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About Sustainable Living Initiative
The Grow-Our-Own (GO2) scheme of Sustainable Living Initiative (SLI) started in Norwich in 2004 and has two community gardening projects: at Bluebell South Allotments and Marlpit Community Garden. SLI is a registered charity run by Trustees and the office is at Marlpit Community Centre on Hellesdon Road. The founder of SLI and programme manager is Mahesh Pant. The aim is to bring together people who are interested in growing fruit and vegetables, especially those with little or no experience, and share skills, tools and information. There are lots of opportunities to meet other members at food-sharing lunches and learn and share cooking skills at sessions in the community centre. Both projects rely on the cooperation of their members and are run by them.
SLI is a membership-based organisation and is also open to non-gardening people who support its objectives and wish to be involved in its activities. Young people under 16 are welcome to join but parental consent is required. (Read more …)
SLI membership shows your commitment to promoting environmental awareness and sharing resources in improving our quality of life. It’s a forum for discussion, sharing ideas and skills and initiating collaborative action in growing food and practical gardening training.
Grow-our-own (GO2) Bluebell
GO2 Bluebell is on Bluebell South allotments off The Avenues. It has 15 plots managed by Norwich City Council and is open to anyone living within City Council area. There are about 130 members of all ages and many nationalities. Many members have been in GO2 Bluebell for years, enjoying both the challenge of growing fresh, organic vegetables, and the friendly social side.
Grow-Our Own (GO2) Marlpit Community Garden
The site is divided into plots for individuals and families (from Marlpit, Larkman or West Earlham), plots for schools and community groups, forest garden, apiary, orchards, herb garden, wild-flower areas and meadows where we keep horses for grazing. (Read more …)
School/Community Group Plots
If you are a Norwich-based school/community group interested in having a plot in Marlpit Community Garden, we would like to hear from you. We offer tailor-made garden plots for schools and community groups.(Read more …)
The Grow-at-Home scheme provides practical help and advice for people who want to grow fruit and vegetables organically in their own gardens.
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|The volunteering scheme is aimed at those who are committed to the broader objectives of Sustainable Living Initiative and are interested in collective practical action. (Read more …)|
Ordinary Members of SLI
Anyone who supports the aims and objectives of SLI can join as a member. The annual membership fee is £5,(included in the rent for those who take a plot). Members will get a regular newsletter which tells you what to plant, when and how, feedback from our members, and 10% discount on training sessions run by SLI. Other benefits include free admission to our social events (food-sharing lunch and cooking club) and Suma Cooperative Group (where you can buy Suma products at the wholesale price) and supply of organic seeds at a discounted price.
At our annual general meeting, members elect SLI trustees who make policies and plan and oversee SLI activities. Other benefits of membership include a 10% discount on products and services provided by SLI (except plot rent charges).
Send an Application Form or for more information contact us – see below.
Cheques payable to Sustainable Living Initiative
Payment by BACS: account name: Sustainable Living Initiative,
Bank name: The Cooperative Bank, Sort code: 08-92-99, Account no. 65178511
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