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medway growsFamilies are being encouraged to take up the good life and take part in free workshops to learn how to grow their own food.

Medway Grows workshops are being run across the area from March to July and will be a fun way for all the family to learn something new – and cut down on household bills by growing their own grub.

Medway Grows is about healthy fresh produce , digging, planting, weeding, watering, landscaping and much more.

The workshops will encourage people of all ages to learn about a wide variety of projects from growing your own food, how to start planting and how best to get going at home.
And there’ll be lots of games and activities for children while mum and dad pick up top tips on how to grow the greens.

Councillor David Brake, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services, said; “These free workshops are a great way to get all the family involved in planting and growing.

“Not only will they teach the basics and give everyone a good idea of how to grow, but also they’ll encourage families to get healthy and, hopefully, save money by growing their own produce.”

Workshops will take place across Medway, at weekends and after school and booking is essential.

The first workshop dates include March 15 and May 28, Medway Park; March 20, Luton Library, Chatham, April 5, Bishop of Rochester Academy; April 8 and May 28, Burnt Oak Primary, Gillingham.

To find out more information visit http://www.abettermedway.co.uk/healthyeating/medwaygrows.aspx” target=”_blank”>our website or call 016344 334309 to book your place.

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With autumn upon us once again, it’s time to think about tidying up the garden and preparing the soil for spring. The traditional picture of autumn gardening is of a smoky bonfire to dispose of fallen leaves, prunings and the last grass cuttings of winter. However, a much more environmentally-friendly approach to dispose of your garden waste is to compost at home.
Under an initiative backed by the local government, most local authorities are offering discounted composters in partnership with www.getcomposting.com. Prices start at £16 plus delivery – less than half the recommended retail price of £39. Some local authorities also have subsidy available to reduce prices even further.
To see what’s available in your local area – including special buy one get on half price offers – call 0844 571 4444 or look online at www.getcomposting.com. Simply enter your postcode to find the best deal for you.

Click HERE to go straight to the page to enter your post code

SUNDAY 17th JUNE 2012 BETWEEN 2 – 5 PM AT DAIRY FARM HOUSE, CHURCH STREET, HIGHAM, ME3 7LD

Dairy Farm House was built in 1767 with extensions added at a later date. Many years have been spent restoring this Georgian house and its garden.
The two beautiful yew trees, which can be seen at the front of the house, are probably 300 years old and they lead into the formal part of the 2 ½ acre garden. This has previously been laid out with box hedging and recently standard roses and a rockery lane have been added. More

Allotments through the ages, from the early days on an Edwardian plot to the re-birth of allotments 10 years ago is the subject of a talk at Rainham Library.

The illustrated talk by Chris Cornish-Lawrence will examine the history of the allotment movement with particular emphasis on Rainham and Gillingham.

The talk will focus on the history of allotments and the people who worked on them since they arrived in the Medway area in the 19th century.

The talk will include maps of the sites, a few photos and other visual memorabilia.

Allotments in Medway: Rainham and Gillingham, Wednesday, 18 April at 2.30pm at Rainham Library.
This is a free event but booking is essential on 01634 332714.

Following last month’s crisis meeting concerning the drought conditions across the south east of England and today’s announcement of imminent hosepipe bans, the RSPB is urging Kent’s residents to ‘Step up for Nature’ and save water in their homes and gardens. More

Medway’s latest green gurus are benefitting from the waste from gardens across the county.

The gardeners on the new allotment at Hempstead have received the green-fingered boost thanks to Medway’s waste and recycling efforts.

Medway Council’s contractor, Waste Recycling Group, has agreed to help the new site by giving more than 6 tonnes of quality compost made from garden waste from residents living across Kent. More

In many respects June is the most delightful month of the gardener’s year. More

This is the month of many tasks which will brook no delay, More

Compost Awareness Week rounds off with a community fun day on Saturday, 7 May at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham. More

So many misties in March, So many frosties in May. More

One of Rochester’s best-loved natural landmarks is in need of urgent conservation works. We need your help to boost public awareness, support and sponsorship for what we believe to be England’s oldest living example of the American Indian Bean Tree or Catalpa Bignonioides

Visit us at http://www.rochestercatalpatree.co.uk to find out more

Hopefully the weather has improved sufficient to allow our thoughts to turn to some outdoor activity but we still need to be wary and I quote from a 1938 Amateur Gardening Every Day Log Book. More

For many of us this is the time of year for some ‘armchair gardening’ in terms of studying seed catalogues and trying to decide what to grow and where to grow it. Full Article

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