If you’re a potential community grower or landowner and need inspiration about how to develop your land then go along to Tŷ Pawb on Monday, 20 March and meet representatives from Wrexham’s growing community.
The “Our Growing Community” festival is taking place between 1pm and 4pm to complement the current Horizon Garden exhibition and coincides with the spring equinox. Local groups and environmentally engaged artists will be showcasing their successes through imagery about what they’ve achieved and to share their experiences.
Itinerary for “Our Growing Community”
1pm – 1.15pm – Arrival & Welcome Refreshments and chance to see the exhibition and posters, welcome from Jo Marsh (Tŷ Pawb) and Jayne Rodgers (Climate Change and Decarbonisation Team). All sessions will be live drawn by artist David Setter (Doodle Planet). Useful Art Space & Gallery.
1.15pm – 1.35pm – Tracy Simpson – Addo Creative, Marja Bonada – Artist & Connor Wood – KIM Inspire
Creative Carpark (Tŷ Pawb rooftop Garden) documentary screening with Q&A. Followed by walking as a group up to see the rooftop garden.
1.40pm – 2.35pm – Morag Colquhoun, Artist
An outdoor demonstration in which we will convert wood chips and plants into biochar by burning them without oxygen in a portable kiln. We will use the excess heat produced by the kiln to cook ourselves some warming vegetable soup while we monitor the flames carefully before quenching the burn with water. The resulting biochar can be mixed into the garden’s compost as required. Tending the kiln will give us time to chat about biochar and related themes in the roof top garden. Please dress for the weather! Rooftop Garden.
2.40pm – 3.00pm – Jacinta Challinor, Fruit Orchards for People and Wildlife
Looking at Wrexham Councils efforts to improve local green spaces for people and wildlife. Jacinta Challinor from Wrexham Council will highlight some of the GI improvements the Open Spaces team have carried out in recent years, highlighting why fruit orchards have taken a key focus, and how you can get involved in the our commitment to support trees and woodlands throughout the county. Performance Space.
3.00pm – 3.20pm – Bob Campbell, Holt Community Garden
An introduction to the good work happening at Holt Community Garden. Performance Space.
3.20pm – 3.40 – Sorrel Taylor, Erlas Victorian Walled Garden
Sharing the successes at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden. Performance Space.
3.40pm – 4.00pm – Cathryn O’nions, Coedpoeth Community Garden A summary of the exciting developments at Coedpoeth Community Garden. Performance Space
4.00pm – Refreshments and a chance to some networking and see the posters and exhibitions from the presenters.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said, “Tŷ Pawb now has an excellent reputation for bringing together communities and arts for the benefit for all. I look forward to visiting this project and to see the progress that our growing community is making here in Wrexham.”
Cllr David A Bithell, Climate Champion, said, “This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in making the environment we have available to us as eco-friendly as possible.”
“Whether it be looking to make your garden more bee friendly or growing your own fruit and veg there’s a wide range of experience you can draw on to help you find your inspiration.”
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