Yes you can! With a donation from Olswang’s Green Seed Fund, we’ve started a new, all-ages gardening, craft and conservation project, Dig It! Our lead gardener Maria Elena is running the sessions every Saturday morning – one from 10 – 11am, one from 11.15am – 12.15pm. Our first one took place last Saturday and was a roaring success.
Here’s Maria Elena setting up. The idea behind Dig It! is to raise awareness of environmental issues in a fun way, while allowing children and adults to express their creativity. For those who don’t have their own garden at home, it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in nature, learn about conservation and grow your own plants and veggies.
We had quite a few toddlers in the first morning session! Getting them enjoying flowers, gardening and recycled craft from a young age is the best way to foster good habits for life and spark an interest in nature. Maria Elena had a genius idea to have all participants make their own ‘gardening journal’ to use for the duration of the project, recording what they planted or made. Here they are doing some beautiful collages for the front of their journals.
We had a good mix of girls, boys, young and older folks! Both sessions were fully booked, with some older children coming to the second one of the day.
Proud of their artwork!
Then it was time to venture outside, where participants made some planters made from recycled plastic bottles, filled them with compost and planted some lettuces, coriander and radishes. We’ll be watching their progress over the next few weeks.
Everyone got stuck in under the guidance of the lovely Maria Elena.
We’d like to thank Olswang again for their grant without which this project wouldn’t be happening. Everyone loved it and all our sessions are booking up quickly. We’ll be running Dig It! til late September.