The Castle Cafe, for the second year running, has won the Sustainable Food Award at the 2013-2014 Sustainable City Awards, announced on the 27th of March. This is a great achievement, considering that we've come out above dedicated restaurants and cafes! Our congratulations go to the Cafe, Kitchen and Garden teams for making this happen.
This season the Castle Garden are looking for two volunteer apprentices for our garden;
A herb apprentice (Mondays) and a Kitchen garden apprentice (Thursdays) to work with the Castle garden team and learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project that grows vegetables, fruit and herbs for a commercial kitchen and café.
Welcome to 2014! To bring in the new year, we're building a live willow dome in the garden on Saturday the 18th of January from 11am to 4pm. Come along to watch, learn and help out. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you are intending to participate as there are limited spaces.
We're also back to the usual volunteer days: Mondays and Thursday between 11am and 4pm if you want to get some fresh air and help out.
There are only a couple of days to go until Christmas (as if you needed reminding!) and the Herb Team at the Castle Garden has been working hard producing some lovely herbal gifts and stocking fillers, made from herbs grown in the Castle Garden this year!
The garden was a hive of activity with herb and vegetable production increasing, volunteers harvesting, youth groups experimenting with earth building, lectures, courses and parties!
In June the flowers were out in force and the bees were working overtime! Our garden was alive with colours; huge purple poppy heads, gentle mustard flowers, towering hollyhock and everything in between.
Our bees have been working hard this year... and now we've got some honey to show for it. Because our garden has a huge diversity of plants, our bees make particularly tasty, organic honey! This is a lovely treat for anyone and makes a nice Christmas present. Jars are on sale in the Cafe for £7.50.
After quitting my job in investment banking in ’06, I studied for Herbal Medicine for four years at the University of East London. Since qualifying as a herbalist with a BSc (Hons) in 2011, I’ve built up a large dispensary, consisting mainly of tinctures and dried herbs, which I source wherever possible from organic-certified suppliers.
In 2009, when we embarked on our mission to reduce our environmental impact, the first thing we did was take stock and try to measure what our impact actually was. We used 2008 as our 'base year' from which we will measure our progress. Putting together the data for the report was a mammoth task involving digging up old invoices, researching methodologies, choosing conversion factors and trying to remember what the heck we'd done the previous year. That first report highlighted the key areas of impact and we developed our Sustainability Policy and Goals.