Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spring maintenance for our lawn mower

Feels a little like spring this morning so time to check our lawn mower in preparation of the first cut of the new season. Generally grass will begin to grow in early spring and, weather permitting, you  could be able to mow your lawn in March with a high cut and when the grass is dry.

For more detailed information on caring for your lawns throughout the growing season please visit:

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feel better outside, feel better inside - Ecominds

Outdoor classroom day - 17 May 2018

For more information on how you could get involved please visit: 

Soon be time to put that habitat management training into practice again

Once it has warmed up a little more we will once again begin to put the fun, interesting and informative wildlife habitat training we received from Cumbria Wildlife Trust into practice on our wildlife banking areas.

A little colour on the "wildlife" banking area

How to grow tomato plants from seed - free advice from Thompson and Morgan

Helping our feathered friends - topping up bird feeders with suet

Free tree packs from Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust wants to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So they are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. 

If you are interested you can find out more about the Trusts free tree packs and how you can apply at:

Monday, 26 February 2018

From the heat to the cold today

It was a tale of two extremes today with a summer like 24 degrees in the poly tunnel..........

.........and then needed to unfreeze the locks to some of the personal lockers in the arches

Happy memories of working with the Neighbourhood Management Team

It seems such a long time ago since we were working with the help of the Neighbourhood Management Team to install and repair the reptile fence following the habit surveys prior to construction of the grow your own scheme.

A lot has changed since then..........

Saturday, 24 February 2018

How to sow and grow onions

If you are new to gardening or just a little unsure what you can grow  Garden Organic may be able to help. They have produced a large variety of "grow your own" information cards as detailed below covering vegetables, herbs and fruit

The information sheets can be viewed and downloaded from their website here.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

How to grow peppers and chillies from seed

If you can grow tomatoes chances are you will also be able to grow peppers and chillies with many varieties suited to being grown in containers.

For expert advice on growing peppers and chillies please visit the RHS website here.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Improving the condition of soil in a raised planter

A little time spent forking through and aerating soil in a raised planter which has helped to loosen any compacted soil and provided an opportunity to add a little more compost.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How to sow and grow carrots

More information and free advice on growing carrots can be found at Thompson and Morgan

Barrow Funding Event from Cumbria CVS

Cumbria CVS will be holding a funding event between 10am – 3pm on Thursday  8th March at the Forum, Duke Street, Barrow.

At the event you will be able to speak directly to a variety of funders including: Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Community Foundation, Francis C Scott, Big Lottery Fund and Hadfield Trust.
The event is aimed at small local voluntary and community groups in the Barrow area.

For full details of funders attending and to download a booking form please visit Cumbria CVS here