Open Day 2015

GO2 Bluebell had a great Open Day on Sunday 4 October with lots of visitors and many new growers signing up. The weather was superb and the food excellent. We took over £100 in donations towards food and about £50 in money from selling jam and chutney. Many thanks to those who helped out with renewals in the shed, those who provided food, and those who helped generally. In eight years of open days, I would say it was the best.

... for tasting fresh juice of apple and pears

Tasting fresh juice of apple and pears

In addition some people helped with pressing apples and pears and those who sampled the juice must surely agree that it was delicious. Click here to see some FaceBook photos.

New members

Welcome to several new members to GO2: Tonia, David, Lucy and three children, Jenny H, Jeremy, Olivia, Natasha and her daughter, four members from Together UK with Sandra and Tammy as Peer Support Workers, Gavin, Jacqueline, Laraine, Maria, Philip, and William. We have recently returned two whole plots to the Council so we are now concentrated on 14 plots and we number about 90 growers at Bluebell.

GO2 is like John Lewis – it is owned by its members, so we hope to see as many people as possible, and new people in particular, on 1 November at Bluebell for the tool check from 10 – 12 noon and then for a few short introductions by team leaders of compost, seeds and plants, training and skill-sharing, land and water and food teams. The team leader of the team you put as your preferred choice on your form will be in touch. After all that, it’s Food-sharing Lunch so bring something to share for lunch. We still meet even if it rains!


NB: the training sessions at Marlpit Community Garden have already been arranged for 2016 so look out for the publicity. In addition Sophie will be arranging Skills-sharing sessions at Bluebell.

Membership cards

Everyone will now have a membership card and if you haven’t got yours, please ask when you’re next in the Bluebell Big Shed on Wednesday or Sunday mornings from 10 – 1 pm.


Please make sure and read the newsletter which is now going out fortnightly and will be for all SLI Members, including GO2 Bluebell and GO2 Marlpit. It will have announcements, events, calls to arms (tools!), and what seeds are available for planting out.

Shed closure for the winter

Please note that the Bluebell Big Shed will not be officially open from 15 November to 21 February although anyone who fancies can go there and open up. We’ll probably have a Food-sharing Lunch on the first Sunday in December, and possibly January too. These events will be in the newsletter so be sure and read your newsletter.


sweet potato oct2015A first for GO2

– a misshapen but very tasty sweet potato grown in the polytunnel at Bluebell.

We hope to have cuttings for sowing next year.