Would You Like To Volunteer With Breathing Spaces?

Breathing Spaces are having a little get-together for TTW volunteers, just to say thank you for all their hard work. It’s at Maybridge Keystone Centre on Sunday June 26th from 5pm for a couple of hours and we thought that, if you are interested in volunteering for TTW, you might like to join us so you can find out how you can get involved?

For example, Breathing Spaces would love to involve more volunteers at both our tiny sustainable flower farm at Maybridge and also at the downland barnyard in Sompting. We currently have practical sessions on Thursday mornings and the first Sunday of every month, but if those times don’t suit you, we also need help, especially with watering (best done in the morning or late afternoon/early evening) on a Saturday, and there could be a small group on other days. Why not come and see how our garden grows?

There will be volunteers there from other TTW projects to talk to and find out more. If you want to join us, please email [email protected] for more information, and to help us with numbers for catering.

Welcome to the Breathing Spaces project!

From the beginning of March we welcome Breathing Spaces to our Greenspaces Groups so we now have May Close Community Allotment and the Triangle, and also Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden sits under our umbrella in the same way as Breathing Spaces’ lovely gardens and flower farm will.

Breathing Spaces will be looking after the garden at Maybridge Keystone Centre and growing flowers for their subscribers from Thursday March 3rd 10.30-12.30 Maybridge Keystone Centre, Raleigh Way BN12 6JD – and every Thursday til November.

They will also be doing monthly work sessions at Dankton Lane Barnyard, Sompting, on the first Sunday of every month from March 6th, 11am-1pm. Bring your wellies because they are going to start re-puddling the pond! Great exercise treading clay in a lovely spot on the downs – you could bring a packed lunch and go for a walk afterwards. And maybe the bees will be venturing out from the log hive…

With the growing season almost being upon us now, if you would like to come and help at any of our Community Greenspaces gardens, do let us know at [email protected] or contact Claire & Lisa at Breathing Spaces directly at [email protected]

Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden Open Times

The amazing volunteers at the Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden have now started their winter maintenance programme – mainly pruning and tool maintenance. And of course, watching out for the first signs of Spring.

For January and February 2022, the garden will be open 10am – 12 noon as follows (weather permitting):

Wednesdays: 12th January, 26th January, 9th February, 23rd February

Fridays: 7th January, 21st January, 4th February, 18th February

Saturdays: 15th January, 29th January, 12th February, 26th February

For more information, check out their Facebook Page – or email [email protected] – or phone 01903 530780.

Transition Greenspaces In October

We are beginning to wind down now at the allotments and our recent group visits have been involved in having a good tidy up and making a start on mulching beds, ready for spring sowing. In the polytunnel the tomatoes are still producing well, as are the salad crops. We have a few pumpkins almost ready to share with our volunteers and have recently processed loads of apples. The sprouts, chard and celeriac are not long off harvesting now and we’re doing bi-monthly manure runs to a local farm so that our beds will hopefully be even more productive next year.

It’s been a very rewarding year, despite all the restrictions and our team is gradually growing. If you fancy getting involved, do email us: [email protected]

Transition Greenspaces – June Update

The Triangle, Tarring

We’ve had a really good crop of strawberries and everything else is growing like crazy, including the hedge, grass and weeds – all of which needs a lot of taking care of so if anyone wants to come and help, do email us. Big thanks to Dom and Alan for all your hard work in keeping things going.

We have some new logs to sit on when people just need to take a breather, courtesy of Brooklands massive log pile. Alan and Pauline went to collect a load of scrap wood and logs recently that we will make very good use of at The Triangle and at May Close.

May Close Community Allotment, Maybridge

Thanks to the recent heavy rain, just needing to water the polytunnel has been really helpful. Big thanks to those who have braved the rain in order to keep things going – we could not do any of this without our dedicated volunteers so a shout out to Tracey, Kayley, Jo, Nicky, Sarah, David and Alan.

Welcome to our new volunteer Roberta, who has quickly settled into the group. It’s been incredibly helpful having another pair of hands as not everyone can come every week so, again, if anyone wants to come and help, do email us as there’s always masses of weeding to do at this time of year! It’s a lovely tranquil spot and the plus side is that you hopefully go home with some fruit or veg that has been grown organically.

The foxes have created a new game – it’s called “drink the beer from the slug traps” – we’ve not seen them staggering about afterwards but hopefully it’s not enough to make them drunk! We didn’t realise they were partial to beer but maybe it’s more about the dead slugs in it – apologies to those who are vegan but things were getting out of hand – all our new plants were being demolished instantly!

We have a huge number of tadpoles and the resident frogs usually pop up out of the pond to say hello when we are there, it’s so lovely for us all to receive a little welcome every time.

Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden Now Open

Good news! Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden is re-opening to visitors from Friday 2nd July. Our opening times will be:
Wednesdays 11am – 12 noon
Fridays 11am – 12 noon
Alternate Saturdays – 17th July, 31st July, 14th August, 28th August & 25th September

We do have a few Covid related rules, to help keep everyone safe.
A one – way route round the garden
Signing-in at the gate
Social distancing and request to stay in your group
Maximum of 15 visitors at any one time (in addition to our volunteers).
Specific events are ‘on hold’ until we see how things go forward.
Our volunteers have been busy over the past 15 months maintaining the garden – volunteer numbers at any session subject to Covid rules.

The meadow and raised beds are blooming with wild flowers, the pond is looking good, and our hedgerows are flourishing. We had two bee swarms from ‘stranger’ bees, which we have rehomed. Unfortunately, our bees lost their Queen during her mating flight, and we now have a new Queen who has some catching up to do. But we have plenty of butterflies out and about when the sun shines!

So why not come along and check us out – we’d love to see you – just not all at once!

Email: [email protected] Tel: 01903 530780

Transition Greenspaces – May Update

We have a family of foxes at May Close and the cubs, whilst very cute, have completely trashed our wild flower bed, but other than that everything’s growing like fury!

We’ve had an infestation of greenfly and also slugs so we lost some of our precious vegetables, but thankfully some have survived despite various forms of attack. With all the rain came a profusion of spinach and chard on both community allotments. After our volunteers took what they could use we donated the rest to the food bank scheme at Maybridge Community Church, just down the road from our larger allotment. We’ve linked up with the local network for surplus food distribution so that any time we have a glut of anything we can ensure that this food goes where it is most needed. We are looking forward to a time when this is formalised in a new local food partnership. Discussions about this have been ongoing for some time so we hope it will happen in the near future. We will keep you posted….

If anyone would like to come and help at May Close or The Triangle, do let us know. We have a small team who help water and weed, as needed, but more volunteers would be welcomed to help spread the load. It’s sociable, good fun and you usually end up with some free food!

Do read Kayley’s wonderfully inspiring and heartfelt blog about the benefits of volunteering: https://www.creaturely.co.uk/a-day-of-weaving-community/

For any queries re greenspaces projects, please email [email protected]

Seed Swap In A Box!

It was such a shame that we were unable to hold our Seed Swap & Spring Fair this year as we always greatly look forward to it and to seeing you all.

In order to ensure that the seeds we have all collected over the last couple of years are not left unused, we shall be making up seed packets and making them available for you to rummage through and choose a selection, in return for a small donation!

We have a variety of both vegetable (salad leaves, heritage beans, brassicas, tomatoes etc) and flower (perennials, annuals, wildflowers etc) seeds available and these will be placed in a box by the doorstep at the left of Henry House, 189 Heene Road, Worthing, BN11 4NN.

Many thanks to Karen Simporis who has kindly offered her doorstep as a collection point!

The seed box shall be there from Friday 2nd April until the end of the month, unless we run out sooner of course. I shall be regularly topping up when needed.

If making a donation please can you place this in an envelope marked “seeds” and put it through Karen’s door (please don’t leave it in the seed box). If you are not sure how much to donate, we would suggest 50p-£1 per packet, but please feel free to give what you wish! It will all help to boost TTW’s ever depleting funds for our general running costs, which our annual Seed Swap event normally helps to cover every year. Alternatively, you may wish to donate via our website here: https://www.ttworthing.org/donate/

Transition Greenspaces – February Update

Not much happening over the past month at the Triangle, apart from a bit of tree pruning and sorting out the pond.

May Close
Our wonderful volunteers have (in socially distanced pairs or alone) been repairing beds and plant cages and have added some plants to the pond. They’ve also added more woodchip to the pathways, kept things weeded and watered, and done some work on the forest garden beds. The plants in the polytunnel are coming along nicely now, as the bitterly cold weather has subsided, and our first salad crops of the year are almost ready to harvest.

We hope, once we are out of lockdown, that we can start having small, socially distanced groups there again. In the meantime if anyone fancies raising some veg plants from seed at home, we’d be glad of them once it warms up a bit.

Transition Greenspaces – January Update

Things have slowed down considerably in our community gardens during January, principally due to lockdown and not being quite sure what was permitted, so we decided to go with 1:1’s working to all the usual guidelines.

Also, the weather has somewhat defeated us a lot of the time and there wasn’t much to do anyway, so our volunteers have had a well deserved break. The plants in the polytunnel at May Close are gently growing, we’ve had a good tidy up, done some more planting and some tree pruning.