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BCT – Bearing Witness for Wildlife Training, 9 November 2017

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Crowdfunding for outdoor classroom at Frendsbury Gardens

©Tom Kyle (Architect)

New Classroom at Frendsbury Gardens

The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens need you help.

We Need Your Help!

As you may already know, we’ve started a project to build an outdoor classroom in our community space. We’ve received some funding from it but it’s not enough to cover all the costs of the materials. The work will all be carried out by people in the community. To help cover the remain material costs we have started a crowdfunding appeal via Spacehive and we need your support to get to our target in the short space of time left to make this amazing dream become a reality.

The Project

To build an outdoor space that can be used in all weather. It’ll be a place where we can continue to hold our nature and horticultural classes; local families can use get together for celebrations or have a picnic; the community can use as a quiet, restful space to simply sit and enjoy; and where we can all get together for our annual open days.

Currently the gardens are used for pre-schooler nature clubs, afterschool gardening classes and gardening classes for adults, including those with mental health support. For some it’s simply a garden that they love visiting and enjoy being in, for other’s it’s become a place of sanctity and friendship.

The garden is open 7 days a week all year round and classes go ahead regardless the weather, but with a very small indoor space, rainy days do make it difficult to run our usual activities. A new outdoor space would solve this problem and provide with shelter when it’s raining or on extremely hot days.

What You Can Do:

Make a pledge it doesn’t matter how small it is. EVERY LITTLE COUNTS and spread the word!
Thank you for continuing to make Frendbury Gardens the wonderful little oasis it is becoming

Help Build!

We now have planning permission that we received 2 weeks ago so we need your donations and offers of time as this is a community build with no former building skills required. Please watch out for our build days or get in touch if you want to be involved in building a wonderful community space. We have a confirmed architects and structural engineer so it will be a supervised build

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Nature’s Gym programme October-December 2017 now available

Iona Close Orchard

The sparkly new Nature’s Gym programme for October-December 2017 is now available. We have been to most of the sites before, but some of them, Hare & Billet pond for example, we’ve not been to for a few years. We do have one new site, Luxmore Gardens, where we will be going on Thursday 9th November (date TBC) to do some bulb planting. If you’ve not been to a Nature’s Gym session before, but would like to take part, please visit our Nature’s Gym and FAQ pages where you should find all the information that you need. If you have any more questions, please to email us.

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Nature’s Gym help out at Firhill Road Allotments

Firhill Road Allotments

For a couple of weeks the Nature’s Gym volunteers worked in Firhill Road Allotments. The plan was to clear an area at the front of the site to make a wildlife area and a place for allotment holders to have a seat and relax. The volunteers also cleared some of the planters with a view to potentially allowing a school group to do some food growing. Nothing it set in stone yet and there is still a lot of work to do, be we still spent a happy few hours digging and hoeing, cutting and clearing. It is very satisfying seeing the result of our work and then being able to sit down and enjoy a cuppa in the newly cleared seating area!