The first session of Green Therapy gets off to a great start at Lifeways garden with three groups enjoying gardening and art. Here, the enthusiastic art class make felt bees led by Lisa Yardley and Lani in a lively and fun filled class. Our gardeners, led by Keith, Dave and Mandy plant peas and organise planting in the garden. Then to cap it all, James and Jack make a delicious nettle soup for all to enjoy! The sessions are free thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Heart Research UK and Subway. The sessions run every Friday at 11.30 or 14.00. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07403 749819 to book your place.
Honey Bee Wood is created in one sunny day with 90 wonderful volunteers.Read More
Thanks to a wonderful team effort from Danone, and the Where Next Project we now have a fabulous herb garden in the Forest Garden at Stratford upon Avon. The herbs will provide rich sources of nectar for our bees which are supported by The Heart of England Community Fund and Awards for All. Also we send a BIG thanks to Rob and Dan from HG Heath and Sons for the tyres!
The Danone team successfully completed a number of important tasks for the Forest of Hearts and we now have a lovely herb bed, a painted barn, lots of bee hotels, a 3km walking trail map, ideas for marketing our services, a base for our beekeeper shed and our newly painted fete games ready to raise much needed funds for the Forest Garden.
Thanks to the wonderful and energetic teams from RCMA, Dawnus and Camgrain, the bees are saved in the Bard's birthplace. Teams enjoyed a treasure hunt with a difference around Stratford upon Avon on a lovely sunny day. With generous support from RCMA and money is being used to support the apiary in the Forest of Hearts, where thousands of bees in our new beehives are busy pollinating plants and preparing honey for sale later in the year.
A HUGE thank you to all volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover PR Team who help us with a range of rainy day projects, including making gabion baskets, creating new fete games and sawing logs to fill our bee hotels! The biggest success was braving the non-stop wet & cold to paint the inside of our barn, which will be used as a space for recreation and education.
Thank you to everyone who demonstrated great initiative, the benefit of team work and good humour. Your time and support has helped us to make great progress.
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Thanks to the wonderful team at the lovely Martineau Gardens we enjoy an inspirational guided tour from Caroline Hutton who generously shares her experience and insight into what it takes to create and maintain a a thriving community garden. We wish you every success for the next 20 years!
Forest of Hearts has been working with Stratford Men's Shed to create happy homes for bees this Summer, thanks to our funding partners at HoECF and Awards for All for supporting Make a Beeline.
Men's Shed is part of the UK Men's Shed Association - a registered charity which aims to reduce isolation in older men, giving them the opportunity to skills-share and socialise with other members in the community and enabling them to have shared access to tools and equipment.
Stratford's own Men's Shed is especially active, with many members attending up to 2-3 times a week. The men love to get creative and always have various personal projects on the go - as well as working on request projects from other members in the community.
The Shed members have been busy bees over recent months, fulfilling our request for two beehives to be built. It wasn't the most straightforward endeavour, we were told - many parts didn't seem to fit where they were meant to, so it was a challenge to piece it all together.
However, in the face of these complications, the men showed only persistence and inventiveness: in the end it all came together beautifully. Typical of their considerate characters, they added additional side pieces to keep the hives sturdy against our unpredictable British weather!
We are beyond happy with the hives---a WBC and a National---and we are pleased to announce that they are 2 of the first 3 hives to have been sited in our apiary last week. Through the support of local beekeepers, Amy Newsome, Chris Ricketts (Stratford Beekeepers Association) and Bernard Brown (Warwickshire Beekeepers Association), they are now happy homes to honeybee colonies.
We therefore want to send out an enormous wave of gratitude to the Stratford Men's Shed members for all their hard work in building the hives! Their time and commitment has fulfilled a great duty to our local bees, and we are buzzing with excitement to see how the colonies get on over the upcoming months.
Stay tuned to keep up-to-date with the Forest of Hearts and our apiary as it develops!
We are buzzing following a donation from a South Midlands housebuilder. The Forest of Hearts community project has received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes South Midlands, as part of a Community Champions scheme, which will help to fund its first bee hives.
“The bee hives will be a new feature for next year. They will be managed by an official bee keeper and we will work with the British Bee Keeper Association to help establish an educational area for the public. “Persimmon Homes’ donation has enabled us to launch our bee hive project much earlier than expected.
