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Do you use Facebook?

Compared to e-mails, Facebook is a very easy and convenient form of communication as long as one has a smart phone!
SLI has an official Facebook page which is hardly used and we can change that if we want.
So, if you use Facebook, would you like to join SLI Facebook? If yes, please follow this link : to join.SLI_Facebook-banner
Once we know how many of our members are using facebook, we can then decide whether to use GO2 Facebook for regular communication. We still have to use e-mails for personal messages such as “your plot needs attention”.



As a member of SLI, you are eligible to benefit by buying ethically sourced, organic, fair-trade food, Suma websitedrinks and cleaning products from SUMA. Normally, we make one order every month and our order is delivered to a single address – at the moment our office.

To know more about SUMA and the range of products available, please follow this picture-link. →

If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please contact me. Any products you buy through our group are 30% cheaper than the retail price.

Mahesh Pant

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Marlpit Community Centre
Hellesdon Road
Norwich NR6 5EG.
Tel: 01603 920570
Mob: 07969996646
Registered Charity Number 1154190

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One Planet – Norwich – 12/13 March 2016

One Planet Norwich held an event at The Atrium from 10am-4pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March.

We were there talking to people about GO2 and Sustainable Living Initiative‘s projects at Bluebell South and Marlpit Community Garden. Several of us took shifts on both days and were kept busy answering enquiries about2016-03-13 15.11.16 plots and training courses.

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Our new plot at Marlpit Community Garden – October 2015

Just wanted to say a big “Thank you for having us!”
We had so much fun on our new plot!

Before the Beaman family started on their new plot

Before we started on our new plot

After the Beaman family had dug their new plot

After the Beaman family had dug their new plot

We spent few hours with the children couple of weeks ago (when we first got it) – we dug it all up and planted out blueberry bush at the end .
And now it is all ready for planting!

The Beamans

Just an idea…

If we ever get pallets we usually use them to make the sides of compost heaps, but this idea from Eddie has potential, he saw it on FaceBook.
Pleban's PalletI googled “pallet vegetable growing” and got half a million interesting ideas!
I suspect that the slugs and snails would like this one, as they can hide out of sight very conveniently.
One idea I saw suggested planting the pallet horizontally and setting it on edge as a living wall once the plants were established, but this would probably not do for the brassicas in Eddie’s picture.

Blueberry Research Volunteers wanted

Scientists at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, are looking for the final 50 volunteers to help unlock the health benefits of blueberries. This pioneering research is assessing how regular consumption of freeze-dried blueberries affects insulin resistance as well as heart, vascular, lung and cognitive function in overweight (BMI >25 kg/m2), but generally healthy 50-75 year old, non-smoking men and postmenopausal women.

To date, a quarter of the study population have finished the 6-month food intervention, with almost all (93%) stating the experience was rewarding and that they would recommend participation to others. Volunteers would be required to attend the University of East Anglia on six occasions (each ranging from 1 to 3 hours in duration) with optional extra visits. Volunteers would also be required to consume one sachet of either freeze-dried blueberries or a placebo (containing no blueberries) every day for 6 months and follow certain dietary guidelines. Travel expenses to the university (45 p/mile) and an inconvenience payment will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in participating and have no previous history of diabetes or cancer, and are not taking hormone replacement therapy, contact the study team directly via email: or by phone: 01603 592424. Alternatively, visit our website: for further information.

webmailIf you want to “share” ideas or plants for example, but don’t want the world to know on Facebook, why not email