Plant Swap and mini eco fair 2023

This year’s Transition Worcester Plant Swap took place at Worcester community garden in bright, warm sunshine on 7 May.

We had agreed in advance that the event would have an expanded format, to become a mini eco fair.

We were delighted to have several stalls on site, including PackItIn (selling package-free food, containers, toiletries and cleaning products), RSPB (wild flower plant plugs) and Worcester Environmental Group (bird and bat boxes and insect hotels).

 

 

 

 

In addition to the Plant Swap stall itself, run by Heather from Transition and our head gardener Tony, Gill and Clare ran our own plant sales kiosk, Mandy ran a Worcester community garden information stand, Chris Russell ran a popular whittling workshop, and Jon and Sara ran a busy pop-up café selling tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes and biscuits.

The event was a huge success, attracting 415 visitors.

Amongst the comments the event received on social media were the following:

“What a brilliant day”

“Awesome!”

“Had a lovely time and great to chat to everyone. Thank you for all the effort you put into things”.

“It was brilliant- such a fantastic event, thank you”

”It was so awesome to see so many people enjoying what’s on offer”

“Thank you for a wonderful day”

“Thank you all. Loved visiting today and chatting and plants”

Transition Worcester plan to follow the same format for future Plant Swap events, and the positive experience and lessons learned from this event will also inform our plans for Worcester community garden’s Open Day on 27 August. Put the date in your diary!

 

Transtition Worcester Plant Swap / Eco Fair

Plant swap poster advert

On Sunday 7th May 2023 we will be hosting the annual Transition Worcester Plant Swap.
From 11am – 3pm
Swap your plants with others or buy new plants for your garden (cuttings, seedlings, transplants etc.)

For the first time the Plant Swap will include stalls:

  • RSPB, bird-friendly wildflower plug plants
  • Worcester Environmental Group, bird and bat boxes
  • Pack-It-In, affordable, platic-free products
  • Chris Russell, wood products and whittling skill demonstrations
  • Coffee van from 12.00pm with cakes and biscuits

defying the floods

 

On 21 March 2023) Worcester community garden unveiled its latest weapon in the fight against climate change and flooding.

Our new office and tool store, funded by an award from the National Lottery and a grant from Worcester city council, sits on a giant pontoon. When the garden floods – as now happens on an annual basis – the structure is designed to float above the floodwaters, protecting the tools and equipment upon which our volunteers depend.

Cutting the ribbon at the unveiling ceremony was Keith Slater of Community Boost. Keith had been invited to do the honours by grateful community garden trustees after being instrumental in securing funding for the project.

Chair of trustees at Worcester community garden, Steve Dent, said “the floating office and tool store is an imaginative response to the growing challenge that flooding presents for us. It has been a great morale booster to see the structure going up so soon after the damage caused by the January and February floods. We are enormously grateful to Keith Slater for helping us achieve this ambitious milestone.”

Keith Slater said “I am delighted to be cutting the ribbon today. Ever since I was first introduced to the garden and its volunteers I have said that this is one of the hidden jewels in the city’s crown. If anyone wants to see what a huge and positive difference an ever-growing number of volunteers can make to improve the quality of life for all involved, then this community garden is their place to visit.”