Dreaming of a city where you’re surrounded by the abundance of nature and fresh food? Wanna see the common land used to its full potential to nurture human and non human beings? Ok well you’ll have to carry on dreaming for a bit but here’s something you can do to move things in that direction…
Come on down and get yourself involved in the second public workday at Bedford Fields Community Forest Garden Project next Saturday 15th May. Help us plant an acre of forest garden, edible landscaped loveliness in Woodhouse just a minute walk from Hyde Park Corner.
Time: On site from 11am to 4.30pm (or earlier if you want to help get tools etc on site), Come for all or part of the day.
Where?: Bedford Fields site, woodhouse cliff, woodhouse, leeds, LS6 2.
Directions: from Hyde Park Corner crossroads, turn right (if coming from leeds centre) onto Woodhouse Street, take second left (this is very soon after Hyde Park Corner) this is Woodhouse Cliff, (this is a short cul-de-sac leading to city school and footpath to woodhouse ridge), the site is on left after bend in road.
What we’ll be doing: Preparing spaces to plant fruit trees, marking out where the trees will go, clearing away brambles (slashing it up with big curvy knives – you can imagine you are beating your way through the jungle if you like) and then laying down mulch.
Also weeding future planting stations for fruit trees to be planted in June/July. This will involve weeding couch and bindweed roots from the planting stations that are already mulched and installing rhizome barriers – i.e. digging and get your hands in the soil.
What its good for: de-fibrillating your brain from the complications and stresses of modern life: computer, work, money worries, traffic, interpersonal issues, polution ….. (fill in blank with other life pressure) hanging out with nice people in a peaceful spot. All made nicer using our lovely long-handled tools, a joy to work with.
Food and drink and : We’ll have a shared lunch on site (some kind of stew maybe, cooked on rocket stove), so bring veg or other stew ingredients to go in the pot or bread or things to put on bread or other food to share. (volunteers to cook lunch on site welcome). We’ll have means to make tea on site, but bring a mug if you remember.
Post-workday social: If its a nice day we can hang out for a beer on site afterwards, or head down to the Chemic pub for one.
Weather contingencies: We’ll be there rain or shine! (unless its absolutely chuckin it) as we will have gazebos to work under if raining. Last workday it was light rain and it was fine and dandy, thanks to gazebo protection. If weather really abismal then may re-arrange for the Sunday if that better. Bring waterproofs, sunhat, its that time of year don’t know what to expect. Gloves and tools provided.
What to Bring (summary): Food to share, mug, waterproofs, sunhat, friends!
Get yourself on the contact list for the project: for up to minute low-down on Bedford fields workday arrangements. Drop me an e-mail, include your phone no., or send me a text and include your email (my e-mail is joannadornan a yahoo.co.uk and my mobile no is 07923 221268) . This way I’ll let you know of all future workdays and if there are any last minute re-arrangements, for example due to weather.