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Springing into action: preparing for a new season with Flourish

Livability Holton Lee always gets a bit more interesting when the season starts to change. From our Growing Futures horticultural therapy project to our Flourish wellbeing scheme, we look at what to look out for in our gardens at Livability Holton Lee.

The redesign of the garden is well underway with the successful merge of our previous growing beds into four main quadrants. Our team have been busy de-turfing, preparing the ground and constructing wooden frames for cages to protect the crops from the ever present wildlife, including rabbits and birds that always seem to have a healthy appetite!

Due to the expansion of our growing areas and the hard work it has taken to get them into a workable growing condition, there has been a delay to the start of our popular seasonal veg boxes.

The boxes will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the end of May. If you are interested in purchasing one please phone 01202 625562 or email Anna on asweeney.holtonlee@livability.org.uk.

We have also been working on transforming the area around one of our garden pergolas into a ‘Well-Beeing Garden’, this area will be focusing on pollinators and so our gardeners have been making bug hotels to encourage beneficial wildlife into the garden.

The greenhouse has also been a hive of activity in preparation for this wildlife garden with a variety of seeds being sown, most of these will be perennial and so a permanent fixture in the garden and there will also be some annual flowers. The flowers will also be used in the creation of our flower strips which will be grown in borders around our vegetable beds. All of this, we hope, will create a garden rich in biodiversity brimming with colour and interest, which is not only visually pleasing but also productive.

Get involved in developing our gardens

If you have any spare plants especially perennial flowers, we would welcome any donations. We are especially looking for: Agapanthus, Aquilegia, Astrantia, Centura Scabiosa, Clematis, Dianthus, Delphinium, Echinops, Echium Vulgare, Helianthus, Rudbeckia, Zinnia. Herbs such as Lavender, Hyssop, Catmint, Bronze Fennel, Thyme. Alternatively if you have any spare packets of annual flower seeds these would also be greatly appreciated.

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