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Get your shovels out!

As is our wont, the bloomers will be out for Weedy Wednesday again this week.

Please join us in a fabulous midweek work-out as we spread wood chip on the bed on the corner of Clifford Park and the High Street. This is a continuation of a job we started a couple of weeks ago on a Weedy Wednesday….

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Thank you to the team at Clean Surroundings, Waste & Recycling at Sedgemoor District Council for dropping off the chip and to Jane Tomaney for putting in the request.

 

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Many hands make light work…

 

By doing this we will be helping to keep the weeds down in this bed, as well as providing a decorative finish to the border.

By doing this now, we are saving ourselves work in the long run, reducing the use of weed killer, as well as preventing the occurrence of bingo wings. So it’s a win, win, win situation!

If you fancy joining us, see you there at 7pm. Please bring shovels, rakes, wheel barrows and brushes.

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Working in Partnership with Cannington C of E Primary School

We were delighted to hear the the school is going to take on the planting and maintenance of the school path border this year. The school will be running a gardening club and it is fantastic to hear that so many of their students want to get involved. They will receive support from the team at Bridgwater College’s Walled Gardens of Cannington, as well as the expertise of the other bastion of horticulture in Cannington, Brymore Academy. The community working together to improve the wellbeing of its inhabitants and the wildlife.

 

To support getting this project up and running, we are meeting up at the school path border to complete some more tidying and clearance as part of our Sustainable Saturdays group. As ever, please feel free to join us. See you there at 10am this Saturday 16th April ….

We very much look forward to seeing how things develop over the coming months….

You may have spotted some bloomers out and about last night too as Weedy Wednesdays began. This regular meet up will continue right through until the autumn. We were out watering the various planters and barrier baskets around the village and having a bit of tidy up and weed of the border on the corner of Clifford Park. It’s all go!!

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Weedy Wednesdays Are Back!!

The nights are drawing out and those of us that are solar powered feel a burst of energy. This can only mean one thing – the return of Weedy Wednesdays!

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We will be meeting every Wednesday over the coming months at 7pm in the front garden of Cannington House, which is at the bottom of Rodway Hill, opposite the war memorial. Everyone is most welcome to join us and there is usually our own version of post-match analysis in the Friendly Spirit after!!

So, please consider joining us as we prepare to take part in the South West in Bloom ‘Champion of  Champions’ category in 2016…

There are many ways you can get involved, it is not just for the green fingered, although those looking to further their skills in this arena should come along….

Click here to find out other ways you can help to make Cannington even more beautiful….

 


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A Good Little Work Out!

One of the many benefits of being a bloomer is being able to ditch the gym and get an endorphin release in the fresh air.

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Mission accomplished!

A team of seven gathered to finish digging the trench around the polytunnel so that we can put new polythene onto the metal framework. The Tomaneys were the first to arrive and one by one the rest of the crew arrived, much to Jane and Dave’s relief!

Everyone got stuck in and the one foot deep trench was dug in no time. Thanks to Dave & Steve for removing a holly tree stump, slap bang where our trench needed to be. Our base camp and growing space is nearly complete!

We have one job left to do, so if you are available on Saturday 2nd April, please join us to help stretch the new cover and secure it. Many hands make light work! There is a handy ‘how to’ video below if you want to gen up first!

 


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Out & About on Saturday

As part of our new and improved 2016 cunning plan, this Saturday will be our second bloomers session.

We will continue to meet at 10am every first and third Saturday of the month. The meeting place is the front garden of Cannington House, which is at the bottom of Rodway, opposite the war memorial.

This week we will be carrying out more poly tunnel preparations. You may remember the awesome power of storm Imogen which occurred a couple of days after we cleaned the polytunnel. Unfortunately the polytunnel now has a permenantly open sun-roof! We remain determined to create ourselves a useable growing space so we will be looking to finance/get funding for a new skin for the polytunnel. Thankfully we have the knowledge of skilled horticulturist, Fiona Stanley, who has experience in these matters. She will be guiding the group in tasks needed to prepare for when we need to stretch the new plastic over the frame.  This includes digging a trench, so ditch the gym and join the bloomers. If you fancy somethings more sedate there will be more gentle tasks too! All are welcome..


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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

We have been approached by a young person who is completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He has asked if he can join us for three months volunteering. We were very pleased that he chose Cannington in Bloom. In return we will write a report confirming his attendance and detailing what he has been doing.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website explains what it is all about:

“Many young people find achieving a DofE Award life-changing. A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications. Time to get involved and go the extra mile?”

Young people often get a bad press and it is great to be able to share this news and be part of a positive movement supporting the next generation to be the best they can be.

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Thanks to http://www.vango.co.uk for the infographic

 

This got us thinking, perhaps there are more young people in Cannington completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. For the bloomers, it is always a case of the more the merrier, so please get in touch if you would like to volunteer with us and help to have a positive impact on your local community.