We are pleased to announce that the Castle's permaculture garden has won Best Food Growing Project at the Hackney in Bloom 2013 Awards.
This category awards projects where food growing is the main focus. Judges look for quality of produce, sustainable practices and examples of innovation. The project must also be visible to the public.
We are hosting a number of FREE workshops with our garden experts this summer. These are on Friday afternoons from 12pm to 1pm and are open to everyone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending. Why not make a day of it and stick around to volunteer in the garden and learn some new skills?
On Sunday, 7th of July in collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust, we will be doing a clear up of the New River (on foot or in a little boat!) ending with music and beer at the other end! Join us to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the New River.
Our usual volunteer days will now be on Thursdays from 11am to 5pm in the spring / summer months. Pop along or email us at email@example.com if you would like to come along.
If you would like to help out and learn about herb growing in particular, our medicinal horticulturalist, Nick is available on Mondays. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
Spring is here! We're going to celebrate Beltain (May Day) in the garden.
The next garden workday event is on Saturday the 4th of May from 11am to 5pm. We will be running a workshop on how to make scrap wood into garden furniture and you will also get a chance to make a Beltaine bough to celebrate the coming season. From 5 or 6pm onwards we will have our Beltain bonfire.
The Castle is embarking on mushroom cultivation in it's gardens! We're using the age old technique of growing mushrooms on logs which was developed in Asia over 1000 years ago. The particular types we're trying to cultivate are the tasty Shiitake and Lions Mane which are native to China, Japan and Korea but are becoming more commonly cultivated in Europe and the USA.
For over ten years The Castle has organised climbing holidays in Northern Spain with Climb Catalunya. Whether you are a novice or a very experienced climber, these holidays are great value. Knowledgeable local guides and group leaders will take you to the best crags and give you specific route recommendations so that you get as much climbing in as possible.
Work with the Castle garden team, learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project and grow, vegetables, fruit and herbs for a commercial kitchen and café.
Since September 2009, The Castle have been working to develop the one acre green space surrounding the building. This has been an exciting project with the vision to create a productive garden based on the principles of permaculture design. We grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for the Castle kitchen and café , plus producing herb products, such as lip balm, for our shop.
In between that warm time and this slightly colder snowy time, lots of exciting things have happened in the Castle Garden. In early autumn, as the summer flowers began to die, our team of staff and volunteers were out seed collecting. Although we weren’t the only ones! The birds, fearless of our giant scare crow, and its miniature underlings (mainly aimed at slugs), ate all the sunflower seeds, massacring the giant heads in the process! This means we will have to rely on seed swaps if we want more sunflowers brightening up the edge of the Forest garden next season.