Welcome to the Grapevine Wellbeing Centre
Summer 2015
by Ellis Hayward on July 27th, 2015

​Can you believe its mid summer already? The allotment is looking good with raised beds full of vegetables and flowers (the ones the rabbits have kindly left us) and meadows for bees and butterflies. We have different types of bee visiting the Cottage Garden which has looked splendid in this its second year, with more flowers yet to come. We have had regular visits from Bright Opportunities, High Peak Mental Health Project, Derby University, Community Connectors and a visit from the CEMEX team, as well as many individual volunteers who come on a regular basis when they can. A warm welcome to Barbara our newest volunteer who has already been a great help to the project.

The garden is continually moving forward and I’m glad to report we now have the poly tunnel up and running with built in raised beds full of tomato and pepper plants. Next step will be putting up some staging in the work area. I also plan at some point to build some cold frames and new beds beside the poly tunnel. Next year we will be able to grow and raise many of our own plants and perhaps get into sales. Barbara has proved a godsend helping to water the poly tunnel when I am not there, a task certainly in warm weather that needs to be done on a daily basis.

On the nature front the garden has seen many species of butterfly including a brimstone and a painted lady butterfly, as well as all the commoner species.  We now have a wild bumble bees nest on site; they don’t bother us so we let them get on with what they do best. We also had some drama when three peregrine falcons arrived beside the plot, two juveniles and a large female who stooped on an unsuspecting carrion crow and swept away with it in her lethal talons.
blackcaps and whitethroat warblers have also been spotted near the plot. Other plans on the boil are the building of a herb garden and the excavation of a small dew pond for wildlife. The picnic tables are been well used by people who just wish to soak up the peaceful environment which has been created. Why not pop up with a flask and a sandwich and just chill for an hour, you will be most welcome? Remember we are a drop in centre and visitors are always made welcome.

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