The Horticulture Project has been continually growing (if you'll pardon the pun) since its beginning in 2019. With sites spanning 4 different locations, there's always work to be done, weeds to be pulled and produce to be harvested. As with everything else, it can be easy to forget just how far we've come. Here's a round up of the story so far... just in case you missed it!
Uncovering an allotment...
When we first took on our project allotment, it was a little bit worse for wear, with weeds as tall as us - and not a veg patch in sight!
Within an impressive two days, and fuelled by an unimaginable amount of tea and biscuits, we found our allotment.
Finding the veg patches and fixing that shed...
A similar story at Coronation Gardens...
Coronation Gardens is a formal public garden site based in Beverley. It was in need of a lot of work when we took it over, with graves completely covered with out of control weeds and ivy.
Coronation Gardens now...
The site is now calm, clear and peaceful. Exactly as it should be. Our Trainees did a fantastic job, and not only can they see the changes their hard work has made, but the benefit this change provides to the local community.
Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of work on the allotment is its produce! Our Trainees had a real influence on what was planted, and what they wanted to grow - which made the end results even more exciting! We were lucky enough to draw some incredible crop from our first year - in fact we were almost tired of apple or rhubarb crumble (until winter of course, when the cravings came back!)
We've had a great first year of The Horticulture Project - an idea that continues to get bigger. Trainees have loved the benefit of the outdoors, and the satisfaction of seeing the outcome of their hard work. With exciting things on the horizon, we can't wait for what the next year brings.. and the year after that!