Too hot to work in the sun so after watering all the plants we made for the shade and had a BBQ.
The rain made everything grow, especially the grass and weeds. We strimmed, dug, weeded and topped up beds with compost, then we were ready to plant. So far leeks, shallots, french beans, courgettes and an aubergine have gone in. The bean bed is surrounded with copper wire mesh to ward off slugs as metaldehyde pellets are banned at the allotment.
The gardeners were lucky to have beautiful sunny weather over the Easter bank holiday. All our fruit trees are in blossom, the cherry will need netting to keep the birds from taking all our crop.
There is plenty of work to do, knee-high grass and weeds everywhere, so much digging. The hot weather has made the soil very hard!
In August 2017 the gardening group lost its funding and we had to abandon our plot. We recently got some more money and were able to spend 4 weeks working together.
The plots were looking very neglected and there was plenty to do. The good news is that Rosendale Allotments donated a polytunnel so our group can grow plants from seed and have a place to shelter and work when it rains.
We tidied the shed, cleaned it out and put everything back. Then the grass was strimmed and the weeds dug up. We drowned the weeds in the water butt.
Manure was collected from the top of the allotment, where it’s delivered free, and we used it, together with our homemade compost, to top up the beds.
More stones were collected and the new strawberry bed was weeded and enlarged. There are more strawberry runners to plant up this year.
From all of the young people at Rathbone Youth Club we would like to say a massive ‘thank you’! To the local community members in West Norwood for all their support.
It’s not often that local businesses understand the needs of the community and what makes a community a positivity and fun environment for us as young people. So we would like to give a big shout out from all here at Rathbone to our local West Norwood shops Sorrento’s, Tesco, Subway, Pizza Hut, Iceland and Floral Hall! Each of these shops have helped us put on events and activities at our local youth club for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in the last few months.
We would especially like to give one particular person that is always willing to go the extra mile a huge thank you as even at short notice he has never turned us away even at short notice and that is the store manager Jay at Iceland.
Our wonderful Youth Management Team have once again done us proud!
As part of the London Youth City Leaders Celebration event out YMT took home the award for ‘Best Community Project’ for their ‘life saver’ homeless kit bags.
The group were voted to have the most impactful and outward facing community project as their idea focused on the needs of others in the community and not just themselves or their peers.
On the night the Chair of our Youth Management Team (who is also a member of London Youth, DARE LDN youth board), gave a fantastic speech on the benefits of being involved in projects such as City Leaders and the YMT.
The event was a great celebration of youth leadership, youth involvement and youth empowerment!