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Gardening Interest Group
Gardening Interest Group
plant We now have a gardening interest group open to anyone living in St Stephen’s, beginners or veteran gardeners, with a number of events planned throughout the year.

Get started with the Veg
SSRA Gardening Interest Group events in 2018 start with a vegetable themed meeting. Events are for everyone whether you are new to gardening or an experienced gardeners. The idea is that people come together to share ideas.
Saturday 24th March 2018 10.30 to 12.00, email via the contact form for further details.. All about growing veg in pots. Collect a seed potato, a courgette seed and dwarf bean seeds. Exhange ideas and share tips. New to 'veg' or experienced 'veg' growers are all welcome.
Families with children are very welcome. Tea, coffee and cake available (donation tin for SSRA).

Our second event will be a 'Plant Meet Up'
Saturday 19th May 2018 10.30 to 12.00, email for further details.
This is an opportunity to swop plants, bring along spare plants or make a donation for a plant. Remember to save your spare plants.
Opportunity for gardening conversations; share ideas and frustrations.
Families with children are very welcome.

Sunflower Growing Challenge
A huge thank you to everyone (especially the children) who participated in the 2017 sunflower growing challenge. There have been some great blooms and really tall sunflowers.
Just to confirm that Alan and Mary Cunningsworth grew the dwarf sunflower with the most blooms (adult prize of a bottle of wine) and the following families had children growing very tall sunflowers: Family Cutmore, Family Howes, Family Sharp and Family Banbury.

The Open Garden Event held on a warm and sunny Sunday in June was a memorable highlight of the summer when we had the opportunity to visit many beautiful gardens and, more importantly, to get to know many of our neighbours. Thanks are due to everyone who opened their gardens for this extremely enjoyable event and to Graham and Angela Gibbens for offering us a lovely venue for the afternoon teas that were available. We especially thank Pauline Walters and Chris Molony for the effort they put into organising the day which raised £400.00 in total, £300.00 of which has been given to the Canterbury and District Early Years Project and £100.00 to Porchlight. Margaret and Alan Carver also offered teas and a plant sale in aid of the League of Friends. We plan to repeat the event next year when it will be the turn of residents living in roads not included in the event this year {i.e. St Stephen’s Hill, Green, Road, Close and Court, Manwood Avenue and Hales Drive} to open their gardens.

Here are some more images from the summer's very successful Open Gardens Day:

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Broad Oak Allotment & Garden Group
wheelbarrow For the gardeners in the area, there is already a Broad Oak Allotment and Garden Group, who meet at St Stephens Social Club.
They are a friendly group with one thing in common, growing your own in Allotment, Home Garden, Patio or balcony. Most of all it's a great time to socialise, get to know others, make new friends, your neighbouring plot holders, or local community. After a bit of advice from other Gardeners ? They meet up on the last Friday of every month and it’s free.
They have a Facebook page which you can see : here.