Once again it has been a long time since my last entry into my blog, it’s not because I don’t enjoy writing it its actually starting to become one of my favourite things to do. I never really thought that it would be I just thought that I would jot a few things down and then post them and not really care what I was writing about, but that hasn’t been the case and it’s a very pleasant surprise to me and to the people around me too.
Another reason for my blatant neglect of my blog is time! The last few weeks have been hectic for me, not only do I have a full time job that consumes a very large portion of my day but the grow your own project has really kicked off so as soon as I walk through the door I’m arranging things for this, sending out emails and making calls. Luckily I love getting the project up and running and getting this started so it never really feels like work when I’m doing it.
2 weeks ago I received a call from a local builders merchants called Travis Perkins, they have very kindly donated some fencing panels to the project, also some pallets to start building raised beds as well so there donation has been a much needed one.
I have also spoken to Mars UK who are also looking to make a donation of not only time but of people to help clear the new site (yes a new site I’ll get to that in a moment) they have offered 25 brand new graduate employees to help clear the site on 07.09.2012, this is going to be really exciting as this will mean the first day of everything going into the project all the calls and emails finally turning into visible work and the land finally been changed.
Now back to the new site, Had some disappointing news from the environmental team at Melton Borough Council to say that the original site isn’t suitable and that under the ground are just rocks and boulders, Now I’ve dug some of that land already and couldn’t see any which points me to the one and only other reason for moving us on…….The allotment owners!! I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that some of them were not too happy with what we had planned for the site, maybe they don’t like the idea of community, educating children and families and helping low income families with food, but never mind as this has come as a blessing in disguise really.
The new site is more secure and secluded than before and it’s slightly bigger. The original plans all remain in place and I still want the Primary school involved in this as well. This isn’t something that I’m just going to give up on and this is and always will be a long term plan for the project, we want this to act as the blue print for other projects around the town and around Leicestershire to start springing up and I am more than happy to offer any help and advice to anyone that wants to do the same thing.
One of the ideas I have had is to start putting free veg boxes around the town, a bit like planted bit its will have veg in it at you can just come along and pick yourself and take it home so if you can’t grow your own at least you can pick your own. Below is the new site and all the wood we had donated, Thank you
As always I want your feedback on this so please get in touch