On Tuesday, Sheila, Su, Abigail, John O’Leary and I welcomed RHS assessors Jenni and Steve to the Community Garden. Over tea and courgette cake (a great hit!) we described the progress that had been made in the last year and found ourselves glowing with pride as we realised how far we’ve come. Steve took lots of photos, loving the sunflowers and also the pollinators hard at work in the flower beds and wild meadow. Everything looked beautiful on such a glorious day.
I think Jenni and Steve were genuinely impressed. Jenni is involved in the RHS schools gardening project and was very keen to hear about links with our Under Fives, Young Lions and Boys’ Brigade. It would be lovely to forge a connection with our parish Primary Schools, High Oakham and Sutton Road and to invite them to come and learn about composting, seed sowing and the growing of fruit and vegetables.
We also discussed funding and possibly being part of Mansfield’s ‘In Bloom’ efforts and we came away buzzing with ideas and plans for the future.
“Don’t give up!” they said, and we won’t for as long as our knees hold us up and our hands can grip a trowel. Let’s hope that some of the seeds we’ve sown in the minds of our young people mean that we can eventually hand over the spade to the next generation of gardeners and that the community garden at St Mark’s will continue to flourish for years to come.
We await the outcome at the awards presentation in September! Fingers crossed we’ll top 90 marks this year!