27 June 2013

Here come the bees!

A full hive of bees will arrive at Bennison Farm within the next 7 days, weather permitting. The bees were originally sited in Wivenhoe so they are already part of our family. On the site there are two types of hive, one is the traditional National Hive and the others are what has been called 'the People's Hive or Warre Hive' The plan is to encourage the bees to breed and populate the other two hives, watch this space...

25 June 2013

The Wildlife Garden

Bumblebee enjoying a feed
I recently attended a luncheon given as a thank you to all involved with Wivenhoe Open Gardens.  It was nice to meet others involved and the feedback was very positive for the Wildlife Garden.  Since Open Gardens Chris Gibson held a Moth Trapping evening to see what species have been attracted by the various flowers and shrubs as well as the fresh water from the pond.  Even with the poor weather many species were found to be using the garden.  Over time we hope to attract even more.
I have been over a few times keeping an eye on things over the last month.  Caroline helped by removing all the flowers from the crab apples.  This will allow the new trees to put their energy into producing roots which will mean better fruits in years to come.  The pond is now full of life.  Even the bees were using it for a drink in between gorging themselves on the nectar from the beautiful flowers blooming around the garden.
removing flowers from the crab apple

The flowers have done very well, particularly the Aquilegia, Campion, ox-eye daisies and yellow chamomile, but so have the weeds too!  We will be holding an event on the 20th of July as part of the WivKids event on the KGV field. It would be nice to revitalise the garden with a bit of weeding and cutting back some of the flowers so we get a second bloom.  Come and join us for a work session on Sunday 7th July at 10am till 1.30pm and afterwards we will pop down for a well earned drink on the river front.  The garden is a lovely space to spend a Sunday morning with friends!
John Rowland jpr74[at]hotmail.co.uk  07910 205 179

13 June 2013

One Chicken Share Now Available!! - NOW TAKEN

This share is now taken - but we may have more coming up so please do get in touch if you want to be called when they become available! [Rosie 07818 598 884]. Thanks.

Community Chicken Shed: One 'chicken share' now available!

We have 11 beautiful, healthy, character-full birds. 

... who lay around one egg per day each. 

The share involves: 
- taking on either one half day or one day per week involvement (option is to take a half day or a full day's commitment) 
- on that day you will be responsible for the chickens' welfare. 
- ensuring they have water, food.
- letting out in the morning and/or closing up at night (either or both, depending on what you want) 

In return you get fresh eggs and the enjoyment of being part of the project. 

The share is available to start immediately. It's a rare opportunity to be involved with the Chicken 100 Project. Since we started a year ago we've had no new vacancies come up but lots of requests from people to be involved. So if you were one of those people, or if you fancy giving it a go, now's your chance!

Full support and training will be provided, plus 'mentoring' for the initial few weeks so you feel confident and happy. And if it doesn't work for you, of course you can withdraw. 

Please contact Rosie directly on rosieharford@hotmail.com or 07818-598-884 for more info or to arrange a 'trial visit' :) 


Background Info: The Community Chicken Shed is proud to bring you fresh and delicious eggs, courtesy of our small flock. The chicken shed is a community project, with many different people involved in looking after them and ensuring their welfare. The aim of the project was not only to produce eggs, but to learn about chicken-keeping and then to act as a repository of that knowledge for the community. That way, if someone is interested in keeping birds in Wivenhoe, and wants to chat over the pros and cons (there are some - we'll be honest!) then we are available to assist. 'Transition' as a movement encourages this sort of knowledge-sharing and cooperation, so please do email if you want to get involved with this flock, or are thinking of starting your own, and we can help.

Eggs are available every day and will usually go out in the mornings. They are labelled with the date of lay, so you can be sure they're fresh. The above picture shows the little 'egg-house' where they're kept, with the box for donations in the background (suggested donation between 10-20p per egg)

p.s. In case you don't know already, the chicken-shed is the big coop in The Station pub's car park.

11 June 2013

Clean 'n' Lube Bike Kitchen: Sat June 15th

"... Just cycled back from the Bike Kitchen on my re-vitalised mountain bike, all the clicking and clanking replaced by a smooth purr. Not only is my bike working better than ever but I've learned how to keep it that way too" ~ Daryl

This Saturday at 3:00pm Bike Kitchen will cover cleaning and lubing your bike - what to clean, where to put oil and where not and how to do it all quickly and easily. It's a friendly workshop with tea and cake and suitable for different ages and all sorts of skill levels.

5 June 2013

What's been happening on the allotment?

Just in case you have been worrying about what is going on down on the allotment.........

The shed!
Repaired, new guttering and two,
yes two water butts!

The shed is going to be painted over the next couple of weeks so will look even smarter.
  Here is the lovely Laura weeding the garlic bed, no worries about vampires!

 The fruit bushes are growing at an amazing rate, apparently they will have to be kept pruned to get the best out of them.  I'm guessing jam may be on the menu later on in the year.

A big thank you to all the kind people who donated gardening tools, among them Bob and Jay.

This is the first time I have uploaded photos so lets hope it all works, it's all beyond me
Just need to learn how to get the words to go in the place I want them too.