Weekly Updates for July 2021

4th July

A week is said to be a long time in politics but the same applies equally to gardening. The arrival of rain and continuing warm temperatures have turbo charged the scale of growth at the Serpentine Garden over recent days and we now have towering broad bean and pea plants amongst others.
Our Supporters may not be up to date with developments regarding our new polytunnel.  An impressive new structure is taking shape where the old garage formerly stood and it will have its transparent cover very shortly.

The new polytunnel inevitably prompts thinking about how exactly it can best be used which coincides with a timely exercise entitled ‘Rooted in the Community.’ A consultant has taken an objective look at how the Serpentine Community Garden operates and has raised a range of issues for everyone involved to think about. On Wednesday members and volunteers were invited to view a display of ideas of how we might take forward what we do, particularly in terms of membership; links with other groups and the buildings on site. Those attending on Wednesday seemed to have plenty to say and stuck ‘post-it’ summaries of their views on a board.

Consultation continues and the ‘Rooted in the Community’ presentation remains in poly 2 where people can currently still add their ideas. Members and volunteers should find that you have the presentation papers electronically too. So please contribute our views so we can head forward in a direction which is both creative and has broad support.
We are starting to get a few things in the diary as we try to shake off the impact of covid 19.
Thanks to everyone who has already started to marshal plants on site in readiness for our participation in the Buxton Garden Trail on Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25. We will be open with arrangements designed to ensure a covid compliant visit.
From 1pm on 31July Club Acoustic will be holding their first ‘face to face’ event since March last year at the Serpentine Garden. The event is called ‘Live in the Sunshine’ and over a dozen performers are due to play. Tickets need to be pre booked via Eventbrite.

On site it’s busy. We are tidying up in readiness for the Garden Trail (visitors are always a good way of making sure some housework gets done!), weeding, making compost, watering, harvesting salads (the cucumber is excellent), topping up water butts, taking strawberry cuttings, clipping the tomatoes to ensure they get light, just to name a few things.

Well done to Patty who arrived in Sunday, donned her gloves, picked up a big bucket then went back out into the Serpentine Walk where she had encountered a considerable amount of detritus nearby left by disrespectful revellers. Tidiness is restored thanks to her.

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