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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.

Our garden manager, Ida, and fitness trainer and lower back specialist, Janos, will be running a Garden Fit workshop for Grow Well, Feel Well Day. 

Saturday 9th July
2 - 4.30 pm

The session will look the best way to approach repetitive tasks in the garden and how best to use garden tools to minimise injury and improve your fitness.

We've got a fantastic day in the garden planned for 'Grow Well, Feel Well Day' in association with Capital Growth.

Packed with workshops and drop-in sessions to calm, balance and nurture well-being.

Hope you can join us!

For more information please contact: events@castle-climbing.co.uk

Drop by on Saturday 18th June to take a fresh look at the garden accompanied by the poems of Ellen Cranitch, Poet in Residence for the day, and other poets.
Contribute to a community poem inspired by the garden, the historic building and climbing!
There will also be art and crafts activities for children.

This is a free event.

For more info. please contact: events@castle-climbing .co.uk

Part-time Community Food Grower

Are you an experienced gardener and horticulturalist? Have you worked with volunteers, especially growing food? Are you a practical, hands on sort of person? Do you work well in a team?

The Castle is looking to recruit a part time Community Food Grower to work 2 days per-week in its 1-acre kitchen garden (Mondays and Thursdays).

This year for May Day we will be celebrating nettles! 
Join us to celebrate the common stinging nettle - find out how they are beneficial to our health, about the wildlife they support, and how they can be used to make clothes, beer and more! 

Having a clear out this spring?

If you've got some clothes that you don't wear/need anymore then why not bring them along to the clothes swap event?...they might be just the thing that someone else is looking for, and you could find something new for yourself there too!

Sunday 24th April

Come and get your hands dirty for this year's Big Dig!

Saturday 16th April
11 am - 4 pm

There will be some seasonal garden tasks to get involved with, as well as exploring the garden tours - taking a closer look at composting systems and natural beehives, and a chance to sow your own salad to take home.

Plus, food growing games and crafts for children, a raffle with garden produce and Big Dig prizes, garden herb teas... and cob ove pizzas, served from 1pm!

 

Sunday 20th March

12 - 4pm

What is an Equinox?

An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September. On an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. The name is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because at the equinox the night and day are nearly equally long.

February: Wassail

People gathered around the fire to sing songs led by the Castle Choir whilst children made recycled musical instruments and helped to hang cider soaked toast in the apple trees for birds. A Wassail is a traditional celebration of orchards, the rituals performed help to ensure a good and plentiful harvest for the coming year.

Like the proverbial pig in muck, I’ve taken a genuine liking to jumping in the compost bins at the Castle during my garden apprenticeship. It’s a place to witness first hand the circle of life as scraps from the cafe and climbers rots and turns magically into dark rich compost that we then use to grow delicious new vegetables in.

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