2021. What a Year!
We have completed our 9th year on this project and we have made substantial progress in the Garden.
In March 2020 we began Lockdown number 1 and we had 8 volunteers. Our seeds were being sown and our crop planting plan was underway. We looked forward to a successful year. In April we had the stay at home restrictions - unless essential travel and July we had the rule of six people. At this point we came back to the garden and picked up from where we left off. The real challenge was to put the harvested crops eg Potatoes, Tomatoes and soft fruit to good use. Suggestions of a sale table were put in to action. Signs on the roadside directed people to the rear garden entrance each Tuesday. With in a few weeks local villagers from Frieth came to get their fresh vegetables and fruit. So successful it became a focal point for the village and a meeting place for people to contact each other.
In 2021 we decided to maintain the sale table and retain our weekly sales. In March plans were finalised for the creation of a Sensory Garden - a corner with raised beds, seating and a water feature - combining all the senses of smell, touch, sound and sight. It was completed in early July and has been a tremendous success.
In 2021 we have been joined by pupils from Pebble Brook and Chiltern Wood - local schools for pupils with special needs. They come to us for one day a week. We enjoyed having them and hope they have blossomed with us.
We continue to provide produce for St Katharines but on a much reduced scale as 2020 and 2021 lockdowns severely impacted bookings at the House.
We sold fresh veg and plants from the garden to visitors from the table sale. In 2021 we had the table sale on each Wednesday from July - October. We thoroughly enjoyed attending the Frieth Fete in September to sell produce - 99% of which was sold. One week later we entered several classes in the Frieth Horticulture Show and achieved Seven Firsts, Four Seconds and Eight Third places. A tremendous result given the year we had.. We made snd sold Christmas wreaths and hanging baskets in December at the High Wycombe / Christmas Market organised by our friends and one of our supporters - Red Kites.
We were joined by several more volunteers in 2020 - 2021: Daisy, Celia, Stewart, Roger, Mike, Kerry, Angela.
Because of the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 restrictions meant committee members couldn’t visit local clubs and societies to give talks about the Garden and its work and progress. We did manage to link up with Bucks Badgers and Hambleden Menl unchtime mens club - who meet fortnightly every Tuesday.