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Vale Hospital Allotments Workshops in 2017

We've got an exciting range of workshops for our allotment holders at Vale Community Hospital coming up this autumn: Permaculture Your Plot with Helen Pitel Thursday 14th September 7-9pm at GL11 in Cam Lots of new ideas for pest control, companion planting, rotations and fertility building the permaculture way, and making the gardening easier too! Spend [...]

By |2017-08-04T13:08:31+01:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Grow your own, Vale Hospital Allotments|Tags: |Comments Off on Vale Hospital Allotments Workshops in 2017

Stroud Life Business Awards double award winners!

What a night! Last night at the Stroud Life Business Awards, we won not 1, but 2 awards!!! 🍾🏆🎉🌟 Amanda won Stroud District Ambassador of the Year! An award which "goes to an individual who gives up their own time to better the Stroud District." That could not be more true of Amanda or more well deserved. [...]

By |2017-06-30T09:10:51+01:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Stroud|Tags: |Comments Off on Stroud Life Business Awards double award winners!

Could you be a fruit warden? The Fruit Exchange needs volunteers!

The Fruit Exchange is now in its third year and this year we want to do even more to help use up unwanted fruit (and vegetables and nuts) across the Stroud District and across Gloucestershire. How many of us have passed a plum, apple or pear tree laden with fruit, and then seen it fallen on [...]

By |2017-06-27T14:58:55+01:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Fruit Exchange, Volunteering|Tags: , |Comments Off on Could you be a fruit warden? The Fruit Exchange needs volunteers!

Award for our contribution to the environment from Stroud Town Council

We had a lovely evening at the Stroud Town Council annual awards last night, Wednesday 24th May, in which we won a Stroud Town award for our contribution to the environment. Amanda was very chuffed to receive the award and we are all very grateful to the council for everything they do. Congratulations to all the [...]

By |2017-05-25T12:09:39+01:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Grow your own, Stroud|Tags: |Comments Off on Award for our contribution to the environment from Stroud Town Council

Selsley Community Growing Scheme Spring 2017

A small group of volunteers look after this community growing scheme on the side of a hill in the beautiful parish of Selsley near Stroud. We meet weekly as a group and always have a long 'to do' list which includes maintenance, clearing, preparing and planting and this spring has been busier than ever. So far [...]

By |2017-05-16T19:29:17+01:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Food, Fruit and veg, Gardening, Grow your own, Selsley|Tags: , |Comments Off on Selsley Community Growing Scheme Spring 2017

Down to Earth Stroud Newsletter 2016

Welcome to the Down to Earth Stroud newsletter for 2016. We had another very busy year with the launch of two fantastic new projects plus the growth and development of several others. Here’s a brief summary of some of our key moments and achievements from 2016. Please see our website for more details and photos and [...]

By |2017-04-13T20:35:02+01:00April 13th, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Fruit and veg, Gardening, Grow your own, Seed Bank, Selsley, Stroud, Vale Hospital Allotments|Tags: , |Comments Off on Down to Earth Stroud Newsletter 2016

7th Annual Stroud Potato Day 2017 results and thanks

What a wonderful Day! Our 7th annual Stroud Potato Day was once again successful in so many ways, not just financially. We had a lovely turn out. The Potato Lemon Drizzle cake was all gone by 1pm and the tubers were literally flying off the tables!! Some beginners bought just one to grow in a pot [...]

By |2018-06-05T18:50:56+01:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Food, Grow your own, Stroud|Tags: |Comments Off on 7th Annual Stroud Potato Day 2017 results and thanks

The inaugural wassail at Vale Community Hospital, Dursley

We have been a-wassailing! The inaugural Vale wassail was held on Sunday 19th February 2017 attended by around 30 locals including the Mayor of Dursley, Cllr Neil Grecian at the allotments and orchard we installed almost a year ago at Vale Community Hospital in Dursley. Led by wassail master Steve Rowley, the event began with a [...]

By |2017-02-22T20:13:17+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Food, Fruit and veg, Fruit Trees, Gardening, Grow your own, Vale Hospital Allotments|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The inaugural wassail at Vale Community Hospital, Dursley

Seed Bank seed available now!

Packets of seeds were flying off our stall at Stroud Farmers' market on Saturday as the Stroud Community Seed Bank launched its first ever catalogue. We were proud to be able to share our very first year of harvest, and delighted to see such a high level of interest in our seeds and the seed bank. [...]

By |2018-06-12T15:30:37+01:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Food, Fruit and veg, Gardening, Grow your own, Seed Bank, Stroud|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Seed Bank seed available now!

Join us for the first ever Vale Wassail on Sunday 19th February 2017

Please join us for our first ever Vale Wassail at Vale Community Hospital in Dursley on Sunday 19th February from 4.30pm. For this traditional ancient ceremony we will say a toast for growth and an abundant harvest. The wassail celebrates the humble apple tree. We will give thanks for its produce and scare away evil spirits, banish [...]

By |2017-01-23T07:02:32+00:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Fruit Trees, Gardening, Grow your own, Vale Hospital Allotments|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Join us for the first ever Vale Wassail on Sunday 19th February 2017