Library Courtyard Garden Archive


    Radical Roots: On Community Food Growing

    This month a groundbreaking handbook about arts and social change burst onto the bookshelves. Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered by Lucy Neal was, like Sustainable Bungay, inspired by the world-wide Transition movement. As well as discussing the social and […]

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    Sustainable Nick – A souvenir issue

    This week saw the departure of one of Sustainable Bungay’s key movers and shakers, Nick Watts. To celebrate his very active presence amongst the group and to wish him well the comms wing of SB wrote and produced a special newsletter as a farewell card. […]

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    On Making Space for Nature in Sustainable Bungay

    This post was first published on 24th September 2014 under the title Mark Watson on Making Space for Flowers as part of the “Making Space for Nature” theme on the Transition Network website. It appears here unabridged. “Did you grow all those yourself?”, a young […]

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    Introducing The Dye Garden 2014

    Each year Bungay Community Library Garden has a different theme for the central bed and revolves a series of events around its showcase plants. In 2010 when Sustainable Bungay first created the garden we grew a host of nectar and pollen flowers for Butterflies and […]

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    STIR Magazine Article on Sustainable Bungay – from July 2013

    STIR magazine is a “reader-supported” printed publication which appears quarterly in the UK and beyond. STIR looks at “the inspiring and practical co-operative, commons-based and community-led alternatives to the crises in our food, finance systems and other important aspects of our lives.” In the July […]

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    Edible Plant Event Sunday 9th June 3pm

    This Sunday 9th June Build Your Own Vegetable Growing Container at Bungay Library at 3pm. Plus planting ideas for vegatable pots and containers and friendly gardening chat ! Booking essential please email A free Edible Plant workshop with donations kindly requested

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    Give and Grow, Sunday May 19th, 11am-1pm

    Almost ready for our regular Spring exchange of plants, seeds, seedlings & garden equipment in Bungay Library Courtyard. An opportunity to come and meet some fellow gardeners for a chat, a brew and some swapping – all for free! Donations – clearly labelled please – […]

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    Edible Plants for 2013

    Hasten the Spring along this Sunday March 17th and join in with a Garden Workshop, “Hot Beds and Leafy Greens”, at Bungay Library at 3pm. A chance to prepare container grown salad leaves to take home and to learn how to make a Hot Bed. […]

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    The Edible Garden presents Bob Flowerdew ‘No Work Gardening’ Saturday, 9 February, 5.30pm at Bungay Library


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    The Plants for Life Year and Belles Tisanes de France

    It was a lovely way to end this year’s Plants for Life series. At 3pm in Bungay library last Sunday, we did a round up of the events and spoke about  what we’d enjoyed and learned from them. Then we took a visit to the Drôme region […]

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    Plants for Life #9 – Autumn Berry Tonics and Tinctures – 23rd September, 3pm

    Do join Plants for Life in Bungay Library on September 23rd at 3pm, as we take a look at (at least) three of the native, local trees and bushes which provide berries as medicine and food. We’ll be talking about hawthorn, elder and sea buckthorn […]

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    52 Flowers That Shook My World with Charlotte Du Cann, Sunday 5th August, 3pm, Bungay Library

    For our eighth Plants for Life event this year, don’t miss Sustainable Bungay author Charlotte Du Cann as she takes a radical look at medicine plants with a reading from her just-published book 52 Flowers That Shook My World – A Radical Return to Earth (Two Ravens Press, 2012). […]

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    Midsummer Wildflowers and Plant Oils – plus Plant Families at Green Drinks

    Everyone is welcome to our 6th Plants for Life 2012 event,  a demonstration of how to make wildflower and plant oils and an introduction to plant ‘simples’ by Rose Titchiner, followed by an (almost) midsummer visit to Outney Common. (Please note: We were planning to visit […]

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    Hedgerow Medicine – a review of this month’s Plants for Life event

    The upper room at Bungay Library was packed with almost 40 people last Sunday for this month’s Plants for Life talk on Hedgerow Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal.  Julie is a practising medical herbalist and Matthew an editor and writer and their book, Hedgerow […]

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    Plant Swap in the Library Courtyard

    This almost incessantly cold spring has hampered efforts to germinate seeds for my own allotment and garden, and scuppered attempts to raise seedlings for this event – trays of seeded compost remained stubbornly barren on my garage windowsill. Would this effect be widespread and create […]

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    Hedgerow Medecine with Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, Sunday 13th May, 3pm at Bungay Library

    On Sunday May 13th at 3pm at Bungay Library, for our fifth Plants for Life event, we welcome Norfolk-based herbalist Julie Bruton-Seal and her husband Matthew Seal, to speak about Hedgerow Medicine. Julie and Matthew are the co-authors of Hedgerow Medicine (2008), the book on foraging for medicine plants and […]

