STONE NESS WALLED GARDEN
We have an active social calendar , with an annual Open Day with visitors coming to the garden to meet our gardeners, see the on-going projects and enjoy fun , games and Phil's famous BBQ. There is the end of season 'Get-Together' held in the Potting Shed for members , their families and friends , Jean Burgess our Project Manager thinks up lots of competitions and fun activities during the sessions, and always surprises us with a new song
10th ANNIVERSARY OPEN DAY HIGHLIGHTS
The 10 day countdown to Saturday 20th July started with a 'close eye' on the weather forecast, although as gardeners we hoped for rain as event organisers we hoped it would be fine and sunny! It of course poured with rain until 9 o'clock and then the sun shone, the garden came alive and we were all set for a brilliant day
12 walled gardeners had a go, and 5 threw the best wellies to reach round 2. Peter, leading from the start, stepped forward again to become champion, and winner of a carriage drive. Many thanks to Wayside Carriages for donating this exciting prize.
2019 Smiley face Award winner Chris was applauded in his absence - we were very sorry that he could not make the Open Day.
Baseball caps embroidered with our logo and celebrating 10 years were awarded to 4 special people: Wendy and James, our first gardeners, Phil and Abe, stalwart committee members and helpers in many ways, since day 1. The caps were presented by 4 Walled Garden celebrities, Mike, Bridget, Keith and Dave.
To round off the ceremony everyone had a slice of a splendid '10' cake baked and decorated by St. Anthony's.
Tug of War
Four teams of three, nice chunky rope, but a few tweaks (!) needed for next time i.e. imbalance between teams meant the winners, the Orange team pulled the runner-ups over despite the Ref joining in. So, Debbie, and her team mates Mark and Susan will hold Tom's Trophy until the autumn. Well done the other teams, especially the Reds - John, Caroline and Graham.
Hot dogs and burgers are always a highlight and beautifully cooked by Phil ably, assisted by Keith on the BBQ.
A variety of jams from our fruit cage, cordials and apple juice as well as vegetables were all sold out from the produce stall. Cold drinks, cakes and a welcome cup of tea were all dispensed from the cool of the Potting Shed.
Wild Spot 10
To encourage more wild life spotting a game was set up around the garden with 10 stations were wildlife notes and tokens that could be collected. There were prizes to be won and Tori won the binoculars.
Graham was closest to guessing 'Where Jean caught the baby rabbit' (in a safe cage, he was set free outside the rabbit proof fence straight away), so he is now the proud owner of a cuddly soft toy rabbit.
Rita works tirelessly to collect appropriate items for her very popular tombola - funny thing is we all seem to win prizes!
Plackie the Plabrador
Our new Scaredog made from black plastic which cannot as yet be recycled made his appearance helping our Scare-Crow. He has been the Tuesday afternoon group (Livvy and Sally) secret project. We WILL try not to buy plastic things in future and when we do, we WILL re-use and re-use , again and again.
Reports and Displays
There were reports and displays in the Potting Shed telling our 10 year story, wild projects albums, planting plans, events we have taken part in and photo albums of the people and work that make Stone Ness Walled garden so special.
So thank you to all who came to share our special Open Day
(60 signed in), your generosity is much appreciated , see you next year and look forward to 2029 when we'll do something extra special again - perhaps we will need and outdoor stair lift by then!!!!!!
A big 'THANK YOU' to all our friends and volunteers
with best wishes
Jean and the Smiley Face Team
Jean's delightful book on happenings around the life of the garden is on sale on Amazon and can be purchased from the author , Jean is working on the sequel which we are all looking forward to.
Tel: 01892 740305 (before 8.00 pm please)for more details
KENT WILDLIFE PROJECT COMPETITION
We are very excited as we have won A GOLD AWARD for our wildlife garden project. Much work and planning had taken place to ensure our very varied wildlife is well looked after. The ceremony will take place in Canterbury where we will receive our plaque. We won a Silver award in 2017 .
Like most gardens we are winding down for winter, the green tomatoes are now spicy chutney, the damsons turned into dark red jam and the pumpkins waiting to be made into delicious golden soup.
The Walled Garden made up a box of garden produce to go to Ashurst Church Harvest Festival - the vegetables will be distributed in the Parish to be enjoyed by many people.
The Walled Gardeners will have a Get-together to celebrate their years work and teams will carry on with the ever necessary jobs such a garden requires!