I’m dropping you all a line to wish you all a belated Happy New Year and to update you on a few things in the garden.
Tesco Community Funding
I’m sure you’ve all seen the initiative introduced by Tesco some time ago to raise money for local community initiatives. When you shop in Tesco you can ask for, or are given a blue token which you can put in one of three ‘tubes’ all supporting local charities or groups. These are situated just beside the checkouts as you’re leaving the shop. After an 8 week period the group with the most blue tokens gets a donation from Tesco towards their work.
Well we are delighted to report that for the next 2 months the Santry Community Garden is one of the lucky organisations that has been chosen in Tesco Omni. We are in situ now so if and when you shop in Tesco could we ask that all of you support the garden by contributing your tokens to us? I’m not sure who we’re up against and they may well be great organisations as well but if you could encourage all your friends and family to consider supporting us we’d be most grateful.
Big thanks to Liz O’Rourke who organised this for us.
We are planning to run our annual Tree Grafting Workshops again this year. We have been remarkably successful with our grafted trees and they are a wonderful boost and contribution to our beautiful Heritage Orchard.
Brian Harty is going to give a pruning demonstration on Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th February between 2-4pm when the garden is open. We’ll do a mixture of pruning and grafting on Saturday 13thand on Valentines Day, Sunday 14th we’ll be doing grafting. The garden is open between 11-1pm on the weekend.
Some members have asked us to organise some room stock (for which they will pay) so they can bring their grafted trees home. And we’ll also be grafting trees for the garden and orchard. So if you’re interested in participating let us know. We hope to have David Howell with us for guidance and help and are getting in touch to check his availability for that weekend. Thanks to Brian and Martin for organising this.
Our calendar was a great success and we sold out completely. Thanks to all of you who supported us and of course to all of our photographers and contributors to the calendar. We’ll be doing it again next year so remember to start taking your pictures now.
So as you can see, there’s never a ‘quiet time’ in the Garden. There’s always something going on (including the kettle on these cold days!). So don’t let the January weather put you off – don your thermals and come and get some bracing winter air.
Donna and the SCG Committee