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New Bilton Community Garden Harvest!


New Bilton Community Garden Harvest!

This was held in Jubilee Park, Rugby on Saturday 6th September. From 1pm to 5pm

This was all about celebrating the harvest of the first year of this community project. The idea is the community sow and plant and help themselves as the produce becomes available. It has been all about a community sharing and enjoying fresh vegetable and herbs.

The weather was great, the company wonderful and enthusiastic. There was over a 100 visitors though the afternoon. There were many stalls and entertainments. There was a stall which had donated vegetable and fruits for people to take away and enjoy.

Cooking demonstrations. Margherita did a 3 course meal using some of the donated vegetables. Fran Poole from Warwickshire Public Health also did a healthy food demonstration and Sheela Hammond (from New Bilton) demonstrated an easy to do Indian vegetarian dish.

There were competitions for home made cakes, preserves (jams and chutneys) and a garden on a plate. The day was supported by Rugby’s Mayor and Mayoress, local CPO, Community Safety wardens, St Johns Ambulance service and a visit by a Fire Engine and a bouncy castle for the children

Master Gardeners John & Sandy had a stall answering numerous questions on gardening, composting, what to do and how to cook vegetable and fruit. Sandy had some tasters of Marrow (extra large courgettes) & Apple Chutney, Raspberry Jam and Marrow & Apricot Jam. Courgette & Chocolate and Courgette & Cinnamon cakes. This was all based on the bumper harvest of Courgettes and it showed a way of preserving produce for a future enjoyment.

It was a great day and was fully appreciated by the community of New Bilton and gave confidence to continue next year.

John & Sandy Young

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