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We're re-developing the Mezz! This bouldering area will be closed until the end of the month. During this time there will be some disruption while we carry out works. This will be kept to a minimum and the majority of work will occur during our off-peak hours.

 

A one-acre permaculture project, The Castle Garden produces food for The Castle Cafe, acts as a venue for events, is an educational resource and is an important local wildlife habitat.

Spend some time relaxing in our tranquil garden, and you'll discover self-led activities and workshops taking place throughout the day. These will include:
 

We've got a great schedule planned for May Day... a celebration of hedgerows! From a look at traditional hedgelaying techniques, the diversity of plant species hedgerows include, and their importance for wildlife; to the experience of enjoying each change in season through walks alongside them, and wild food foraging.

The Big Dig is a community garden open day, organised by Capital Growth. 
Join us in the garden for a Celebration of Soil!

Here's what's in store:

11am - 4pm - in the garden
There'll be garden tasks to help out with, led by Rosie, one of our garden team - she'll be on hand to give information about growing and anything you'd like to know about the garden.
Activities for children, led by Lauren. Include seed planting, food growing games, meet the worms, nature games and crafts.

An energetic wind was present on Saturday 18th March. Children, grabbing pencils and paper set off with parents in tow, eager to explore and search for signs that the garden is gearing up to spring; birds building nests, buds, blossoms, and bees. Of course for some it was necessity to see how many worms, woodlice and other creatures under logs they could find as well! As is tradition, they all discovered a well-earned treat at the end of the trail.

Spring has arrived and the amount of new salad leaves now being harvested is testament to that!

Castle Wild after-school sessions are starting again this week. 
They are fun and informal forest-school type sessions, for 7 to 13 year olds.
Each session is structured to include games, activities such as arts & crafts, bushcraft skills, free play / self-directed time, and time at the end to reflect and share around the fire.

Garden Wassail

In Castle tradition we kicked off the start of the year with a wassail; marking the beginning of the orchard harvesting year and welcoming good fortunes for the year ahead.

This season our Garden is looking for two volunteer trainees:

  • Monday: Herb trainee
  • Thursday: Kitchen garden trainee

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.

In addition to our Wassail event in the garden on Saturday 11th February, we'll be running activities around the centre in support of The Climate Coalition's Show The Love campaign.

Find out more about this year's Wassail, including children's craft activities here

Do you care about the environment and the effects of climate change? Wear your green heart on your sleeve; share and celebrate the outdoor places that you are inspired by and want to help to conserve. 

 

Nick Quinn, Northdown Orchard

“I am a medicinal horticulturalist, not a herbalist”, grins Nick Quinn, the creator of the Castle’s range of lotions, potions, balms, body washes and of course garden teas. Having been part of the Castle garden since the beginning, Nick has developed this organic range which started with a personal mission.

 

Join us in the garden to take a bit of time to rest and reflect, and enjoy a bit of seasonal festivity and magic.

We'll be serving hot spiced apple juice and mince pies by a roaring fire.

Craft Fair

This is a perfect time to grab some hand-crafted Xmas gifts! In the Roundhouse you'll find a host of craft stalls selling unique gifts for that perfect xmas present;

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