Yet another jam packed fun-filled week out with HPS. From the heavy rain to shinning sun we both enjoyed the week gone by. We’ve met loads more volunteers, group participants and gained even more knowledge within the garden. We really are learning more and more each week as we go along. So where do we even start when looking back over the week? Well we’ll jump right back to our weekly staff meeting every Tuesday morning where we get to chat with everyone in the team and find out what’s been going on and what’s to come over the following week. After we finish up our meeting the two of us and Behla head up to Hyde Park Allotments to meet the grow together group. We had a great session that day but sadly the weather wasn’t on our side, it rained and poured for most of our time but we did have a short period of time were it cleared up. But as the group was determined to get to work, they didn’t let the rain put them off! They stuck on their coats and got stuck into work. We all came home soaked and covered in mud but at least everyone had a good time
Wednesday morning we headed out with Ray to Richmond Hill Primary School where previously a group assembled the structure for an outside classroom. Today our aim was to put down the flooring in the room, which after a while we succeeded in! This was a nice calm chilled day with no pressure or hurry which we both really enjoyed.
Thursday morning was spent with Cross-Green in their community garden but sadly yet again the weather wasn’t giving us much joy. It was cold, nippy and raining, so we thought the best thing to do is start a fire in the fire pit we built last week for everyone to keep warm. So everyone gathered round, had a hot cupa and chatted. It was nice getting the chance to talk to some of the volunteers and people that come to the group just to find out more about them and to tell them about what we’re doing too. As Thursday evening came, the two of us separated to different groups. Eoin headed down to the Rosebank to meet with Charlie and the Rosebank Rangers as Eddie set off to Killing beck to meet Luke. We both had great and enjoyable sessions for us and the groups.
Friday morning and it’s nearly the weekend yet again, the week really does fly in when you’re having fun! We packed the van and hit the road to the Leeds Black Elders Allotment. We all done different jobs like painting, cutting wood, screwing. The sun was up and out which really did put a smile on everyone’s face. When Friday evening came we headed for our last group of the week down at Bracken Edge Primary where we had a during and after school group of kids. This session really was good fun and enjoyable for all. We set a mini beast hunt for the kids and we also done some outdoors cooking on the fire where we cooked up some cheese burgers and apple and raspberry crumble and custard! What a treat for all on a Friday evening and what a way to end our third week out on placement.
Each week were gaining more knowledge and understanding as to what HPS is all about as well as understanding nature and permaculture more and more. We really hope that by the end of our journey we come out with plenty of new skills and knowledge and by the way things are going its looking like were definitely going to succeed in this!
We really hope you’re enjoying our blog and updates as much as were enjoying our time here! So keep coming back and checking out our blog every week to see what’s new and what were up to.
Hey guy's, it's Eddie Olphert & Eoin Ruddy here and this is our placement blog. we are both 3rd year students from Leeds Beckett University studying Youth Work and Community Development. The two of us love being outdoors and getting our hands dirty with nature!