Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fun in Bartlett Park

Just back home having had our Lansbury Gardeners stall in Bartlett Park as part of the Zoetrope fun day. Brilliant three hours with loads of kids and their families enjoying themselves.

Funded by Poplar HARCA our stall provided pots that children could paint. They then filled them with compost and sowed seeds - mostly dill, basil, radish and lettuce - and then took them home.

We need to get better at estimating how many people will turn up though as had to move onto plastic pots very quickly - just about exhausting our supplies - so looks like another trip the garden centre this weekend to replenish stocks. I think we got through nearly 90 pots of various sizes.

The other activity we held was the Name that Fruit or Vegetable quiz. People had to answer ten picture questions and then everyone who scored six or more correct answers went into a draw to win a box of vegetables. 43 people entered the quiz and everyone who entered got more than six answers right - 47% scored 10/10; 30% scored 9/10; 16% scored 8/10 and 7% scored 7/10.

All the winners scored 10/10! First prize winner of a large box of vegetables was Noel (above in the yellow shirt). Second prize of a medium box of vegetables went to Mira (centre photo), and last but not least Mohammed (top photo) won third prize which was a small box of vegetables. Many of the vegetables in the prize boxes were grown locally - others were bought locally and are all produce of the UK. The prizes were handed out by Nimish Shah of Groundwork London. Well done everyone!

The event also gave us a chance to catch up with some old gardening friends who have either moved away or got too busy with work to meet up regularly. It was also good to see other gardeners from the womens project at Lansbury Lodge and the new garden at West India House.

Finally a big thanks to all the Lansbury Gardeners who helped out today on our stall. We were so busy and it was wonderful that so many people volunteered to help others have such an enjoyable day. Gardening together just carries on...

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