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    Walking with Weeds in pictures and words – Plants for Life #4

    It was the perfect sunny day for it. Until five minutes before we set out when it started raining. Thank goodness for bumping into Paul whilst I was doing a last minute reccy of the places and the plants we would be stopping at. Clouds […]

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    Plants for Life and Medicine – Walking (around Town) with Weeds – Sunday 22 April, 2.30pm

    For this year’s fourth Plants for Life event join us for a walk around central Bungay’s streets, alleyways, churchyards and meadows taking a different look at the plants we often call weeds. In line with our Plant Medicine Bed at the library and the theme […]

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    Adopt a Herb with Dan Wheals – Plants for Life Sunday 18 March 3pm at Bungay Library

    For the third of our monthly Plants for Life talks, walks and workshops, we welcome medical herbalist and Suffolk Coastal’s Community Environmental Action Advisor, Dan Wheals, who’ll show us practical and creative ways we can adopt one particular herb and find out all about it. Active […]

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    Plants for Life #2 – Growing Organic and Biodynamic

    The room upstairs at Bungay Library was packed for our second Plants for Life event yesterday (Sunday). This was a relaxed conversation on Growing Organic Herbs between organic and biodynamic herb grower, David Wrenn of Orchard End Organics in Kirstead and Mark Watson, the events’ […]

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    Growing Organic Herbs – Sunday 19th February, 3pm – with David Wrenn plus mounting Commemorative Plaque, 2.30pm

    This is the second of our monthly (medicine) Plants for Life series of talks, walks and workshops in 2012 in conjunction with the Plant Medicine Bed at Bungay Library. This month we’ll be in conversation with David Wrenn of Orchard End Organics – everything you […]

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    connecting with our roots – review of the first plants for life talk

    Here Charlotte Du Cann writes about giving the first Plants for Life talk at Bungay Library on 15 January. This post was first published on This Low Carbon Life, the Transition Norwich blog. “Are you sitting comfortably?” I asked the circle of people who had gathered […]

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    Plant Medicine Bed 2012 at the Library plus Talks, Walks and Workshops beginning Sunday 15th January

    Each year the central flowerbed at Bungay library community garden takes a different theme. In 2011 it was Wild Plants for Bees and Butterflies, this year it will be Plants as Medicine. The intent behind the Plant Medicine Bed is to rekindle our relationship with the […]

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    Connecting with our Roots, Sunday 15 Jan 3pm at Bungay Library

    The first of Sustainable Bungay’s 2012 series of Plants for Life talks, walks and workshops in conjunction with the Plant Medicine bed in the Library Community Garden. Writer Charlotte Du Cann goes underground and comes back up again with a vibrant and creative look at […]

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    Preparing the Garden for Winter and the Plant Medicine Bed

    On Sunday October 30th a small, resilient band of us turned up brandishing our forks and rakes to prepare the library garden beds for their winter rest. The weather was greyer and far less balmy than at our produce swap at the beginning of the month, but Richard, […]

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    Library Community Garden Workday – Sunday 30th October, 11am-1pm

    To all those who enjoy getting your hands dirty. The Library Courtyard Garden has been full of flowers, bees and fruit this year, so much so that it needs a little tidying up. If anyone has the time and some spare compost and pots, we […]

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    Autumn Produce Swap at the Library Garden

    It was the hottest October weekend on record, and it certainly didn’t feel like Autumn in the library garden on Sunday morning (Oct 2) at Sustainable Bungay’s produce swap. Here was truly an abundance of fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds all from people’s gardens and […]

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    Library Update

    Bungay’s library courtyard is positively blooming this summer as its beautiful, new wildlife garden comes into its own with a great burst of activity. Colourful chamomile, cornflowers, poppies and foxgloves catch the eye, not only of library visitors but bumble bees and many other insects. […]

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    Save Bungay Library! Report on the SCC Scrutiny Committee Meeting

    The Suffolk County Council Scrutiny Committee met at Endeavour House on Tuesday 14th June.  Josiah and Sylvia attended. Sylvia prepared these reflections for the Bungay Library Cross-Community Working Party: Prior to the meeting our understanding, and that of all other Library representatives, was that the committee would be […]

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    Plant Exchange is Permanent

    Our second Give and Grow Plant Swap took place on Sunday May 1st in the Library Courtyard. There was a splendid array of plants brought in – everything from an olive tree down to a packet of seeds to a pile of jerusalem artichokes. A […]

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    Give and Grow, Sunday 1st May 11am-1pm

    Following last years successful event we are holding another plant swap in the library courtyard over the bank-holiday weekend. Bring along your surplus seed, seedlings or plants**  for others to take, and pick up something you fancy at the same time! There will be a […]

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    Save Bungay Library: Telling Tales | 26th March

