On a cold but sunny Saturday in January we set off for Greengrow for their annual treeplanting day.
Greengrow is a Grow your Own community vegetable and fruit growing project based at Illketshall St Andrew (between Beccles and Bungay). It’s for people who want to learn how to grow food sustainably or want to do so with others.
As soon as we arrived the children formed a pack and were off, which is so nice to see and gives us mums and dads a break! On the day, we were planting pear trees and you soon fell into a comfortable rhythm: dig the hole, put in some muck mix, put tree in, add earth, cover in newspaper, attach to stake, cover with Hessian sack, et voila! Such an earthy heart warming feeling planting trees and in such nice company.
There are a lot of exciting things happening at Greengrow this year. They have had two grants – one for a reservoir and rainwater/irrigation system and a second for a long greenhouse against the barn with a vegetable packing and storage area inside.
As we were happily chatting and digging away, the children were gradually becoming unrecognisable through the layers of mud they had become coated with. I looked up to find my little Dan standing next to me saying “mummy i’m freezing!”. A good bowl of hot soup soon put the warmth back into us all and the kids were playing badminton over the fence and sliding down the straw bales.
If you didn’t make it to the planting day and would like to find out more or get involved, Greengrow have regular volunteer days. As I’ve reported above, there are lots of exciting projects to get involved with this year.
Checkout Grow your Own on Facebook for up to date info.
If you’re ever feeling down plant a seed in the ground!!