August 2022 News

Volunteers at St James Community Garden were busy at the start of the month, getting the site ready for the arrival of the RHS Britain in Bloom judges. The garden was entered into the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood‘ category, which required us to demonstrate community participation, as well as environmental benefits and gardening achievements. We think everyone involved at the garden has done brilliantly but we are now eagerly awaiting the judges’ decision!

If you would like to see the community garden for yourself, we have an Open Day on Saturday 10th September, from 12 noon to 3 pm. Enjoy the garden, try some tasty food, meet the volunteers and find out how to get involved. There will be a raffle, stalls selling jam and chutney and greetings cards, and a free tree to take home! The entrance gates are next to 192 Tollemache Road, Birkenhead.

You are invited to the St James Community Garden Open Day!

The Eco Art flower sculptures made two appearances in August. First they were on display in Moreton to add to the Moreton in Bloom displays from 1st to 5th August. Then, on 12th August, the sculptures travelled to Port Sunlight for a day of summer holiday fun on the Museum Green, where there were also Gardening for Wildlife workshops.

Check upcoming appearances and book the Eco Art sculptures for a school, park or community event here.

Eco Art on the green at Port Sunlight. Photo: Alison Bailey Smith

Eco art joining the fun in Port Sunlight. Photo: Wirral Unplugged

At the end of the month, our friends from Make It Happen – Birkenhead came to visit us at Falkland Road. We showed them around the garden and everyone enjoyed sampling some of the fruit, vegetables and herbs growing there. We also had a good chat about the environmental projects Make It Happen are planning at their Nourish to Flourish sessions. These take place every Tuesday, from 10am to 12 noon, at the Place of Contribution, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead. Ideas for future activities include growing fruit and veg to use at their community cooking sessions, collecting rain water, composting and reducing food waste. Do pop along if you want to find out more!

The Make It Happen – Birkenhead team with WEN’s Project Manager, Naomi Graham (right), outside Falkland Road. Photo: Make It Happen – Birkenhead

Group discussion with Make It Happen Birkenhead, sharing ideas for environmental projects. Photo: Make It Happen – Birkenhead

Our collection point for school uniform has been a success this summer, with more than thirty bags of uniform passed onto Wirral FUSS and FUPS.