Kathy Barton writes about Claver Hill’s upcoming open day in this week’s sustainable food column.daniel at claverIf you are looking for somewhere fun and interesting to visit on the last bank holiday weekend in May, why not come to Claver Hill (Ridge Lane, Lancaster LA1 3JY) on Saturday May 26th between 12 and 4pm for its annual Open Day?

Not only is Claver Hill a community food growing project that anyone can join (and take home fresh veg all year round), but there is also a community plant nursery, nature trail and artwork on site.

During Claver Hill’s open day guided tours of the nature trail will be given every hour on the hour. Visitors can also use the self-guiding leaflets to take themselves around.

Other events planned for the day include: The soon to be Mayor of Lancaster, Andrew Kay, will be planting a new edition to Claver Hill’s fruit hedge.  Once completed, the fruit hedge will offer a wide variety of fruits to forage. It has been suggested that different community groups in Lancaster could adopt a portion of the fruit hedge to look after.  So if your school class or club would like to choose a section to nurture, please talk to us.

At 1pm Steve Jenkins will open your eyes to the advantages of the No Dig Method of gardening.  In the future it could save your back and will allow you to enjoy a bumper harvest -just like the Spud Club at Claver Hill.

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At 2pm Anna Clayton will discuss Low Maintenance Gardening, using the perennial beds at Spud Club as an example.  You will be pleased to learn that you do not have to buy seeds every year – some plants just keep on producing.

Anna and Transition City Lancaster will also demonstrate soft tip herb cuttings and will be giving away (for donations) blackcurrant bushes, spider plants and fruit trees.

A light-hearted Pet Show is planned from 3pm.  Bring your pets to be judged (!) by a local city councillor.  Dogs on leads and other pets in carry cages please.

Refreshments will be available throughout the event.

Other workshops are also planned and the event offers a great opportunity to find out more about Claver Hill.   You may wish to join Spud Club or Bird enthusiasts may like to help the John Muir Conservation group to create a bird hide along the nature trail.   Whatever your skills or experience, there is always plenty of interesting activity at Claver Hill.

For more information email kathybarton54@yahoo.com


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