This is just a short note to touch base with you all about events in the garden.
Now that the summer is upon us, it heralds a busy and productive few
months and the grounds are awash with colour and
We need all the help we can get around now so if your wellies have been gathering cobwebs and you've forgotten what the earth smells like - come back to us! We have raised beds to plant up, paths to clear, ponds to fill, flowers to
plant, trees to tend and of course lots of gorgeous fruits and vegetables to be
cultivated (and harvested).
The ground is in much better nick this year which has meant it's not as backbreaking to work with and now that so much of the plot is maturing so well, that too means crops are easier to manage. But all the same we still have lots and
lots of jobs in the garden and the more members we get helping with the workload
We also wanted to let you know about some events lined up over the next few weeks so if you'd like to take part let us know and make a date in the diary.
Our bestest friends evah, the Conservation Volunteers are coming to see us on
Saturday 7th June. We have now finished the series of raised beds in the top
corner of the kitchen garden and we're hoping to plant these up over the
session. The garden will be open from 11am ... hopefully until about 3pm
(weather dependent) so if you'd like to come along and help out we'd love to see
Then over the Midsummer weekend we're hoping to host a Members Barbeque. Not sure yet whether it will be Saturday or Sunday but as with previous years we'll be firing up the coals and inviting everyone to bring along some food to cook and enjoy in the sunshine (that's right - we're doing a bit of positive thinking!). I'll let
you know timings as soon as they're confirmed.
We've also got another important date looming in July. We were delighted to hear that we've been selected to partake in the national Pride of Place Awards. We were put forward by Fingal County Council and the judges will be visiting us on
Tuesday 22nd July between (we think) 2-4.30pm.
This is where YOU come in. I know weekday afternoons are not going to suit many of you but for those of you who are free, would you be able to come up to the
garden that afternoon? The judges will want to see the garden 'in action'
and if possible talk to some of our friends and members so if as many people as
possible could make it we would be so grateful. Not only would success in
this competition mean a higher profile for us, we are also crossing fingers we
may win funds to go towards a new Members Shed.
Talking of which... our current shed is brilliant and is going nowhere but it literally
is bursting at the seams so we badly need to expand. We are hoping to
procure a new shed which members can use to make a cup of tea, store goods,
light tools and foods etc. We need somewhere to organise all our admin as well.
And then the original shed can be used for our lawnmowers, rotavators and
other heavy machinery and tools.
It's going to be pricey of course to get this new shed but we're shopping around for
the best possible deal and looking into possible ways to raise
One of our hardworking and energetic regulars Kay has suggested we do a Sponsored Cycle to raise funds (maybe between Howth or Malahide and then back to the garden for a bbq) or we could possibly do something like a Quiz Night. Would people be interested in either of these things? Have you any other ideas or
expertise you could offer to give us some quirky, effective ways to raise money?
Any feedback gratefully received.
This email is long enough so I will stop now. But please consider supporting us
at one of the events above and of course remember that although the garden is
brimming with life and doing wonderfully we still NEED OUR MEMBERS to turn up
and help us garden.
See you soon, The SCG Committee