November – check for hedgehogs before lighting bonfires!

This little hedgehog turned up on our plot today.  We gave it some food and milk and it was very hungry.  A neighbour made a nest for it in her shed and will check it every day.  Hedgehogs hibernate under piles of wood and leaves, so it was probably getting ready for bed in the bonfire pile on our new plot.  Luckily we used our incinerator and sorted the wood out before we burnt it!

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Bagging up leaves to rot down for compost.

 

 

 

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Loads of muck!

 

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Manuring the beds
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More digging and weeding
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The first bonfire on our new plot next door
Digging out the compost on our new plot
We have a big, new compost heap to use.
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Beetroot
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Quince jelly from our tree.

Harvest time

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Spinach
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Runner beans

Here are some of this year’s crops.

We also had a good harvest of potatoes, cabbage and curly kale.

Winter crops like Mizuna and Red mustard have been planted.

Loganberries and raspberries were plentiful and really delicious, and we also picked strawberries, gooseberries and currants.

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Tomatoes
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Shallots

 

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Bramley cooking apple
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Quince

The trees donated by the Open Orchard project are thriving and some have fruited in their first year.  We made Quince jelly.

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Gardeners enjoying the Rosendale Allotment barbeque with Rathbone workers cooking up a storm
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The secret of growing plants is giving them plenty to drink!

MP and CEO visit the Youth Club

London Youth CEO, Came to visit the youth Club On Tuesday 28th September. She had a great time playing games with the Youth Club members and finding out more about The Old Library. Through the generous support of London Youth in the past we have been able to furnish the Lounge, purchase new equipment and restock vital resources which form the backbone of the work we do with young people.

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London Youth CEO, Rosemary Watt-Wyness enjoying a competitive game of connect four!

 

 

 

 

Our Local MP Helen Hayes paid a visit to the youth club on Thursday 29th September. She had the opportunity to see the facilities and programmes on offer here as well as getting stuck into some Arts and Crafts with the young people! The visit was supported by Gail Emerson one of our fabulous trustees who helped paint a picture of the great services deliver by Rathbone.

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MP SELFIE!! a huge thank you to our Local MP Helen Hayes and Trustee Gail Emerson for coming along and getting stuck in at the youth club.

Summertime makes us feel fine!

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It all starts here!
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Borage, a beautiful flower you can eat.
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A Rathbone gardener’s entry to Lambeth Country Show
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Digging a hole for the grape vine, weeding and cutting the grass
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Rathbone flowers at the Lambeth Country show
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1 person working, the rest waiting for the bbq!
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There are potatoes in there!
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Delicious loganberries

 

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Maybe our new shed?
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And a greenhouse!
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Meanwhile we keep on weeding
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Nasturtium and tomato
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French beans
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Seaweed solution to feed the plants
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Winding the red string, a very important part of gardening!

We #Trust Youth

As part of the #TrustYouth for international #YouthDay today a few member of the Youth Management Team went on a quest to find out what parents, carers and most importantly young people thought youth should be trusted to do!

"I #TrustYouth to do great things in our local community!"
“I #TrustYouth to do great things in our local community!” (parent)

 

Some great #TrustYouth statements were shared and have all contributed to us coming up with our very own #TrustYouth statement.

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Here at The Old Library we #TrustYouth to work together to create a better community environment where young people thrive and make a positive contribution to society

 

We encourage you to think about Why Do You #TrustYouth???

Rathbone AGM

At the End of June Rathbone held their AGM where different elements of Rathbones services were discussed and celebrated. We learnt all about the services they run and the achievements of the charity over the past year.

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The youth club did a presentation on what we have been doing and all the great funding we have attained.

One of our young people did a speech about how the youth club has helped him develop and grow as a person – increasing his confidence and opportunity do try new activities.

” I found it (making the speech) a great experience because I got to tell loads of people all about the youth club and what we get to do there. Talking in front of all those people was a bit scary but I really enjoyed it in the end”

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