2011 RHS Dig Together Day
How three RHS affiliated societies spent Dig Together Day this year...
Cornish bulbs put in for a colourful spring
Truro in Bloom planted 2,000 crocus and daffodil bulbs in their local coach park to celebrate Dig Together Day. Truro in Bloom’s Veronica Noble explained that the area was chosen because “it's the first impression [of Truro] that visitors will get when they step off their coaches.”
A couple of days prior to the bulb planting four bench seats were installed in the same area as part of a Truro in Bloom project. Volunteers of all ages from the community were involved and the Mayor of Truro, Councillor Rob Nolan, came to check on the progress, promptly being enlisted to plant a few bulbs himself!
“It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone had a great time outside. We’re looking forward to spring when we hope to see an abundance of colour!” says Veronica.
Second anniversary for Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society
The RJA&HS celebrated the second anniversary of their allotment site - the FJ Ahier Country Gardens - which opened in September 2009. The event attracted 30 gardeners, who enjoyed a propagation workshop from Dale Hector of St Helier Parks and Gardens and a beekeeping talk from Colin Mollet of the Jersey Beekeepers. RJA&HS is now considering keeping bee hives on the allotment site to help with crop pollination.
“We used the opportunity to promote our new garden share scheme, launched earlier this year, which brings together elderly members who no longer feel able to garden with others who are able to garden but don’t have the land. This scheme has proved very successful and we hope to help other members in similar circumstances,” explains Pam Laurens, Horticultural Secretary.
The Bloom group was also featured in a community gardening magazine (2.6MB pdf)
East Bergholt Horticultural Society
Suffolk’s East Bergholt Horticultural Society successfully combined Dig Together Day with their annual show on 3 September. The society was established in 1895 and the annual show is one of the longest running events in the village.
This year saw an increased number of children’s entries, which treasurer Andy Fenn was delighted with: “Children are the future of our society so it’s wonderful to see their interest grow,” he said.
Classes included handicrafts, baking and photography as well as flowers and vegetables and the group served refreshments and cake, hot dogs and ice cream.
“We made greater efforts to publicise the show this year by having new large notices made and spread about the area, which seemed to work well. Also joining the Dig Together Day campaign helped to raise awareness and attract new visitors,” said Andy.