The garden between Capitol Walk, the bus station and the library is looking beautiful at the moment. Bees are busy buzzing around all the flowers, and the edibles around the edges are flourishing. It shows Congleton that it is possible to have sustainable permanent plantings that are colourful and useful for people and wildlife.The swathe of blue is forget-me-nots, the tall ferny plants with white Read more [...]
After much hard work clearing this plot of dull shrubs and old litter, on Saturday 20th April, Congleton Food4Free organised 13 volunteers who got down to planting around 200 plants that are either edible, attractive to bees, or both. Take a look at the pics on Facebook.
Now this plot has winter and early spring flowering plants for earlybees (Viburnum tinus, Berberis darwinii, Jasminum nudiflorum Read more [...]
A seedling swap organised by Congleton Sustainability Group will be held at Astbury Mere Visitor Centre on Sunday 28th April 2pm to 4pm.
Bring any seeds, seedlings, produce or cuttings and spare plants along to swap or donate.
Also the very rare 2012 vintage of Congleton Apple Juice will be on sale – sadly the yields were so poor last autumn that there is unlikely to be much for 2013.
Cheshire East is proposing to close the public toilets in Congleton (at the bus station, market and West Heath - not sure about West St car park) in June, thus killing off the High St shops, market and public events in one fell swoop. Not only the public but many retailers need these loos too. Well done, Cheshire East.
The town council is discussing taking over responsibility, but wants them handed Read more [...]
If you fancy coming along to help plant bee-friendly plants and edibles in the plot by the bus station, do join Congleton Food4Free who will be working there in the morning from 10am. Put the date in your diary and come back to this site nearer the time to find out more.
You have until 20th March to object - but fortunately it's easy to do online. Protect Congleton's website explains how and gives the links.
Our only problem with the online form was deciding what category of commenter we were as we had no idea what Rule 6 meant. Anyway, we weren't Rule 6 as we didn't want the opportunity to attend any hearings and cross-examine witnesses. So we picked 'interested Read more [...]
Congleton Food4Free is aiming to finish clearing the shrubbery between Capitol Walk and the bus station on Tues 26th Feb, from 10am onwards.
All volunteers are most welcome. Tools will be provided, or bring your own favourites.
The job is to finish digging out shrub roots and a weed-suppressing membrane to prepare the area for later planting up with ornamental edibles and other plants to attract Read more [...]