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Grace And Flavour Overview

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A vegetable growing co-operative in West Horsley, Surrey.

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Grace And Flavour Overview

  1. 2. Where? <ul><li>Dene Place Nursing Home - West Horsley </li></ul><ul><li>Old/derelict walled garden </li></ul><ul><li>Adjacent field </li></ul>
  2. 3. The Team as it is today <ul><li>Steering committee responsible for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Constitution, principles, planning, PR, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4 work streams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gardening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allotments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lease negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>NT Senior Rural Surveyor & Deputy are associate members of Steering Committee </li></ul>
  3. 4. Funding <ul><li>External </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Several public grants applied for and in play (DEFRA, Local Food. LEADER, Surrey Community) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Several more being explored </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local residents are being asked to donate £52 if they wish </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NO requirement to donate in order to be a member </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both Local Parish Councils have been very supportive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>External </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grant funding causes cash flow challenges as it is </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>retrospective. For this reason we have set up the </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>G+F100 founders club which will donate and operate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a peer-to-peer lending (bridging) scheme. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Project Overview Entrance, fencing, security, removal of trees, shrubs and weeds
  5. 6. Project overview – entrance and parking <ul><li>The new entrance </li></ul><ul><li>Parking arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Allotments </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Walled Garden </li></ul>
  6. 7. Project overview – fencing and security <ul><li>Fencing to access route </li></ul><ul><li>Deer and rabbit challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Hedge screening </li></ul><ul><li>Tool shed </li></ul>
  7. 8. Project overview – remove trees, shrubs etc <ul><li>Ripley Lane </li></ul><ul><li>Northern boundary </li></ul><ul><li>Collapsed wall and overgrowth </li></ul><ul><li>Key trees retained </li></ul><ul><li>The Lime trees </li></ul>
  8. 9. Project overview Soil preparation, water
  9. 10. Project overview – soil preparation <ul><li>After removal of unwanted vegetation </li></ul><ul><li>Spread manure - source </li></ul><ul><li>Plough </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce to fine tilth </li></ul>
  10. 11. Project overview – Water <ul><li>Connect to mains water </li></ul><ul><li>Extend over site </li></ul><ul><li>Water tanks </li></ul>
  11. 12. A project of 2 halves <ul><li>Allotments – individual activity </li></ul><ul><li>Community garden – collective activity </li></ul>
  12. 13. Allotments – individual activity Community garden – collective activity
  13. 14. Allotments DENE PLACE ALLOTMENTS Parish Council WEST HORSLEY PARISH COUNCIL
  14. 15. 22 proposed allotments
  15. 16. Leasing an allotment <ul><li>Allotments leased direct from Grace and Flavour </li></ul><ul><li>Parish Councils channel applications and manage waiting list </li></ul><ul><ul><li>priority to local residents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allotments are for growing fruit, veg, flowers for personal and family use only </li></ul><ul><li>Annual rent £20-£25 for a 100sqm allotment </li></ul><ul><li>Lease based on national standard allotment contract </li></ul><ul><ul><li>renewable in September each year </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Community Garden
  17. 18. Community Project - aims <ul><li>Community garden – emphasis on community benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Produce good, low cost fruit & veg. </li></ul><ul><li>Low carbon footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Self funding </li></ul>
  18. 19. Community garden – who do we want? <ul><li>Everyone with enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise not necessary but very welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to work </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of a team </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of jobs other than gardening </li></ul>
  19. 20. Community garden – initial plan <ul><li>location </li></ul>
  20. 21. Community garden – existing to be kept <ul><li>Walls – such as they are </li></ul><ul><li>Paths – 1 central possibly one other </li></ul><ul><li>Apple trees – by central path </li></ul><ul><li>Few other mature trees </li></ul>
  21. 22. Community garden – planting plan <ul><li>Work in progress </li></ul><ul><li>Will always be changing </li></ul>
  22. 23. Community garden – planting aims <ul><li>Veg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional - nothing fancy yet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximise ground cover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All year round cropping </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fruit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain existing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set aside sector for additional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Herbs </li></ul><ul><li>What do members want to grow? </li></ul>
  23. 24. Community garden – polytunnel <ul><li>Hidden from view – these are not pretty </li></ul><ul><li>Size – as big as we can afford and accommodate </li></ul><ul><li>Plants for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>planting-out </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>early crops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tender crops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initially our only cover </li></ul><ul><li>Notice board </li></ul>
  24. 25. Community garden – raised beds <ul><li>Entrance and car parking should provide soil </li></ul><ul><li>Placed to cover broken glass </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to project for infirm and disabled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce plants for transplanting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardening off from polytunnel – cold frame </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salad crops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Herbs </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Community garden –planning & organisation <ul><li>Divide the garden into 4/5 sectors with gardener. Examples – herbs, salad leaves, roots, pods, squashes, onions, brassicas, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Members express preference or don’t care </li></ul><ul><li>Gardeners determine work and place list on notice board in polytunnel </li></ul><ul><li>Members arrive and carry out work and record it in a log inc. time spent and mark it done/½ done etc. on notice board list. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Community garden –sharing the crop <ul><li>2 possible models on board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discount levels based on ‘bandings’ (effort based) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Points + prizes system whereby an hour on the garden is worth a point. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There is no perfect system </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to minimise problems </li></ul><ul><li>We will test 1 and review at next year’s AGM </li></ul>
  27. 28. Community garden – future plans <ul><li>Bees </li></ul><ul><li>Sell to shops (agreed), Dene Place Nursing Home, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The potting shed – worker’s tea room, office, meeting point, information, etc </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Tithe’ – 10% of produce to be donated to those in need in our community </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul>
  28. 29. Community garden – next steps <ul><li>First AGM - Date – November 10 th </li></ul><ul><li>Info/Questions - see the web site and forum www.graceandflavour.org / </li></ul>

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