Bountiful Bristol Bulletin


An update from Eastside Roots-community gardening hub, Easton. by nadiacatkinhillman
January 24, 2010, 10:17 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Welcome to 2010

Eastside Roots is currently undergoing some changes. We no longer have a
paid member of staff so everything that is done at our two sites and all
the training, workshops & events coming up are run by volunteers. Now is a
great time to join us as a volunteer or member as you can help us develop a
plan for 2010. If you are interested in becoming an Eastside Roots member
please reply to this email and if you wish to become a volunteer (if you
are not already) simple go to our Community Gardening Hub at Stapleton Road
Train Station in Easton, up from the Sugarloaf on St Marks Road, on a
Tuesday or Friday from 10.30 to 4.30, or Saturday from 11am to 3pm, or join
us at Trinity Garden, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road in Old Market on a
Thursday afternoon from 1pm. Our volunteer days are a great way to meet new
friends, learn new skills, improve your community and get fit. You are
welcome to drop in for an hour or stay all day. There are always
refreshments available and there are lots of plants to buy at your
Community Garden Centre at the station site.

Our mobile number will now only be answered on a Tuesday, Friday or
Saturday if you can call on these days it would be most appreciated. The
number is 07810 806 354. Alternatively you can email us at
<mailto:enquiries@eastsider oots.org. uk>enquiries@eastsider oots.org. uk and
we will try to reply as soon as we can. If you need to write to us or
perhaps you wish to send a donation: our address is now:

Eastside Roots

c/o Easton Community Centre

Kilburn Road

Easton

Bristol

BS5 6AW

Training Courses in 2010

There are still a few places on our regular Organic Gardening Course at
Trinity which runs for 8 weeks every Thursday from 4th February to 8th
April 10am to 12.30. The course is an inspirational mix of ideas,
information and hands-on practical work. For more information or to enrol
call Tom Daly on 07988 460 373 or email
<mailto:t_daly@hotmail. com>t_daly@hotmail. com . Costs are £80 waged or £40
unwaged.

Starting early March (details to follow) we are also running an eight week
evening Gardening Course designed for first timers or improvers. We are
still at the planning stage but the course is likely to be £80 with
concessions available, will have three tutors plus guests, will include two
practicals at the weekend and will cover: garden/allotment preparation,
site plan, soil, composting, mulching, what to do at different times of the
year, propagation, seeds, plants, herbs, growing in small areas,
fruit/veg/salad growing, pests & diseases, companion planting and
signposting to different gardening methods such as Permaculture,
Bio-dynamics etc. The course is ideal for someone who has just started with
an allotment or garden or someone who wants to make their garden more
productive. The course is likely to be on a Wednesday evening. We are
taking preliminary bookings now; if you know someone who could benefit from
this course please pass on the details. Full details will be on the website
in early February: <http://www.eastside roots.org. uk>www.eastsideroots. org.uk

Horticulture expert Tim Foster is kindly running a fruit tree pruning
workshop on a Thursday afternoon at Trinity Garden in February: date to be
set very soon, watch this space. Book by replying to this email, there will
be a small charge to cover costs.

Fruit Trees

Due to popular demand we have extended the deadline on ordering a fruit
tree. We have selected a range of apple, plum, cherry and pear varieties
that would be perfect for a small garden or can be planted on your
allotment. They are fifteen pounds each and the deadline for ordering is
now 20th February. Purchasing your very own fruit tree could not be easier;
either pay by card on our secure PayPal address online
(<http://www.eastside roots.org. uk>www.eastsideroots. org.uk ) or pay at the
Community Gardening Hub at Stapleton Road Train station where we will issue
you with a receipt. Collection will be over the last weekend in February.

Propagation Network

Whether you are a kean gardener or never planted a seed please join our
ever growing Propagation Network. We supply you with seeds, pots, compost
and support. All you need to do is look after the plants once they are
large enough you get a free specimen for your garden and the rest we sell
at the Community Garden Centre to help fund Eastside Roots activities. For
more details or to join email
<mailto:propagationnetwork@ eastsideroots. org.uk>propagationnetwork@ eastsideroots. org.uk
.

Saturday Workshops

From the end of February we are running workshops up at the station site
every Saturday. The first few have already been arranged and a program will
be sent out soon. These workshops are about gardening, horticulture or
similar themes and are run by the community for the community. If you are
interested in running a workshop or if you have a workshop idea please get
in touch we would love to hear from you.

Events

Finally a big thank you to everyone who came to our New Years Eve night at
The Plough, we had a great time and it seemed you all did too! One of our
guest DJs for the night was from BFG whom some of you may know…..they
have returned the compliment and have given Eastside Roots Room 4 at Lakota
on 19th March. Tickets, available from Bristol Ticket Shop, are already
selling fast after the night was mentioned on Annie Nightingale show so
this is an advance notice. In Room 4 we have Gentlemans Dub Club (9 piece
brass n dub band), Dub Mafia (7 piece band), Dubrovniks live PA, Eastside
Roots DJs Green & Fingers and much more. If you want the full line up let
me know & Ill email it. We will also be holding the first Dance for the
Plants at The Plough soon look out for the flyers but details in February news.

(Suggested new year resolutions make a compost heap and install water butt
(if you havent already), join us for a days volunteering and sign up to one
of our courses or workshops.)

Many thanks for reading me as always!

Nick Ward

Eastside Roots

07810 806 354

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