30 March 2013

things starting to happen at the allotment!

Just when I thought life couldn't get any more exciting I turned the page over in my diary and there it was..... allotment meeting!

Hosted once again by the lovely Maureen - htea and cakes all round.

All the vegtables have now been adopted by one person or another, taking responsibilty from planting to harvesting. I feel social services could replicate our way of working as 'best practice'

We are the proud owners of new guttering, fixings, downpipes and two, yes two water butts. All kindly donated by Ed.  Thank you Ed. This will now allow us to bring the allotment shed up to scratch.

Due to the rather cold weather it was decided to start off some of the seeds indoors and several people were kind enough to take seeds and pots home. So as you read this life is beginning in pots all across Wivenhoe.

My contribution is to make posters asking for any garden tools people may not need any more. So if you have a spade, a bucket, a rake, or any other garden tools please let me know.

24 March 2013

Spring at the Station Garden!

Ah! Spring is in the air, and the gardener's thoughts turn to planting for the coming season.

I was due to meet up with a couple of other folks from TTW food group at the garden today, but it's snowing! We decided to postpone meeting until we can get a proper look at what's already coming up at the garden.

In the meantime, here's some photos of the garden looking pretty in the springtime snow.


21 March 2013


photo by Colin Game


This lovely pic of the waterfront arrived in the Transition Wiv inbox this morning (thank you Colin) and I just thought it would be nice to share it and give any readers a post simply to savour.

A quiet reflective moment in our often too busy days...


12 March 2013

Bike Trailers are Go!

.The Allotment - New blogger on the block!


This is my first ever attempt at blogging, at the ripe old age of 58!
I have volunteered to keep a blog for the community allotment wether this is a wise decision we shall see.

I think I will need to learn to use links, upload (or is it download) pictures ,tabs, etc.

My first task is to go and visit the allotment I guess, as I know almost nothing about growing vegs it will be a steep learning curve.

I hope to learn a lot and be able to keep you upto date on developments and perhaps even encourage you to join us.

I think this is when I press Publish- here goes!

9 March 2013

The Easiest Way To Save Your £££s

The shiny new look Wivenhoe Library has a bunch of energy monitors you can borrow, and a Power Strip (Burlesque is so yesterday). We're sharing some of our TTW stock with them to make it easier for you to save loadsa ££££.

If you need help to set them up, one of our lovely energy volunteers can oblige!

The library is open on

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm to 7pm

Fridays 10am to 1pm

Saturdays 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm

posted by Jo

2 March 2013

Wildlife Garden March work sessions. All Welcome!

Winter is nearly over and there are already signs of Spring all around.  It was lovely working in the Wildlife Garden in rays of warm sunshine today.  There is still a lot to do but the newly dug hole ready for the pond and small primrose flowers in bloom gave me hope for the Easter finishing date.  

photo Frances Belsham
It is going to be a push to get everything done in time so we need everyone that can spare some time to come and join us, even if you can only spend an hour, or to provide moral support or a flask of hot drinks!  
I will be there on Sat 9th (1pm to 5pm), Sunday 17th and 24th March (11am to 1:30pm). 

  • weeding, some light  weeding round the areas already turned over ; some heavy weeding in un-touched areas
  • digging the edges of the pond and getting the level right
  • tidying up some of the cut branches
  • sawing some of the felled trees to use as edges to the path
  • preparing the path
  • once the pond is levelled, removing stones and lining the ground with carpet

Tools:  Some tools can be provided but it would be handy if you could bring your own gloves and spade or folk if you can.
There will be a big weekend arranged for some time in the school Easter Holidays when we would like as many people as possible to come and do the finishing touches. Date to be confirmed.  

photo Frances Belsham

Local photographer, Frances Belsham, took some lovely pictures of the flora and fauna in the garden, including some of us at work.  We are very privileged to have a local artist putting our efforts onto film.  
Hopefully the images will inspire more to come and experience our local nature for themselves.  It is really going to look amazing once completed so come down and be a part of it.  It would be fantastic to see you there!!

[the garden is adjacent to the KGV field, behind the town council office]

Johnny Rowland
07910 205 179