leaves for our gardening club new display area. Great fun was had by all!
The Gardening Club Returns 2014/15
At last another year of gardening lies ahead of us and we cant wait to start harvesting the fruit from the summer! The vegetables and fruits have been waiting long enough which has given the perfect opportunity for children to observe the seed pods develop and disperse in their Science lessons! A huge thank you to James Bedford’s mum for harvesting some of the tomatoes to make jars of chutney.
The list of dates of arrangements for collecting the children and the dates for the 4 gardening groups can be found in the enclosed note. Due to the great demand for this club it was necessary to split the numbers across the year. A waiting list is in operation if spare places do arise throughout the year for those wanting to join in.
A New Go-Ride Cycling Club for Kettering
Exciting developments for Kettering Cycling Club have been negotiated over the last few weeks with British Cycling (BC), Northamptonshire Sport (NS), Kettering Borough Council (KBC), Rothwell Town Council (RTC) to bring a British Cycling Go-Ride club (traffic free cycling) to the local area. Watch this space for developments and adverts. Please book up following the information on the flyer.Go-Ride October Half term014
Gardening Club Feast Day Summer 2014
Many thanks to all contributing and taking part in our annual Garden Club feast this year. This must be at least our 8th event and the highlight of our gardening year to show our families around the gardens and enjoy tasting our produce together ! The gardens looked great – full of tomato plants, lettuce, strawberries, sweetcorn, potatoes, raspberries, runner and broad beans, rhubarb, apples and plums, herbs and beautiful hollyhocks and sweet peas. The sun was out, the food delicious and company fantastic. Well done to the children who were able to drag themselves away from the feast long enough to give guided tours around the gardens.
Thank you for all contributions of seeds, cuttings, plants and of course labour! I look forward to welcoming you back for another year of gardening in September.
School Holiday Events 2014
This Summer marked the 4th year of events with an eco and outdoors theme run from Brambleside and local environmental education centres.
If you are keen to keep posted on up and coming events please visit The Eco Explorers Activity Club Website.