If you can't stand to see food wasted, and think the idea of supermarkets throwing away tonnes of perfectly edible fruit (but not perfect sizes or shapes) is a bit crazy, you will love the Harvest Share project. In just three hours work we save over 120 kilos of apples from going to waste. Volunteers welcome at Anne Hathaway's Cottage from 10am-noon every Saturday until mid October. Register your interest here.
Harvest Share is as a result of the hard work done by Roger Matthews and Barbara Cooper at Transition Stratford and brings together an enthusiastic team of volunteers to pick, sort and distribute fruit from orchards and gardens in Stratford upon Avon. Thanks to Jon, Stephen, Ann Louise, David, Maureen, Annette, Ursula and Robin for the help in sending out the 120 kilos to well deserving local groups. Over the last two days we have picked fruit at Anne Hathaways Cottage and a private garden at near to Ettington. Jack Lloyd and the team at the Forest of Hearts are delighted to be able to co-ordinate this enjoyable and useful activity that means that good food gets used and enjoyed by the local community. A sustainable project that does good and makes people feel good!
A team of intrepid IT gardeners clear up an clean up in the Stratford upon Avon Forest Garden proving that it's good to get out of the office on a sunny day!Read More
The enterprising team from NCS Challenge raise much needed funds for the Forest of Hearts and create two show gardens on the site at Stratford upon Avon. Here they are in fancy dress in Leamington Spa spreading the word about the new Forest Garden. The inspiring message which prompts many local residents to show their support is that the garden will be completely accessible and open to all.
Thanks to the lovely enthusiastic team of volunteers from the Forest of Hearts, the onion shed at Anne Hathaway's Cottage is now clean and tidy and ready for the Harvest Share. Well done to Jack, Annette, Ann, Lynne and Emily for all your hard work. Harvest Share begins in two weeks and will collect and distribute around a tonne of fruit which would otherwise go to waste in the orchard at the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife.
Also thanks to Yvonne, Katrin, Carol and Mark who joined the team back at the Stratford upon Avon Forest Garden to prepare lengths of material which will serve as mulch to keep down the weeds. The recycled banner material is also used to mar out a path to the pond site. The pond will be dug before the end of the year at the same time as the trench is dug to provide water to the site. Thanks again to all concerned with supporting the creation of our first forest garden and the Harvest Share project in Stratford upon Avon.
A team of enthusiastic and energetic young people work with the Forest of Hearts and our new apprentices to design and create a Fruit Tree Guild Show Garden. A soil test carried out by the teams, led by Frank Head from Jaguar Land Rover reveals that the soil is neutral and perfect for planting over 100 types of edible plants, shrubs and trees.
Volunteering fun with Ikea team in the Forest of Hearts.Read More
A team of graduates from Jaguar Land Rover give up their time for a CSR awayday in The Forest of Hearts. Nearly 50 young and enthusiastic engineers make light work of planting over 1000 trees during their volunteering day. By creating the hedgerows the team can rest assured that they will provide shelter, create a windbreak and encourage wildlife, whilst growing berries, sloes, rose hips and nuts in the new forest garden near to Stratford upon Avon.
Thanks to Lani and the team at Coventry Ikea who raised funds to support the tree planting which meant that The Woodland Trust are able to supply the native hedgerow at no cost to The Forest of Hearts.
This week has brought so many generous volunteers into the open and into our field! We salute the people who want to do something useful by planting hedgerows in our new 5 acre forest garden near to Stratford upon Avon. Also, we are grateful to the army of people who are involved in creating edible gardens for good. It's at times like this that you know you are making a difference. Special thanks this week goes to Stuart at Firefly AI for his brilliant aerial shots of a forest garden in the making.
If you want to be a part of something special then join us on our magical journey to create a five-acre edible garden near to Stratford upon Avon. Have a look at the ten key numbers that will make a real difference this year. If you need to get out more - get involved!
There are opportunities for tree planting, teambullding, hedge planting, laying paths and we also digital skills. Contact email@example.com or cal 02476470382 for more details.
The forest garden at Stratford upon Avon is created following a chance meeting by Hannah Train and Carole Longden at Martin Crawford's Forest Gardening course in Dartford, Devon. This blog shares posts about the journey of creating a garden full of edible plants, shrubs and trees.Read More