Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Free growing guides from Garden Organic

Garden Organic has produced simple easy to follow grow your own cards which can help you get the best from your garden. The guides include; vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and green manures. 

Please visit Garden Organic to view and download the excellent free growing guides.

Monday, 19 March 2018

A cool but spring like morning on the grow your own scheme

Stakeholder meeting 1pm Thursday 22 March at Green Heart Den

Please find details of a stakeholder meeting organised by our new coordinator Ged Pickersgill.
"All interested parties in the Green Heart Den project are invited to attend our 1st stakeholder meeting at Green Heart Den, Marsh Street, Barrow in Furness on Thursday 22nd March at 1pm.
Organisations who occupy planters and keyholders are welcome as well as members of the public.
This is a great opportunity to discuss the project moving forward and a chance to showcase exciting ongoing opportunities that your organisation may wish to be involved in" - Ged.
For more details Ged can be contacted at:

Mob: 07922 222 670

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spring maintenance for our lawn mower

Feels a little like spring this morning so time to check our lawn mower in preparation of the first cut of the new season. Generally grass will begin to grow in early spring and, weather permitting, you  could be able to mow your lawn in March with a high cut and when the grass is dry.

For more detailed information on caring for your lawns throughout the growing season please visit:

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feel better outside, feel better inside - Ecominds

Outdoor classroom day - 17 May 2018

For more information on how you could get involved please visit: https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/ 

Soon be time to put that habitat management training into practice again

Once it has warmed up a little more we will once again begin to put the fun, interesting and informative wildlife habitat training we received from Cumbria Wildlife Trust into practice on our wildlife banking areas.

A little colour on the "wildlife" banking area

How to grow tomato plants from seed - free advice from Thompson and Morgan

Helping our feathered friends - topping up bird feeders with suet

Free tree packs from Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust wants to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So they are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. 

If you are interested you can find out more about the Trusts free tree packs and how you can apply at: http://www.woodlandtru.st/hE0ow

Monday, 26 February 2018

From the heat to the cold today

It was a tale of two extremes today with a summer like 24 degrees in the poly tunnel..........

.........and then needed to unfreeze the locks to some of the personal lockers in the arches

Happy memories of working with the Neighbourhood Management Team

It seems such a long time ago since we were working with the help of the Neighbourhood Management Team to install and repair the reptile fence following the habit surveys prior to construction of the grow your own scheme.

A lot has changed since then..........

Sunday, 18 February 2018

How to grow peppers and chillies from seed

If you can grow tomatoes chances are you will also be able to grow peppers and chillies with many varieties suited to being grown in containers.

For expert advice on growing peppers and chillies please visit the RHS website here.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Improving the condition of soil in a raised planter

A little time spent forking through and aerating soil in a raised planter which has helped to loosen any compacted soil and provided an opportunity to add a little more compost.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

How to sow and grow carrots

More information and free advice on growing carrots can be found at Thompson and Morgan

Barrow Funding Event from Cumbria CVS

Cumbria CVS will be holding a funding event between 10am – 3pm on Thursday  8th March at the Forum, Duke Street, Barrow.

At the event you will be able to speak directly to a variety of funders including: Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Community Foundation, Francis C Scott, Big Lottery Fund and Hadfield Trust.
The event is aimed at small local voluntary and community groups in the Barrow area.

For full details of funders attending and to download a booking form please visit Cumbria CVS here

Monday, 5 February 2018