Happy new year. We’ll be open again for visiting and volunteering from Thursday 9 January.

Just a year ago in January 2019 we started to renovate our lower greenhouse. Over the year we’ve dried out the greenhouse, repaired the walls and floor as well as the cold frame. We’ve cleaned all of the structure and repaired the ventilation system and finally reglazed removing all the old perspex and replacing it with 4mm safety glass. Now the greenhouse looks ready to go and here it is glinting in the early January sun.

Lower greenhouse Janury 2020

2020 is also going to be a busy year as we renovate our big greenhouse. We’ll be doing work in the front of the greenhouse in January and February and the staging will go back in March Whilst we’ve been closed the old heating piping has been removed from the upper greenhouse so that we can get at the walls to repair and renovate them. As you can see, we’ve a bit to do…

Piping Gone!

This week we’ll be waking up the garden. We need to put back the staging tops in the UGH in preparation for us starting up our propagation schedule at the beginning of Feb. We’ll be cleaning the interior walls and making it all look a bit more presentable. The manure pile needs moved to the empty compost bay under the oak tree labelled ‘manure only’.

On Sunday we are hoping for at least two very tall volunteers to help us move the water tanks into the herb garden over the walled garden wall.

We are looking for one of our volunteers who is familiar with small two stroke engines to help us maintain our chipper/shredder. It’s a 200cc Briggs and Stratton engine. We need to drain and refresh the fuel system. This will suit someone who knows small motorbike engines. If this sounds like you please contact Chris by replying to this email.

In other news don’t miss the greenhouses efforts at the Lambeth Country Show in Farmers’ Country Showdown on BBC 1 next Tuesday at 3.45pm.

On Sunday 12th January there are two workshops (!) as we catch up from the holiday. Border Workshop and a Kitchen Garden Workshop from 10am to 1pm. The border workshop will start in the lower greenhouse.

On Saturday January 18th 2pm to 4.30pm, we will be doing our traditional Wassail in the Orchard!  We will start with making noisy shakers and wonderful wassail crowns, ready for the Jolly Wassail!  Then we will learn songs from our wonderful wassailing musicians, sing to our fruit trees and make as much noise as possible, to ‘wake up’ the sleeping trees and scare away any bad spirits. Our wassailing will make sure we have a bountiful harvest in 2020! All ages are welcome!  Under 2s go free! To book and find out more go here