With sore leg muscles from the session at Mencap, I made my way over to Cross Green to meet Ray. We all headed over to the Wildcraft Bakery in Meanwood to do another rhubarb session. There were a lot more people in this group and it was great to meet such a variety of people. I could tell that everyone enjoyed the session, which resulted in a collection of great pictures which I am very pleased with!
Day two began at Mencap on York Road. Good old fashioned elbow grease was in order, as we all worked hard to clear weeds from a section of the garden. Despite several tea breaks and moments of basking in sporadic moments of sunshine, we managed to clear it all. Success!
Well, when I say 'we' I mean the rest of the team, as I left at lunchtime to head over to Richmond Hill primary school. The entire experience was so rewarding, as we worked with children that obviously do not get the chance to be creative in their gardens at home. Whilst there we made flower bombs, which are a mixture of soil, clay and wildflower seeds which the children will be able to throw once they've dried.
The experience was both fun and tiring, as there was lots to do. A survey, which we carried out, found that most of the children did not know what herbs are. We changed that very quickly by marching them up to the school's patch of herbs, giving them a lesson on how to spot them. They mostly picked the most colourful and strongest in smell as their favourite. The children also planted seeds which they were able to take home in pots.
First day at a new placement. I lost count of the amount of times I repeated 'deep breaths Leonie. You'll do great!' in my head. Staff meeting was first on the agenda - which was a great opportunity to meet everyone on the team. Within ten minutes, my nerves were instantly calmed. Everyone is kind and welcoming here. We began by talking about our weekends to get familiarised. I wish I had something more interesting to describe than my usual weekend plans of serial watching box-sets and stuffing my face with chocolate.
Within two hours I have a piece of A4 paper crammed with jobs and ideas of things that I can do during my time here (and that's just for this week!) In the afternoon I went off to the Bedford Fields site to work with rhubarb. I couldn't think of a better way to be spending an afternoon. I made sure to take lots of pictures of all of the processes (Who knew that there are so many ways of consuming rhubarb?).
English and Journalism student at Leeds Trinity University.