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Churchdown GP Surgery in Gloucester to Get the Down to Earth Treatment!

By |2019-07-04T12:33:39+01:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Allotments, Food, Fruit and veg, Fruit Trees, Gardening, Grow your own, Uncategorized, Volunteering|

We're delighted to announce that we have been given the go ahead to develop the land around Churchdown GP Surgery in Gloucester! We will be setting up allotments and a raised bed community growing scheme just as we have at Vale Community Hospital in Dursley. We will also be improving the flower beds, maintaining the grounds [...]

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Pollinators for Vegetable Growers

By |2019-06-04T11:21:23+01:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Fruit and veg, Grow your own, Seed Bank, Stroud, Uncategorized|

Are flowers growing in amongst your vegetable crops beneficial to crop production and seed saving? A row of blooms will attract many pollinating insects throughout the growing season. By sowing hardy annual flower seeds during the autumn and spring, it is quite possible to have a long succession of attractive colour both for the insects and [...]

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Ninth Annual Stroud Potato Day Hailed A Success

By |2019-02-20T18:34:49+01:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Grow your own, Stroud|

Down to Earth Stroud and Transition Stroud organisers, Amanda Godber and Jane Brown, announce another successful Potato Day on Saturday 2nd February 2019. After snow, the sun shone on the Farmer’s Market as we settled into our new home. As other stall holders well know, the cold creeps through the layers, but our volunteers gave a [...]

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Seed Savers – Making Good Organic Compost

By |2018-11-10T12:46:11+01:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Selsley, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Looking after the soil on your plot is fundamental to grow good crops and produce the best seeds for saving. As this season becomes fully autumnal, it is a great time to use existing compost or to prepare to make some in the future. Home made compost is a good soil conditioner for whatever soil you [...]

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Art on the Plot: New Sculpture for Vale Community Hospital Allotment Scheme

By |2018-07-04T16:04:35+01:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Allotments, Vale Hospital Allotments|Tags: , |

Two years after the first ground was broken at the Vale Community Hospital allotment site, a sculpture has been installed to celebrate its progress. The completed piece When the community hospital in Dursley, Gloucestershire, was designed and built 10 years ago, art was commissioned as an integral part of the capital project. Part NHS [...]

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2018 Stroud Potato Day another great success!

By |2018-02-20T13:53:34+01:00February 20th, 2018|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Grow your own, Stroud, Uncategorized|

This was the 8th Stroud Potato Day and the best so far! We raised £608.80 in total on the day from the potato sale. Congrats to the team. This year there are hardly any tubers left over... Our Stroud Community Seed Bank was also there on the day with packets of seeds locally saved. Nearly 400 [...]

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Selsley Community Growing Scheme Updates

By |2018-05-31T17:54:45+01:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: Allotments, Grow your own, Selsley, Stroud|Tags: |

This season has seen a great deal of abundance up at Selsley allotments, with a succession of both fruit and vegetable crops being harvested every week. From courgettes, potatoes, chard and tomatoes to raspberries, apples and blackcurrants, volunteers have been able to take away full bags of fresh, healthy and organically grown produce. Best of all [...]

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Vale Hospital Allotments Workshops in 2017

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

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 [...]

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Stroud Life Business Awards double award winners!

By |2017-06-30T09:10:51+01:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Stroud|Tags: |

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. [...]

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

By |2017-06-27T14:58:55+01:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Food, Fruit and veg, Fruit Exchange, Volunteering|Tags: , |

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 [...]

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