Growing Connections April 2018

Growing Connections is a three-year project funded by the National Lottery. The project aims to promote health and well-being, teach people new skills and bring people together through gardening and gardening related activities such as arts & crafts activities, herbal workshops and cookery classes.

There are lots of Growing Connections activities taking place here at St Luke’s which are all open to absolutely everyone regardless of where you live or what experience you might have. We always love to see new faces, even just for chat and tea and biscuits at the end of a session, and look forward to welcoming you soon.

St Luke’s Gardening Group – every Tuesday, 2-3.30pm. First Floor Terrace or inside if it’s cold or wet (please ask reception where the group is)

Even if you’ve never done any gardening before or already know a bit please come along to this friendly group – there is something to suit everybody!

Plans for April include:

  • Tues 3 April - Pruning the new native hedge in the Edible Yard plus sowing hedgerow flowers and grasses
  • Tues 10 April – Repotting, first deadheading of the season and planting dahlias
  • Tues 17 April – Repotting houseplants
  • Tues 24 April - Pruning evergreens

For more information please contact Catherine on [email protected]

St Luke’s Food Growers – every Thursday, 2-3.30pm. Meet in the Edible Yard, the space at the back of the building (drop-in)

This group is for anyone who’d like to have a go at growing, and sampling, a variety of food plants from around the world – last year the group grew over 100 different types of plant!

Food Growing Group activities in April include:

  • Seedling aftercare
  • Encouraging wildlife
  • Natural tonics
  • Growing for flavour

For more information please contact Marco on [email protected] or 07951 039 113.

Seasonal Vegetable Cookery Class, Wednesday 25 April, 11am-1pm

Each class focuses on a particular seasonal vegetable and the group makes a variety of delicious dishes out of it and then has a shared lunch together. Past classes have focused on beetroots, aubergines, peas, parsnips, turnips and onions. There is no theme for April’s class yet so please get in touch if you have any requests!

The class costs only £2.50 including lunch. Places must be booked in advance at St Luke’s reception.

If you’d like more information about any of these activities or have any suggestions as to other things you are interested in or would maybe like to try then please contact Heather on [email protected] or 0207 549 8197.