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The Green Shoots of Spring

Ore in Bloom’s ‘The Green Shoots of Spring’ offers a fabulous opportunity to beginner gardeners and the longer term green-fingered, who feel they can still learn something! Plus, lots of encouragement to get outside and into nature. HOT’s Zelly Restorick speaks to Anna Locke, local permaculture and ecological gardener.

Anna, inspired by the Transition Town movement and ‘doing the walk as well as the talk’ in the world of growing and creating ecological gardens, is part of this year’s Ore in Bloom team. At the start of spring, they launched their two sided project, The Green Shoots of Spring.

Anna Locke Photo Amanda Jobson

Free, short, relevant-to-spring gardening courses

Anna Locke will be hosting five clear and concise gardening teaching sessions, coming from the perspective of respect for nature and the other residents on planet earth, as well as whole-hearted and enthusiastic encouragement to create your own growing space to love and nurture.

  • Seed Sewing
  • Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Sewing Pollinator Plant Seeds
  • Sewing Seeds Into Ground Outside
  • Potting on

All sessions are available via Permaculture Online. They’re free of charge, accessible at any time with unlimited access. All you need do is sign in and create a password – and then you’ll have access to all the videos, downloadable PDFs and links.

Photographic inspiration

Amanda Jobson, local photographer and film maker has been creating a beautiful online album of photos to inspire you and yours to explore for yourself the stunning local natural areas we are lucky enough to still have in Ore, (sadly much-depleted over the years). Her eyes will be focussed on the early signs of spring, those little signals which show us that winter is passing and it’s time to re-emerge.

Anna Locke Photo Amanda Jobson

Away from technology and stale indoor air

Funding applied for in January, received in mid-February, in need of spending by the end of March – and not knowing whether lockdown would have ended. the Ore in Bloom team decided to create something online, yet simultaneously encouraging us to get outdoors, away from technology and stale indoor air.

Anna Locke Photo Amanda Jobson

Plus, learning how to grow our own food, in the light of increased prices and the cost to us and the planet in terms of super-industrial produced foods, seems like a wise, common sense idea.

“Since the pandemic, there has been a huge rise in interest in food growing”, says Anna, who used to teach food growing as part of a community garden project in London. “Lots of social media groups have been created, sharing skills, seeds and plants.

The Green Shoots of Spring


A collaboration between Ore in Bloom and Ore Community Land Trust using a Local Connections grant from the National Lottery.

Gratitude to Ivyhouse Lane Nursery, who donated their poly tunnel for filming.

And to Speckled Wood – and all the volunteers who look after the land.

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Posted 05:02 Tuesday, May 4, 2021 In: Nature

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