Gardening Blog: Masterclasses and making good use of our green spaces

It’s been a busy start to May in Letchworth’s gardens and green spaces. Steve from our Landscaping Team tells us more about what’s been going on.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been running a variety of sessions with the community to help people become more involved in gardening. The first of these was the fourth in our masterclasses series held at Standalone Farm. The course was designed to show attendees how to create a summer hanging basket and planter using recycled materials, such old t-shirts and jumpers as basket liners and buckets and bowls as planters.

Each attendee made at least one hanging basket and one planter, which they could take home and grow on ready for summer. The course was well attended and we ended up having a table of fantastic planters and containers on display.

We also had a request from Woolgrove School asking if there were any sites in Letchworth they could visit to learn more about how fruit grows.

After looking into a number of options, we decided to use the Norton Orchard, as this offers the widest development range, from bud to blossom, right through to the development of the apple.

Around 20 children and teaching staff joined us and asked plenty of questions. At the end of the session, we were asked if we would visit the school before the summer holidays to demonstrate how the apples are pressed and turned into apple juice.  We’re looking to see if this is possible, so keep an eye on this site for more updates.