    Telling Tales: 26th March, 11am – 2.30pm We’ve invited two storytellers and two poets to Bungay library. They will perform their work and create stories in the gallery (and perhaps the garden if the sun is out). The stories will catch the imagination of adults […]

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    An Ash of Dewey Decimals

    Bungay based poet and library supporter Luke Wright has penned a poem about the library closures, he’s also written some of his own thoughts about Bungay library and the prospect of it closing here and been speaking up for it on local and national radio […]

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    Birdbox camera in the Library Courtyard

    Latest development in the Community Garden at Bungay Library is a high-resolution camera situated in a cedar birdbox located on one of the pillars. A cable runs into the library where a TV monitors activity inside the box. Thanks to Kristian, Richard and Nick for […]

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    Save Bungay Library: World Book Night

    We’d like to invite you to attend World Book Night on Thursday 3rd March (7-9pm)*. It should be a great night with live music in the library gallery, a book swap stall in the courtyard garden and a gaggle of local authors including Elizabeth Jane Howard […]

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    Read-In at Bungay Library | 5th Feb, 10am

    Next Saturday is Save Our Libraries Day. Obviously this national day of action now has particular resonance in Bungay and many other Suffolk communities. After discussions with a few of the groups that use the library and with the librarians themselves it has been decided that we […]

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    Press Release: Business as usual for Bungay Library volunteers

    Despite Suffolk County Councils threat to close Bungay Library, Sustainable Bungay are working to complete the community garden. Over the last year a group from Sustainable Bungay have been working to transform the courtyard at Bungay Library into a community garden. During that time volunteers […]

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    Library Courtyard Autumn Update

    The planting which took place this summer has reacted very well to conditions and the garden appears to be retreating towards winter in good health. Additional benches are being prepared for installation and negotiations are underway to procure a wooden plaque to commemorate this community […]

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    Lolly Sticks Abound

    First of all, I have to admit to being a little lazy and reaping the benefit of other’s hard work. Over the past two weeks myself and some friends have been enjoying planting spring bulbs in the Library Courtyard Garden with pupils from Bungay Primary […]

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    Grand Opening of the Library Courtyard Community Garden on YouTube

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    Library Courtyard Community Garden Launch – first photos

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    Planting the Courtyard Garden

    Over the last fortnight plants have been arriving at the library, donated in response to our appeal. On Saturday a good number of people turned up to plant out sedum, verbena, primroses, currants, gooseberries a whole range of mints and lavenders. The beds around the […]

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    Bungay Plant Hunters (press release)

    Sustainable Bungay and Bungay Library are looking for plants to complete their newly built community garden. Over the last year a group from Sustainable Bungay have been working to transform the courtyard at Bungay Library into a community garden. The first stage of the project […]

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    Opening Bungay Library Courtyard Community Garden

    We  will hold an Opening Ceremony for the Library Courtyard on Sunday September 19th at Noon, and would be especially pleased to see those connected with the Bungay Society, Town Trust, Town Council, and Three Willows Cafe, as well as individuals who have contributed, or […]

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    Library Courtyard Progress Report (VI)

    Friday 31st July and the topsoil was delivered – tipped onto the forecourt by way of a kind donation from V C Cooke of Ellough – 4 tons of the stuff to move into the raised beds. Happily there was an enthusiatic team of volunteers […]

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    Library Courtyard Progress Report (V)

    Paul, Nick, Keith and Jenni spent Saturday morning clearing the courtyard in readiness for the topsoil. They also hired a Kango hammer to break up – or at least punch a few holes in – the concrete under the central raised bed and remove some […]

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    Library Courtyard Progress Report (IV)

    I thought I’d post a few photos showing how well things are going. The first batch are from a meeting last Tuesday: Paul Coleman had finished turning our assortment of donated bricks into a beautiful speckled central planting space and retaining walls for raised beds […]

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    Library Courtyard Progress Report (III)

    July 3rd: Two fantastic pieces of news in the last 48 hours! Coley visited Kristian on Friday to say that he will begin his bricklaying work on Monday (5th) and there are over 300 bricks ready and waiting thanks to the generosity of Rita/Peter/Kate Jackson. […]

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    Library Courtyard Progress Report (II)

    June 16th: The brick appeal gathers pace with a Brick Amnesty event planned for June 27th. In the meantime we hope to deliver Kate’s bricks over the weekend and that Coley will be ready to start foundation work in the very near future. Requests for […]

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    Appeal for bricks is over

    Thanks to the hard work of Paul Jackson in particular we have now sourced all the bricks we need for the raised bed & borders.

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    Library courtyard progress report (I)

    May 30th: Josiah and Richard installed 2 waterbutts on downpipes in the courtyard. Nick brought along the tools and offered support. We appreciated the contribution of Dharmaja who came along to help and was introduced to the project and some of the team members.  A […]

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