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The first part of our Incredible Edible Wildlife & Picnic Area was completed over the Summer holidays when our friends from The Whitaker at Rossendale Museum engaged local children in the 'filling' of our Insect Hotel.
With the help of volunteers, we built up the hotel out of old pallets and secured in position prior to the School holidays commencing. The children then collected all sorts of twigs, branches, stones, etc... that they could use to pack the Hotel to…Continue
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on September 12, 2013 at 10:44 — No Comments
Great work done by everyone that turned up on Saturday to help tidy up at our plot in Whitaker Park.
New faces and old, children eating peppers straight from the plant, and, teenagers asking question about the fruit and veg on show before taking a few things home with them!…Continue
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on July 24, 2013 at 9:44 — No Comments
Sundays visit to Whitaker Park was a nice surprise!
The apple trees are looking gorgeous:
Let's not forget my favourite, Brussel Sprouts, together with the Tumbling Tomatoes:…Continue
There's no other word to describe it other than 'thriving'!
We were up at Whitaker Park in the lovely sunshine on Sunday and half expected, after all the recent poor weather, to find the beds in need of much TLC. Instead, we found that they place was doing fantastically well!…Continue
WE DID IT!!!
We have raised just over our target for the Whitaker Park Picnic Area! A HUGE, MASSIVE, INCREDIBLE THANK YOU to everyone who pledged and made this possible.
We'll be discussing our plans with the Council soon and hopefully should start (and complete) work over the next couple of months.
Watch this space!
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on May 30, 2013 at 9:32 — No Comments
We now have less than two weeks to go with our pledging via Spacehive, and, are still looking for around £1,500.
We still have further avenues to pursue, but, we really do need your help. Times are hard, we know, but, please consider pledging (as little as £2). If you pledge, and presuming we are successful in reaching our target, your name will appear on signage at the site, for everyone to see the kind people that…Continue
What a busy day yesterday as we went from one end of the Valley to the other!
First stop was over at Wallbank in Whitworth to meet up with Abbie again. Although the planters were empty after the Winter, they are in a very prominent place and really eye-catching. We…Continue
Whitaker Park to be exact!
Look what's ready to pick now - whilst you're there, have a look at the potential site of our Incredible Edible Picnic Area and make a pledge here!…Continue
You may remember that last year we were approached to have an article written about us for Lancashire Life.
I'm delighted to be able to confirm that the article (by our friend Autumn Barlow) is now featured in the March edition of the magazine.
The cover describes us as 'guerillas' (as opposed to 'gorillas' - I've had a hair cut since!):…Continue
We're getting slowly closer and closer!
We are now well over halfway to our total - some very generous pledges including one very nice one from Experian.
What is important is that prospective pledgers see that there is a lot of interest in the project. We have 11 pledgers up to now. If we had another 180+ it would look Incredible!
I know that times are difficult, but, if all our members could spare just £2 each, having nearly 200…Continue
It appears we are getting lots of media exposure for our plans to transform the old animal enclosure at Whitaker Park into an Incredible Edible picnic area.
We were in the Lancashire Telegraph yesterday - click here to read the article.
We have today been contacted by The Rossendale Free Press who are also…Continue
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on January 29, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments
If you follow us on either Twitter or Facebook, you'll be no doubt aware that we are currently trying to raise funds to transform the old animal enclosure (adjacent to our Community Garden in Whitaker Park) into a seated 'picnic area' complete with fruit trees and bird tables/boxes.
We are hoping to do this with the help of our friends at Spacehive who are the world's first funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects. They make it as easy to fund a new…Continue
We had a very quick visit to the Whitaker Park plot yesterday.
It's looking very well - much of it has died back which will be great for us starting up again in the spring.
There are red cabbages and kale which are coming along nicely.…Continue
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on January 21, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments
Yesterday, I went up to Whitaker Park with my 13 year old Son to plant some onion sets in our plot.
On leaving, my Son said "I can't believe we've planted 50 in less than five minutes".
It's so easy!
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on November 12, 2012 at 13:39 — No Comments
It's that time again!
Nominations are now open for the Rossendale Awards 2012.
We were amazed last year when we won the award for Community Business, and, would like you to vote for us again by visiting the site here - http://www.r-awards.co.uk/
Not only has our Whitaker Park site won another award at North West In Bloom for the second year running, but, our project has been asked to host the North…Continue
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on September 7, 2012 at 13:21 — No Comments
We look to have solved our (lack of) soil problem at Whitaker Park courtesy of Rossendale Borough Council.
By Wednesday 27 June, the new beds should have soil in them and ready to be planted.
Please come along (weather permitting) and help us plant. If you have any unwanted edibles please bring them too.
Don't forget, we are being judged by North West In Bloom again on 30 July so need to get…Continue
Very sad news reached us recently that Gemma Rooke, Community Engagement & Grant Officer, is to leave her post at Rossendale Borough Council.
Gemma has been a great supporter of our cause and has given us superb advice and guidance over many of our projects.
She played a big part in the Whitaker Park plot, and, has also helped us in having a presence at the gardens to be built on the former Valley Centre in Rawtenstall. She has been active with us…Continue
Added by Paul Scott-Bates on June 21, 2012 at 10:45 — No Comments
Great progress made yesterday at Whitaker Park when volunteers built and installed six new beds. This now makes the plot look far tidier, and, much easier on the eye. It will also allow visitors to walk between the beds as at the other end of the plot.
Unfortunately, we have had a small hiccup with soil. We desperately need soil to fill the beds as a matter of real urgency. If we don't get soil in soon, we may struggle to be able to plant anything in them, and,…Continue
Following our Level 4 award at North West In Bloom last year, we have again been invited to take part in the RHS Its Your Neighbourhood category for 2012.
This Sunday, 13 May, at around 10am, we will be continuing our work at Whitaker Park and, we need your help to try and achieve a Level 5 award this year.
If you have any edible plants you can spare - vegetables, fruit or herbs - please bring them along and plant.
We will shortly be…Continue
Great news received yesterday to confirm that we will be judged again this year by North West In Bloom for the It's Your Neighbourhood category in association with the Royal Horticultural Society!
NWIB will be visiting our Community garden at Whitaker Park on 30 July, so it's time to get our skates on and make sure it's even better than it was last year when we won a Level 4 Award -…Continue