At long last spring has sprung and volunteers have sprung into action looking after the plots and the orchard.
Thursday nights plot maintance
Last Thursday we weeded the fire station plots and added kale and chard plus angelica which was crowding out the fennel at the park herb plot. This Thursday the 9th of May (6.30 - 8.30pm) we’ll be working on the wildflower patch at the side of the vets along with 20 girl guides who have kindly offered to help, so come along if you can - We've got a few more sessions planned with help from our local cubs and scouts as part of their Do1THING Community Week, we're hoping it'll #bee INCREDIBLE.
Nuttall Park and Hearth of the Ram
Two weeks ago we tidied the herb bed in Nuttall Park and were amazed at the resilience of some of the herbs. We split the lovage and planted it in the tyres at The Hearth of the Ram plot which has been prepared ready for planting up.
We also started to weed the fruit bush plot but didn’t have the heart to pull up the dandelions when the bees have been so short of flowers for pollen and nectar.
This is the first year that the ramsons haven’t been in flower for Ramsons Day which we held on 27th April. This was our fourth Ramson Day and was very successful with tastings of ramson omelette, scones, pesto and even ramson chocolate! The children loved having their faces painted with ramson flower designs, we gave out over 100 plants, information leaflets and received over £80 in donations!
Holly Mount Orchard
The orchard is just beginning to blossom and promises to be stunning in a few days time, especially with the new steps to the entrance so that we don’t slither down the slope. Last month the volunteers made lots of progress, the live willow weaving is looking fantatstic and around 150 hedgerow saplings were planted to create an edible hedge. Don't forget that Monday nights have started again as well as our usual first Sunday of the month gathering.
The Incredible Edible groups in Bury have all been invited to participate in Bury in Bloom this year and we’re going to work with Peel Brow School to decorate and plant with vegetables a 2’6’’ square container. We want it to look stunning so please contact us if you have any ideas.
Glen at the Eagle + Child has been successful in securing a £2000 grant from the Co-op for workshops in dry stone walling, bee keeping etc... so if there’s something you’d be interested in please do let us know.
Incredible Edible Beer Garden
If you’d like to help out there Glen is running gardening activities every Saturday morning from 10am-12. Why not take the whole family. It’s a lovely safe garden away from the road and a bit of a sun trap!
If you’d like to help out at any of the plots, we meet at 6.30 on Thursday evenings and you should receive an email to let you know which plot we’re at. Alternatively check our website calendar.
Greenmount Village Community Party
One last mention before you get sozzled on the Beech noyau recipe below, our community artist Joy Ladds ran a fantastic willow weaving workshop and IER stall at this years Greenmount Village Community Party - the sun shone brightly and word has it that the event was an even bigger success than last years Jubilee celebrations! Thanks Joy :)
This morning I’ve been collecting new beech leaves, soft and furry, to make Beech noyau, an amazing liqueur.
Fill a jar ¾ full with new leaves.
Cover with gin, pressing the leaves down Leave for 2 weeks Strain off the brilliant green gin.
Dissolve sugar in boiling water and add to the gin.
(One recipe recommends 12 oz to a pint but I find that too sweet)
Add a dash of brandy and bottle when cold.
Richard Mabey reports its effects as devastating whereas Ben Law says he only gives it to passing princes!
Happy Growing and Eating
Lynn and the IER team