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.
Mon 11/4/2016 at 16:05 by Lauren Ballard
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
Fri 8/4/2016 at 16:31 by Claire Lee
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!
Fri 11/3/2016 at 14:36 by Claire Lee
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.
Mon 8/2/2016 at 18:28 by Claire Lee
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.
Thu 8/10/2015 at 11:07 by Claire Lee
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.
Thu 8/10/2015 at 10:59 by Claire Lee
We are in the season of autumnal abundance, with harvests occurring all over London’s gardens, growing sites and city farms. Hedgerows are plentiful and trees are laden with sweet fruits ready for the picking. Yet in many gardens around the city a great deal of fruit falls to the ground every year simply to return to the earth rather than feeding people. At the same time as this natural supply is ready to drop, the UK is importing apples and pears from countries as diverse as France, New Zealand and the South Africa.
Wed 19/8/2015 at 14:06 by Claire Lee
Once again The Castle put on a successful garden party to say thank you for our customers support over the year and to celebrate the centre's achievements.
Mon 15/6/2015 at 13:55 by Claire Lee
Sean Hearn is the Castle's resident beekeeper and all-round expert on everything bee related.
Not only is Sean the keeper of our bee's and a Garden volunteer, he also manages the Apiary at Hawkwood with the help of the bee team and support from OrganicLea.
Thu 28/5/2015 at 12:55 by Claire Lee
"We throw away approximately one million tonnes of clothing a year - 50% of which ends up in landfill" - North London Waste Authority
Mon 11/5/2015 at 17:04 by Claire Lee
The bees and butterflies made the most of the warm, calm bank holiday weather, as did a huge number of visitors to The Castle enjoying the day and taking part in a whole range of walks, talks and activities on this year's May Day event.