Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Old Bakery Gardens - wildflower banking

The brilliant wildflower banking at the newly developed Old Bakery Gardens site on Buccleuch Street. A partnership between Barrow Borough Council and local residents group TASC.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

The slow worms around the Green Heart Den appear to be healthy

Slow-Worms are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to:
  • Intentionally kill or injure a Slow-Worm.
  • Transport for sale or exchange, or offer for sale or exchange a live of dead Slow-Worm.
The maximum fine on conviction of offences is currently £5000.

Quote for the week....

"You're giving a part of yourself when you grow a plant and give it to somebody else." - Art Scarpa

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Barrows Wildside Project stories

Cumbria Wildlife Trust as part of Barrow Wildside Project is producing several stories for children about our local wildlife. Below is a story they have produced about the Green Heart Den.

You can view the story by clicking the link to the Cumbria Wildife Trust website here

You can follow Benjamins other excellent adventures on their website here

Grow your own scheme planters

Currently we have a limited number of raised planters available for allocation on the, soon to be developed, north plot grow your own scheme.

For reference, you can view and download the grow your own scheme user policy here.

Although availability is limited,  you can still express your interest in the potential use of a raised planter in writing, by post to:

Marsh Street Arches and Garden CIC
c/o CHNMT Office
242/244 Dalton Road
Barrow in Furness
LA14 1PN

or by email to: greenheartden@aol.com

Brathay Trust visit

Members of staff and young people from Brathay Trust vist the Green Heart Den.

The visit formed part of their work on the National Citizens Service

Monday, 22 August 2011

New railings for the north plot wall

The work to fabricate and install the new railings is being conducted by Gilmour Fabrications Ltd. This phase of the grow your own scheme is being Project Managed by Marsh Street Arches and Garden CIC and funding by Our Green Space

Friday, 19 August 2011

Installing the new railings

Local Company Gilmour Fabrications Ltd begin installing the new fence panels on the north plot wall.

The work is being Project Managed by Marsh Street Arches and Garden CIC and funded by Our Green Space; a Cumbria wide partnership project supported by The hertitage Lottery Funds "Your heritage" grant.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Preparing for the new railings and gates

Local Company Gilmour Fabrications Ltd begin core drilling the new north plot wall in preparation for the installation of our new railings and gates.

This work is being Project Managed by Marsh Street Arches and garden CIC and funded by Our Green Space; a Cumbria wide partnership project supported by The hertitage Lottery Funds "Your heritage" grant.
Funding for the new wall was provided by Barrow Borough Council.

New climbing wires for the arbour

We would like to thank Our Green Space for approving the works associated with the installation of stainless steel overhead wires to the arbour feature.

Local Company Gilmour Fabrications Ltd have been commissioned to conduct the works.

Monday, 15 August 2011

First apple harvest this year

The first apples harvested from our Bramleys seedling this year.

You can find various recipes on the Bramley Apples website here and on  the BBC Food webpages here

National Citizens Service student visit

Furness College tutor Mike walsh and students visiting the Green Heart Den as part of their work on the National Citizens Service.  You can learn more about the National Citizens Service in Cumbria by visiting the Connexions Cumbria website.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Natural England - Wildlife gardening booklets

Natural England have produced various wildlife gardening booklets which can be downloaded from their website here

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Growing Well FREE horticulture training course

Please find details of a horticulture training course from Growing Well. The course will be running from early September 2011 and is FREE to those receiving Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

For course bookings please contact Hazel Sharples or the Growing Well Training Coordinator on 015395 61777

Monday, 8 August 2011

First TransPennine Express and Forestry Commission’s Green Grants

First Transpennine Express and the Forestry Commission have a limited number of grants of up to £2,000 for improvements of woodlands, or creating woodlands.
You need to be near one of their railway stations in Yorkshire, Humber, Cumbria, North East andaround Manchester.

Please click here for more information and for the application form.

Woodland Trust, FREE tree packs

The Woodland Trust has a range of FREE tree packs available to schools, youth groups and communities.

If you would like to learn more please visit their website here

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Quote for the week

"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand" - Chinese Proverb

Speckled wood butterfly

A speckled wood butterfly in our wildlife boundary area.

Grow your own scheme update

You can follow the latest news and updates in regard the planning application for the north plot community grow your own scheme at:
  • Barrow Borough Planning on Twitter here
  • Barrow Borough Council planning portal here.
  • Decision notices can be found here
Groundwork, on behalf of Marsh Street Arches and Garden CIC are responsible for the delivery of the grow your own scheme in their role as:
  • The Accountable Body, Groundwork will be responsible for issues such as fund raising, fund management, submitting funding bids, drawing down funding and paying contractors.
  • Project Managers, working on behalf of the Marah Street Arches and Garden CIC, Groundworks responsibility will include, among other issues; the provision of landscape design services, producing contract documentation, organising the tendering process, overseeing and supervising all work onsite, inspecting progress and ensuring quality of workmanship.
If you have any questions for the Groundwork Project Management Team you can contact them at:

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Gatekeeper butterfly

A Gatekeeper butterfly pictured on the Green Heart Den lawn area.

Abbeyfield + Junior Warden visit

Members of staff and residents from Abbeyfield visiting the Green Heart Den along with Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens.

A most enjoyable event. Thank you to all who attended.

Connexions revisit the Green Heart Den

Staff and young people from Connexions Cumbria revisiting the Green Heart Den to discuss volunteer opportunities within our project and how this could link with their work on the National Citizens Scheme

Thank you to all who attended, it was good to see you there.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Thank you to Our Green Space

Funding as provided by Our Green Space has enabled us to purchase much needed garden tools.

Our Green Space is a Cumbria wide partnership project which  is support by the National Lottery Funds "Your Heritage" grant scheme.

The projects aims are to celebrate and enhance the heritage, cultural, environmental and community value of green spaces in Cumbria for all to enjoy.