April Antics

We’re going foraging on this months green walk – can’t wait! (details below).  I’ve been making a start, collecting nettles along the hedgerows by my house and transforming the wonderfully tender spring leaves into pestos and nettle soup.  Nettles are a little know superfood with much higher levels of iron than the famed spinach and contain the greatest levels of protein of any leafy green and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.. For more on the wonders on nettles (and other wild foods), here’s a great place to start: http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/frank-cook-on-nettle

The April Green Walk. Sunday April 21st, 2-4pm.
This month it’s your chance to explore the flavourful world of wild foods with local expert Marcus Harrison (http://www.wildfoodschool.co.uk/) leading a 2 hour tasty tour around Truros meadows and hedgerows.  Bring a notepad and camera to record plant IDs and dress sensibly.  For this month only places on our walk will be limited to 15.  This is to allow for effective teaching and learning with a small charge of £3 per place to cover costs.  Booking essential.  If you’d like a space, ping over an email with your name and a contact number to: trurogreenwalks@gmail.com. Event on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/593801437298803/
Plant your Park – update
A year ago I set up a community gardening project called Plant your Park to give green walkers and other local residents a chance to grow a few green fingers and dabble in the world of plants, particularly of the edible variety while also giving YOU the chance to design and transform a small part of your city centre.  Its been wonderful!  We dug, mulched and weeded the old park border before filling it with ‘plants with a purpose’ – plants that have a function beyond beauty, being edible, fantastic for local wildlife or medicinal.  We learnt how to make our own trellis and even a living willow archway which unfortunately died an early death after someones drunken antics.  A year on and we’re going from strength to strength, taking on a new area through the subway on Worths Quay and putting together on a brand new Mayoral bee garden on Furniss Island which we’ll be making a start on this Saturday 13th April!!  Whether you’ve been involved in PYP before or are a complete newbie to the project, do pop down and join us!  For more details, see below…
Wildlife Day. Saturday 13th April. 10am-2pm.
This Saturday 13th April, the Friends of Furniss Island and the Plant your Park project are hosting a wildlife themed activity day!

Between 10 – 11am we will be exploring bats!  Your chance to meet Norman the bat and be part of installing Furniss Islands brand new bat boxes!   Sue and Chris from the Cornwall Bat Group will be giving a talk on bats, their conservation with ideas on what you can do to help.

Then from 11am-1pm we will be starting work on a new Mayoral Bee Garden on Furniss Island.  Part of Mayor Lindsay Southcombes ‘Year of the Bee’, this specially designed garden will provide much-needed habitat, rich with bee friendly plants.  The garden is being designed by Lindsay with the help of Probus-based gardener Adam Carveth who will be on hand to oversee work.  To make it a reality we need helping hands to come along and be part build this wonderful new haven for bees!  There will be small and BIG jobs from hedge cutting to digging and tidying to suit all abilities!  All tools and equipment provided.

Finally from 1pm, there will be a well-earnt community picnic to feed hungry bellies!  Everyone bring and tasty dish and drink to share.  A great opportunity to meet local residents and find out about the friends and Plant your Park project.

Everyone welcome. Event totally FREE! Pop along and dip into any/all of the days activities!  For more info:friendsoffurnissisland@gmail.com.  Find attached the poster, feel free to share with friends.


That’s it for now, give me a shout via: trurogreenwalks@gmail.com
Head Coordinator
Truro Green Walks