Summer has proved to be a great time to get involved with HP Source, there is so much going on at the moment that there is never a dull moment. In the last few weeks I have been helping out with various tasks at: Woodhouse bin yards, Armley Mills, Cross Green, Killingbeck allotments and Rosebank Rangers.
The Cross Green community garden has been particularly busy this summer. In the last few weeks I have been helping with the construction of the last few beds and clearing the area for the giant herb spiral. Doing a lot of digging last week in the heat, was really helped by the cold squash and biscuits that were provided by the lovely Cross Green team. The sun shaped design is now finished and looks fab. I’m really excited to see how the garden develops in the next few weeks and can’t wait to see how the giant herb spiral is going to look.
Another project that’s been busy this summer is the Rosebank Rangers, an after school club for Rosebank Primary school. Every week we’ve had a bigger turnout of children than the one before. At times having 16 children in the woods was a little stressful, but on the whole the session last week was really fun and the children loved making dens and finding insects.
Celebration was also in the air last week, as we finished the Binyards on Providence road in Woodhouse. From my first week at the project we have been working towards finishing the mosaic wall, using the pictures the local kids had designed and made themselves. Although the heat was threatening to slow down the mosaic making, by drying up the adhesive before we could lay the tiles, after a late afternoon session on Monday the walls are now completely finished and herbs have been planted in the beds. The end result is amazing; the whole road looks completely different. I’m going to miss being a part of this project, but it’s great that the local children and community now have a safe space that they can hang out in that they helped design and create.
When I haven't been out on projects, I have been helping Naomi organize the Hyde Park Source Summer Gala which is next Thursday!! Fingers crossed that the weather is going to be as good as last week, as the Rosebank is lovely in the sunshine. For anyone around next Thursday, you can expect a graffiti demo, bike powered music, natural felt making and mosaic making!! We are also flirting with the idea of jam making.
Observations from my first few weeks at HP Source: mosaic making is very relaxing, kids can spend hours making dens in the woods, old drain pipes make excellent flower baskets and people will actually steal planted vegetables straight out of beds.