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Celebrating 10 years

Celebrating 10 years

Bohemia Walled Garden: 10 year celebration

In 2009, a group of local people discovered a hidden jewel underneath brambles and weeds in Summerfields Wood and over the next 10 years, they turned it into a thriving community garden. Chairman John Freedman writes.

On Sunday 22 September, Bohemia Walled Garden celebrates ten years of growing plants, community and living local heritage. The project has always been entirely run through the dedicated work of volunteers, who maintain and develop the garden. A major milestone was completed in 2018 when the derelict east wall was restored with a Heritage Lottery grant.

Visitors are warmly welcome from 11am to 3pm for talks, music, garden history and stories, art activities and an opportunity to explore the beautiful space in the middle of Summerfields Wood.

The day has been organised in connection with Heritage Open Days, which are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the theme of “People Power” and also forms part of Hastings Sustainability on Sea Festival.

Celebrating 10 years

Celebrating 10 years

Programme of events

Ben Fairlight will set the scene from 12pm with his songs from the spirit of the land and from traditional stories.  At 12.30pm Bob Hart, one of the garden’s founders is going to reflect on its history. From 1pm Anna Locke will speak about the concept and practice of Forest Gardening and show the emerging forest garden area she has been working on with garden volunteers. This will be followed by cutting the Birthday Cake. From approximately 2pm, the quartet Sax with a Twist is going to play a mix of blues, jazz, pop and show tunes.

Personal garden history will come alive through story-telling, a Living Library and craft and artworks created by garden members. Visitors are invited to make their own contributions on the day to a Past–Present–Future book of the garden, and to try their hand at community weaving.

Refreshments and produce will also be available to buy, with all proceeds going to the maintenance of the garden.

All timings are approximate.

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Posted 01:34 Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 In: Nature

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  1. Ms.Doubtfire

    This is what makes Hastings so very special….congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to reveal this hidden gem.

    Comment by Ms.Doubtfire — Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 @ 08:38

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