Spring!

Well we’re now into Spring and it’s starting to show with lovely blossom on the fruit trees, garlic and beans shooting up and the rhubarb ready to pick. The Thursday morning sessions have been busy with us doing lots of maintenance; Steve has been working on the hedges and Denis made some great chalk signs on slate for our veg beds and Belinda has been doing some weeding . The salad leaves have continued to flourish and each week we’ve been harvesting them, along with rhubarb, spinach and purple sprouting to sell at the gate and for our local customers and we’ve had another couple of Saturday openings where we’ve welcomed new volunteers. Little Green Fingers has had some very muddy sessions on Friday mornings and finally, and perhaps most excitingly, we’ve started a consultation on a new buildling for the garden to house workshps and group activities throughout the year. More details to follow….

Willow workshop

We had our first ever willow weaving workshops during the Easter holidays, courtesy of willow guru Nicole. We built obelisks with willow cut from the garden and volunteers’ gardens and learnt how to build these structures that are perfet for supporting sweetpeas and beans. We’re hoping to do more of this kind of activity over the coming months so if you’re interested in finding out more, email us at streamwalkcg@gmail.com. And if you’d like to buy an obelisk we have a few available for sale on Thursday morning so just pop in from 10am.

February

We had a very productive, if chilly month in February as well as some very strong winds to contend with. Felix helped us with cuttings and potting on, Irene prepared the ground for seed sowing with some mulch and Nicole worked on willow obelisks to support the sweet peas that will be planted in March. Early in the month we prepared the compost and heard from Jules how to take hard wood cuttings from our fruit bushes. And we also resumed our delivery of salad leaves to Gilberts Deli in Whitstable #gilbertswhit.

Little Green Fingers is back!

Please join us on Friday Feb 11th for Little Green Fingers gardening club for pre-schoolers. We’ll be checking on the worms and bug hotel and we’ve got a brand new children’s raised planting bed for vegetable growing. We need your help with worm food and pine cones this week so we can keep the worms well fed and make some seed balls for the birds. Please come dressed for the weather and mud.

We will be open from 9.30am-11.30am for pre schoolers and their adults.

£5 entry (£3 concessions) tea, coffee and biscuits available to buy at the tea shed. See you there!

January

Our first day gardening of the year.

A very damp Saturday morning didn’t put us off our chores today. We sorted out the shelter, picked salad, tidied around the polytunnel and Abi and Jules planted tulip bulbs. Oh, and we also drank tea and ate cake (thanks Jo!). Thanks everyone for their help. We’ll be opening regularly in 2022 on the second Saturday of the month.

Walking Day, Saturday 18th Sept 10am -2pm

The garden will be open all day as part of this first ever celebration of clean air and a clean environment in Whitstable, Tankerton, Seasalter and Chestfield. Leave your car at home and walk (and pop in and see us)!

  • View the trail of art by Whitstable schoolchildren, along Tankerton and Whitstable High Streets, Oxford Street and Harbour Street. Over 200 pictures will be on display.
  • Come and see the stalls of local community organisations and be entertained by local performers (Tankerton High Street and in front of St Alphege Church, Whitstable High Street) 10-2pm
  • Circular walking routes across CT5 connecting green and sea spaces with Tankerton and Whitstable centres. Follow suggested routes or choose your own walk.
  • Visit Stream Walk Community Garden with volunteers to show you round and tell you about its activities. Tea shed open for drinks and cakes.
  • Free guided wildlife walks at Long Rock 10am and 3pm – please book ctfivepeoples@gmail.com

Little Green Fingers – update June 9th

Apologies, but we are having to cancel this Friday’s ‘Little Green Fingers’ group again due to illness. The group is still in its infancy with just a few volunteers who are qualified and available to run the sessions. Our goal is to build this group of volunteers so that there is always backup to ensure the group runs every week but for the moment, the pandemic has defeated us. We hope to be there next Friday, please watch this space.

And if you’d like to join our team of volunteers please drop us a line streamwalkcg@gmail.com.