Back to the land

The last few weeks have been a personal celebration for me, the joy of being out on the land after a long 4 months recuperating from an operation. I was a spectator through the window as summer passed. Now I am back! It was a joy to see the plot again, to see the changes that the hard work of my fellow allotmenteers have made. There has been a few work parties of volunteers who have made a huge difference.

This day Janet set to weeding the raised beds, Susan thinned out the strawberry runners. Duncan and Kamil worked on setting up the huge water butt ( there is a technical term for it that escapes me)  This will hugely increase our rainwater harvesting capacity and we can run hose pipes from it.

waterbutt

I got stuck in potting up the abundance of strawberry plants. This variety are very prolific, I can recommend them!

And the harvest

SIT wine perhaps?

Looking forward to the next plot day… this Saturday 13th October.

Part Two … Apple Day

Apple day bag

This is my favourite community event of the year and a real celebration of all things apple. It is organised by Trust Links, a local mental health charity.

They have wonderful theraputic gardening projects and manage St Laurence Orchard which is an ancient orchard in Eastwood. Southend in Transition usually have a stall there to raise some funds.

appleday ron

Our stall had crafts, homemade “free from ” baking, homemade preserves, books and handmade items. We also bought along some strawberry plants and of course there was apple bobbing.

 

The cakes sold out quickly and the bag and wooden apple painting were very popular. The best thing about the day is seeing people enjoying this wonderful ancient orchard and catching up with friends. And the rain held off until packing up time. The next event there will be Wassailing in January.

 

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Taster Day – Sat 13/10 10-14 SiT Community Allotment

Taster Day – Sat 13/10 10-14

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Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Sat 13/10 10-14

Grapes picking, lots of grapes. Joys of gardening. Strawberries refresh and potting up.

Sun 28/10 10-14

Work day. Compost gym.

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 31/10 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Repair Café Pictures Shoebury Hub

Creating a Positive Revolution in Southend 11/10 for 6 weeks course

Kindness Coffee 13/10 11:00 Utopia Cafe

The Healing Way Event 21/10 Chalkwell Park Rooms

Work Day for Wildlife 21/10 12-15

Gardening Workshop with SEEOG 25/10 1:30-3:30 Leigh Community Centre

Autumn Colours Walk 10/11 Belfairs

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT

TonyWagstaff.uk or 07766727266, park in or around Cluny Sq

Earthangel Allotment School

Mendip Wildlife Gardens

St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links

Community Tree Nursery

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Harvesting together

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

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Harvesting together

Another productive visit from Project 49.

The team managed to cut the grass, rake the orchard plot, cut the comfrey, water plants, fertilize beds with used coffee grounds, weed a raised bed and harvest chard, tomatoes and grapes. You can see a lot of experience picked up from volunteering with Graham in Mendip. Their new film crew arrived a bit later and lots of pictures and footage were taken.
Thanks for all the help and laughs:)

Bosco helped out with the grape vine and prunned the plant to let more air and sunshine touch the grapes and help them mature. There will be plenty of them for snacking, freezing for smoothies, juicing and maybe even some wine:) thank you.

Taster Day – Change of date 30/09 10-14 Community Allotment

Taster Day – Change of date 30/09 10-14

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Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Change of date 30/09 10-14

Grapes picking, lots of grapes. Joys of gardening. Strawberries refresh and potting up.

Sat 13/10 10-14

Work day. Compost gym.

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 26/09 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Repair Café Pictures Shoebury Hub

Southend 2050 Be part of the conversation

Basic Income: a fairer world is possible 23/09 Sun meeting

An Evening With Sarah Greens Organics 26/09

Creating a Positive Revolution in Southend 11/10 for 6 weeks course

The Healing Way Event 21/10 Chalkwell Park Rooms

Autumn Colours Walk 10/11 Belfairs

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT

TonyWagstaff.uk or 07766727266, park in or around Cluny Sq

Earthangel Allotment School

Mendip Wildlife Gardens

St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links

Community Tree Nursery

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Sunshine after a rainy day Sat 11th Aug ’18

Not made from sugar

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Taster Day – Thur 20/09 13:30-15:30 Community Allotment

Taster Day – Thur 20/09 13:30-15:30

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Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Thur 20/09 13:30-15:30

P49 visit. Joys of gardening. Strawberries refresh and potting up.

Sun 23/09 10-14

Work day. Compost gym.

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 29/09 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Repair Café Pictures Shoebury Hub

Southend 2050 Be part of the conversation

National Permaculture Convergence 20/09

Basic Income: a fairer world is possible 23/09 Sun meeting

An Evening With Sarah Greens Organics 26/09

Creating a Positive Revolution in Southend 11/10 for 6 weeks course

The Healing Way Event 21/10 Chalkwell Park Rooms

Autumn Colours Walk 10/11 Belfairs

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT

TonyWagstaff.uk or 07766727266, park in or around Cluny Sq

Earthangel Allotment School

Mendip Wildlife Gardens

St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links

Community Tree Nursery

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Sunshine after a rainy day Sat 11th Aug ’18

Not made from sugar

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

Taster Day – Sat 08/09 10-14 Community Allotment

Taster Day – Sat 08/09 10-14

@

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Sat 08/09 10-14

Joys of gardening. Compost gym. Strawberries refresh and potting up.

Sun 23/09 10-14

Work day

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 29/09 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Repair Café Pictures Shoebury Hub

Southend 2050 Be part of the conversation

Southend Soup 8/09 Project 49, 49 Alexandra Road

Southchurch Hall Heritage Open Day 09/09

World Clean up Day 15/09 Saltwater Beach Cafe

Active Hope Free Webinar 16/09 10:00

National Permaculture Convergence 20/09

An Evening With Sarah Greens Organics 26/09

Creating a Positive Revolution in Southend 11/10 for 6 weeks course

The Healing Way Event 21/10 Chalkwell Park Rooms

Autumn Colours Walk 10/11 Belfairs

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT

TonyWagstaff.uk or 07766727266, park in or around Cluny Sq

Earthangel Allotment School

Mendip Wildlife Gardens

St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links

Community Tree Nursery

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Sunshine after a rainy day Sat 11th Aug ’18

Not made from sugar

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

Not made from sugar

14 volunteers from NatWest and our regulars visited the plot last Thursday for some community action! We watched the met office forecast from the beginning of the week and were hoping for some conductive weather. I was worried the rain might put everyone off but Chloe and her team were ready to try anyway.

The day before I got some tarps for the sitting area just in case. Trust Links kindly lent us airpots so we could have plenty of hot drinks.

On the day the team arrived in full attire. Everyone was keen to start the work and we assigned jobs. Thanks to Sarah and Duncan for helping with organising the teams and sorting tools. This was certainly the most busy work wise we have been so far. All the donated tools came in really handy. Thank you!

We started work on clearing the wood from the family plot, clearing orchard area, clearing the new corner we were given, bagging up compost, making a compost sieve and additional poles for the tarp.

We will have lots of compost for the raised beds and the plots look much better now.

The rain got worse over time and we gave out the coats we had. The volunteers did not seem at all slowed in their work and just laughed it off for most of the morning.

2.5 hours into the work day the rain soaked everyone through and we suggested to call it a day with people to grab lunch. You could see that they wanted and would stay more if it wasn’t for people getting soaked and cold by then. We did not feel disapointed though as the progress made has been great and the team was full of characters, we had lots of laughs and exchanged ideas.

Chloe hopes to come back again next year. In the meantime if your group, business or workplace wants a great active day out get in touch with us.