Throughout the year, on one weekend of every month, we will be hosting a Family Open Day at the Salopian Garden. They are timed to coincide with major national and international campaigns that align with the work that Cultivate London does, so we’ve created a theme for each month (which extends across all of our community projects) that focuses on exciting topics for everyone to enjoy. Each Open Day will tie in the horticultural skills that will be taught and practised during that month and we’ll be offering food, activities and mini workshops run by experts in that specific field on the day.
We kick started with January headlining ‘Birds & Trees’ and a successful Open Day on Sunday 27th January to tie in with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. We had a great turn out at the garden (especially given how cold it was!) and everyone got stuck into fruit tree pruning, making bird feeders & boxes from recycled timber and bird watching and identification that was sent off to the RSPB.
March will be ‘Bread, Chicks and Seeds’ and excitingly we have the wonderful Sara Ward from Hen Corner coming to give a bread making workshop as part of the Real Bread Week. There will also be the opportunity for seed sowing (and sharing), planting soft fruit and of course top tips for caring for your urban chickens – in preparation for the arrival of our clutch of chicks to arrive a few weeks after. To say that everyone is excited about the arrival of the Cultivate London chickens is an understatement!
With 11 exciting Open Days planned for 2019 – each with a different focus – we hope to see many new faces, as well as those returning to the garden throughout the year. Check in to our Facebook page for more details each month.
Saturday 2nd March – Bread, Chicks & Seeds
Saturday 13th April – Herbs & Citizen Science
Sunday 5th May – Wellbeing (Human & Plant)
Sunday 9th June – Growing Together
Saturday 20th July – Pollinators
Saturday 17th August – Gluts & Preserves
Sunday 29th September – Generation & Regeneration
Sunday 20th October – Harvest
Saturday 16th November – Compost & Kindness
Sunday 8th December – Volunteering
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at all of the Open Days.
When the days get a bit longer we will also start to run Twilight Sessions on Wednesday evenings at the garden. These will allow those who work during the week to attend the garden in the evenings and they’ll also offer something a bit different; we’re planning lectures, film screenings, music and cookery classes. If anyone has any ideas that they would like to see happen as part of these sessions please get in touch with Rosie to discuss.