Guest post by Occupational Therapy students Mark and Anouska,

Here as part of our role emerging placement (see previous post for pictures and information). We have really enjoyed our first few weeks at Garden Needs and have certainly been made to feel welcome by all the fantastic staff and volunteers, that run and use the service.

The weather has certainly turned up at Garden Needs over the last few weeks, with plenty of wind and rain to wash away the remaining autumn leaves. It hasn’t managed to dampen any spirits and the volunteers have been making light work of the seasonal challenges facing a garden centre.

Because of the time of year, activities have been varied and weather dependent. On Monday we ventured into the local woods (The Dale) to collect leaves for an Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork piece. The beautiful light and autumnal colours in the Dale made for an impressive display of nature’s colour palette.

riceBack at the centre work has concentrated on clearing and tidying away the debris that the summer plants have left behind and creating new beds for next year’s growth. While some worked outside, others served up tasty meals including spicy vegetable curries and bean chilli, using their impressive cheffing skills to ensure everyone was well fed with delicious food.

Upcoming events include a Gruffalo walk (THIS WEEKEND) on Sunday the 22nd November, which will feature pink noses especially made for those children brave enough to search him out.

Also coming are the famous Garden Needs Christmas trees which will be available from 2nd December, these are available to pre-order from the centre now. There will lots of activities at Garden Needs to get you into the Christmas spirit throughout December. Christmas crafts and wreath making are especially popular.

To find out more about the events or to learn how to get involved in the day to day working of your community garden contact Karen on Tel: 0161 79254448