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.
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.
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.
The Castle is looking for a chef who is passionate about sustainable vegetarian and vegan food and will be excited about working with our Café Manager and our garden team to produce great value, healthy food for hungry climbers! The position may be full time or part time shared with another chef depending on your availability and experience.
Want to relive the best moments of the Garden Party? Maybe you couldn't make it and want to see what the fuss is about... Ben Grubb's latest video captures the great vibe of the day. We also have a photo gallery of the event.
Camera: Ben Grubb and Christian Lund
Edited by Ben Grubb
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.
So we made it! We have spent a couple of days partying in Ozd, where Zoltan is from. I am now back in Budapest for the night and taking the opportunity to finish off the blog before I fly home tomorrow.
Here's the story of our last day.
We woke up to rain, the first of the trip. It was only drizzling really but it was a welcome relief to the heat of the previous days.