If you're going into town this weekend drop by the Peasholme Green to see literally hundreds of bees. They are particularly attracted to the Oregano flowers though there are plenty of other plants providing pollen there as well. Many are honey bees, which may well have come from the three hives on the top of the Hiscox Insurance building opposite, but there are also many other types of bumble and other bees. They will all be on display at the moment, all very busily and peacefully collecting pollen. Enjoy the spectacle.
Thursday, 15 July 2021
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Monday, 10 May 2021
The Cambridge Favourite strawberries are looking promising.
The white caraway seeds will soon be at their most attractive! The seed formation during the rest of the season isn't quite so pretty.
There was a solitary honey bee on the blue borage - I wonder if it came from one of the 3 hives on top of the Hiscox building opposite? As the days warm up hopefully we'll see many more.
There are three things I love about this photo!
1. The perpetual spinach has been harvested by someone.
2. Likewise the lovage behind the spinach. This is the first time I've seen lovage being well harvested here! Apparently Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall has raved about lovage recently so perhaps it's due to him. It's a brilliant substitute for celery - better than celery in my opinion!
3. The front door of the Black Swan pub is OPEN! Quite a development!
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Exploring around the Dormouse Orchard, Shipton Road
The old orchard at the Dormouse on Shipton Road was looking good on a cloudy May bank holiday Monday this week.
But there are also a lot more remnants of the original orchard around to the south and west of the current pub and obvious orchard in front, and this wider exploration is the focus of today's blog post.
The adjacent fields to the left of the road and at the end of the road to the right of the old church at the end of the lane have a number of much older trees.
Tree and blossom pictures were taken May 3rd 2021, (and a couple of video clips taken too) to help in identification and to keep a record of this wider lovely space which was probably part of the old Clifton Hospital / Asylum complex..
Map with Dormouse top right, with the South and Southwest fields marked, and the north west corner above the church is also worth a look. This is an area popular with dog walkers, but there are often brambles and nettles around to catch out the unwary. Trees are described as accessed from the road signed to the Cricket club, and then from the road by the church
South East Area:
Some of the old trees from the South East area:
Near Pavilion cottage and the cricket club there is a fenced ancient apple on it's own to the left as you go through the gate and head south.
South East Area (Boundary hedge):
(First tree to the left of the stile. Top of main trunk now died back, otherwise lower branches look healthy).
South West field
Entering from the road by the church, there is a large multi-stemmed pear tree, then following the path east there is a N-S hedgeline/treeline where 4 further apple trees can be found.
North of the Church
And to the North West on the map, near the church is a brick walled field (possible old walled garden?)
Following the path here there is a younger apple tree then a large old apple tree before the path heads left to a style over the wall. An old apple is visible amidst the brambles on the wall by the stile. A further set of pears and /or apples are present on the far wall to the northern edge of this field.
Pictured are some of the trees along the walls
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
So many inspiring people in one room, all engaged in one way or another in helping to make their local communities - and the wider City - become healthier, and better connected. When I say better connected, I mean mostly that people are better connected to each other, but also that they are better connected to the earth beneath their feet and the food on their plates, in their mouths, in their bellies.
I would like to capture the vibrancy in the room... but of course that's impossible. So I'll have to make do with penning a list of the projects that spoke up during the day, that shared their plans, dreams and schemes:
Back to Front
We were so fortunate to have the fine people behind Back to Front with us on the day. This ace project - most recently funded by Esmee Fairbairn - has worked with communities in Leeds to turn front gardens into productive spaces that bring people together. You can read more about them here
Red Tower Project
This fab project has emerged from TIM in York, who are working with various partners to turn one medieval tower in the City walls (opposite waitrose on Foss Islands Rd) into a community space, with edible beds, a kitchen and cafe. They're meeting at the Tower on March 29th, 11-2, and you can keep up to speed with this dynamic project on their Facebook page
York Real Junk Food Project
Are hunting out a venue from which they can run their ace project, which seeks to divert food waste from landfill and make real food more accessible to more people. Keep up to speed on their facebook page, here
St Luke's Church
Have created a lively edible garden following funding from Edible York in 2013. Their work as an edible-eco-congregation is going from strength to strength!
Grow & Cook
Are running a training course which is equipping people with the skills to grow and cook (it does exactly what it says on the tin...!), boosting employability skills in the process. They're holding a celebration event on Friday May 1st (10-1pm at Door 84) and would love local food projects to come along, especially those that are on the hunt for volunteers!
Greenfields Community Garden
Is hosting regular work sessions at their bountiful Haxby Rd garden on: 1st Sunday of the month (afternoon) and 3rd Saturday of the month (morning).
John Cossham is looking to reform this talented group of composteers via a Facebook group... watch out for a link on EY's facebook group.
Updated us on their bid to redevelop Oliver House (South Bank) into an affordable CoHousing project - which would feature community allotment facilities. CYC's decision has been deferred for a month - keep up to speed at their website
Phew! You see what I mean when I say it was VIBRANT!?!?! Added to this were updates from Edible York's marvellous public veg beds and Abundance project, and new projects emerging during the day as the kind of people that make things happen mingled and mixed (Foxwood, watch this space!).
Thanks one and all for keeping on keeping on with the Edible dream.
I think - I hope- Recipes for Community Growing served the purpose of nourishing us to keep our projects in motion.