Hello to everyone who braved the chill wind on Monday and made it down to the plant fair. We had a great time meeting old friends and having lovely ‘green’ conversations with new folk. If you took one of our cards, we hope you’ve had a look through the blog to find out what we’ve been doing.
We were delighted to sell most of our plants – all of which were home-grown. Every single penny raised goes towards buying new plants to make Sudbury greener. Thank you!
Do come and join us for one of our Friday Tidy meet-ups, if you have the time!
For your diary – St Peter’s is hosting a health, wellbeing and jobs event next week.
• Age UK
• Ameliorate Recruitment
• Autism & ADHD
• Babergh Housing
• Citizen’s Advice
• Community Action Suffolk (Good Neighbour Scheme)
• Community Action Suffolk (Volunteer Suffolk)
• Department for Work & Pensions
• Early Help Team
• Exploring You
• Go-Start Community Transport
• Greenfields Housing
• Greenlight Trust
• Health Foods for You
• Home Start
• Inspire Suffolk
• Jon Adkin (specialist mental health hypnotherapist)
• Lavenham Blue
• Leading Lives
• Love Your Community Sudbury
• Mill Hotel
• One Life Suffolk
• Our Special Friends
• Realise Futures
• Recovery College
• Sharing Parenting
• St. Peter’s Church Volunteer Coordinator
• Suffolk Parent Carer Network
• Sudbury Hive
• Suffolk Police
• Suffolk User Forum
• Swan Lavenham
• TCHC (training for young people)
• The Befriending Scheme
• Torque Bikes
• Town Council Services
• Wellbeing Service
• West Suffolk College
Thank you to everyone who managed to tear themselves away from the buzz at St Peter’s and came over to say hello at the Town Hall – and a very warm welcome to all those who picked up a card, and are visiting our blog for the first time.
We are a small group who aim to make Sudbury greener, using sustainable planting in areas that have been slightly neglected in the past. If you scroll down (or perhaps go to the beginning of the blog and work your way forwards) you will see a little bit more about the sorts of things we’ve been doing over the past five years. You will also find information there about other groups and individuals around town who are trying to make a difference by planting up forgotten corners or picking up litter.
We meet on the first Friday of the month at one of our sites in town. By clicking on the ‘follow’ button (near the bottom on the right) you will receive the blog post by email, letting you know where to meet, and about any other events we think might interest you. We will not bombard you with emails (usually only one a month) and we never share your information with anyone else. Of course, you can also just check in every so often to see what we’re doing.
At our last Friday Tidy we were heartened to see that the buds are coming out on the fruit bushes and trees at the Quay car park garden – they have all survived!
Our next task is to clear the wildflower bed at the Kingfisher car park, and refill with even more nectar-rich plants – pollinators need our help!
Pollinators: decline in numbers
There is evidence that bees and other pollinator populations are less healthy and abundant than they have been. If action is not taken, pollinator declines will have serious implications for food production and the ornamental garden, since many plants rely on bees and other insects, such as hoverflies to transfer pollen from one flower to another in order to set fruits and seeds.
You can read the rest of this RHS article by clicking here.
If you can use a trowel, secateurs, a fork or a spade, do join us! You need not ‘sign up’, just turn up for half an hour or a couple of hours – we would be delighted to see you!
You are invited to a:
Plum and Cobnut Day 10:00-15:00 August 18 2018
Everyone is welcome to an open day to study and celebrate Britain’s traditional Plums and Cobnuts at Home Farm, Thrandeston, Suffolk. Learn all about these fascinating orchard varieties and their place in our orchard history and landscape.
Parking available, with the event a short walk away over grassy level ground. Contact Howard Jones at Howard.Jones@uea.ac.uk for more information or to make a booking.
NB: this is not a greenerSudbury event.
Anglia in Bloom is coming to Sudbury today – and we will be at the Quay car park from 10:45 am and at the Kingfisher from around noon to greet the judges. If you have helped on either of these projects (you know who you are!) do come along and lend your support/wax lyrical/smile enthusiastically!
It would also be great to see the Quay volunteers who have taken over the Quay Theatre seating area.
Finally, Dan from Activ Lives sends this message:
We are really chuffed with all the help we have had at Belle Vue Park. Please come and share this high point of our second year when the Anglia in Bloom Judges come to Sudbury.
We would love a hand watering everything too.
As ever: Thursday, 10am – 12.30pm in Belle Vue Park, Sudbury.
Parking on Ingrams Well Road.
I think they are coming just about tea time – but I’d love it if you felt like talking to them about how gardening in the Park or in your area of the towns of Sudbury or Cornard has helped you.
Dan’s June Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 6th – Town Centre Bedding
For those reading this on Wednesday, Sudbury in Bloom are planting up the town centre this morning and would love any help.
Thursday 7th Belle Vue Park Picnic (Taste of Sudbury Fringe Event) Volunteering Day 10-12 followed by a shared picnic to celebrate the fabulous Food Festive. (BBC Radio Suffolk Interview at 2.40 as well.)
Sunday 10th Taste of Sudbury Food Festival – Town Centre
Monday 11th Volunteer Safari:
10am -12 Sudbury Train Station Gardens and Painting
1pm Siam Gardens – Alkanet tidy up
2.30-5pm Sandringham Court – Convolvulus tidy up.
As always, of course, regular Thursdays in Belle Vue Park….. It’s looking stunning.
This post published on behalf of Dan at ActivLives.