This week has been the schools Easter holidays, therefore things at Hyde Park Source have been a bit hectic with new Easter projects running alongside normal routine as good as we possibly could handle. Not forgetting aswell as trying to settle me in as comfortably as possible which I personally feel has been successful.
This week has been interesting for me so far,just one week in and I have learnt so much! From how to use a hammer and nails properly to eating leaves that taste of lemon in the forest garden.
One of the projects I've been working on, carrying on from Becky (Becky's Blog) was with the Rosebank Rangers. My inner handy-woman skills making an appearance. This week I worked with a few children, nailing matting down to protect the plants (as seen in the picture, starring me on the right hand side), and also extending the steps up onto the rosebank. It was slightly windy and a bit nippy on the fingertips but I think the warm soup and crumble provided made up for that. The children were enthusiastic and keen to get stuck in, and i think they really enjoyed using the tools and hearing about all the different types of trees and plants that were planted on the Rosebank already (as was I).
I have also had a little involvement up at Poplar Gate, helping out cutting down trees, weeding and generally tidying up the area in preperation for some flower beds. Although there were only three of us working on that this week, we are hoping to get some involvement from the surrounding community, as it is located right in the middle of a housing estate where lots young people live. So far we've had alot of interest and support from the locals about what we are upto and what we will be doing with the space. We also helped out one man with cutting down a tree in his own garden that he's been meaning to cut down for years (not part of the job, but every little helps haha).
All in all I've had a really enjoyable first week at Hyde Park Source, the team have made me feel extremely welcome and involved and I am sure that i will thoroughly enjoy my placement for the next 10 weeks.